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21 Delightful DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

by Lisa Hensley
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Tis the season for giving, and after you’ve pick the perfect gift, try one of these unique but, personal ways to make they perfect gift extraordinary. With just a few items you already have laying around the house, you can create personalized, gorgeous gift wrap.

1. Hand-Stamped Polka DotsStephanie White really knocked it out of the park when she created this adorable hand-stamped packaging. Her materials are minimal (she used an eraser to create the dots!) and the final look is festive without being over done.

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2. Typographic Gift Wrap. Back in 2010 ManMade posted this sleek intersection of gift tag and gift wrap and the look still feels fresh. Over on the ManMade blog you’ll get an in-depth guide for replicated the look.

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3. Homemade Holiday Gift WrapWhitney of Eat Sleep Cuddle pointed out that making these adorable designs was a healthy take on holiday cookie decorating. She got the mess, the creative indulgence, and the gorgeous end result, but she didn’t end up with big batch of cookies calling her name.

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4. DIY Stamp Roller. As if the lint roller wasn’t useful enough, Natalie Karmer over at Handmade Charlotte expanded its utility into the holidays. With a little craft foam and baker’s twine she created a wintery scene that can be used on gift wrap and cards.

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5. Potato Stamps?!? Design Sponge did an incredible job of transforming something very ordinary into something extraordinary by blending an age-old stamping technique with modern shapes.

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6. “Chalkboard” Paper.  CreativeLive instructor and all-around-inspirational-maven, Bonnie Christine, put black paper with a white paint marker to work to create an adorable chalkboard effect. In her Christmas Chalkboard Packaging post, Bonnie demonstrates the results you’ll get with different pen types and even offers a downloadable icon guide.

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7. Repurposed Tissue Paper. Have too much tissue paper and not enough wrapping paper? Or maybe you favor the funky vibe of tie dye?  This dyed tissue paper uses up that excess paper and gives you the ability to customize your colors, creating a fun and festive look.

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8. Upcycled Newsprint, Paper Bags, and Maps. Before you throw those old newspapers, paper bags, and maps into the recycling bin consider incorporating them into a thrifty, unique wrapping design. In her Make post, Vanessa Coppola offered the excellent tip of using a low heat iron to smooth out the wrinkles.

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9. Upcycled Belt Bow. Need some wrapping ideas for dear old Dad? Boxwood Clippings suggests using a belt he has “outgrown” instead of a traditional bow to create a memorably masculine look.

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10. Drop Cloth Gift Bag. Create a paint-ready alternative to traditional wrapping paper, by sewing a drop cloth into a durable gift bag. This unique wrapping can be embellished with paint before or after the gift is wrapped because the paint will not soak through.

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11. Washi Taped Gift Wrap. For a quick and colorful way to customize any wrapping paper DIY Inspired recommends decorating your packages with washi tape. There are so many colors and patterns to choose from and you probably already have a hefty collection of inspiring washi tape rolls sitting in your craft closet.

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12. Artfully Folded Fabric Wrap. For great conversation starter, Evermine Occasions suggests wrapping your gifts in the ancient Japanese tradition, furoshiki. This is fabric origami for your gifts. Bonus idea, wrap your gifts in a set of new dish towels, for reuseable wrapping paper.

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13. Create-Your-Own Crayon Paper. Have some little ones itching to tear open their presents? Wrap your gift in white paper, attach some crayons, have them design their own package.

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14. Paper Towel Tube Box. Need a little gift box in a pinch? Decoracion 2.0 has a wholly unexpected and awesome suggestion: use a halved paper towel roll, fold in the edges to create a perfect pillow box. Finish the look with a wide bow!

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15. Pineapple Surprise. Looking for a perfect hostess gift? Brighten up any holiday party with pineapple packaging. Who doesn’t love champagne and chocolate?

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16. Snazzy Gift Card Snow Globes. Giving just a gift card often isn’t much fun. One Charming Party has an excellent suggesting for stepping up the gift card game and packaging it into a winter wonderland snow globe!

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17.  Fun and Festive Surprise Balls! Add layers of fun to your holiday unwrapping with surprise ball packaging. You can hide little gifts throughout, so the recipient finds fresh treasures in each layer.

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18. Frosty the Bread Tie. Some of the best gifts are handmade, particularly when you can eat them. But don’t just decorate those gourmet goodies, add some holiday cheer to the package with adorable, upcycled snowman bread ties.

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19. Wee Little Walnut Wrap. Nothing else could feel more magical than giving a gift wrapped in a walnut shell. This idea from Curly Birds feels as if magical elves packaged it themselves.

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20. Paint Can Gift Wrap. For a quick, inexpensive but unique gift bag idea, try an empty paint can from the hardware store. It can be a sturdy alternative to the traditional paper gift bag Add your goodies inside and seal the lid. Trim your gift with a festive bow.

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21. Sweater Sleeve Cozies. Nothing says warm and comfy quite like a sweater. Have wornout sweaters that you over-loved? Recycle an old Sweater Sleeve and make a fall-perfect cozy wine bottle wrapping.

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Love them all? Be sure to pin this collage to your DIY Gift Wrap board on Pinterest!

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Lisa Hensley

With the help of the internet and more than a few trips to the craft supply store, Lisa has made everything from shark-themed wall art to fondant draped wedding cakes. Her current hobby involves cat costumes.