Hold on to your horses, we have a full-blown gift-giving storm ahead of us. Ideally, gift-giving shouldn’t be a practice we dig up only when Christmas draws near but let’s face it, sometimes we really need that Christmas alarm to jolt us out of our mania in life and work. So fire up some of that buried creativity, and indulge in the season of giving armed with these ideas for DIY gift wrapping! Ditch the tacky or expensive store-bought gift-wrap for something a little more special this Christmas and watch it fill your craft-inspired heart with fulfilment and glee!
Gift toppers are a surefire way to add some whimsical charm to plain ol’ brown paper and simple no-frills gift boxes. We’re no art class whizzes either but these are pretty easy to make and budget-friendly to boot. With a couple of short sticks, brown paper, twine and glue; you’ll be able to create a masterpiece worthy of the gift you’ve so lovingly bundled. Who knew wooden clothespins could come in handy come present-wrapping time? Simply daub on heaps of glitter and glue on a cute holiday-themed figurine for a fancy accessory you can easily clip on to any gift (hint: you can look for cupcake toppers at your local craft and baking supplies store).
DIY Hand Lettered Gift Wrap
Etch out some time to create a personalized hand lettered or hand printed wrapping paper. We promise you won’t be disappointed with the results. Nothing goes better with a thoughtful gift than a love note to a sweetheart or meaningful message to a cherished friend. Don’t have beautiful handwriting? Simply print out the text in a font of your choosing and trace over in pencil. You can go over it again with a coloured pen or marker once you’re satisfied with how it looks. When it comes to hand-scrawled patterns, simplicity is key. Opt for a basic and neutral palette in black, white, grey, cream, beige or brown for a polished look with a heavy dose of heart.
We are so in love with the sentiment that accompanies this little idea for gift wrapping and it really couldn’t get any easier! Print out your favourite picture or moment with the lucky recipient (black and white is universally flattering) and attach it onto their gift. No tags or labels necessary! It’ll even help create a bit of a buzz around the Christmas tree as everyone scrambles to find the present with his or her mug plastered on it.
Black & Gold
Classic and contemporary, black and gold make a striking combination. Go with a mix of prints and textures for a multi-layered and dimensional look. Gold ribbons, polka dots, pompoms, metallic gold tags and even doilies spray-painted in gold add tons of sophistication to a simple black gift-wrap. Top it off with baker’s twine and a pretty gift tag for two times the glamour.