Here are 30 unique ways of wrapping your gifts this Christmas. Laziness is no excuse to not try out these simple gift wrapping ideas. You don’t need expensive wrapping paper for that extra special effect. There are several household goods that can be effectively used for that one-of-a-kind appearance. Get wrapping!
1. STRIPED STRAWS SNOWFLAKE TOPPER
Gift wrap using a Kraft paper. Next cut out vertical and horizontal strips of mimic ribbon of red, white and colors and alternate the vertical and horizontal strips to create a pattern. Finally glue together candy canes or striped straws in the form of a snowflake to become a gift topper.
2. PEPPERMINT SLEDS
Candy canes can be put to some more decorative use by gluing two pieces to the sides of a thick chart paper and give them the appearance of Santa’s sled.
3. PERLER BEAD PATTERNS
A refreshing way of using the Perler beads also called Hamas beads is to create interesting patterns in various colors and then sticking them on a plain Kraft paper. The contrast is striking.
4. LIGHT UP THE GIFT
Holiday lights look good not only on Christmas trees and the holiday decorations, they can be creatively used as a gift wrapper topper too. Six bulbs can be stuck together to form the shape of a star and the bauble fastened with a double-stick tape to the ribbon.
5. CONFETTI RIBBONS
The confetti usually used at weddings and parties can now be creatively used to create interesting patterns in vibrant colors on your gift boxes. Just secure a double-stick tape to the box and sprinkle the confetti.
6. MAKE YOUR OWN GIFT WRAPPING PAPER
Make your own gifting wrapping paper by using vegetable dyes and vegetables at home. You can create a myriad of patterns and each one unique and distinct. A clever way of keeping your toddlers and young kids occupied too.
7. POM POM TOPPERS
Crepe paper forms a wonderful base for these pompom toppers that add the right charm to any present. Use glue dots to stick the tiny pompoms in patterns of your choice.
8. A SPLASH OF COLOR
Just flick paint onto the brown wrapping paper and create a new pattern each time. A great way to use leftover uncoated wrapping paper. Add extra embellishments like buttons, twigs interlaced with twine for that classic look.
9. GLITTERY POLKA DOTS
For times when you don’t have store-bought gift wrap paper, you can use regular paper and decorate it with glittery polka dots.
10. CONIFER WREATH TOPPERS
Use the evergreen conifer leaves to make a wreath that can be placed atop a brown wrapping paper and secure it with bright ribbons for that perfect holiday look.
11. SNOWFLAKE DECORATION
No Christmas present is complete without the much-loved snowflake. Now make your own snowflake with colored straws and enrich any gift wrapper of any color, though the best combination will be on uncoated plain paper.
12. THE CHARMING RED SEAL OF BYGONE ERA
Wrap your gifts the traditional way and then use a thick string to secure the package. For the final touch use a red candle and let it drip where the lines intersect. This present will surely appeal to the older generation.
13. EMBROIDERED TOPPINGS
For those who have a way with their hands and can embroider various shapes and patterns and designs, now is the time to showcase your talents. Stick silken thread embroidery patterns on the gift wrapping paper to give the much-needed personal touch.
14. ORNAMENTAL GIFT TAGS
Do something different this Christmas. Make attractive ornamental tags in different shapes and sizes. Attach them with golden twine to the gift wrapped in uncoated paper.
15. CHIC FRESH FLOWER TOPPERS
A simple gift can be glamorized by just tying a spring of fresh flowers. The best combination would be brown paper adorned with cherry blossoms or conifers or any seasonal flowers.
16. THE FEATHERED LOOK
Make paper feathers in vibrant blues and greens and reds and use them to decorate plain paper. You can make a bouquet of tiny feathers to make the present even more appealing.
17. THE CLASSIC GOLD AND BLACK
No color combination has a greater appeal than the eternal favorite black and gold. You can let your creativity run riot here. Either use a golden paper or spray golden paint on all ornaments you wish to decorate a black wrapping paper with. It will render your gift the elegant look.
18. 3D CUTOUTS
You need two contrasting color papers for this effect. The outer wrapper can be cut into any shape you choose – hearts, trees, butterflies, etc. The contrast is what makes the gift so attractive and appealing.
19. REDUCE RECYCLE
For the eco-conscious individual, this is a great way to reuse old magazines to make colorful bows that can be used as toppers on plain brown paper.
20. FUROSHIKI WRAPS
Go the Japanese way and use fabric to wrap any gifts, any size and shape attractively and neatly. This is a unique way of reusing scraps of fabric that remain after any craft work at home.
21. LAYERED LOOK
Use the same color family and create patterns in layers for that exquisite look that is different yet so easy to make. Blues and greens are a great combination that can just not go wrong.
22. STENCILLED PAPER
You can either use readymade stencils or create your own designs. Just keep the stencil on a thick wrapping paper and spray paint acrylic paints for that permanent fixture. Once the paper dries you can use it to wrap the present.
23. THE RUSTIC APPEAL
Recycle attractive upholstery that is not in use to create a rustic topper this Christmas. You can either cut the same design in two different sizes or use two different patterns and then sew them together. Give the edges a frayed look. Stick it or clip to dried sprigs or bright ribbons.
24. MONOGRAMMED WRAPPING PAPER
Bid goodbye to the boring ribbon and bow style instead use a monogrammed gift topper. If you have colored yarn, you can easily wrap it around the initial of the receiver and create a more personalized look.
25. DOLLY TOPPER
One never-fail wrap is the pretty and exquisite paper dolly use. Glue the dolly on the gift box and secure it with yarn that can be knotted into a pompom on top.
26. 3D CHRISTMAS TREE
This 3-dimensional card with an appeal to all. It is fairly simple to make too. You just cut a semi-circle in half and then accordion-fold it. Glue the edges to the card and embellish it with decorations of your choice.
27. THE LOVABLE SNOWMAN
You need blue construction paper and white paint and a pencil to create this lovable snowman design. Dipping the eraser end of the pencil in paint make a snowflake by dotting symmetrically in rings. When the same dots overlap you can create a snowman. Enhance with orange colored nose and black eyes.
28. WOVEN DESIGN
Though the woven design is easy to make it adds an unmistakable charm to any plain gift wrapping paper used to cover a gift.
29. ANIMAL SHAPED GIFT BOXES
Gift wrapping a present for kids needs extra care and creativity. Anything unusual always appeals to them. Using simple origami technique, you can make gift boxes with animal shapes and then decorate them further.
30. TOPPED WITH PHOTOS OF THE RECIPIENT
Photos are memories forever. Just by gluing the photo of a recipient on a plain covering paper and decorating with some ribbons, sprigs of flowers or confetti you will create a wrap that won’t be torn open even in a hurry.
Happy gift wrapping!