31 Days – Gift Wrap Ideas {Day 26}

I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days Challenge, so for the month of October I’ll be writing each day about 31 Days of Christmas: plan a little now to enjoy it more later. You can see all of the posts here.

Let’s talk about wrapping gifts. Do you like it or love it? Gift wrapping is an activity that can cause of stress if it’s viewed as a hassle or put off until the last minute. But if you see it as a fun way to be creative in how you show love to others, it could be something to look forward to!

I want to share some gift wrapping ideas that I’ve found on Pinterest, but I’m not sharing them to add pressure or to set unrealistic expectations. None of these pictures show the way that gifts should be wrapped or how anyone expects gifts to be wrapped. I just hope we can use these ideas to get our creative juices flowing; there are plenty of inexpensive ways to wrap gifts to be unique and beautiful!

Mandi at Christmas Your Way has a tutorial on how to make felt bows that you can reuse year after year. Aren’t they sweet? I want to try making some this year!

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How About Orange has a tutorial on making the same bows from magazine pages (or I bet you could use wrapping paper instead) –

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There’s an even easier way to make bows from magazine pages (again from Mandi at Christmas Your Way). I just tried this and it works great. The different colors from the magazine pages create beautiful bows! I’m saving all of my old magazines and catalogs now to make these. 🙂

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 One way to have very personalized wrapping is to put a picture of the recipient directly on the package! The image below has been very popular on Pinterest and it comes from Abby E Photography

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A very inexpensive way to wrap gifts would be use newspaper along with some colored ribbon or baker’s twine to add a pop of color. I love the ones below from Allora Handmade –

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I’m really excited to try using builder’s paper. According to Shanty-2-Chic, it’s available at local hardware stores and it’s only $10 for a 408 square foot roll. By comparison, other wrapping papers are typically $3 – $5 for 20 square feet. While this paper isn’t fancy, it’s supposed to be very sturdy and it would be easy to dress it up with ribbon, twine, washi tape, etc. 🙂

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 Along the same lines of dressing up plain paper, The Sweetest Occasion has great inspiration for using washi tape –

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 Maillardville Manor wrapped Christmas presents with kraft paper and made tissue paper flowers and paper airplanes to attach to the gifts along with brightly-colored ribbon. It’s a great idea for wrapping gifts for any occasion, and it could be made more Christmas-y with red and green ribbon.

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Lowe’s has a some great ideas! Can you believe that all of those supplies came from Lowe’s? They have all of the details on their post.

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33 Shades of Green showcases some easy and gorgeous wrapping. Can you believe that she took apart a Pottery Barn bag and had it copied at Kinko’s to get that pattern? Isn’t it gorgeous?!

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You could get the same effect with any colorful wrapping paper; I even used this idea today to wrap a a baby shower gift – I wrapped the box in white paper and then wrapped a piece of baby-themed scrapbook paper (cut in half) around it.

Did you know that you can use Trader Joe’s bags to wrap gifts?? This blew my mind – I never would have thought of that! Here’s the picture from A Creative Mint

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And here are more pictures from Mer Mag

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 Another easy way to add some flair to your gifts is to try fun gift tags. There are a ton of free printable ones floating around on Pinterest and I have at least 8 separate pins on my Christmas board just for them. I’m not going to take the time to share them, but I just wanted to point out that gift tags (handmade, printable, store-bought, etc.) would be a fun way to add personality to your wrapped gifts.

I hope this got your creative juices flowing! Remember, this isn’t about adding unnecessary pressure or putting one more thing on your to-do list. I shared these with the hope that they would give you some ideas about inexpensive and easy ways to make wrapping gifts more fun and memorable.

Do y’all have a certain way that you wrap presents? Have you seen any new ideas that you love?

 

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