I just bought my last Christmas gift and it feels so good to be done with all my shopping! All that is left to do is wrap everything and honestly I kinda like that part. There are so many fun and clever ways to spice up wrapping paper – heck you don’t even have to use paper. I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite DIY wrapping paper options and hopefully it will convince you that since you spent all that time picking the perfect gift, you should spend just as much time picking the perfect wrapping paper.
Check out this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins for more fun gift wrapping ideas!
When I’m not crafting, I’m painting. Which I guess is basically crafting. Have fun with your wrapping paper and consider including a hand painted ornament as a gift topper instead of a bow. Two gifts in one! Find some of mine over on Jennifer Perkins Art.
I love Shrinky Dinks! I’ve used them to make backpack charms, ugly Christmas sweater wine glass charms, unicorn flair and now custom gift tags. Have kids draw their own or trace images from coloring books like this wreath from Julz Nally.
Just because you don’t live in England does not mean you can’t enjoy Christmas crackers. My version is felt instead of paper. Though it does not go pop when you open it, still looks super duper cute!
Over on HGTV I have 10 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas and one of the most simple are these hand painted gift bags. Choose a random Memphis influenced modern pattern and you can’t go wrong. All that is left to do is Match Your Wrapping Paper to Your Tree with the colors you choose.
No ugly Christmas sweaters here – just adorable recycled ones used as gift wrap. If moths got the better of your sweater turn that frown upside down and create some clever wrapagami. Aka Japanese inspired furoshiki fabric wrapping paper.
Go old school with Christmas cones. All you need is some decorative scrapbooking paper and small gifts. Kinda like a stocking but typically hung on door knobs and backs of chairs.
If you are giving jewelry or gift cards up the fun factor with these Kitschmas dinosaurs. Toy dinosaurs have been painted and packed up with tiny gifts. Gift cards have a stigma of being less than thoughtful gifts, present them with custom wrapping paper and no one will dare think that.
Gifting your favorite music lover? Throw out your scratched vinyl records (or decorate a Christmas tree with them) and work a little origami magic on the cardboard sleeve. Check out Recycled Record Lovers Gift Wrap.
What is your favorite most clever gift wrapping idea? I could wrap for days so tell me everything. Oh and be sure to check out my Wrapping Paper Pinboard for even more inspiration.