We love all that is colorful and bright at Brit + Co, but we’re always looking for inspiration to add more color to seasonal palettes for the holidays. That’s why we’re teaming up with Vera Bradley to bring some extra creativity to your holiday wrapping and gift giving this year. Their intricate patterns and explosions of color are the perfect muse for custom gift wrap. Check out the video below to see how the Bohemia Blooms pattern sparked our imagination.

It’s all so beautiful and inspiring! Scroll on to catch more details on how it’s done.

Hand Painted Gift Wrap


Materials + Tools:

  • watercolor
  • white butcher paper
  • sponge brush
  • tissue paper
  • marker
  • scissors
  • needle and thread


  1. Paint strokes of color onto your butcher paper. We like to use a foam brush to create wide, soft strokes. Let dry.
  2. Add dots and leaves, as inspired by Vera Bradley’s Bohemian Blooms pattern.
  3. Use your freshly crafted paper to wrap your gift.
  4. Next, make your tissue flowers. Draw a circle on a stack of tissue paper. Choose colors that match your wrapping paper. Cut circle out.
  5. Fold the circles in half, and stitch a knot through all of the layers.
  6. Make your flowers “bloom” by pulling up each layer and crinkling for texture.
  7. Tape them to the top of your gift and you’re set!

Get your materials. OMG, look how these colors POP already!


Start by painting strokes of color on your butcher paper. We like using a foam brush for a softer, wider stroke. With the Lighten Up Brush Up Cosmetic Case in Bohemian Blooms as our inspiration, we chose a bright palette of red, pink and orange. Let dry. Next, draw some fun textures and leaf accents to help tie our wrapping paper into the pattern. Now you’re ready to wrap your gift!


Next, make your floral toppers. Draw and cut a circle on layers of colored tissue. Mix up the diameter of your circles for different sized flowers. Tie your layers together by stitching a simple knot in the center of the circle. Let those blossoms bloom! Pull the layers up and crinkle the sides to add dimension. Tape to the top of your wrapping.


Check out those floral accents FTW! This gift is sure to be a delight from the inside out.


The holiday season never looked better!


We found inspiration in these three Vera Bradley prints!


We made a foam stamp with complementary colors for the Keiv Paisley All in One Crossbody and Wristlet.


We absolutely LOVE the Leighton Backpack in Kiev Needlepoint, so we busted out the embroidery needle and thread to make some custom stitchwork.


Lookin’ good! Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping and score some Vera Bradley gifts to give yourself plenty of time to make your wrapping paper.

How do you find inspiration for your holiday gift wrap? Share your custom gift wrap with us on Instagram by tagging @BritandCo, and don’t forget to include #iamcreative.

Video: Alonna Morrison, Katie Booker + Ryan Shelley

DIY Production + Styling: Alonna Morrison

Photography: Kurt Andre