Pretty Gift Wrapping Idea for Busy People



‘Tis the season for wrapping gifts! And be jolly. I guess, if it weren’t for some much darn traffic + unsolicited “Hot Deals” newsletters. “No I don’t want to go on your 5-Day cruise thru the Panama Canal for $399 or purchase 2 chair recliners for the price of one thank you very much, but no thanks!”

But! Traffic + inbox spam aside, I’m totally willing to admit that I’m one of those folks the Grinch hates.

I get all stocked up when it comes to wrapping gifts. I never let stores wrap my pressies because (ahem ahem) I can do it way better.

Earlier this week, I started thinking about why we give gifts in the first place. Obviously there are many good + perfectly legitimate reasons. Religion aside, I suspect that at the root of it all, we give to celebrate love + spread it. Don’t we? It’s a symbolic ritual that shows how much we care for one another.

Maybe that’s why I believe in the power of intentional gift buying + gift wrapping + gift giving so much. Perhaps that’s why I always manage to set aside time to wrap all my presents over Granny’s eggnog + shiny ribbons + festive paper + Christmas-y tunes.

Still got an army of presents waiting to be decked + you have to get it done in a flash (or in my case, before Olivia gets hungry again)? This is the project for you!!!

Today I’m partnering with Kate Spade NY to show you how to wrap amazing gifts. Here’s a gift wrapping tutorial worthy of Pinterest coverage that you can put together in no time. Pssst… and your gifts will look soooo gorgeous everyone will think you spent hours putting em’ together.

Supply List:

  • A roll of paper (I used kraft paper)
  • Acrylic paint (I picked out 3 colors – black + white + metallic gold)
  • Embellishments (string + bows + washi tape + greenery + christmas balls + garland)
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Whole punch
  • Pretty gift tags (I used my own, you can get them here for just $5)


Step 1: Cut your paper into the appropriate size for your gifts.






Step 2: Roll our your wrapping paper + start painting your pattern. Try different shapes or phrases, and repeat them over and over again on your paper. Here are some ideas:

  • Hearts
  • Lines
  • Dots
  • Stripes
  • Grids
  • Squiggles
  • Trees
  • Stars
  • Swirls
  • Oh Holy Night
  • Merry Christmas
  • Ho Ho Ho
  • Tis the Season to be Jolly
  • My First Christmas

This is a good time to get creative + let yourself play. It really helps to test designs + colors on the paper to see what looks best together. Once you find a couple of styles you love, paint a ton of those. It only took about an afternoon to paint six different designs + let them dry.








Step 3: When your custom wrapping paper is all dried up, your presents are ready to be wrapped up.

Trick: This is how I make my own paper bags:

Collage Paper Bag

Step 4: And don’t forget to finish off your gifts with to/from gift tags + ribbons + garlands.







And that’s what I call pretty + fast gift wrapping my friend. It was seriously so much fun to set aside an afternoon to do this + having my lil’ helper close by made this moment one I hope to turn into a new tradition.

Thanks for Sticking Around!

It’s been so lovely to see how you have continued to support me + follow along (on Facebook, but mostly on Instagram), in spite of my maternity hibernation. Thanks for sticking around!

You make my heart sing every time I hear what Life is Messy products you have purchased for yourself (or to give away to) + loved. It’s also very exciting (and funny) to read your product requests for 2016. I know, I know, you want pijamas + unicorn temporary tattoos. I’m doing my research. I promise.

Anyway, what I wanted to say is: THANK YOU. You’ve made coming back to work (and blogging) less scary for me. For that, you will always have a big chunk of my T-Rex heart reserved with your name on it, in the VIP section.

I’ll be back very soon for a confessional about juggling life as a mom + girl boss. Be sure to sign up to my mailing list so you don’t miss it.

*This post is sponsored by Kate Spade NY. All content + ideas + words are my own.

Photography Credit

Susana Aramburú


  1. Oh Mayi,
    how I’m loving this gift wrapping tutorial… I actually love it so much that I consider leaving the already-bought paper for next year and handpaint my wrapping paper. 🙂
    Never had this idea beforehand. But thank you so much for sharing it and especially the incredibly lovely pics with baby O 🙂 You two are adorable on the pictures 🙂

    Have an incredible Christmas time and enjoy the egg nog of your gran OR try the recipe for our fam’s egg liquor I sent you last year (if you remember) 😉 Merry Christmas, enjoy the family time and a very happy new year to you Mayi! we say in Germany: Frohe Weihnachten und ein gesundes neues Jahr 🙂

    ~ Lisa

  2. I’m loving those designs, Mayi!

    (& of course your little elf too)

    Thanks for the inspiration. It’s great to see you coming back to the blog again, with your sidekick in hand & all of the fun we’ve come to expect from you. I missed you, but I am super thrilled that you have taken that time to enjoy that fleeting & magical (& messy) mama-level-one time. It keeps getting crazier & more fun & more messy as you go.

    Off to paint about eleven miles of kraft paper 😉 How did you know I just bought 2 big rolls of it for gift wrapping? Are you reading my mind?!


  3. Great ideas! I’ve always LOVED to wrap presents and was the Official Family Gift Wrapper when growing up at mom and dad’s house. LOL
    I love to see photos of you, Mayi. I smile when I see your sweet smile 🙂 And now you even have a little elf who smiles as much as you! WOW!

  4. Hi, Mayi!

    Of course I’m loving all of your craftiness. Making packaging and wrapping paper are two of my favorite things to make! I remember when I first started hanging around your blog. You were selling headbands! I loved them then and I love them now! You and Olivia are beyond adorable! Good to see you back with your new “tiny T-rex”!


  5. Oh Mayi, thank you so much for the tutorial on making bags! I have a hard time finding just the right bags for my knits, and that would be so easy to customize.

    The baby is precious and that closeup towards the end of the gallery is amazing. Congratulations on your precious family, and Merry Christmas to you!

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