One of my favorite things about the holiday season is picking out seasonal gift wrap. I know it sounds silly, but it’s kind of a holiday tradition for me at this point. At the beginning of December, I take to the ever so crowded stores in search of the cutest, prettiest, and even quirkiest gift wrap that I can find.

Some years I have a color scheme in mind, like the year everyone’s holiday packages were wrapped in blue and silver. Other years I have a theme in mind, like the year I had a whole winter wonderland theme featuring the cutest woodland creatures.

Whatever your style or aesthetic may be, I’m sure the perfect wrapping paper is out there, just waiting for you to find it. And if, by chance, it isn’t, it’s just the universe’s way of telling you to get creative and crafty this holiday season!

And Creative Bug’s got you covered!

If you’re looking to make your own wrapping paper this holiday season, but aren’t too sure where to start, you should definitely check out Creativebug’s DIY Painted  Gift Wrap taught by instructor Courtney Cerutti

If you’re interested in creating your own, one of a kind wrapping paper this holiday season, you won’t need much in the way of supplies. All you will need is:

  • Drawing weight paper you can get from any craft/art store
  • Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Variety of paint brushes in different sizes
  • Acrylic paint or ink
  • Plate
  • Small bowls if you plan on mixing paints/inks

Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies and materials, head over to Creativebug which you can access via the North Bergen Public Library’s website, and check out the step-by-step video of how to go about creating your own wrapping paper. This project isn’t only guaranteed to be a lot of fun but it’s also a simple enough project that even I, a beginner level crafter, can easily follow along! 

Happy Crafting! If you make this project, we would love to see it! Tag us on social media @nbplibrary or email us a picture at!

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