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Make Your Own Gift Wrap
What You Will Need
The materials needed are simple and you probably already have some suitable media and everything else required on hand in your home.
- Paper: Choose the paper and the size to suit the gift you intend to wrap. For small things A4 computer paper works quite well and that comes in a variety of useful colours. Brown paper works well, too. However, paper that is really absorbent may not be so good as the paint may soak in and not spread easily.
- Media: Watercolour paints, poster paints, or calligraphy inks.
- Dropper: Any small dropper will do. Drops do not need to be very big.
- Straw: Those very fine drinking straws are not easy to use; the normal ones are best.
Gift Wrap is Fun to Make
Recently when I was visiting one of my daughters, I noticed some birthday wrapping made by one of her children, one of my dear granddaughters. It gave me an idea for a simple way to make our own wrapping paper and I thought I would like to share it with you.
The same idea would be suitable for gift wrap for any number of different occasions. The method is simple and effective and could be made by both children and adults.
- For younger children it may be useful in helping them to learn to blow in a controlled way.
- As I was a teacher who worked in Special Education for a few years, I also thought it could be very useful. it could be used as a fun way for children with speech or breathing problems as it would give them practice in blowing and they would have something useful and attractive made at the end to show their parents and give them pride in their achievement.
If the method is being used as therapy, it may be necessary to supervise the activity so that it is controlled and perhaps not all done at once, as this may lead to dizziness and be counterproductive.
The basic method is very simple. Once it has been mastered, more control can be used to try and make designs that you choose to do.
- The Paper: Place the paper on a flat surface at a suitable height so the person who is doing the decorating does not need to bend over too far.
- The Paints: If using tube paints, they may need to be mixed with a little water.
- The Dropper: Using the dropper, fill it with the paint and place small drops of colour on the paper. This may be done in a pattern or randomly. You may choose to use just one colour, or more if you wish.
- The Straw: Using the straw, blow through it, holding the other end near the drop of paint and controlling it to spread the paint across the paper randomly or in the direction you desire.
Leave to dry.
Gift Wraps for Different Occasions
There are many events for which personalised wrapping paper can be used, such as birthdays, Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day. Some ideas are shown here.
- Above: Blue paper and a deeper blue paint has been used for a gift wrap for a baby boy.
- Below: Pink paper and deep pink paint has been used for a gift wrap for a baby girl.
However, these could be suitable for boys and girls of any age and for other occasions, too.
More Gift Wrap Ideas Using Blowing
I mentioned before that you can use two or more colours.
Special Celebration: The example below shows the use of two colours, in this case blue and silver for a special celebration.
Christmas: At the top of the article there is another one that also uses two colours: red and green paint for a gift wrap that would be suitable for Christmas.
Final Gift Wrap Ideas
In the example below two different paints have been used: black and yellow. This could be blown in different ways to suggest a spooky scene or, perhaps with a brighter yellow team colours for someone serious about their sports team.
Fun to Do: Whatever colours and papers you choose to use, you can have fun making these gift wraps and as you become more proficient you will find that you can better control just where the paint will flow.
It's Personal: The best part is that you will know that the personalised gift wrap will be special for the recipient and there will be no other that is exactly the same.
© 2013 Bronwen Scott-Branagan