It’s hard to believe it, but the holiday season is upon us! This year, why not get an early start on gift wrapping and do something extra special for your friends and family? Part of the fun of the holidays is getting gifts which are wonderfully packaged. Make your wrapping and labels part of the gift. There’s nothing like adding a personal touch to every package!
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Printable family gift tags – add a photo!
Right here, you can print out simple family gift tags that read, “Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours.” While they are pretty basic, the leave plenty of space for you to do whatever you want. Write on them, add glitter, draw on them, or add a photo. A family photo is a wonderful choice, like in this picture! This is an easy and inexpensive way to personalize any package.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HGTV
DIY gift bag!
This one is quite seriously genius. Ever sit down to package gifts and realize you just ran out of gift bags, and that would be the most appropriate choice for a particular present? If you have wrapping paper, you can create a gift bag from scratch. You’ll need scissors and tape and some paper for the handles. Following these instructions is almost ridiculously easy, and the finished effect looks really professional. Your recipient probably won’t even be able to guess you make it yourself.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Hellosandwich
Use a chalkboard marker.
First you’ll either need to buy or make some chalkboard wrapping paper covered in chalkboard paint. Once you’ve got that, purchase a chalkboard marker and write or draw whatever you want. It’s a simple look, but it really grabs your attention. You can see who these presents are for and from a mile away.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Nashvillewrapscommunity
Make your own patterned wrapping paper with handmade stamps.
Rubber stamps are an easy way to pattern plain wrapping paper. But did you know you can also create your very own stamps from scratch with any pattern you want on them? This tutorial teaches you how to create your own stamps using common DIY supplies, and then how to use them to pattern your wrapping paper. This is a wonderful idea for creating custom one-of-a-kind wrapping paper that you can use year after year. If you need to make more, just stamp more!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Cottonandflax
Duct tape Gift Wrap
Everyone loves duct tape! There’s nothing you can’t use it for, including gift wrapping. Duct tape comes in bright colors and designs, so why not use it in a way that is beautiful as well as functional? This duct-tape wrapping technique secures the package and looks fabulous. A great way to make your mailing box as exciting as what’s inside.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Dukesandduchesses
Origami pyramid gift boxes.
When you are giving someone a small gift like jewelry, this is a very fun alternative to a standard jewelry box wrapped in paper! Make your own cute little pyramid gift box instead. The tutorial is incredibly simple to understand at a glance. You just have to cut the paper as shown, fold it, and tie it at the top to close it. The box is easily reusable too, which is great!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Linesacross
Paper calla lilies.
Here is another wonderful paper craft you can use to add some color and excitement to any package. This tutorial will teach you how to make a bouquet of calla lilies with colored paper. The more flowers you add to your paper bouquet, the more dramatic the effect will be, like an explosion of color and joy. It is all held together with staples, so the bouquet can be removed from the package and treasured even after the package is opened. Flowers that never tie make a beautiful statement! This tutorial came from Oh Happy Day, the same blog where we found the wonderful black and white hand-painted wrapping paper we showcased earlier.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ohhappyday
Paper butterflies or pretty bows.
This idea comes from blogger Adelle, who in turn says she discovered it in an old book called The Art of Paper Crafts by Cheryl Owen. Wrap a package in solid colored wrapping paper. Take another piece of paper in a contrasting color and cut out paper butterflies. Glue or tape them (double-sided tape is awesome) to your box, and you will have a nifty three-dimensional effect. You can do the same thing with ribbons and get a great look too.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Adelle
Fabric gift pouch.
Here is yet another way you can creatively wrap your gift using fabric. This is a no-sew design and it is incredibly easy to put together in just a few quick steps using the tutorial. What a fun, bright, colorful way to use scraps of fabric to wrap your gifts. Oftentimes you can buy little scrap pieces the perfect size at a discount if you head to your local fabric store. These are as easy to unwrap as they are to wrap, which is also nice for your recipient!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Aspoonfulofsugardesigns
Wrap it in a tie.
Earlier we featured an idea for wrapping a present using a men’s shirt. Another fun alternative is to wrap a gift using a tie or suspenders. The tie or suspenders make another great gift, so this is also like giving two gifts in one. Perfect for gifting to Dad, Grandpa, an uncle or a husband this year. A great idea to keep in mind when Father’s Day rolls around as well. You could use a tie to wrap the box, and then gift a shirt inside which matches perfectly.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Lilyshop
Wrap it in a rainbow.
This idea comes from Oh Happy Day. The author originally discovered it in a book called More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Melanie Falick Books. There is no tutorial that goes with this, but you can see at a glance how it’s done. Just get yarn in a rainbow of colors, wrap it around the boxes, and tie off the ends. The packages look great from any angle, and the look definitely will catch anyone’s eye.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ohhappyday
Turn a paper cup into an adorable box.
This idea is very cute and very cheap; all you need is a paper cup and a pair of scissors. The finished result looks quite technical and fancy, but as you can see from the tutorial, it is quite simple to achieve. Once you fold your cup into a box, you can decorate it however you want. I think they look almost like little cupcakes. The page is in French, but the tutorial is visual, so you should be able to follow it regardless of your language.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Gedane.over-blog
Four fun gift wrap ideas.
In this photo there are a ton of great ideas for gift wrapping for the holidays! We love that washi tape in the upper left—that stuff is useful for everything in the world, it seems. But we especially love the buttons glued to the bottom right package. That is absolutely adorable! It’s colorful and has a fun 3-dimensional look to it.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Octoberafternoon