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DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

Today’s post is packed with what I call ”use-what-you’ve-got-on-hand” gift wrapping ideas. You can make your own gift wrap with wall art, magazine pages, old maps, clothing patterns, newspaper, parchment paper, fabric, wall paper and other materials. Tie it with pretty ribbon, yarn, string or even Japanese tape (perhaps you hoard it like I do). Add a little embellishment for fun and a gift tag. Easy and unique!

Here are some creative ways I’ve dressed up packages using found objects:

DIY gift wrapping ideas 1) Craft paper as gift wrap, Japanese tape and baker’s twine for ribbon, paper flower as bow (see paper flower tutorial here)

2) Recycled magazine page pillow box with wool yarn bow (download pillow box template here). I printed the template onto card stock and glued the magazine page to the back side of the template. Cut, score, fold and insert goodies, perfect size for a gift card!

DIY gift wrap inspiration 3) Tissue paper for gift wrap (easy for a pet to tear into), photo for gift tag. You can use a tag punch on a photo or cut freestyle for a fun shape.

4) A paper snowflake embellishes a simple craft box, tied with jute string (this easy How-To is coming from Lia, so stay tuned!)

5) Wall paper sample as gift wrap with peel and stick felt letters for gift tag

Creative ways to wrap gifts 6) An initial from a recycled book or magazine page for a gift tag, tied with wool yarn

7) Craft paper for gift wrap, a simple paper flower from a recycled magazine page for bow, secured with a button center and wool yarn (see paper flower tutorial here)

8) Recycled magazine page as gift wrap with a matching gift tag, punched out using a gift tag punch, secured with a mini clothes pin and wool yarn

DIY Craft paper gift wrap

9) Craft paper for gift wrap with several hues of wool yarn for a colorful effect, peel and stick felt letters spell out a seasonal word

10) Gift wrap freebie (download and print!) from our Wood Type Holiday Kit is topped with a Christmas ornament

11) Gift tag freebie (download and print!) from our Wood Type Holiday Kit is tied to a pretty craft paper package with overlapping ribbon and yarn

We hope you are inspired to use the things you already own to wrap your holiday gifts this year. We’d love to see what you come up with, so send us a link.

Happy holidays!

Emily Crawford

Hello, there. I'm a thirty-something wife of nine years, mother of two little girls, and a freelance graphic designer. I love designing stationery for Elli.com and posting tutorials and downloads on the Elli blog. Follow me on Pinterest to see what I am currently loving.


  1. nice gift wrapping ideas .. thanks for sharing

  2. Love these ideas!!! I found you via Craftgawker!

  3. Thanks for all these creative gift wrapping ideas! You rock!

  4. So beautiful! I have decided to turn to brown paper packaging this year myself and recently posted about it on my blog. Thanks so much for linking to my paper flower tutorial!

  5. I absolutely adore this, so going to use it for my christmas wrapping task :D

  6. I love it! Thanks for sharing : )

  7. Magnificent site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to several friends ans additionally sharing in delicious.

  8. I love this site, it has magnificient ideias, and useful information . THANK YOU VERY MUCH.,Keep up the great work.

  9. I have a question- I recently used the brown packing paper for wedding wrap, and scotch tape did not stick to it- what kind of tape are you using on it? I was hoping to use it for all my Christmas wrapping… but the tape looks like an issue! Thanks for your help in advance.

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