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Gift Wrapping Trends

Updated on October 28, 2013
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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She learned all her book repair tricks on the job!

Wrap up those gifts with the newest trend!

Need a unique or trendy way to wrap those presents and gifts? It seems that the newest gift wrapping technique is to use bakers twine or cording with a solid colored paper. The "grocery sack" brown paper is probably trending the most on the pages I am visiting. For those of you who are in to recycling, using a real grocery sack to wrap a gift would be ideal, correct?

On this page you will find trendy and creative ideas for wrapping, decorating and tagging your gifts.

The gift wrapping idea you see to the left would be perfect for Christmas or Valentine's Day, don't you think? The little crochet "doo-dad" on the package is a nice addition. It is probably handmade. Go look in your grandmother's sewing drawer for leftovers or unfinished crochet projects to adorn the gifts you give this year. Use your imagination.

photo credit: Sewing Daisies via photopin cc See more crochet holiday present decorations at Sewing Daisies.

BTW, you can learn professional and creative gift-wrapping tips at's Online Paper Crafts Class. In addition you will discover the joy of pop-up greeting cards and see how to spice up your living space with trendy paper d├ęcor if you sign up for this online class.

Probably THE "Most Popular" Trend in Gift Wrap - Use Baker's Twine!

I love the simplicity of this twine for wrapping a gift of any kind. It is also great to have on hand to attach a gift tag, too. I have seen this twine on more and more presents, lately. Since I cannot tie a decent bow with wide ribbon, twine is a good choice for me because the bows always look good.

Regency Baker's Twine Cone red and white
Regency Baker's Twine Cone red and white

You can always knit or crochet with this twine if the trend goes away before you use it up!


Need Green Baker's Cord? - Creative twine to wrap it up!

If you wrap a lot of gifts, buy a bigger spool to last a long time. This cord is so classic, you might want to use it for everything you tie up!

The green yarn can be combined with red to make a holiday look, or you can just use the green and white for a springtime package.

a chain of paper trees for Christmas Gift wrap
a chain of paper trees for Christmas Gift wrap

Make Paper Chain Cutouts

Brown Paper Packages--creative gift wrap tied up with string!

The paper chain of trees you see here are made the same way one cuts out paper dolls. Fold you paper accordion style, free hand or use a template and cut out the pattern to make a chain. Notice the brown paper gift wrap.

Free Christmas Tree Template to use for your chain: Printable Christmas Tree. Remember, you only use half of the tree on your folded paper and let the points touch on the side. This particular template has two sizes that you can use.

See more at Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String!

I love the Natural Jute Twine(click to find a soft, biodegradable jute twine on Amazon).

photo credit: LornaWatt via photopin cc

Learn how to make a paper chain: - Then wrap a chain around your gift package!

This tutorial shows you how to make a paper chain of people holding hands, but the principle for the trees is the same. If you have never made one of these accordion chains, then watch and learn.

Natural Brown Kraft Paper to creatively wrap those presents: - Gift Wrap Supplies for sale

Brown paper never goes out of style. Just the neutral nature of this paper allows one to decorate it in any way imaginable. Brown natural kraft paper is also useful for many occasions.

NOTE: I have found that sometimes tape does not stick too well so make sure you rub it on very well and use a ribbon or twine to finish off the package. I also like to sharply crease the edges of the package.

Decorate the Brown Craft Paper to wrap things up!

Crafty ways to decorate your trendy packages:

Brown paper can be dressed up or down depending on your taste. I love the paper doily that one artist used to wrap a package. (photo credit: jessicacasetorres via photopin cc)

My daughter used stamps on brown paper wrapped gifts instead of gift tags. She simply stamped the name of the recipient on the present. Loved it.

I have a link to a page immediately below that will show you how to make your own personalized stamps out of wine corks.

Upcycled Wine Corks - Five Fun Craft Ideas and Projects
This page has a link to a wonderful tutorial for making stamps with wine corks. You can personalize your gift packages using this craft and the brown craft paper.

Recycling is a Trend, too!

Repurpose cards for unique gift tags:

This year I finally ran out of the gift tags that I purchased at Costco! You know what I am talking about here, don't you? It took me four Christmases to use up one roll of wrapping paper. We do not give a lot of presents (a conscious decision, by the way) so it takes years to use up our stash of gift wrap.

