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DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper and Gift Bags

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For the first time, my husband and I are hosting Christmas. My parents are traveling from Richmond, his sister is flying from Mississippi, and his mom lives a few minutes from us. We’ll all be together on Christmas, and I’m determined to make it an unforgettable holiday.

I’m in full on homemade holiday mode. For the past month, I’ve spent hours creating homemade gifts, and I still have some left that I’ll make this week. I’ve tested out holiday treat recipes like sugar cookies {will share tomorrow!} to verify that they’re super tasty. And, we’re ordering forest-friendly firewood, so we’ll feel cozy while opening presents near the wood burning stove.

What could make it even better? Handmade wrapping paper–that’s what!

I combined some of my favorite things: glitter, kraft paper, ribbon, and Mayi’s illustrated gift tags. I decided on this color palette: kraft paper brown, black, red, and silver.

First, I picked out the ribbon:

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Then, I used a wine cork to stamp rolls of kraft paper and some kraft paper bags with red and black paint:

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Because I wanted a non-uniform look, I stamped the paper a bunch before adding more paint. I love the end result. I also used a black Sharpie paint pen to write “joy” on some of the kraft paper and to write on the bags.

I used my handy hot glue gun to add strips of ribbon and handmade bows to the bags and wrapped boxes. Check it out:

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