Personalized Wrapping Paper

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A few weeks ago I received a catalog that had personalized wrapping paper in it.  It was SO cute, but pretty pricey.  I knew there had to be a way to make my own for less money.

I decided to try out the engineering prints from Staples.  I went with the 18×24 prints since they are big enough to wrap a shirt box and are only $1.79 a sheet (they actually print larger than 18×24 with some white space around it.  Perfect for the back of boxes that you can’t see).

For this project I designed a contact sheet in Photoshop using Instagram photos (since they are already square).  You can even use PicMonkey if you don’t have Photoshop!  I figured out I would need 63 pictures since I was using 9 columns and 7 rows (you can use more pictures if you’d like to make them smaller on the paper).  I put the 63 images in a folder, selected them all in Bridge, and went to “tools”, “Photoshop”, “contact sheet II”.


I put in the dimensions of the sheet (24″ x 18″) along with the number of columns and rows I wanted (9 columns and 7 rows).  I also unclicked “font” so the file names wouldn’t go under each image.




Then I clicked “ok” and let Photoshop do it’s thing.


Because engineering prints aren’t really for photos, I desaturated the image so all the images would be in black and white.


And I think the final product turned out pretty well!  I’m pretty much the worst wrapper in the world.  But, this paper hides my bad wrapping skills 🙂


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  1. Cara says

    Fantastic idea!

  2. Elena says

    I absolutely love this! And I’ve been seeing this around too (like on Minted, but very expensive)! I had to pin this! I also tweeted and shared on Google+! I didn’t see that you had a G+ account so I couldn’t mention you :o( Anyhow, thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a great week!

    Elena at
    Elena´s last blog post ..Felt Pinwheel Flower Tutorial (great for the holidays)!

  3. Lindsey says

    You are a genius!!

  4. lisa says

    Hi! I LOVE THIS! However, my drop-down does NOT have the option for contact sheet! I’m using CS4 and cannot figure this out! Are you aware of anything I can do to work-around this??
    Thank you ever so much!