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Gift Wrapping Ideas

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Check out these creative gift wrapping ideas. You simply cannot give someone a fabulous homemade gift using ordinary, store-bought wrapping paper.

You can easily and quickly personalize the wrap as well as the gift. Create your own custom wrapping paper, gift bags, or even fancy boxes. You can also use and make unique gift toppers. So, next time you are giving a special gift, forgo the expensive store-bought wrap and try one of these.


Ideas for Wrapping Your Gifts

  • Reuse color pages from newspapers or even find a special news story to share, wrap the gift using that page, and highlight sections of the story you want to point out. You can also highlight words that appear on the newspaper that remind you of the gift's recipient.

  • Wrap small packages using a page or two from a calendar. You can use a page from a specific month or the artwork.

  • Cut a trap door into a 2-liter soda pop bottle that has been washed and dried. Insert the gift along with shredded paper or tissue paper and glue or tape the trap door shut. You can also put some glitter, sequins, or shaped confetti in the bottle!

  • You can make a miniature gift box out of an old greeting card by following these directions.

  • How about wrapping a gift using wallpaper? They come in larger pieces, fancy designs, and they are pretty strong!

  • If you know someone who likes traveling or a child who is interested in geography, why not wrap a gift for them using a map.

  • Recycle a small box, like the kind jewelry comes in, into a personlized and colorful gift box

  • You can decorate plain butcher paper using painting or printmaking techniques.

  • Paper grocery bags, cut apart and used inside-out makes great wrapping paper.

  • Colorful magazine pictures can be used for small gifts.

  • A small gift can be nestled in a little box made by taping two inverted egg carton cups together.

  • Small, paper lunch bags can be decorated using stickers, sequins, rhinestones, etc. You can also decorate them using scraps of wrapping paper.

  • I think any grandparent would be thrilled to get a gift wrapped in copies of their grandkid's school work!

  • You can also use a decorated toilet paper roll to wrap small items.

  • Sew around 3 sides of two pieces of scrap fabric to create a small bag. Tie it closed with matching ribbon. You can also simply use a larger fabric scrap as you would wrapping paper.

  • Cover or paint old shoe boxes or recycle old gift boxes.

  • Recycle food containers, such as a potato chip can or coffee can, to wrap gifts. You can use any container with a lids just by cleaning it and decorating the outside!

  • How about using heavy duty aluminum foil?

  • For gift wrap that doubles as a second gift, try wrapping a present using a colorful towel. You can tie the ends together or fasten with clothespins or safety pins.

  • Follow these directions to make a unique gift bag out of an ordinary paper bag.

Ideas for Gift Toppers

After you wrap your gifts using one of the ideas below, you can embellish it. This is a great way to personalize it to suit the personality of the gift recipient, to go along with the theme of the gift, or simply to dress up the package.

  • You can simply have your child color or draw pictures.

  • Decorate it with stickers.

  • Try making prints on the paper using rubber stamps, sponges, potatoes, hands, feet, and just about anything else!

  • Tie it with ribbon, lace, rick-rack, or other typical fabric trim.

  • Add a rustic flair by tying the package using twine or raffia.

  • Print out one or more of these free gift tags.

  • You can tie on pine cones, tree sprigs, or other items from nature.

  • Cinnamon sticks tied onto the gift not only look fancy but smell wonderful!

  • Make prints with cookie cutters and then tie the cutter onto the package.

  • Decorate by gluing wrapped candies, such as mints or candy Kisses, dotted all over the package.

  • Tie the gift up with a string of beads, buttons, popcorn, etc.

As you can tell, there are quite a few creative options! Pretty much all of these ideas are interchangeable so be create and experiment with what you have on hand. If you have a gift wrapping idea, please submit it to be published here. If you want to be one of the first to know when new craft projects are posted, take a few moments to sign up for the Family Crafts Newsletter and you can also chat about crafts with others in the Family Crafts Forum.
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