I remember once in fifth grade when I wrapped a present for a birthday party of a classmate – and I used newspaper. My mom was completely grossed out by my present wrapping job and told me to go re-wrap it with real paper. My guess is that it was lacking something special and it probably looked like it should be thrown in the recycle bin. I was young and didn’t have the internet to research any fancy ideas! I’m glad that times have changed and now if I need gift wrapping inspiration, I can easily find it online. Turns out there are a ton of gift wrapping ideas, including newspaper (just sayin’, mom). To get an idea of what I’m talking about, scroll down!
Fun & Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas
Easy Gift Bags
For items of an unusual size or shape, these bags can be made out of large sheets of decorative paper.
Add a special touch to take out gift boxes with yarn and these templates.
Use wool tartan fabric and bow ties for a more masculine gift wrap style.
Give your presents some personality with glasses, lips, bow ties and mustaches – aka, the photo booth present!
If you eat the Laughing Cow cheese like I do, turn the containers into small gift boxes with wrapping paper and glue.
Decorate paper mache boxes with paint and decoupage medium – perfect for smaller gifts.
Shannon has the perfect solution for a budget gift bag – just add Mod Podge and confetti.
Regular gift wrap gets an upgrade with washi tape and a pom pom yarn tie.
Paint By Number
Color copy old paint by numbers onto paper and use for original wrapping.
Remember the spirograph? Use it to make interesting paper, in any colors you like.
Let your kids help making wrapping paper by letting them paint and create gift tags.
Ice Cream Cone
To add a bit of dimension and fun to your paper, how about a pom pom ice cream cone?
Jess shows you how to make these simple gift bags, by folding and adding just a little bit of glue.
Photo Gift Wrap
Create a collage of your recipient’s favorite photos to make a gift feel even more special.
This pretty paper brings a modern touch to the holidays.
Spice up regular brown paper with puffy paint and stick on rhinestones.
Make your wrapping more personalized with vintage maps (you can get color copies if you want to preserve the originals). This is one of my favorite gift wrapping ideas!
This perfect woodland inspired paper is cute as can be – I especially love the woodgrain!
Let your gift recipient have a little bit of fun before opening their present.
Sew and No Sew Sacks
If you need gift wrapping ideas for larger gifts, Holly gives you two options for Santa sacks – one sew and one no-sew.