Trendy chalkboard tags add a personal touch to any gift. Use purchased chalkboard tags, cut tag shapes out of chalkboard paper, or create your own paper with chalkboard spray paint. Write message with chalk or a white chalk pen.
Burlap and feathers are unconventional trimmings on beautiful packages. TIp: Wrap gifts early and use them as holiday decor!
To create this easy wrap—especially appropriate for food gifts—just use washi tape and string to tie cinnamon sticks to your package.
Use purchased wood chips or cut your own (if you cut your own, wait at least two weeks before painting). Drill a hole in the top. Decorate either with paint (we used painter's tape and stickers to help with lines and lettering), or simply write on the wood with a Sharpie.
Vintage-look papers, brown ribbon, buttons and lace make great handcrafted packages.
Cover your package with kraft paper, then wrap with white raffia. Embellish with purchased scrapbook stickers in any shape you like.
Wrap packages with plain kraft paper and decorate with velvet ribbon, gold twine and tissue paper printed with old-fashioned typewriter type.
Use smaller ornaments as pretty add-ons for gift wrap. Evergreen sprays and faux berries are a special touch.
Folded cupcake liners, plain paper and twine go together for a simple but striking wrap, especially for kitchen-related gifts. Use a mini liner for the top.
Use adhesive spray to add lacy paper doilies to gifts; tie with yarn.
Use newspapers to wrap packages, then mix black, white and red ribbons for stylish bows.
Create a unique tree on your package with washi tape and strips of patterned paper.
String tiny paper cutouts of Christmas trees and stars on metallic thread to give Christmas packages a special tie-up.
Wool balls and different styles of yarn give charm even to packages wrapped in plain white paper.
Create a winter wonderland on top of a wrapped package. Use a few dots of hot glue to attach mini packages and bottlebrush trees. Glue metallic beads to the trees for extra sparkle.
Jingle bells glued and tied on these packages add a finishing touch to pretty papers and ribbons. Let your creations decorate the mantel until Christmas morning!
Looking for something a little different, or have leftover papers in the house? Think outside the box for wrapping paper. Wallpaper, art paper, even shelving liner can all become pretty Christmas wrap.
Any kid at heart will tell you that the wrapping often is just as much fun as the gift. Get children involved in holiday gift-giving by offering them plain wrapping paper to decorate. Their drawings, cutouts, stamps, glued-on pom-poms and scrawled letters promise personal touches no wrapping-paper company can match.
Dress up a package with tags recycled from pretty holiday cards. Use a tag punch to create the shape, then trim with chenille stem or other embellishments. Punch a hole near the top, and if you like, finish with a metal eyelet.
A wide burlap ribbon, pine cones and tinsel add both natural touches and sparkle to this present wrapped in kraft paper.
This color combo lends an elegant touch to any gift. Sprigs of greenery and jingle bells enhace the look.
Vintage jewel-encrusted brooches and belt buckles slipped over ribbons sparkle on these gifts.
Handmade paper purchased at an art store and sheer tulle tied as ribbon give gifts a texture that's hard to resist. Add a personal gift tag and unique spice stamp. To make the stamp, sand one side of a star anise, dip it in glittery ink and press it on the tag.
Tuck a greenery twig under a ribbon for a fresh look just before you give a package (or use artificial greens for long-lasting appeal). Wire small ornaments to the sprouts to look like a miniature Christmas tree.
Greenery, pinecones and polka-dot ribbon wrap up these gifts with natural style.
Use different styles of coordinating ribbon to create a lovely woven effect. Tape on three vertical ribbons, then weave through two horizontal ribbons and tape on the back. Instead of a tag, use a scrapbook letter to signify the gift recipient's first name.
Old or unused maps make creative wrapping paper—especially for a travel-related gift!
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