It’s hard to believe it, but the holiday season is upon us! This year, why not get an early start on gift wrapping and do something extra special for your friends and family. Part of the fun of the holidays is getting gifts which are wonderfully packaged. Make your wrapping and labels part of the gift. There’s nothing like adding a personal touch to every package!

Printable family gift tags – add a photo!

Printable family gift tags – add a photo!Print out simple family gift tags that read, “Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours.” While they are pretty basic, the leave plenty of space for you to do whatever you want.

Write on them, add glitter, draw on them, or add a photo.

A family photo is a wonderful choice, like in this picture!

This is an easy and inexpensive way to personalize any package.

Use a chalkboard marker

Use a chalkboard marker. First you’ll either need to buy or make some chalkboard wrapping paper covered in chalkboard paint.

Once you’ve got that, purchase a chalkboard marker and write or draw whatever you want. It’s a simple look, but it really grabs your attention.

You can see who these presents are for and from a mile away.


Chalkboard gift tags

Reading about the chalkboard wrapping paper, maybe you already thought of this, but you can also make chalkboard gift tags!

It’s super easy. Just purchase regular gift tags, or cut out pieces of whiteboard, and paint them with your chalkboard paint.

Then write on them.

The effect is cute, nostalgic, and personal.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ohthelovelythings

Origami pyramid gift boxes.

Origami pyramid gift boxes.
When you are giving someone a small gift like jewelry, this is a very fun alternative to a standard jewelry box wrapped in paper!

Make your own cute little pyramid gift box instead.

The tutorial is incredibly simple to understand at a glance.

You just have to cut the paper as shown, fold it, and tie it at the top to close it.

The box is easily reusable too, which is great!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Linesacross

DIY gift bag!

Ever sit down to package gifts and realize you just ran out of gift bags, and that would be the most appropriate choice for a particular present?

If you have wrapping paper, you can create a gift bag from scratch.

You’ll need scissors and tape and some paper for the handles.

Be as creative as you want! Enjoy.

Paper calla lilies

Paper calla lilies.
Here is another wonderful paper craft you can use to add some color and excitement to any package.

This tutorial will teach you how to make a bouquet of calla lilies with colored paper. The more flowers you add to your paper bouquet, the more dramatic the effect will be, like an explosion of color and joy.

It is all held together with staples, so the bouquet can be removed from the package and treasured even after the package is opened. Flowers that never tie make a beautiful statement!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ohhappyday


Fabric gift pouch

Fabric gift pouch.
Here is yet another way you can creatively wrap your gift using fabric.

This is a no-sew design and it is incredibly easy to put together in just a few quick steps using the tutorial. What a fun, bright, colorful way to use scraps of fabric to wrap your gifts.

You can buy little scrap pieces the perfect size at a discount if you head to your local fabric store. These are as easy to unwrap as they are to wrap, which is also nice for your recipient!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Aspoonfulofsugardesigns

Wrap it in a rainbow

Wrap it in a rainbow.
This idea comes from Oh Happy Day too.

The author originally discovered it in a book called More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Melanie Falick Books. There is no tutorial that goes with this, but you can see at a glance how it’s done.

Just get yarn in a rainbow of colors, wrap it around the boxes, and tie off the ends.

The packages look great from any angle, and the look definitely will catch anyone’s eye.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ohhappyday


Cute package with buttons

Cute package with buttons.

Buttons just make everything look amazing!

We love this package which has been tied using twine and buttons. It’s a very simple design; the box isn’t even gift-wrapped at all, but it doesn’t really need to be.

The paper, twine and buttons look great on their own. This is such a simple idea that you can see at a glance how to do it yourself.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Bo-bedre

3d Paper Christmas tree

3d Paper Christmas tree.
Some paper crafts are really challenging and complex, but not this one.

This one doesn’t even need a tutorial. The tree is made out of a simple green paper fan.

This is a fun and easy project which would be great to do with your kids while wrapping your presents. These little trees look absolutely adorable, and really “pop” on the top of your packages.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HGTV

Paper snowflake gift topper

Paper snowflake gift topper.
Paper snowflakes are a lot of fun to make, and they also make the perfect topper for a Christmas present.

