There is a ton of cute holiday wrapping paper out there, but it always feel a little silly to spend so much money on something that gets torn apart and thrown away within seconds (unless you take after my Poppa and carefully untape each section and gently fold the wrapping paper for re-use next year). I always spend a ton on cute wrapping paper each year (one of the pitfalls of living on the same block as a Papersource), but this year I decided to try something different and more personal. I bought a roll of cheap kraft paper and decorated it myself with rosemary from my fridge, a sharpie marker and some Elmer's glue and glitter.
*Confession - I did not wrap these presents. I made Jamie do it, because as much as it pains me to admit it, I can't wrap. It's the one Elfin quality I just can't nail down, no matter how hard I try. As a teen I worked in a bookstore and would hide in the self-help section if someone paged for wrapping assist. The one time I attempted to do it, the customer grabbed it from me and said, "I'll just do it myself!" I haven't recovered since. Thankfully, my husband prides himself in his wrapping abilities so my child won't be the kid always sent off to parties with a present stuffed in a decorative bag.
On the bright side, once your friend/husband/Elf helps you wrap the present, the crafting part is easy peasy! We made a glitter snowflake on one present and a rosemary Christmas tree on the other.
To make the rosemary christmas tree, just place one long rosemary sprig with a little stem showing towards the top, on the center of the present. Hot glue gun the center piece down. Then cut pieces of rosemary into short pieces, medium pieces and longer pieces. Place the shorter ones on top, keeping the rosemary leaves pointing downward, and increase the size as you get closer to the bottom, gluing them as you go. Finally, fill in the space left at the bottom between the center and the last longer piece with two short sprigs- and you're done! To make it extra festive, take a sharpie and draw on a star and some gifts around the tree or any holiday scene you can imagine! As an added bonus, your present now smells delicious!
To make the glitter snowflake, draw your best snowflake with Elmer's glue and pour glitter over the top. Wait until it drys and then gently blow off excess glitter. You could even draw the recipients name in glue, because really, who doesn't love seeing their name sparkle in gold glitter?