Create your very own beautiful Christmas gift wrap with this easy DIY Cookie Cutter wrapping paper technique!
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Gorgeous handmade gift wrap that doubles up as a fun family craft activity? That’s a win-win in our books!
It’s personal, eco-friendly, endlessly versatile, and looks amazing. Plus it’s so quick and easy to make, you’ll be looking for more things to wrap just as an excuse to create more homemade wrapping paper!
Looking for more gift inspiration? Click here for ideas galore of what to put under the tree this year.
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Why Cookie Cutter Wrapping Paper?
We just love this cookie cutter stamped gift wrap design. It’s so striking and looks really smart. There’s less mess than with homemade potato stamps (plus you haven’t wasted a potato in the process!) and also less paint on the paper making it easier to use for wrapping.
It’s such a simple way to enjoy a group craft activity too as all family members can get involved. So the paper becomes as much a thoughtful gesture and magical memory maker as the gifts inside.
What You’ll Need To Make The Wrapping Paper
One of the beauties of this special homemade gift wrap is the very small amount of equipment required, most of which you’ll have at home already!
Who can resist Christmas cookie cutters?! Most of us have some cutters lying about the house anyway, and what a great way to put them to even more use!
Use whichever ones appeal to you, or match with your theme for the year! Perhaps each lucky recipient could have a different shape for their gifts?
Just one word of note – the heavier-duty better-quality plastic or metal cutters are easier to clean afterwards so they can return to their cookie shaping duties unblemished.
We like using acrylic paint for a great finish with vibrant colour and paint that doesn’t peel off the paper. Simply use the colours that match your theme (or whatever you’ve got at home!).
A heavy duty wrapping paper works well to hold the paint and gives a paper easy to wrap gifts with.
Of course you can use anything you like as the base for your gift wrap design. Old brown paper bags would work well to create fun gift bags with a personal touch.
Or use the cookie cutter method to create very cute place cards for the table settings instead or as the design for the front of homemade Christmas cards.
Other Cookie Cutter Design Ideas
There’s so many different design options – time to let those creative juices flow!
Have fun matching your Christmas presents to your holiday décor with your personalised patterns. It’s such an easy way to add an extra pop of theme to your celebrations, and a low cost eco-friendly way to add a touch of a latest festive trend.
- The white gingerbread, candy cane and snowman shapes on red kraft paper in this post are perfect for a traditional Scandi look. And will really appeal to the little ones in the family too.
- Light blue and silver snowflakes on white paper are perfect for a winter wonderland theme.
- Mushroom shapes make a really cute on-trend design that’d work brilliantly throughout winter and autumn! More details on this design here.
- Green Christmas trees on brown paper give a great rustic woodland-inspired design.
- Gold stars on black kraft paper make for a really elegant design.
Once you’ve created your beautiful homemade wrapping paper, you can have all sorts of fun coming up with ways to finish your wrapping creations. Here’s a few easy ideas:
- Give an extra gift by tying the cookie cutter used to the outside of the gift.
- Use the cookie cutter to cut out gift tags in a complementary colour.
- Use some homemade snowball wool as ribbon to accentuate a white print design.
- Add a little green foliage to brown wrapping paper woodland designs to embrace the theme.
Looking for more inspiration?
- Eco Alternatives to Christmas Cards
- Make our Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas Movie Night Hamper
- Creative Ways To Give Money & Gift Cards
And be sure to check out our Complete Christmas Gift Guide catalogue with inspiration for everyone on your nice list!
Steps To Make Cookie Cutter Wrapping Paper
Cookie Cutter Wrapping Paper
- Cookie Cutters
- Plate or equivalent board for paint
- Weights for Corners of Paper
- Cotton Buds / Pencil or Paintbrush Tip optional
- Pair of Marigold-Style Gloves optional (to reduce mess)
- Paint acrylic (any colour)
- Kraft Paper or equivalent
- Stretch a piece of kraft paper across your table or floor and secure in place with weights at each end.
- Squirt some paint onto the plate or equivalent board.
- (Put on your gloves if desired.) Take a cookie cutter and dip one side in the paint. Place in position on the paper and press firmly to leave a stamp mark. Continue until the paper is covered to your liking.
- Once all stamp shapes are in place, consider adding small dots of paint with a cotton bud or pencil tip for extra detail (also great at hiding any accidental small splodge marks!).
- Add any extra finishing touches desired either with paintbrush or pens.
- Leave to dry.
- Wash your cookie cutters immediately after you have finished with them to avoid staining from the paint.
- Use the thicker or thinner edge of your cookie cutters depending on the effect you'd like to create on the paper (we preferred using the thinner edge for clearer definition).
- If using a mixture of cookie cutter sizes, start with the largest and then fill in the gaps with smaller shapes.
- If the kraft paper is quite thin, consider putting a layer of newspaper down first to avoid seepage through the paper onto the surface below.
We’re so thrilled with how well this DIY cookie cutter wrapping paper turned out. What do you think? Will you be trying some this holiday season?