When it comes to giving the perfect gift, it’s the thought that counts. So why not make your git wrap as thoughtful as the item itself?

Creative and intentional gift giving is an art all in itself, and to help you get there, we’re sharing expert tips from calligrapher Bryn Chernoff on how to wrap a gift in her signature lettering style. Featuring just four elegant elements—paper, tape, a card, and a tag—Chernoff’s techniques are perfect for making all of your gift wrapping extra personal, and extra memorable.

(Psst: Curious to learn calligraphy? Get started with all of Bryn Chernoff’s popular classes here on Skillshare!)

What You’ll Need

Skip the pricey roll of store-bought wrapping paper and make your own instead with this calligraphy design idea that you can do no matter your skill level.

Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • Kraft paper
  • Artist tape
  • Blank tag
  • Cardstock
  • Calligraphy pen

You can opt for more colorful paper products than the basics—just be sure you choose paper with a matte surface, since anything glossy will lead to smeared ink.

How to Make Calligraphy Gift Wrap

Chernoff’s design has four elements, but the process for creating each of them is pretty much the same.

Step 1: Wrapping Paper

Source:   Bryn Chernoff blog   Y our message is up to you, but you can’t go wrong keeping it on theme with the occasion. 
Source: Bryn Chernoff blog Your message is up to you, but you can’t go wrong keeping it on theme with the occasion. 

Cut out a square or rectangular piece of Kraft paper that will be large enough to wrap around your gift. We recommend making sure you have the right fit before you get started, since you don’t want to work hard on your wrapping paper design only to realize the paper itself is too small.

When you’ve got your paper ready, tape it to a flat surface using a couple small pieces of artist tape, then begin your calligraphy. The style, text, and placement is up to you, but try keeping it on theme and making it unique to the occasion. Wrap your present with the paper when it’s dry and finished, and consider layering a smaller piece of cardstock with calligraphy on top for more visual interest.

Step 2: Tape

Source:   Bryn Chernoff’s Paperfinger shop    A simple line of tape can add a ton of visual interest to your gift. 
Source: Bryn Chernoff’s Paperfinger shop A simple line of tape can add a ton of visual interest to your gift. 

Tape adds texture and dimension to your gift wrap. Cut a long strip of artist tape to size and write calligraphy from end to end. Place it vertically along your gift.

Step 3: Tag

Source:   Bryn Chernoff’s blog       Even Santa knows that every gift needs a tag. 
Source: Bryn Chernoff’s blog Even Santa knows that every gift needs a tag. 

Next up: the tag. Calligraphy your blank tag as you choose, making sure to get in the basics like “to” and “from,” then adhere to your gift using a small piece of tape.

Step 4: Card

Source:   Bryn Chernoff’s Paperfinger shop      Bryn chose watercolors for her card, but you can go with any medium you’d like. 
Source: Bryn Chernoff’s Paperfinger shop   Bryn chose watercolors for her card, but you can go with any medium you’d like. 

No gift is complete without a card. Take a small piece of cardstock and get creative with your message—Chernoff used watercolors to make her calligraphy stand out, but you can keep it simple and stick with ink. Adhere to your gift and you’re all done!

Your calligraphy doesn’t have to be expert level for your gift wrap to look exceptional. We can guarantee that your giftee will love the results no matter what—and that you will, too.

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