Love it or hate it, Christmas wrapping is part and parcel of the holidays. Sure, you could throw your carefully chosen presents into those handy gift bags with some crumpled-up tissue paper, but it’s easier than you might think to create gift wrap that’s worthy of the gifts themselves. A few creative ideas will make the stash underneath your tree just as pretty as the holiday decor surrounding it. And as impressive as the gifts look, their recipients will never know how easy it was to make them stand out.
You don’t have to rely on cheap paper and too much tape to conceal your Christmas gifts. Let the exterior of each package nod to the good things to be found inside. Consider repurposing materials like old tissue paper, brown paper bags, and other found objects in fun and whimsical ways. Plain brown paper stamped with seasonal shapes like Christmas trees, bells, and snowflakes is easy to make and adds a personal touch to your packages. You can even make your own stamp roller using a lint roller, craft foam, and baker’s twine. Get more inspiration from these versatile gift wrap solutions:
- Chalkboard Paper – Plain black paper and a white paint marker gives your gifts the chalkboard effect. Draw your own designs or write custom messages on each gift. Bonus: No need for name tags when you can write directly on the package!
- Newspaper, Paper Bags, Butcher Paper, Maps – You may never need to buy a roll of gift wrap again if you turn to these household staples. Thrifty and durable, papers like these can be smoothed out with an iron on low heat. Get resourceful with gift tags cut from cardboard boxes, “ribbons” of string, and buttons in lieu of traditional bows.
- Fabric Wraps – Found fabrics from old sweaters, scraps from sewing projects, or festively colored cloth make delightfully different gift wraps. You can even use brand-new dishtowels to serve double duty as a bonus gift.
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