Using ribbon, yarn, and craft paint you can customize your presents with three creative gift wrap ideas for Christmas.
Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. Don’t get me wrong – trimming the tree, baking cookies, and spending time with family and friends is great and all but any chance to pull out my craft stash and get creative and I’m all in!
I’m sharing 3 creative gift wrap ideas that use supplies you probably already have on hand! Craft paper is one of my favorites for gift wrap – it’s heavy so it creases nicely, it’s a great solid backdrop for all your embellishments, and it’s inexpensive and versatile (you can use it year round!).
Creative Gift Wrap Idea: Ribbon
You can use any width of ribbon you want for this! I used a medium sized Offray ribbon that had a gorgeous glitter side!
Place a line of double sided tape down the middle of your package, press the end of your ribbon horizontally at the top of the tape, then fold back and down at an angle. Continue going back and forth, getting slightly wider each time. You’ll end up with an adorable Christmas tree! This looks really cool if you use a ribbon with a different sheen on each side.
Creative Gift Wrap Idea: Yarn
Another creative Christmas tree idea uses yarn! Start by wrapping around the package at an angle and tie tightly in the back. Continue wrapping around the package: get the top close together but space out the bottom. Once you get all the way across you’ll see a triangle Christmas tree! Add an embellishment at the top for a little tree topper!
Another creative gift wrap idea with yarn is pom poms! These are super easy to make – you can actually wrap them around your fingers! You can also use a pom pom maker which allows you to make a bunch of poms quickly and easily. These are fun, festive, and super versatile. I added several to the top of a package, used one of my yarn tree package, and also dressed up my paint splatter package.
Creative Gift Wrap Idea: Paint
This idea is a little messy but a LOT of fun! I have two different techniques here – splatter and dry brush! You can either wrap your gifts and then paint, or even easier – paint and then wrap! I tried both ways and the second is a lot easier. If you paint after your gifts are wrapped, you’ll have to be careful moving the package in order to get the sides.
Paint splatter: Use painters tape to hold the paper in place, dip you paint brush in paint (get a good amount on the brush) then lightly tap the brush while moving over the surface of the paper. Be sure you put down a drop cloth so you don’t splatter paint everywhere!
Dry Brush: You don’t want your brush too wet – after dipping in the paint, press repeatedly on your paint tray so you remove most of the paint. Then gently drag your brush over the paper, pressing just enough to leave light lines on the paper.
How to determine how much paper you need for wrapping:
Lay your package on the paper, pull the edge over the package and make sure it will go all the way around. For the sides, make sure it comes up only halfway – this will ensure you don’t have too much paper and will give you clean, smooth sides and make your wrapping look professional!
These ideas are all very simple and would be a lot of fun to do with your kiddos. Who wouldn’t love slinging paint around! The pom poms are super adorable and can be reused by your gift recipient.
Creative Gift Wrap Shopping List:
Each of these gift wrap ideas uses craft paper from JOANN. Feeling short on time this holiday season? Take as many shortcuts as you can – including grabbing all the craft supplies you need through the JOANN app!
You can order online and pickup in store while you’re out doing your Christmas shopping. I encourage you to take a beat and stop to try and enjoy the season instead of rushing through it. Spend some time being creative and add some handmade touches to your gifts this holiday season!
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