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DIY Wrapping Paper – Cookie Cutter Printing

| November 13, 2012 | 82 Comments

Well.. ever since doing the other wrapping paper crafts, I have gotten a little carried away and just want to make more and more and more of our own easy DIY wrapping paper. So this time we had a go with Cookie Cutters (such a prefect classic printing craft for younger kids). (Keep reading and you can win some nifty Scotch Products).

DIY Wrapping Paper

Materials: roll of white or brown paper, paint and cookie cutters

We use 3 different sized cutters and one for each colour (to avoid a brown smudge at the end.

This paper needs to made ahead of wrapping and then let dry… Check out our DIY Wrapping paper video – which shows you how we made the paper, but also how the wonderful people from Scotch helped us wrap our presents. I am a total hand band dispenser convert!:


A bit of info on the Hand Bands:

Refill Pop-Up Strips are available in packs of 3 pads, with 75 strips per pad, meaning up to 65 presents can be wrapped with one refill pack. With so many chores to be done to make the festive season complete, let Scotch Pop-Up Tape give you a helping hand this Christmas.

The nifty Scotch Pop-Up Tape Hand-band comes in three fun colours – pink, silver or blue.

The Scotch Pop-Up Tape range is available at leading supermarkets and stationery stores. The Scotch Pop-Up Tape Hand-band Dispenser has an RRP of £2.49, whilst a pack of Scotch Pop-Up Tape Dispenser Refills, containing three tape pads, has an RRP of £2.69. Many retailers will be offering promotional pricing this Christmas, see in store for details.

For more information on Scotch products, as well as quick and easy wrapping ideas and tips, visit


Fancy getting your hands on a hand dispenser with refills.

I have three of these dispensers + refills to giveaway.

Simply leave a comment below, telling us what your top wrapping tip is? How do you make your gifts wrapping special or perfect?

In the meantime.. Scotch Tape has 8 mystery prizes worth up to £150 to give away  in the run up to Christmas.. you will need to visit their Facebook App, then pop back every few days and check for a clue that you need to answer correctly. And here is the first one to start you off. Come back and find the others on this page – either in the post or the comments or visit me on Facebook or Google+.

Week 1 – I’m the smallest member of my family (one billionth); fit in the palm of your hand and can hold tunes a plenty!

Submit your guess here: Facebook App

T& C:

1) OPen to the UK only

2) Competition closes on 20 November 2012 date at 11pm

3) Winners will be selected at random

4) Delivery of the prize is the responsibility of 3M and not Red Ted Art.


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  1. Nicola says:

    You can’t beat brown paper packages tied up with string – these are a few of my favourite things!

  2. susan says:

    cut your paper to size not too much is the secret

  3. Laura says:

    Lovely and simple !!!

  4. Maureen says:

    Paper cut to size and crisp neat folding.

  5. Amanda Hurst says:

    I put my gift’s in boxes with tissue paper and than wrapped up with a ribbon on top…..very pretty and you can’t guess whats inside. :-)

  6. Jayne says:

    finish the presents off with ribbon – makes even the smallest present look special

  7. Alison Wakefield says:

    Nice neat folding and bows to match the paper and tags

  8. Heather Haigh says:

    Not tried these, they do look really nifty. :)

  9. Nicola says:

    Meant to put my tip is to teach your husbands to wrap presents, (The scotch band things would certainly come in handy for them) because as much as i like wrapping presents its lovely to receive beautifully wrapped gifts too and extra wrapping hands are always useful at Christmas.

  10. nicci cowdell-murray says:

    Make sure you have everything to hand before starting , there is nothing worse than starting to wrap and finding out you havent got your scissors or tape @chanson2010

  11. Richard says:

    Get someone else to do it, much easier :)

  12. Andy D says:

    My wife does all the wrapping – making my life very easy!

  13. Rachael G says:

    The best way to get gorgeously neat wrapped presents is to make sure you are not using to much paper to avoid the paper bunching up too much at the corners.