This is a fun activity to do with children and a great way to teach them a little bit about geometry while having a great time.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Giochi di carta

Go wild with colors and textures

Go wild with colors and textures.
All three of these gift packages are super eye-catching, and very fun and unique!

The one in the upper right just has little pom-poms attached with craft glue. It’s incredibly quirky and is guaranteed to be the most exciting present under the tree.

The one in the upper left was originally plain black paper, but it’s been spattered with neon paint by flicking on a paintbrush. Very easy, very messy, and very cool artsy effect.

The package in front has been topped with a glue called Mod Podge and chunky glitter. It almost gives the effect of a mosaic of colorful glass.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Lovefromginger

Reusable fabric gift wrap

Reusable fabric gift wrap.
If you’re into recycling and want to give the gift of ecological gift wrap along with whatever’s inside, you can make reusable fabric gift wrap from scratch.

All you need is some plain fabric in any color, paint to complement it, and a rubber stamp with a fun pattern.

This tutorial shows you how to make your reusable gift wrap and use it to wrap up your package. Very cute final result, and your recipient can use it the next year when gifting to someone else!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Unruly-things

Cut fabric to use as a ribbon

Cut fabric to use as a ribbon.
While traditional ribbons and bows add a splash of color and fun to any package, you can achieve a really cool effect with a simple cutting of fabric.

You have the flexibility of making the ribbon as long or short as you want, and choosing whatever width you prefer.

The rough edges actually add a nice touch. We particularly like the wrapping job in this photo. It’s fun and does a great job holding that long box closed.

With a ribbon like this, you don’t even need wrapping paper.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Danamadeit

Wrap a potted plant (or a magic bean)

Wrap a potted plant.

It takes only a few simple steps to wrap the pot, leaving the plant free of the wrappings to flourish.
Tie a gift tag around it, and you’re done. You finally have a presentable plant gift!
You could even plant some magic beans and secretly let them flourish!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Marthastewart


Go wild with washi tape

Go wild with washi tape.
These three absolutely gorgeous packages prove there is literally nothing you can’t do with a bit of washi tape!

I am completely amazed by the complexity and detail in these designs, especially the snowman on the left!

Let your imagine run wild and see what you can create!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Thepinkdoormat

Amazing tissue paper flower bow

Amazing tissue paper flower bow.
Have four sheets of wax paper and a package you want to top with the most amazing bow in the world?

With a bit of twine and patience, you can follow the instructions on WhipperBerry and easily create a beautiful flower to top your box.

The effect is whimsical, delicate, and ethereal.

Who would have thought wax paper could be that beautiful? The other package in the upper right with the real flowers pushed through the twine is also very nice!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Whipperberry


Crepe paper fringes

Crepe paper fringes.
This crepe paper DIY design was created for a birthday, but imagine how perfect the effect would be for the holidays of you simply went with holiday colors for the crepe paper, like red and green (or maybe blue and white if you are celebrating Hanukah).

It looks complicated, but it is actually very easy to make this happen!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Willowday

One of the easiest ways to wrap a bottle, candle, or other cylindrical gift is simply to use tissue paper! Try to do it with wrapping paper and you will generally just end up with an ugly mess. But tissue paper offers you the right material to get all around the bottle neatly and evenly and tie it off nicely at the top. This is a great finished look!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Marthastewart

Wrap your gift in a leaf

Wrap your gift in a leaf.
This will only work if you are doing your wrapping at the last minute, but it is a very cool idea which looks amazing!

Suggested leaves to try include birch leaves, bamboo leaves, and banana leaves, all of which are large and flexible.

Tie them with twine to keep the look rustic and natural, and consider pushing through a feather, cinnamon stick, spring of pine, or a flower.

Just remember not to wait too long to give your gift, unless you want the leaves to dry (which may still look great, depending on the type of leaf you use).

This is the perfect way to wrap a gift for a nature-lover!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Marthastewart

Wrap children’s presents with crayons and white paper

Wrap children’s presents with crayons and white paper.
While this idea may seem a bit counterintuitive at first, think about holiday parties where you have a lot of anxious children who want to open their gifts well before it’s time. Why not give them something fun to do to keep them entertained?

Wrap their gifts in plain white paper and tape crayons to the top of the box. Now they are free to draw on their boxes until they are ready to open them.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Misswebbie

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