I saw a handmade wrapping paper pin a while back and the way the handwriting looked on kraft paper stuck in my head. When I saw R4 (€0.30) kraft wrapping paper in the store, which never happens in South Africa, I knew I had to make something with it. Over here we use this paper for the really boring school book coverings. I don’t think my country has realised that this is in fashion just yet and so the cheapest crafty purchase I have ever made happened.
I took my nice cheap paintbrush, and my nice cheap acrylic black paint and painted directly onto the cheap wrapping paper. I didn’t prime it first, I didn’t write out the words, and I didn’t worry too much. I just painted. I painted over it a few times to get the words darker. Since I worry far too much about fitting lyrics or poems into a space, I just repeated a phrase. When they weren’t going to fit in towards the end I improvised.
The paint I had was probably a bit too heavy for the lightness of the wrapping paper, and it crinkled a bit. I rather like this “effect” and I’m going to pretend it was intentional. You see our duvet? It’s got that crinkle look to it too, which is fantastic.
I measured our bed’s width roughly, and stuck it up with prestik.
If I was worried about crinkling, or longevity, or how simple it looks, I would have written this on wood. But I’m not. This project cost me R5 (or R4 + R6 + R15 [€1.80] if I had bought the paint and brush new) and it took me 30 minutes including drying. I would say it’s worth it.