I feel like I’m cutting this one a bit fine posting a Christmas DIY just a couple days before the big day, but if I’m perfectly honest, I feel like everything has been cut a little fine this month. Why is the lead up to Christmas always so ridiculously busy? Even two days before Christmas, I’ve got client calls planned, am writing Christmas cards, sending final invoices, and trying to wrap up the year as tidily as I can.

Clive and I went for a manic last-minute Christmas shop on Saturday, and we have now officially got all of our presents. Tonight’s plan is to get them wrapped and, as you’d expect, I have an overly ambitious idea of how I want to wrap them because it wouldn’t be Christmas if there wasn’t a last minute panic to make something else handmade. I’m normally a planner, but it seems that nothing happens ahead of time at this time of the year.

And so here it is – probably the last DIY of the year… a quick and easy way to make your own wrapping paper. You can save on the last minute dash out to the shops and be sure not to end up with the last roll of multi-coloured paper printed with toy poodles dressed as elves on. Here’s a much more tasteful option and I can assure you, the 3 hours required to make enough of this for all your presents, and the rolls and rolls of paper spread over the house, will in no way add to the stress of the Christmas countdown!

Here’s what you need to make your leaf-printed Christmas wrapping paper:

  • A roll of plain paper
  • Various plant and leaf cuttings
  • Green & red acrylic paint
  • A paint brush
  • A paint palette or a ceramic plate for mixing
  • Scrap paper

Step 1: Begin by mixing your paint. Using mixed paints gives you a richer green than the colour in the pot.

Step 2: Pick out the leaf you’d like to use for the print. Test it out on a piece of paper to make sure it prints well.

Step 3: Paint a thin layer of paint over the leaf.

Step 4: Turn it onto the paper carefully.

Step 5: Place a piece of scrap paper over the top and press down firmly.

Step 6: Take off the scrap paper and peel the leaf off carefully.

Repeat steps 3 to 6 until you’ve covered your paper. You can keep using the same leaf for the whole roll. If it does get caked with paint, you can give it a rinse and leave to dry before using it again.

Tips, tricks and thoughts: 

  • Experiment with different leaves before starting your final piece of wrapping paper. You can get lots different leaves from the garden that look like all sorts of Christmassy things.
  • Use a new piece of scrap paper when you press on your leaf, then rotate between a few leaving the acrylic paint to dry.
  • You could also add hand drawings to your paper and make things look like baubles or fairy lights, depending on the shape of your leaf print.

Please reassure me I’m not the only one running quite so late with my Christmas shopping and wrapping? How are you lot getting on?

I’m so impatient to turn my out of office on and sit down with a cup of tea, a plate of mince pies and a bowl of brandy cream! xS