Print Your Own Wrapping Paper (Instead Of Buying It)

There's plenty of stuff you can print for free so you don't have to pay for it, and wrapping paper is one of them. Whether you design it yourself or pick up some awesome designs online, it's a pretty easy way to save money and give awesome, custom-wrapped gifts this Christmas.

We've shared a resource or two for this before, but there are a lot out there, and we've also found a few tips that can make the process a lot easier. Creating custom wrapping paper doesn't take much more than laying out a grid of photos or icons on a standard A4 sheet and printing them out on the thinnest paper you have. Your inkjet will work just fine, or you can even use a laser printer if your design works well in black and white. If you don't want to design your own gift wrap, the internet can help you out. Here are some awesome designs we found online:

Whatever you choose, there are a couple of things you need to remember so your custom wrapping looks as good as possible:

  • While standard A4 (or larger) sheets will work, thinner paper makes for better wrapping.
  • For larger gifts, use a repeating pattern so you can combine sheets. If your printer can handle larger paper, like legal size or even 13x19, use that instead.
  • When using a single image for your custom gift wrap, figure out its optimal placement before your print or it may wrap awkwardly.

For more tips, Photojojo offers a helpful step-by-step tutorial.


    I think I've got a different definition of print for free - but printing wrapping paper doesn't seem cheaper than buying it. Typically you can pickup a roll for under $1 per m, and there is a lot you can get considerably cheaper. Get it at the right time and you'll be getting 5m/$1 even for the nicer stuff. Though width can vary lets go with 50-70cm wide as a typical size.

    Printing on A4 pages - will usually set you back 5c per page, colour at 20c+ (at standard coverage, if you were printing 'solid' designs it's up to 20 times that much). If we only work on a 60cm wide comparison which is 2xA4 pages in landscape, you will still need 10 pages per meter costing 50c+. So you might scrape in on black & white on a minimal design versus an expensive paper - but that is hardly comparable.

    Having said all that - I'm not a Scrooge. If you've got a handmade gift (or something similarly thoughtful) by all means print wrapping paper. But if you're just getting a store bought present commercial papers are more efficient and significantly cheaper.

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