When I was little my mother used to wrap our gifts in the Sunday comics.
I think her mother wrapped them in comics and her mother’s mother wrapped them in comics and so on.
A family tradition.
It was economical and kind of random and left newsprint on your hands and it took longer to open presents because you were laughing at Garfield.
But the thing I liked most about it?
It was different.
And a family tradition that we all rolled our eyes at and asked our mother what she was thinking and could we pause the Christmas present opening to wash the newsprint off our hands.
But it wouldn’t have been Christmas without a little Sunday comic.
So this year I wanted to start our own tradition.
I wanted to create our own wrapping paper.
It is so much easier than it looks.
I started by creating this file in PicMonkey.
If you haven’t met PicMonkey yet, go over and introduce yourself and become best friends.
There’s a whole free section and it has the best graphics and fonts and borders and arrows and picture editing tools.
I started with the reindeer on a black background and just added the words, “Merry Christmas The Woods.”
Then I took it to Office Depo and had them make it on a large scale for wrapping paper.
I just took my copy from my printer in there and handed it to the lady and explained what I was trying to do and she understood immediately and created this.
You can make it 36″ long and however wide you want it.
I even had her print it in different sizes to see which I liked better.
And it’s so affordable.
A little more expensive than regular paper (especially if you shopped the Black Friday sales) but so worth it for a unique gift wrap.
So I’m starting a new tradition this year.
Not quite as funny, but full of the same heart and joy for Christmas that my mother wraps our presents with every year.
Maybe I’ll surprise her this year with tags made from the comics.
Because after all…..
…..a little newsprint always makes Christmas better. 🙂
And now I’m so happy to be part of a fun gift wrap idea exchange that Brooklyn Limestone is putting together.
If you need some wrappingspiration you can check out all the gift wrap tutorials here.
But here are some of my favorites: