Photo Wrapping Paper and other unique gift wrap Ideas

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If you love family photo’s as much as I do, you’ll love to wrap a few gifts with this Photo Wrapping Paper. It’s a fun personal touch for a handful of gifts for your family!

Photo Wrapping Paper

I first shared this project on my friend Jamie’s blog C.R.A.F.T. along with several others fun ideas with other bloggers. Here is a collage with links for all of them!

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1. Kraft paper and washi tape with C.R.A.F.T.

2. Stamped fabric with Lines Across

3. How to sew a pillow case with Sew Caroline

4. Using old clothes with Our  5th House

5. Cupcake liner bows with Craftaholics Anonymous

6. DIY Picture gift wrap with Kristen Duke

7. Kraft paper and stamps with Positively Splendid

8. Mini fabric gift bags with Ellison Lane

9. Old stocking gift wrap with owen’s olivia

10. Kraft paper and glitter with Sarah M. Dorsey

11. Kraft Paper and EZ Start Printed Packaging Tape with C.R.A.F.T.

Back to the Photo Wrapping Paper…

This project can be done with just about any type of picture, I just grabbed some from a family photo shoot we did a while ago. I had already made them to look like imitation polaroids, and you can use the software PicMonkey for most of this, I also use photoshop (basic version works great.)

I remembered reading on my friend Mandy’s blog over at Sugar Bee Crafts her Giant Picture Tutorial for cheap that she printed black and white large photos at her local Staples on architecture/blueprint paper. So I decided to do some investigating. My Staples was too far away (and I don’t plan ahead very well).  I first called Office Max, which they confirmed the inexpensive price of the blueprint prints, but if photos were inserted, it would be much more expensive because more ink is used. I tried Office Depot, and sure enough, they were just fine with printing it as I wanted for the fabulous price of $5.50.

I asked them the specific sizing, and made my template in photoshop as 36×48 inches. They said I could make it longer if I wanted, they just charge by the foot. I created a collage, and you can use PicMonkey or Photoshop or any other software to do that, just make sure the big template is big enough to not pixelate the images. {About PicMonkey–I pay $30 a year for their deluxe version, which creates awesome collages and text on picture as seen in my picture above.} If you make a custom size in PicMonkey, they only offer sizing in pixels, and I’m pretty sure that 36×48 converted to pixels is 10800 x 14400. (If this part is confusing, let me know and I’ll do my best to better explain)

So here is the digital version I made on my computer:

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I knew it would only print in black and white, and they said it was fine to keep the images in color, so it was one less thing to worry about. In hindsight, I might have added more pictures and made these smaller so more is shown on the package, but I like the way it looks as bigger images, too.

Here is how large the architecture print is next to an adult, I guess I got a few extra inches on the side and didn’t know it!

DIY wrapping paper

I love the look of the package wrapped up in the black and white paper with photos, it gives the look of newspaper wrapping a bit, but more personalized.  The red ribbon tied around gives a fun POP! I’m not saying you should wrap all your presents this way (thought it’d be pretty darn cool to see a bunch under the tree), but for the special people–or one for each kid, maybe.

Homemade wrapping paper

I need to get more gifts under my tree!!

Need a last minute gift idea? Check out this quick and easy mini photo album!

last minute gift idea

Here are a few of my favorite holiday treats that you might enjoy, too:

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Christmas treats

Christmas Tree Bread//Chocolate Peppermint Cookies//Corn Flake Christmas Wreath

To see more Christmas family ideas, click on this link or on the image below!

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Join The Discussion



  1. Crystal says:

    That’s so fun!! Cute wrapping paper!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks, Crystal, it’s really a fun way to personalize a gift!

  2. NATALIE says:

    What a fun idea!!!

  3. Donna says:

    Ok, I simply love this!

  4. Nicole says:

    I totally want to do this. I think this would be really fun to wrap a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for my parents with old photos. My parents would love that! Thanks for the idea!

  5. Diana says:

    Love this!! What a great idea!! 🙂

  6. Alex says:

    Interesting ways to create personalized gifts!
    There is one more way to create Picture gift wrap, actually – just go to my brand new site, upload pictures and get your personal wrapping paper!


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