One of the most exciting parts of Christmas morning is unwrapping all of your gifts, but that’s also one of the most frustrating times as well. If you spent a lot on gifts this year, you might feel guilty when you see how much paper was used just to wrap them up! Luckily, there is plenty of creative and inexpensive gift wrapping ideas that will ensure your loved ones have an amazing holiday without breaking the bank or hurting the environment. Check out these 10 great DIY gift wrapping ideas for inspiration!
DIY Boxes from Corners of Newspapers
You probably have stacks of newspapers sitting around, or easily can grab a few from your home recycling bin. But don’t throw them away—instead, use newspaper to create gift boxes that won’t cost you anything but time. Carefully slice up one side of a paper box with an X-ACTO knife (you may need to do some cutting on both sides). Peel the back part of one side so it forms a hinge.
Use Candy as a Decoration
There’s nothing better than a box of chocolates to set a festive mood, but you can also use sweets as an accent to your gift wrapping. Use them to create snowmen, bears, or any other seasonal figures! If you’re giving books or DVDs, wrap them in candy wrappers and line them up on a shelf to spell out words.
Turned up Bag Topper
Turn a plain brown bag into a creative gift topper. Cut two triangles out of brown construction paper, as wide as you want your bag to be when folded, and about three inches long. Attach them to each end of your bag with tape. Fold one side over at an angle, then tape in place. Repeat with the other side to give your bag its unique look! To make a bigger or smaller bag, simply change up how far you fold over each triangle.
Closed-Up Presentation with Tape
Put your gift inside a clear bag, then tape it shut with fun patterned or colored masking tape. No one will be able to tell anything is hiding behind that tape!
Make Your Bow Using Gaffers Tape
You can add a lot of flair to any present by making your bows. You’ll need gaffers tape or another thin ribbon (depending on how large you want your bow), scissors, wire cutters, and a pen or pencil. First, make a design that you like using either your pen or pencil (use the sharpened end). Then, take your wire cutters to cut two pieces about 12 inches long out of either side of that shape.
Reuse Old Gift Bags and Tags For Gift Wrapping Techniques
If you still have some gift bags or gift tags from previous years, use them for wrapping. You can also reuse last year’s Christmas cards to wrap your gifts. It’s better to recycle than toss out, plus you can save a bundle of money.
Print on Cardstock, Cut Out, Wrap, Voila!
If you’re low on wrapping paper, or just don’t feel like heading to a store for last-minute gifts, consider using cardstock. It’s easy to find in any color, and it’s sturdy enough to hold small or odd-shaped gifts.
Stickers as Gifts Wrapping Ideas
If you’re trying to find an original way to give a gift, think outside of the box! Stickers make for great gifts, especially if your giftee is obsessed with art. For around $5, pick up some stickers from your local craft store and have fun wrapping them as gifts. You can even customize stickers by adding customized messages or drawings to give your sticker that unique touch.
Washi Tape is Enough
Washi tape has recently become super popular as a great gift wrapping option. Wrap gifts with washi tape or get creative and make a garland out of it to hang on your Christmas tree. Do you have time to go buy more wrapping paper? We didn’t think so… these days, people are looking for simple solutions that are both inexpensive and beautiful. This is one of them!
Easy Tiered Bows Gift Wrapping Ideas
Tie a piece of ribbon around a bouquet. Then, tie another length of ribbon across it in an X pattern, or multiple smaller bows if you want something extra special. This is also a great way to wrap gifts when there’s not enough wrapping paper for them all!