I am sure that there is going to be plenty of gift wrapping in the next few days and to help with that, I have the perfect holiday DIY for you! It is inspired by one of my favorite artists, Lisa Rodden, who creates beautiful hand-cut paper art works. With this way of gift wrapping, you don’t really need to decorate the gift any further with ribbons, colorful strings, etc. The wrapping paper and my cutout template will do all the trick. It is a very fun, unique and easy way to make your gifts extra special for your loved ones. Let’s get started!
Here are the few things you’ll need:
- Gift Wraps – 2 Contrasting Colors (I got an orange tissue paper and a blue heavy-weight gift wrap; found both at Walgreens)
- Clear Tape
- X-Acto Knife & Cutting Mat
- Printouts of Cutout Template
Step 1: Pick one of the colors to be the first layer of the gift wrap and the other color to be the second layer. Make sure to use the heavy-weight one for the second layer. Create the first layer by wrapping your gift with the first color, the orange tissue paper in my case.
Step 2: As the cutouts are placed on the top part of each gift here, we need to identify the part of the second layer gift wrap that will fall on the top area of the gift. So, take a piece of the second color gift wrap in the size needed for the gift and carefully wrap it around the gift without using a tape but making creases along the edges. Then unwrap the second layer.
Step 3: There are two designs in the cutout template I provided, pick the one you want to start with. Lay down the second layer gift wrap flat on the cutting mat. Place the template on the area of the top part of the gift you want the cutout. Then using the X-Acto knife, cut along the dashed lines on the cutout design. (The dotted line in the middle is just to separate the two designs.)
Step 4: Following the creases formed in step 2, re-wrap the gift with the second layer wrap and secure it with tape. Make sure the cutouts fall on the top part of the gift.
Step 5: With the template as a guide, lightly fold or bend along the solid lines of the cutout designs on the gift. Fold or bend in the direction away from the gift so the contrasting color can peak through and cutouts can get a more 3D look. Repeat steps 3 & 5 to add more cutouts to the same gift.
There you have it! You can make these in many different colors and also create your own cutout designs — the options are unlimited! It is quick but the end result is beautiful. You can also make greeting cards in the same way by using a slightly thicker paper for the second layer.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY; I would love to see pictures if you give this a try! Happy Holidays, have a wonderful time with your family, friends and other loved ones! Until next time, get your creative fix & stay HIGH on DIY!