This DIY coloring gift wrap is a creative way to wrap your gifts this Christmas (or anytime of year) and can be created with the Cricut Explore or Maker!
I thought I should provide a disclaimer before I start this project. Usually I preface my projects with how quick they are to whip up, usually thanks to my Cricut, but today, I have to tell you this is not one of those projects. It is easy but it takes quite a while for the machine to draw all of those little details. So just keep that in mind before starting!
If you want to design your own paper, read on to get the details below. If you would like to make my project as is, you can view and make it here.
DIY COLORING GIFT WRAP – The How-To
Here’s what you will need:
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- white kraft paper, or a large sheet of white paper (I cut a piece to 12×24″)
- Cricut Explore or Maker
- Cricut Pens (I used black, sour apple green, and red from the Ultimate Fine Point Set)
- 12×24 mat
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To start, open Design Space and select your design. I searched “draw christmas” and selected these cute woodland animals that were perfect for drawing with the pens.
After duplicating the images several times, I resized and rotated some of them and laid them out on my canvas to create the design. I then added the holly design (from my awesome pal Jen Goode) to fill in some of the bigger spaces between the animals. (Delete the colored layers, and just use the doodled holly.)
Once I had about a 12×12 section filled with animals and holly, I hot CTRL+A to select all, and copied and pasted the entire design below. It saved me a lot of work by not having to move and place each object again. Lastly, I attached the whole design to keep it all together, and then changed the color of the holly to either red or green. Select all again, and check your measurements before sending the design to your machine. If it is bigger than 11.5″ by 23.5″, resize down to the maximum sizes.
DIY COLORING GIFT WRAP – MAKING IT
Once you have everything in place, hit the Make It button. The software will remind you that you need a bigger mat since your project is bigger than 11.5×11.5″.
Now comes the fun part: the waiting. The black will take at least an hour, but I didn’t time it. If you do the red and green layers first, you can get the quick parts out of the way, switch the pen, and go do something else while your Cricut draws the designs.
Once done, carefully remove from the mat, and wrap your gift! I also created a cute matching tag with the deer design and a tag shape from the Design Library. The font used for the name is Cricut Sans.
I am madly in love with this design! Who would you create some custom coloring gift wrap for?