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Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas, with How-To Videos

Updated on October 15, 2011

Holiday ideas

I love holiday ideas for Christmas, and I love being creative, so creative gift wrapping gives me the opportunity to enjoy both. Doing a little extra when it comes to gift wrapping lets the recipient know that you took extra care with their present. Besides, these beautiful gifts really dress up your tree! I don’t do this for every present – I do enough to place in the front of the pile under the tree, making sure every family member gets at least one specially-wrapped gift.

I’ll share a few of my ideas with you:

Slick paint/puff paint: This kind of paint comes in small bottles with an applicator tip, so you don’t need brushes. If you can write, you can use these paints. The slick paint is smooth and shiny, and the puff paint “puffs up” after it’s applied. You can use the paints to create all kinds of designs on wrapped gifts: poinsettias, snowmen, initials, names, polkadots, whatever.

Flowers/greenery: Dried, silk, and fresh flowers make nice adornments to gifts. You can add silk, fabric, or plastic poinsettias in keeping with the season, or choose a single rose or peony to add some interest. For a Victorian touch, add small bouquets of baby’s breath or other dried flowers by tucking them in with the bow. Add sprigs of evergreens like holly, box, pine, or spruce to some of your gifts, also.

Cylindrical gifts: For cylinder shaped and similarly shaped presents like summer sausage, leave extra paper at both ends. Gather the ends with a ribbon and tie. This makes the gift look like a giant tootsie roll or like an English popper. If you prefer the present to sit upright, simply do this to one end. Add yarn, silk ribbon, or curly ribbon to the gathered end.

Fabrics: Use fabric items like nice hand towels and tea towels as a wrapping medium for smaller items. This is especially nice with a bottle of wine, and the recipient gets two gifts in one.

Candy: I have grandchildren, so I often add traditional candy canes to their gifts. Large individually sealed candy canes can be attached easily with E6000 glue. Other candies also work well with creative gift wrapping ideas.

Rhinestones: Add some bling-bling to your gifts with rhinestones. You can use either inexpensive acrylic stones or Swarovski stones. The acrylic stones come in a number of sizes, shapes, and colors, but the Swarovskis will sparkle a lot more with the reflection of your Christmas tree lights. Add some randomly, or create shapes, names, or initials with the stones. Use E6000 glue to attach the stones.

Paper colors: You can do a lot just with different colors of wrapping paper. For example, wrap half a gift with solid black paper and the other half with solid white paper, for a “tuxedo” effect. Where the two papers join, place a wide ribbon in red. This is also very pretty when you use two different shades of the same color, like a pale blue paper and a medium blue paper, with a royal blue ribbon. Gifts wrapped in this manner look really classy! You can also use different bits of paper in geometric shapes to create a collage or quilt pattern.

Tulle: I like using tulle for wrapping. It’s cheap, and even a novice bow-maker can create a nice bow from tulle. For a Victorian look, purchase wide tulle and cover an entire wrapped gift with a layer of tulle. Then add a tulle bow. Tulle comes in lots of colors, too – not just white.

Brown paper packages: I guess I’m old fashioned – I love gifts wrapped in brown paper and in newspapers. You can use paper grocery bags for this. Sometimes I use a stamp to create designs on the brown paper, and top it with a raffia bow for a country look. Don't have any stamp kits? Make your own from a potato or a sweet potato and some acrylic paint. The bottom video shows you how.

Dots, dots, and more dots: If you have a little princess on your gift list, you might want to consider paper with bold polka dots. The “in” colors this year are pink, brown, and baby blue. If you can’t locate paper with this design, make your own. Find solid brown paper and buy some stick-on pink or blue dots from the dollar store. I found a set of pink dots for $1.

Hair bows: I have two granddaughters who love to wear bows in their hair. Instead of using a tradition bow, attach a hair bow to a couple of their gifts. Just wrap a section of ribbon around the gift and clip the hair bow on the ribbon.

Bow ornaments: You can attach ornaments to bows to make the package more interesting and to give it some personalization. You can use ornaments that have the person’s name, their initials, their favorite sports team, or their careers. For example, on a gift for my daughter who’s a nurse, I might attach a nurse-related ornament. You can also add silver charms, earrings, or bracelets to bows. For babies, tie a rattle to the package, and for little boys, use small cars or trucks. Small toys are great creative gift wrapping ideas.


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    • ishwaryaa22 profile image

      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Lovely & Creative Hub!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Great hub! Great ideas! Definitely adds to the season.

      Keep up the good work!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Analiza, thanks so much for reading!

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      analiza abarico 

      9 years ago

      i really like your ideas when it comes to creativity and i hope that there will be more interesting themes that you will soon share to us. i'll be expecting more from you...great!!!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I'm a fan, too, Audrey - except when I'm in a hurry and have lots of toys to wrap!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Just browsing but I totally agree - if you are into cooking, it seems to follow you are into being creative in other areas, right??? That's what I keep telling Bob! Love the ideas and will have to use them this Christmas - I am a huge fan of creative wrapping.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Tammy! I'm looking for some big hair bows now for packages.

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      Tammy Lochmann 

      9 years ago

      Lovely ideas! I will definitely using your ideas I especially like the hair bow idea.

      Tammy :-D

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      You should write a hub about it, HH! Glad you came for a read.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      I love it too. I watched in Singapore giftwrapping and it was unbelievable what they can do with a sheet of paper. I learned some of it but they a really geniuses. In those big stores they done every gift completely different. It really was en experience. Thank you for your hub. No offense mend.


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