  14. Jill WEbb says:

    My tip use a tape dispenser they are great it makes parcell wraping a whole lot easier

  15. Dee H says:

    Keep boxes throughout the year to put awkward/easily identifiable present in. Boxes are easy to wrap and save presents getting squashed or damaged

  16. I use brown paper, lots of tape and a big roll of disused chocolate wrapping I got from the scrapstore as ribbon. It hides a million wrapping sins! I love this vid, wow your kids are so well behaved (why are you talking to yourself made me giggle!) and the set is awesome :)

  17. Esra howe says:

    To wrap any present you need to trim your paper close to the gift and fold the paper neatly. Gently fold the paper to test the length THEN cut the paper. Don’t be tempted to rush and not trim your paper, a bit of time taken at the beginning will improve the final look of your wrap later. Use pre cut tape, not ripped with teeth or better still pop up tapes from scotch for the most professional finish :)

  18. Georgia McAllister says:

    Get a small child to hold down the paper so you’ve got both hands free to tackle the tape!

  19. lee burton says:

    buy pretty bags and sellotape the top wrap in tissue first

  20. Susie M says:

    I actually like wrapping and making things look pretty but I keep a stash of gift bags so that if I ever run short on time I can quickly package up a gift and not have to hand over a hastily wrapped scrappy package.

  21. Louise Dray says:

    Always have sample wall paper as it makes great wrapping paper

  22. kimberley fitt says:

    Always have sticky bows for the top :)

  23. Phil Darling says:

    My best tip is….get my wife to do it. Shes a great wrapper, and enjoys it too

  24. Annie T says:

    Make sure everything you’re giving comes in eith square or rectangular packaging – no footballs or globes!

  25. EMMA WALTERS says:


  26. I love the strips, but my children can go through a pack in a day!

  27. angela sandhu says:

    i love wrapping presents and love trying to make the presents look funky!

  28. Tracey Belcher says:

    I love wrapping my small gifts into proper home-made crackers! I also like to fill with little sweets and treats too! Have done this every year for my children and they love their Christmas Tree Cracker on Christmas morning!

  29. Gillian Davies says:

    Never wrap when you are rushed as this will show.

  30. Sally Carter says:

    Prepare beforehand – paper, ribbons, gift tags,a pen, tape, scissors and gifts! Cut lengths of tape and have all along the edge of your table. For awkward shapes, put in a box as it’s easier to wrap neatly. Or put small items ito a loo roll inner and make into a cracker shape.

  31. Peter Hopkins says:

    Just have everything ready around you and shut yourself away in a room for an hour unless its xmas then a week and get wrapping!

  32. Cheryll H says:

    I overuse curling ribbon! I go crazy with it – double it up, go diagonally, all sorts! :) It takes ages but the girls love it :) @pipersky1

  33. My top tip for present wrapping is get the kids to help, that way they get involved and take ownership of some of the present giving AND if its all a bit squiffy with random bits of tape and dodgy corners (which my wrapping normally is without kids!) I can stress how involved they were in the process!

  34. I probably shouldn’t say this on a competition sponsored by scotch tape! But I love using washi tape to add a splash of colour to brown paper gift wrap and finish off by tying with some coloured raffia x

  35. Solange says:

    Get someone else to do it!

  36. aly says:

    Curling ribbon and a bow…it shows you have made an effort.

  37. Elaine Jones says:

    To keep calm and have everything to hand on a table. Instead of wrapping paper I usually use gift boxes.

  38. Liz Pearson says:

    Just don’t even try to wrap lovely pressies when the cat is around

    Otherwise everyone gets strips of paper wrapped around their pressies

    Not appreciated by all, but can look quite pretty

  39. Tegan says:

    My wrapping tip is to repurpose stuff around the house to use as wrapping paper. Pages from old comic books make really funky and original paper. Plus its good for the environment!

  40. Maris says:

    Get everything you need before you start and if possible get somebody to help you.

  41. toddler approved says:

    Great minds think a like :) I wrote a post on something similar this week. Such a great activity for little ones!! Love all your wrapping paper ideas!

