Wrapping gifts makes me happy!
With a yummy glass of wine in hand, I wrapped quite a few last evening. It brings me joy to give to others.
Until this year, I used the typical fun and festive paper that you see in the holiday aisles at most big-box stores. Papers come in a variety of colors, lengths, and themes, but there is something impersonal about it. Just like a front door to a home, the packaging on a present sets the tone for what’s the come. Wrapping doesn’t have to be expensive, but creative is key. Earlier this week, I shared 15 unique ways to wrap holiday gifts and today I’m sharing how the gifts I will be giving this year will be wrapped.
From the graphic and title of this post you can pretty much figure out what I used for wrapping gifts this year, but if not, it’s… Craft Paper.
I love it! Why? It’s inexpensive, you’ll never run out, it can be used and customized for any occasion, it’s multi-functional, and is super thick/heavy (like high-end pricey papers at $6/$8 a roll).
And let me say it again… you’ll never run out (well eventually you will but not for at least 5 or 10 years)! I purchased a 500′ roll of brown craft paper for $8 at Lowes. Pretty awesome, right?!
Let’s dig right in to see how my presents will be wrapped for Christmas 2012…
After wrapping my presents in the brown craft paper, I got started with the embellishments a.k.a. the fun part!
Craft Paper Idea #1
- Paint Chip samples or other gift tags
As a DIYer and crafter, paint chip samples seemed unique and so appropriate to add to a gift that came from me. I picked a few up that seemed Christmas-like in a range of red and green hues.
You really can do so much with paint chip samples! After I wrapped my present in brown craft paper, I then wrapped two layers of red yarn around and finished it off with a long green paint chip sample. I added the words DAD on it with individual letter stamps that I got at AC Moore for $1. Super cheap and so pretty!
And the result…
Craft Paper Idea #2
- Leftover (non-used) small ornaments
- Paint Chip samples
- Letter Stamps
Again super easy to make and some of the supplies are a repeat from the last gift idea. Instead of using the yarn this time, I decided on jute, which again is very inexpensive. I got this roll at Walmart for $3 and have used it for many things around the house.
After wrapping and adding the embellishments, here’s the result…
It was so simple to make! I wrapped a loooong strand of jute towards the end of the box (not centered) with an ornament and paint chip sample, and it was complete. With the individual letter stamps, you can say anything and add as many words as you’d like. The options are endless. For this present I wrote Merry Christmas.
Craft Paper Idea #3
- A simple tag
- Any ornament
Using any ornament – I loved how these chocolate snowflakes sparkled – add it to a present for a creative embellishment. I wrapped one layer of jute around the box, added a tag, and the simple snowflake ornament, and my present was complete.
This special one is for my mom…
Craft Paper Idea #4
- Yarn – I chose red
- Small Ornaments
A minute later, the result…
For this present in particular, I simply wrapped a looong strand of red yarn around the box and finished it with two small ornaments. So easy.
Craft Paper Idea #5
- All of the above!
To create this last idea, I used it all… Jute, yarn, an ornament, and a paint chip sample.
As you see, each present has similar materials, but is put together differently each time to truly make a one-of-a-kind gift. How special? And what recipient wouldn’t appreciate the time you took to think outside of the box?!
Pretty, simple, and O so fun and unique to create!
If you’re looking for even more ideas on how to wrap, then you’ll have to check out my Wrapping Round-Up of 15 Unique Ideas to Wrap Holiday Gifts.
How do you usually wrap your Holiday gifts?