Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Quick & Simple Gift Wrap Ideas


I, like my sister, totally jumped on the basic gift wrap band wagon this year.  Partly because it's pretty and I really like the style.  And partly because I was too cheap/lazy to go to the store and actually buy Christmas wrapping paper.

I wrapped mine here using some basic brown paper that I bought on a roll from Home Depot for about $8.  It's a huge roll.  I bought it a few months ago, I've used a bunch, and I still haven't made a dent.

However, you definitely don't need to go buy paper to get the look.  Just slice the sides of a paper grocery bag and wrap your gifts so the inside of the bag faces out.  It'll totally look the same.  Or go for a cool recycled look and wrap it so the outside faces out!  So many possibilities.

This isn't a comprehensive look at all the gifts we wrapped this year, but here are a few of my favorites with a little how-to.


Kitty:

  • Wrap gift in brown paper.
  • Tie two bits of string in a knot.
  • Fix string to package with a small roll of tape.
  • Draw a kitty on the package, making the string the kitty's whiskers.



Candy Roll:

  • Roll gift inside paper roll and tape shut.
  • Tie ends with t-shirt yarn (or other string).
  • For tag, cut a sticky label in half and punch holes with an 1/8" hole punch.




Paper Bag & Roll:

My sister actually wrapped these gifts for us.  Thanks Polly!  You can read more about them here on her blog.

A full tutorial for making the Paper Bag can be found here in my tutorials section.




Simple String Wrap:

  • Wrap gift in brown paper.
  • Tape string end to the back of the package.
  • Wrap string around and around the package.
  • Cut string and tape the remaining end to the back of the package
  • To make tag, use an 1/8" hole punch to punch three holes in the corner of a sticky label.
  • Place tag on top of string.




Tiny Photos:

  • Wrap gift in brown paper.
  • Cut small pictures from the preview pictures that come with photo orders.
  • Tape pictures to package.





String Wrap with Ornament:

  • Wrap gift in brown paper.
  • Tape string end to the back of the package.
  • Wrap string around and around the package.
  • Cut string and tape the remaining end to the back of the package
  • Tuck ornament into the string.






Double String Wrap:

  • Wrap gift in brown paper.
  • Tape string end to the back of the package.
  • Wrap string around and around the package in one direction.
  • Turn the string and continue wrapping it around the package in the other direction.
  • Cut string and tape the remaining end to the back of the package
  • To make tag use a small piece of a sticky label.




Simple Bow Tie:

  • Wrap gift in brown paper.
  • Use t-shirt yarn (or other string) to wrap around the package.
  • Tie yarn into a bow.
  • Decorate the package with words around the edge.*
*This package reads: "to Nathan" around the edge.




String & Evergreen:

  • Wrap gift in brown paper.
  • Tape string end to the back of the package.
  • Wrap string once around the package.
  • Place evergreen twig on the package and wrap the string over the evergreen.
  • Continue wrapping the string over and under the evergreen twig until satisfied.
  • Cut string and tape the remaining end to the back of the package.



For more gift wrap ideas check out all of the fabric gift wrap tutorials from last year or browse the gift wrap ideas in the tutorials section.

Happy wrapping!

6 comments:

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Nice job. I really like the string wrap with the heart stuck into it. And thanks for the mention. :)

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Oh...and Becca would LOVE that kitty wrapping. Maybe I'll have to try it...but I doubt my cat drawing skills are quite up to par with Bryan's (assuming he's the one who did the cat.)

Lisa Lou said...

I super love these!

JackieSS said...

I love the simplicity and personalization of these ideas! Do add them too this list of Beautiful Gift Wrapping Ideas!

Kendra said...

love it all!

Kathy Haynie said...

Beautiful. Alas, I still have a generous stash of store-bought wrapping left over from previous years. But I look forward to unwrapping some of these handsome gifts!