How to Create Custom Gift Wrap With Crafty Supplies

Last Updated: March 28, 2023

Don't you just love using your crafty supplies to make homemade gift wraps? From using stamps to create beautiful patterns and using washi tape as colorful borders, there's just no limit to how you can personalize your gift-wrapping projects! But when it comes to customized gift wraps, washi tape, stencils, and dies are the perfect materials to make one-of-a-kind designs easily.

Create stunning DIY gift wraps with the beautiful images of this floral stamp, die, stencil, and embossing folder!

 Calming Cluster

If you've been looking for some new project ideas to try, why not learn some new gift wrap design ideas with your beloved paper crafting goodies? Let's make your next present extra fabulous! In this blog post, we'll go over how to use washi tape, stencils, and dies for your DIY gift packaging and some fun gift wrap folds you can do! So get your supplies out, and let's get on with it! 

Materials You Need to Make Your Own Gift Wrap 

Before we get on with the techniques, you need to prepare a few materials and supplies to make your own customized gift wrap:

    • Newspapers, craft paper, or wrapping paper - These types of paper are the best kind to use for gift wrapping. You must use something a little thinner than cardstock as gift wrap material as it will be easier to make multiple folds.
    • Washi tape: You can use both wide washi tape and slim washi tape so that you can experiment with different styles.
    • Scissors or a paper trimmer: These tools can cut and trim your gift wrap.
    • Twine, ribbons, or metallic threads - These beautiful embellishments can spruce up your presents and accent your gift tags. 
    • Stickers - Adding stickers that complement your gift or DIY package pattern well will surely make for one-of-a-kind presents. 
    • Tag dies - This one is optional, but if you want to add a short note or sentiment to your gift, you can die-cut a tag on some cardstock and stamp a short greeting.  
    • Dried flowers or floral die-cuts - You can also make floral arrangements on your gift wrap by taping some dried flowers or adhering layered floral die-cuts that look realistic! 
    • Stencils and inks - You can use stencils and inks to easily imprint mesmerizing patterns and images on your gift wrapping paper. Bonus points if they’re layering stencils for more detailed and extravagant looks! 

Another great way to spruce up your gift wrapping with washi tape is to customize your gift tags too!

 Terrific Tags Die Set

How to Style Your Crafty Tools to Make Gift Wrap Designs

When it comes to making washi tape designs for your gift-wrapping projects, there are many ways to style them! If you need some inspiration, here are a few washi tape ideas that are fun and easy to do:

Spell Out Initials and Short Sentiments 

With your slim washi tapes, you can make personalized gift wraps by using colorful letters as your design. If not names, you can also spell out sweet and short sentiments such as "hi," "hello," or "happy." 

Create Lovely Washi Tape Collages 

Why not make a unique pattern with your washi tapes? Using strips from different rolls, you can create one-of-a-kind gift wrap. It's up to you if you want to make a rainbow-themed collage or use washi tapes with complementary colors. You can alternate between stripes, dots, stars, hearts, or other fun geometric designs. 

Add a Strip of Ribbon With Die-Cut Flowers

A glamorous gift box topped with a ribbon and some floral die-cuts

Craft-A-Flower: Carolina Allspice Layering Die Set

Who doesn't adore ribbons on their presents? Here's another lovely idea to add some razzle dazzle to your gift wraps: top off your ribbons with some glittery die-cuts! 

Make Fun Backgrounds With Stencils

Making some customized wrapping? Bring out your stencils and create ink-blended backgrounds! This time around, you'll imprint stunning stenciled designs for your gift wraps, not for cards! For better results, use pigment ink, as it's more fadeproof - perfect for mixed media projects.

Make stunning DIY gift wrap projects with craft stencils!

Bubble Wrap Stencil

Experiment With Criss-Cross Patterns 

How about mixing up your washi tape gift wrap by criss-crossing your strips of tape with each other? Make creative arrangements by varying your washi tape placement. You can make a cross, geometric shapes, and other fun designs by taping with different angles. 

Add Layering Floral Die-Cuts as Lovely Accents 

Add floral die-cuts to your DIY gift-wrapping projects!

Floral Lace Die

If you're looking for a way to add a touch of elegance to your DIY gift-wrapping projects, consider using layering floral die-cuts as lovely accents! You can start by selecting a variety of floral die-cuts in different sizes and colors. Then, layer them together to create a stunning three-dimensional effect. You can use foam tape or glue dots to adhere the layers together and experiment with different combinations until you find a design you love. 

Additional Tips for Making DIY Gift Wraps

Create lovely gift wrap accents with these colorful cardstock!

Papers & Envelopes for Paper Crafting

  • Besides using crafty supplies to customize your gift wrapping, you can also make DIY gift tags to accompany your beautifully homemade wrap. 
  • Fun fact: In many cultures, wrapping gifts with beautiful fabrics has been a traditional practice for centuries. If you know how to sew, you can also make gorgeous wrapping with cloth! Not only does it result in captivating designs, but it's also more eco-conscious!
  • You can also use your sentiment dies to make stunning messages on your gift wrap - no gift tags needed!
  • Gift wrap also comes in other forms too - you can also make gift paper bags with washi tapes, stencils, stamps, and stickers! 

A trio of paper gift bags decorated with stamps and washi tapes

Washi Tapes

Most importantly, have fun making your own gift wrap! Don't be afraid to experiment and try new techniques until you find a style that works for you. With some patience and creativity, you'll be able to create stunning DIY gift wraps that your loved ones will treasure alongside your gift itself.

A winter-themed gift-wrapped box decorated with dies and sentiments

Layered Snowflakes 2 Die Set

Make Your Gifts Extra-Special With These DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

There you have it – a few easy and fun ways to create custom gift wrap for your friends and family! Crafting can be a great way to show your love for those around you by creatively personalizing unique gifts. With just a few simple supplies, like washi tape, stamps, markers, and stickers, you can easily make any package look special. 

If you’re looking for more personalized gift ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out our All About Crafting blog at Altenew for more projects!

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