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Gifts {Almost} Too Pretty to Open

You’ll love these pretty Christmas gift wrapping ideas, including a tutorial for creating your own hand painted paper.

Did you know there are only eleven days until Christmas Eve? Doesn’t it seem like December is flying by?!

If you’ve been following my Holiday Countdown, you know that I set out to be more organized and prepared this year. I’m happy to report that the anxious, stressed-out response I’ve often felt this time of year has been replaced with that magical feeling I had when I was a kid. I owe it a lot to being prepared and really immersing myself in joy of the season.

One thing I really love to do is wrap presents. I always have, and as a kid my mom used to take advantage of this (in a good way). I like gathering unique items throughout the year to add that extra detail to gifts. Some people have a thing for shoes. I have a thing for beautiful stationery, papers, gift bags, ribbon- the whole kit ‘n caboodle (well, and perhaps for shoes too)!

Oprah always says, “Love is in the details”, and I happen to agree. I know that when I receive a beautifully wrapped gift, my friend or family member was really thinking of me. I don’t even need to open the gift to feel loved and appreciated.

This year I encourage you to wrap the gifts you are giving from your heart. Really think about matching the gift wrap to the personality of the individual it’s intended for. There are many easy and cost effective ways to do this.

Although I have some beautiful papers I purchased on sale in January last year, I wanted to do something new to add to the mix. On Etsy I found several hand printed papers that were lovely, so I decided to try making some of my own (although I am a huge supporter of Etsy).

How to Make Hand Painted Wrapping Paper


  • drop cloth
  • roll of plain brown kraft paper
  • medallion stencil
  • sponge applicator
  • acrylic paint tube in robin’s egg blue
  • small plastic container with lid
  • paper towels


  1. Cover work surface in drop cloth and roll out paper.
  2. Squeeze a generous amount of paint into the plastic container. Place the sponge in the paint and remove some excess by dabbing it on the plastic lid a few times.
  3. Holding the stencil down firmly with one hand, stipple onto the paper with the other until all cutouts are covered.
  4. Carefully lift stencil and place it precisely in place to continue the pattern. Be sure not to drag it across the paper or you may get smears.
  5. Repeat the process until the paper is covered and allow to dry.

Note: The first time I moved the stencil to create another medallion I realized I had too much paint on the sponge and it seeped through a bit. I was careful to dab more off the next time and occasionally wiped the back side of the stencil with a paper towel.

Hand Painted Gift Wrap

Shoe Gift Tag

For the tag, I printed out this gorgeous one from Ooh La Frou Frou onto cardstock. The original is quite small, so I resized it.

I added a little sparkle to the lights with a dab of glue and some white and turquoise glitter. I punched a hole and added ribbon.

Shoe Gift Tag for Christmas

After wrapping a gift with the paper, I added wired ribbon around the entire package and attached the tag.

Christmas Gift Wrapped in Hand Painted Paper, Turquoise Ribbon and Shoe Gift Tag
Christmas Gift Wrapped in Hand Painted Paper, Turquoise Ribbon and Shoe Gift Tag

I just love how pretty it looks and it’s perfect for one of my fashionista friends!

More Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

If you’re looking for inexpensive gift tags, you can download some fantastic free printables at Jones Design Company and Ooh la Frou Frou.

I also have these winter woodland printable Christmas tags I created.

I purchased a variety pack of cardstock and several rolls of ribbon to coordinate with my papers. Having the right supplies definitely makes the experience enjoyable. Each gift becomes its own work of art!

Do you love these gift wrapping ideas as much as I do? Do you use any unique wrapping materials or create your own tags or embellishments?

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Happy wrapping!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. The best wrapped packages EVER!. I love the handmade simplicity…perfect. Stop by as you get a chance and enter my Heirloom ornament giveaway…only 1 day left to enter. Warm wishes, Lori

  2. Your paper looks wonderful! I love the blue and craft brown together. I always make my own tags, and two years ago I found Christmas pictures of everyone on my gift list (like a sweet/silly picture of my brother as a child, sitting on Santa’s lap). I scanned them and printed them on nice card stock….they made cute personalized gift tags!
    So glad i stopped by, today is my gift wrapping day! Happy Holidays!

  3. You are my kind of Christmas crafting genius. :)

    So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    I would love for you to visit DTA as I am in the midst of a “Gifts You Can Make” series.

    Be merry and bright!

  4. so Im sending all my gifts over to you to wrap m’kay?  I HATE wrapping gifts-most of the time I just toss em into gift bags- awful, I know!  
    Love all your examples!

  5. That wrapping paper and tag you created are gorgeous! Love love love the style, color, and added sparkle. Not to mention that it’s totally original and a lot less expensive than what you may buy.

  6. This is so pretty!! Hope you can link it up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now. (And red during the holidays!)

  7. Wow, what beautiful wrapping you do!! You are so talented! Wrapping is not one of my talents, but I will try to take some inspiration from your beautiful work!

    ~ Leanne @ Because (I think) I Can

  8. LOVE the word find paper!!! Pinning that! Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?

  9. Beautiful! I just love your stenciled wrapping paper and all of the other fantastic ideas. :-) Thank  you so much for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

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