Contractor’s Blueprints: FREE Wrapping Paper With an Edge

By thewriteDuffy •  Updated: 06/07/24 •  2 min read

As I write this, the Elf on a Shelf has arrived and the Christmas is kicking into high gear in my town. Since gifts are on my mind, I thought I would share a quick tip for my home-building readers.

Whether it’s the holidays or just a birthday, you’re never out for wrapping paper if you have those old blueprints from your unused designs! 

Don’t have any lying around, no problem, call your favorite home builder or city’s planning department! I’m sure they will be more than happy to share share stacks (and stacks) of old blueprints with you, and you’ll warm up a great contact for when you’re building or renovating.  

Blueprints are great because they measure about 2×3 feet each, and usually only have printed on one side.  They are also often tossed in mass quantities so you’re saving the planet a little too.

If it’s a birthday, consider leaving the blueprint as is and simply adding a spiffy bow or ribbon.

Your Super-Simple Guide to Christmas Blueprint Wrapping Paper:

If like me you’re gearing up for Christmas, flipping over the papers, and going crazy with a Christmas stamp or stickers will do the trick!

The decorating is fast and easy, and if you have kids, they will love getting involved and using with these old school techniques:

  1. Christmas stamps ($1 at Michaels) and ink pads
  2. Slices of potato cut into Christmas shapes with cookie cutters and dipped in acrylic paint or ink pads
  3. Stickers! Grab a ton for next to nothing at from Dollarama!

I love this wrapping paper office secret Santa parties because it will be a great conversation starter!


At home, April is a mom, wife, and DIY darling. Among other home projects, she helped her husband Dan renovate their 1986 bungalow and is currently designing and decorating the 2023 custom home they are building themselves. Professionally, April is a writer, author, and online marketer with 15 years of experience writing for newspapers and magazines, building online authority websites, and publishing books.