It’s the thought that counts. This old adage holds true no matter what the occasion for gift-giving is. But how you showcase your birthday, anniversary, or holiday presents can speak volumes about your appreciation for your friends and loved ones. No matter what your gift-wrapping personality is – minimalist, quirky, or all-out personalized –allow us to help you with these creative solutions.
There is something clean, fresh, and beautiful about a gift that is simply wrapped in neutral tones with a few creative embellishments. Let your generosity and imagination run free – here are some ideas:
- Elements of nature.Wrap white wool or twine around and around the gift until it overlaps at angles. Push a sprig of rosemary or your old Christmas decorationsthrough the wool. For arustic yet elegant look, wrap your presents in kraft paper and use yarn and sprigs of pepperberry.
- Rolled paper roses or homemade bows. Instead of tying a trusted bow on top, create your own homemade bow with rolled paper roses. You could also thread a thin cord or piece of twine through a vintage button, knotting tightly, to create a memorable bow of your own.
- DIY Christmas ornaments.Decorate the family’s gifts with ornaments from the tree to create a cohesive holiday look from the tree topper down to the presents. You may also create reindeer silhouettes and glue them onto a plain wrapper for a warm holiday touch!
Apply your knowledge of basic weaving to your gift wrapping. You can use just about anything to create the weave,as long as it is pliable, the right width, and relatively flat. Yarn, ribbon, embroidery floss, or even strips of paper, work well.
To create the weave, cut pieces of your chosen material into a length that will wrap all the way around the package, securing it on both ends using tape, or by tying a knot if you’re using string. Start weaving in and out with your second batch of material until the pattern is to your liking. See your woven ribbon work its wonders on a plain gift box.
Vintage Clothing and Accessories
Breathe new life into an old polo, a blouse, or even a pair of colorful tights by using them as gift wrap! To wrap a gift using tights, cut off the toe, put your gift box or the gift itself in one leg, and cut again, leaving a few inches on each side for tying. Give the gift a heartwarming, personal touch by adding a few more decorative elements, such as artificial flowers or even an old brooch.
If you are in a hurry or do not feel craftsy enough, find a savior in the form of decorative gift boxes. Secure the lid with an embellished ponytail holder that little girls will cherish. Add pizzazz to a plain box with basic paper cutouts, such as a DIY paper necktie for the gentleman in your life. Lace works just as well to add a special touch to a pre-made box.
Old Sheets of Papers
Don’t let old newspapers, maps, or wallpaper go to waste – repurpose them as an unlikely yet eye-catching gift wrapper. This idea allows you not only to recycle, but also to achieve a shabby chic look in your gift-giving.
Add a card and your own personal message (written in calligraphy, if you know how), and your masterpiece will undoubtedly bring a warm smile and heartfelt thanks to your loved one’s face.
Have you tried any of these ideas? Tell us how it went, and share your own creative gift-wrapping ideas with us in the comments below!