How to wrap presents creatively,
using fragments of paper and
miscellaneous items from around your house


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All you need are pieces of paper, tape, glue sticks, hot glue or double sided tape, and these three ideas.


Absorb these 3 ideas


You can use small fragments of paper.

You can use odd, non-wrapping materials, such as twigs, bottle caps or even colorful breakfast foods.


Focus on the front of the package.

The back of the package is backstage; it's ok to let it be messy.


Contrast of color.

Contrast of light and dark.

Contrast of texture or material.

Contrast of line (angled paper on rectangular boxes).


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40 pages, 7"x7", full color, hardcover or paperback.

Gallery Three: Drawing on Solid-Color Paper

Draw Wrap

Black Marker Pattern

Solid-color paper is the blank canvas of the wrap artist. Once the present is wrapped, you are free to improvise.

Contrast: white/black: the opposites of brightness. Angled strokes/ retangular box.

Easy: no fancy drawing, just add single strokes until it is filled up.

Draw Wrap

Silver Paint Marker Pattern on Red Paper

Shopping bags are a great source of wrapping paper. The paper is thick and luxurious.

Contrast: flat color/ shiny silver. Zig-zag drawing/ retangular box.

Easy: The zig zags build up without planning.

Draw Wrap

Tricolor Marker Pattern

A demonstration of a simple way to achieve a cheery look.

Easy: limit the number of stroke clusters.

Contrast: angled stroke/ rectangular box. bright color/ no color.

Stamp Wrap

Rubber Stamp Pattern

Rubber stamps offer a particularly easy way to embellish solid color wraps.

Contrast: complex foreground/white background. Angled stroke/ rectangular box.

Easy: you just can't beat rubber stamps for quick patterning.

Draw Wrap

The Package is the Label

I drew in the lettering in light pencil and then colored it with markers, adding a black outline for contrast. The lettering becomes the decoration.

Contrast: bright color/dull color. Pattern/no pattern.

Draw Wrap

Ribbon, Bow and Paper Pattern by Hand

People love illusion. I pencil in the ribbon and bow. Pencil lightly and you will be able to correct the drawing. The red inner lines and the black outlines are done in a rough, broken style. Then I applied the pattern on the paper.

Easy: the rough, broken style of the red and black lines makes it easier to color in the ribbon. It is permissive of error, and uses less ink.

Not so Easy: To be perfectly honest, hand drawn bows are going to be easy for some people, and no-so-easy for others. But, you should give it a try because even a crudely drawn bow will have the charm of illusion.

Draw Wrap

Ribbon and Bow by Hand

This time I used colored pencil for the ribbon's color. I pencil in the ribbon and bow. I color in the ribbon with rough strokes. A dark outline gives the ribbon more focus. I added some shadow to the bow's parts to enhance the illusion

Easy: the messy coloring style speeds up the job.

Draw Wrap

Ribbon, Bow and Paper Pattern by Hand

This draw wrap uses marker for the base coloring of the paper and the bow. Then I added colored pencil additions to the ribbon and bow (orange and magenta). I finished it off with an black outline in brushed ink.

Extra Credit: this is a fancy piece of wrap art. Sometimes you just want to spend the time.

notecardsNotecards by John Boak— Drawings of Colorado & Utah