Make an upcycled journal from gift wrapping supplies

Hi there everyone, it’s Tanyalee here with my final tutorial post for the 2016 Get Messy Creative Team, I have loved every minute of my CT duties and look forward to what 2017 brings.

For my tutorial today I am going to show you how to make an art journal out of gift wrapping supplies you may have at home.

What you will need:

  • A range of gift wrapping supplies (gift bags, cards, gift wrap, tags, doilies)
  • Any other papers you might like to add for variety (watercolour paper, Kraft paper etc)
  • An awl for poking holes
  • A needle
  • A thread of some kind (I used crochet cotton)
  • Letter thickers for a title
  • Scissors, tape runner, bulldog clips, paper trimmer

I’ve produced a video to show you how it’s done:

I hope you are inspired to create your own journal for this season, or to just use up some gift supplies after the holiday season.

Thanks again for allowing me to share some skills with you this year. Stay Messy lovely people.


Tanyalee is a mum to three grown up kids, a wife to her childhood sweetheart, a full time graphic designer and a part time crafter/art journaler. She loves growing veggies to feed her family, she loves raising her fur babies (cats, rabbits and guinea pigs) and she loves spending her spare time just pottering around her house. Tanyalee LOVES being at home more than anything else – as long as her family is nearby.


  1. Lucia

    pure perfection 🙂

  2. Melody Willoughby

    such a great idea! and i love being at home more than anything else too.

  3. Vanessa Oliver-lloyd

    Lovely! Thank you for all the inspiring posts from this year…yours were always among my favourites xo

  4. Suzanna weimer

    This is so magical! Thanks for sharing!! I already started the journal for this round but I am totally inspired to make my next journal like this!! <3

  5. Alicia Schultz

    So good!

  6. sandra Biehl

    Yes! I’m brand new to messians and here’s another project I can take on, finish and be pleased with my efforts!
    Thank you.