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DIY Festive Wrapping Paper

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DIY Festive Wrapping Paper finished project - There are two packages with mason jars and lights drawn on. Inside one is a snowman with a 3D wreath, the other is an avocado with a 3D hat.

Tired of boring wrapping paper? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I partnered with Arteza to bring you this fun and creative way to make a DIY Festive Wrapping Paper (AD). This project only requires a few materials and is so easy to do!

Try This Easy DIY Wrapping Paper Craft

This craft centers around using using paint pens to make your designs on the wrapping paper. I love using paint pens because it’s no fuss, easy clean-up, and it’s even easy for kids to use.

Related: 15 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the fun crafts that come with the season! Doing something like making DIY Festive Wrapping Paper adds a little extra touch to that perfect gift you’ve purchased for the loved ones in your life. Whether you’re giving a little something to your children’s teachers, wrapping a present for a work party, or getting ready to wrap up presents for your littles, this festive wrapping paper adds a personal touch. Deck the halls with this DIY Festive Wrapping Paper that will leave your gift recipients speechless!

Another finished product example, there are paint markers in the picture too

Supplies (affiliate links provided for convenience)

How to Make your own DIY Wrapping Paper – Step by Step

1.  Get Your Gift Ready

Grab the present of your choice to be wrapped.

2. Wrap the Gift

Take out the Kraft brown wrapping paper and lay it flat on the table. Wrap the gift, making sure to wrap the paper tightly and neatly around the present for maximum surface area to paint. (Tip: If you’re giving a gift that requires a bag, find a and do Kraft bag and do the same thing. Your family will love it!)

3. Start Outlining

Start by drawing a mason jar outline with your paint pens. I drew mine first in pencil. Don’t worry about it being perfect. The idea is just to have fun with it.

Wrapping paper DIY drawing the outline of the mason jar and lights with black marker

4. Draw the Lights

Next draw a string of lights. You can make the lightbulbs any color theme you like. They definitely help make the picture come together.

Adding the color to the Christmas lights on this DIY wrapping paper using paint markers. The white base color of the snowman has also been added to the jar,

5. Fill the Jar

Draw your favorite character or item inside the mason jar. The snowman is a great and easy option. If you want something more fun, a Christmas avocado is a crowd-pleaser.

DIY Festive Christmas Wrapping Paper with a snowman inside the jar


Avocado drawn inside a jar

6. Add Details

Add snowflakes add any other fun details. You can even draw a Christmas gift tag. Draw whatever your heart desires so have fun with it!

Snowman drawing is completed with snowflakes around him in the jar

7. (Optional) Glue on Trimmings

For a little extra flair add a mini wreath or a mini knit or Santa hat. This is totally optional.

DIY Festive Wrapping Paper adding a mini wreath that is glued on

DIY Festive Wrapping Paper Avocado drawing is done and it is wearing a glued on knit hat

Quick Step by Step Instructions to Make Your Own DIY Festive Wrapping Paper

  1. Find a gift to be wrapped – solid gifts are easier.
  2. Wrap the gift in kraft paper. If your gift is an odd shape, do this with a gift bag instead.
  3. Draw the outlines of the jar and light string with black marker.
  4. Fill in the colored lights.
  5. Add the base colors for the drawing that will go inside the jar.
  6. Add details to your drawings.
  7. Optional: Glue on small 3rd accessories to make the drawing “pop”.

Why Make Your Own Wrapping Paper?

I love doing DIY crafts like these because they show you put extra thought into the gift without breaking the bank or spending too much time. It also puts a fun, creative twist on traditional wrapping paper.

DIY Festive Christmas Wrapping Paper completed with snowman in a jar

If you find yourself doing this DIY festive wrapping paper, tag me on social media so I can see what you came up with! One of my favorite things about Color Made Happy is getting to see the fun twists you take on my crafts. I love seeing your creations so keep crafting and stay colorful!

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