Affordable art: Wrapping papers

It’s time for another post in my Affordable Art blog series and this time it’s all about pretty, arty wrapping papers.

Wrapping papers are, by their nature, always going to be cheap. And with the emergence of arty wrapping papers, these are a fantastic way to acquire a sizeable piece of ‘art’ very affordably. Below are my favourite sources for arty gift wrap.

San Francisco based stationers Cavallini & Co. produce wrapping papers that are designed to look like vintage posters in a perfect 50x70cm size. They come in a wide range of subjects: insects, animals, colours, alphabets, cities, botany, anatomy, solar system, maps, sea life… the list goes on! Happily many of the designs are available in the UK: they sell for £3 each at Willow & Stone and at Waterstones stores where I found mine.

First Sense - Kid's Workspace
‘old school’ British Isles poster (Cavallini wrapping paper) in my kids’ workspace

A 50x70cm print for £3? Yes please! I mean, sure, you can use it to actually wrap a gift but these are so popular as cheap posters that Cavallini also produce wooden poster kits in portrait and landscape to hang your wrapping paper/poster (also available at Willow & Stone, among other retailers).
Cavallini poster kit Landscape or Portrait

Are we all still loving marble designs? Hell yeah! Especially when they look as beautiful as Katie Leamon‘s designs:

Katie Leamon marble wrapping papers

Katie Leamon’s wrapping papers would make a gift look incredibly pretty, and look fabulous on your wall. You don’t even have to make a choice, as these beautiful designs come in a set of 2 for £5.50.

I mentioned Juniqe in my Affordable art: Art calendars post, and this shop is shining here again. Just look at these wrapping papers they sell:

Junique wrapping papers

Hung up on your wall, no one would know your gorgeous abstract art is inexpensive wrapping paper! £6.90 for a set of 3 sheets. There are many more designs on the Juniqe website, so check them out!

These are just a few sources where you can find arty wrapping paper. I’m sure if you looked through Etsy or other arty websites, you’d find many more. Have you come across gift wrap that you think would make for lovely art?

Catch up with my previous posts in the Affordable Art series:
Affordable art – Art calendars
Affordable art – Textiles as art


  1. 2 August 2017 / 8:40 pm

    They look great, especially the map, gorgeous x #HomeEtc

    • Meera
      3 August 2017 / 10:42 am

      Thank you Becky! Yes the Cavallini poster-look gift wraps are fantastic! x

  2. 4 August 2017 / 1:09 am

    What a great idea! I love it! Why didn’t I think of that before? 🙂

    • Meera
      4 August 2017 / 9:35 am

      Thank you Anne Marie! 🙂 xx

  3. 5 August 2017 / 2:12 pm

    I LOVE this Meera!! I’ve used wrapping paper in all sorts of places but never on the wall. The last place was to line the drawers of my desk, but some of these are too good to hide away. I love the Junique ones especially!! Just gorgeous.Thanks so much for linking up again — so fab to find to your lovely blog! 🙂 #HomeEtc

    • Meera
      5 August 2017 / 11:34 pm

      Yes, these wrapping papers are works of art aren’t they? So glad you found this post useful and inspiring, Caro!

  4. 7 August 2017 / 1:15 pm

    There is literally no end to the inspiration for this is there?! I’ve often thought about framing wrapping paper, in fact I think we even have some lying around for this very purpose! Feeling inspired now X #HomeEtc

    • Meera
      8 August 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Yes! Wrapping papers are getting so good now, they’re essentially works of art! All the good designs come in a perfect 50x70cm size too, great for a cheap off-the-shelf frame 👍 xx

  5. 8 August 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Yes – sometimes wrapping paper is too nice to cut up! #homeetc

    • Meera
      8 August 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Totally agree! xx

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