That’s a Wrap! DIY Chalkboard Gift Wrap

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That’s a Wrap! DIY Chalkboard Gift Wrap

The stockings may be hung by the chimney with care, but — chances are — you’ve still got some holiday wrapping to do. Luckily we’ve got an easy, affordable, and fun DIY to help take one more thing off that to-do list of yours.

Pretty paper can cost a pretty penny, which is a bit silly if it’s just going to get ripped off anyway. Now we’re not saying you should cut corners when it comes to wrapping, but it is time to get crafty.

We’ve left off any strict instructions this week. We want you to get creative and make something all your own! Isn’t that the best part of gift giving anyway? Trust us, you can't go wrong. See below for some “guidelines” and inspiration:

DIY Chalkboard Gift Wrap

Materials

Black craft paper

White, non-toxic paint pen (water based)

Ribbon

Scissors

Instructions

Practice some designs and see what you like the look of best. If you are doing an all-over pattern, lay out your paper and draw before wrapping. For specific doodle placement, wrap first and draw second. You really can’t go wrong either way. Add ribbon and other festive flair like candy canes or pieces of greenery. With such a simple color palette, you don’t have to worry about mistakes.

This activity is especially fun to get the little ones in on! Roll out a long sheet of paper and let them draw until their little hearts are content. They will love seeing their designs adorning gifts under the tree.

Check out some of our favorite looks below:

Polka Dots

DIY Chalkboard Gift Wrap

Snowflakes

DIY Chalkboard Gift Wrap

Embellished

DIY Chalkboard Gift Wrap

Honest Tip

Don’t let the fun stop here! Save leftover gift wrap — the scraps that are too oddly shaped to ever make it as wrap and the pieces left behind after gifts have been opened — and use it to make a holiday photo booth. Because, who doesn’t love a good photo booth? For more inspiration check out what our creative friends did over at Brit & Co.

For all gift wrap remains that won’t make the cut, please recycle.

What are your favorite ways to wrap? Share your ideas in the comments below!