Well, getting back to gift tags---I still needed some so "what to do"? I remembered the old Holiday Cards that I had saved. I fully intended to reuse the covers to make personalized cards, but I never got around to it. I sought them out in my file cabinet and found several lovely ones that could be made into tags. All you need to accomplish this is one pair of scissors or a paper cutter. Another good tool to have on hand is a hole punch.

First, you find a card. Make sure there is no message printed on the back of the design you want to cut out. Cut out a tag in any shape you desire and write your "To:" and "From:" on the blank space.

My picture to the right shows a stocking image that I cut from a greeting card.

A Trend in gift tags: recycle greeting cards - See some of the ways I recycled old greeting cards to make tags for gift giving!

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The front of the original Christmas cardInside of the original Christmas cardUsing a paper cutterFinal gift tags
The front of the original Christmas card
The front of the original Christmas card
Inside of the original Christmas card
Inside of the original Christmas card
Using a paper cutter
Using a paper cutter
Final gift tags
Final gift tags

A Paper Cutter can cut more than gift tags! - A Fiskars Rotary Paper Cutter is what I own.

Several years ago I purchased a Fiskars rotary paper cutter and have used it for so many projects. This year I made gift tags from old greeting cards and my paper cutter made the job much easier. I have trouble cutting a straight line using scissors and a good paper cutter cuts down the guesswork and the strain on my hands.

Gift Tag Innovation: - use a photo of the person who is getting the gift!

My daughter sent me this picture of three bags under her tree. The images on the bags are the adorable faces of my grandchildren. Hmmm. Who might those gifts be for?

More places you can find trends in gift wrapping: - Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Below you will find some interesting pages with unusual techniques for wrapping gifts. You will also find a few ideas that have been around for a long time and will not surprise you but might bring back your creative juices. We have all recycled gift wrap and bows. I know I am sometimes overwhelmed when I try to come up with unique crafty ideas for presenting that perfect present.

If you have a good idea, share it in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

  1. Christmas Is Coming 2013: Gift wrapping with Winter Whites with gold and pewter!
  2. TrendHunter: DIY Present Paper! Letting the kids color or paint on or print on the kraft paper you buy from Amazon.
  3. Wrap Your Gift in unique Viral Videos using Q codes on QRapping Paper.
  4. Creative Gift-wrapping Ideas for Christmas shows more ways to dress up the brown kraft paper. There are also some unique ways to upcycle or recycle gift wrapping.
  5. See some absolutely ADORABLE gift tags that you and your youngsters can make for your packages by clicking
  6. Food52 Blog, is one of my very favorite places to find unusual recipes and some pretty interesting ideas. Click "Gift Wrapping" to find some tricks. This article reinforces my claims about brown paper!

Gift Wrapping Ideas with Yarn and Twine
Decorating holiday and gift packages with yarn and twine and brown paper is a creative and very popular way of quickly wrapping gifts for any occasion. Craf...

I appreciate each and every visitor! Please leave a comment about how you might use the trends I found for gift wrapping a present.

Wrap up your visit by leaving a comment: - Crafty gift wrapping ideas are very welcome.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      A photo on the gift bag is an interesting idea

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am going to try those new and fresh ideas on gift wrapping. Love the child photo on bag.

      Diane Ippersiel

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lovely Lens thanks so much for sharing these ideas :D

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      irminia 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas, thanks!

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      Glenda Motsavage 5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      I'm not very "crafty," but after reading this great tutorial I've made a New Year's Resolution to do something homemade on all my gifts in 2013 - very inspiring for me! Congrats on "Home Page" honors!

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      Onlinemum3 5 years ago

      Love the gift bags with photos. My kids would love to do this!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I love wrapping with brown paper and then letting my kids decorate it with fun! :)

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      PrincessMe18 5 years ago

      Thanks for a good gift wrapping ideas!

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Hoping I can use some of your ideas. Loved the cut outs!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @favored: Glad you liked the video about making the chains! Now you have something to put on a package for someone. Does your paper chain doll have a skirt on?

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      JeffSawyer 5 years ago

      creative idea

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      casquid 5 years ago

      I love crafting. . .thanks for new ideas! Blessings!!