  42. Oooh, loving this, might have to give it a go myself!

  43. Farhana Haque says:

    I usually sit and cut many small pieces of selotape and stick it all around me and then start wrapping everything neatly using my sellotapes all around! But with this I guess that won’t be needed!! Ribbons and bows are essential in making it all pretty or hiding your scruffy wrapping :)

  44. Julie Davies says:

    wrap up your presents as soon as you buy them so you don’t have a huge amount all at once

  45. Julie Davies says:

    Always wrap up your presents as soon as you buy them so you don’t have a huge pile to wrap up all at once

  46. hali brandreth says:

    Wrap presents with lots of tape to make it more fun to open!

  47. Lisa says:

    dont do it after a few wines

  48. Vicky Limerick says:

    co-ordinate ribbons bows, tags and paper

  49. Always place the present upside down when wrapping. This will ensure that when the recipient opens their gift, it will be the correct way up.

  50. Emily Nelson says:

    I always use my left over wrapping paper for tags, turn the paper upside down to the blank part, and write! wahlah . xx

  51. anna fletcher says:

    start wrapping early then when the day comes your all set

  52. Make wrapping difficult shaped presents easier to wrap and more exciting to open by popping them into a box and wrapping that instead. Also drink wine and eat chocolate with friends while you’re wrapping!

  53. hannah oneill says:

    Cut the tape before you start, make sure you use enough paper and wrap awkward items in tissue paper

  54. Blake Ahearne says:

    paper cut to size

  55. Nikki says:

    My tip…get your other half to do it!
    Failing that save boxes to put difficult shaped items in, it’s so much easier and quicker to wrap a box and can be made to look much neater too!

  56. Ruth Tesdale says:

    Wrap awkward shapes in tissue first so that the final wrap is smoother

  57. Jo Kelly says:

    My hubby has more patience than me! My tip is to get them to do it. If you have to do it then make sure you don’t cut the wrap too large & get it as straight as possible. I like to add a bow at the end :)

  58. Alison says:

    I always add a ribbon to hide my untidy wrapping, makes it look so much smarter!

  59. Red Ted Art says:

    Clue 2: A word defined, ‘to set alight or start to burn’ – you’ll be carrying a library with you wherever you go!

  60. emma cella says:

    measure the wrapping paper before cutting it. I know its christmas and you’re in a hurry, but you need to take time to measure your wrapping paper before cutting it. If you don’t you may end up with the paper being too short or way too long. To easily measure your wrapping paper, site the christmas present on the wrapping paper, you’ve rolled out. Pull the wrapping around the present and then cut the paper. This ensures that your paper is the proper length and will look perfect on the christmas gift.

  61. Alice Beaumont says:

    For awkward small presents pop it in the middle of the paper and twist both ends. Ready made cracker present!

  62. Paul Witney says:

    Always work on a flat surface, and have everything you need close at hand.

  63. Cath says:

    I cut out large circles of pretty fabric and use this to wrap presents. I place the gift in the centre and then gather the material at the top, securing with an elastic band. I then tie ribbon around the top to hide the elastic band. It’s much easier as there’s no paper to tear and it looks pretty too

  64. Claire says:

    Cut paper to size

  65. Nicole says:

    If a present is really awkward in shape I like to use a gift bag, especially like a reusable jute bag and a pretty ribbon!

  66. Joanne Tillin says:

    Always make sure there’s plenty of space and a flat surface

  67. Susan says:

    get my husband to do it, he’s so much better at wrapping than I am!

  68. becky fahy says:

    I always use lots of ribbon and bows to disguise my not so good wrapping

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  70. Red Ted Art says:

    Ooh thank you!

  71. Red Ted Art says:

    Another clue for you to WIN

    In Greek mythology, the first women on earth – she comes with charms, but whatever you do, don’t open her box!

  72. Red Ted Art says:

    Your next clue! “Cheltenham _____ or Leamington _____ – it’s sure to be a day of pampering; leaving you relaxed and revitalised!”

  73. Red Ted Art says:

    And here is another clue: ‘At the gym, going for a run, or a frequent traveller – the perfect mix of sound and style – made for music lovers!’

  74. Red Ted Art says:

    Clue of the week: Comes in a wicker basket and promises to be full of festive treats!

  75. Red Ted Art says:

    Next clue An essential for keeping the kids occupied whilst on those long car journeys!

  76. Red Ted Art says:

    Final Clue – If you got a new iPod for Christmas, you’ll be needing one of these as an alternative to headphones!

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