Stylish gift wrap doesn’t need to cost a ton of cash. You can easily wrap gifts with everyday items you already have on hand. Not only will you save, but people will appreciate your creativity.
Use the Sunday comics section. Brownie points for having a Peanuts comic strip prominently displayed.
Leftover wallpaper or fabric from your home improvement projects can add a touch of whimsy. I’ve also used paper grocery bags to wrap gifts– I cut the bags into wrapping paper-like shape and then on the inside (plain side without writing) I painted a pretty design of a wreath or tree and sprinkled glitter. For the “ribbon” I used a recycled ribbon. Vintage Christmas cards make for pretty and interesting gift tags. And this is all stuff you probably already have on hand in a clutter drawer in the kitchen!!
Hat and shoe boxes can be used for sentimental gifts, especially mementos or keepsakes. Spray paint boxes with bright Christmas colors. This works great for large gifts that already come in their own boxes.
For a more rustic look, use craft or construction paper and dress up the package with twine, strings, sprigs, or pine cones.
You can also dress up plain construction paper with stickers, stencils, and stamps.
Use things related to the gift– such as pages from magazines related to your gift. For example, Vogue for clothing, Rolling Stone for CDs, National Geographic for business traveler’s gifts, Wired for gadgets, etc. Use old school computer paper (the kind with hole-punched edges) for computer products, and use maps for gifts related to traveling (i.e. those annoying travel size grooming kits).
Use Child Labor– Children’s drawings made in school are wonderful as gift wrap for grandparents . (Grandma will definitely want to “save” this wrapping paper!) Another fun option is your children’s hand prints on white construction paper. Acrylic paint is usually the best choice for these kinds of projects. If you have a baby, little foot prints would also work (I did this myself when my son was a baby– we made a wreath-look wrapping paper with his footprints).
These are just a few fun ideas for low-cost and creative wrapping paper for holiday gifts. Much more fun than store-bought.