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      MichaelDubrovnik 5 years ago

      Kids can do, so can I! It gonna impress everyone if I do gift wrapping ;) Thanks for sharing lens master.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I hadn't made paper dolls in so long I actually made one along with the video Cool.

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      fionaagee42 5 years ago

      I did these when i was a kid.. Loving it:)

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you. I will be adding some more pictures soon for gift wrapping ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these tips and ideas on gift wrapping, this is very helpful! Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses.

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      MichelleGaut 5 years ago

      This is how I've been wrapping my presents this Christmas. Love the crochet idea!

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      Short_n_Sweet 5 years ago

      That's great! I won't need to find wrapping paper this year.. Wonderful idea! Thanks:-)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very cool ideas!

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      Benjamynn 5 years ago

      These are actually so cool, thanks for the post. Happy holidays! :)

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Very original way of wrapping, great ideas and it is also simple.

      I love simplicity as is always beautiful and useful, Thanks

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      iamjazme 5 years ago

      Very nice and helpful idea.Unique idea of gift-wrapping.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Love this natural way of gift wrapping! Thanks for the idea!

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      susansweaters 5 years ago

      I really like the little crocheted triangle at the top.

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I have been using the brown kraft paper for a long time to wrap gifts and love finding new creative ways to dress it up. I think I will try the paper chain idea this year. Thanks!

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      cheftimestwo 5 years ago

      I love the cutout idea!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @Scraps2treasures: Thanks for the blessing. Glad I was able to add some jazz to your gift wrapping this year.

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I am always looking for new ways to jazz up presents. Blessed.

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      PoeticChristian 5 years ago

      cool ideas

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      mizanurrahman1 lm 5 years ago

      it's a lovely idea

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      rattie lm 5 years ago

      As a young student I once wrapped Christmas presents in newspaper and tied them up with red and black ribbon. They looked amazing and everyone commented on them.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      I love your ideas. The paper chain cutouts are suburb. Thanks

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      Shay Marie 5 years ago from Southern California

      I prefer wrapping gifts in brown paper or ANYTHING other than traditional wrapping paper. Wrapping paper always seems so impersonal.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @Art Inspired: Tape of any kind does not stick too well on this kind of paper. I know from experience. Use glue stick to reinforce your stick-on ribbons, if you use them. Use ribbon or twine to wrap around the package, too.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @miaponzo: I appreciate the "Blessing".

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      Bob 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Amazing lens... very crafty! :) Great job.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing those gift wrapping ideas :) Blessed!

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      Art Inspired 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the creative ideas. I purchase brown painters masking paper at the local hardware store. I use the paper for wrapping, painting, crafting and more. You get a large amount of paper for an economical price.

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      AshleysCorner 5 years ago

      These look great! Very creative!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @diy_fun: You should write an article about your tiny creations, if you have not done so. Send me the link and I will put it on this page.

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      diy_fun 5 years ago

      loved your lens photo because mostly I crochet tiny motifs as gift charms.

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      diy_fun 5 years ago

      loved your lens photo because mostly I crochet tiny motifs as gift charms.

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      I have used baker's twine and Handmade gift tags I purchased on Etsy to wrap presents - they turned out great! Paper chain cutouts sound like a fun project - will definitely try that.

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this gift wrapping trends. So unique and interesting!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Nice job. I love doing the paper chains ;)

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Fabulous!!!! I was thinking about how to decorate some brown paper bags I've been saving up to use as gift bags... now I know!! Paper chain xmas trees my son can help me make! I love brown paper and pretty ribbons, or twine and I love the bakers thread idea too!

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      sageinacage lm 5 years ago

      Such a great idea! I like the idea of the paper chain; It's so simple but such a thoughtful way to personalize gift wrapping.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These Gift Wrapping Trends are great.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Love the idea of using brown paper for wrapping. Cute with your cutouts.

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      BackyardChickenK 5 years ago

      Nice lens and cute ideas!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Cool Lens and Ideas, I like Baker's String.

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      jadapotata 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Nice gift wrapping ideas, I especially like the chain paper cutouts!

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Very nice gift wrapping ideas, so nice lens.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @kimbesa2: Glad you like them. Hope you can put the ideas to use.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Very cute gift wrapping ideas...thanks!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Brown paper with colored ribbon looks nice too.

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, thanks!

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, thanks!

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I think these ideas are really unusual and would love to give them a try.