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Alternative DIY Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

In my family, the time of opening gifts is immediately succeeded with wading through a sea of paper and boxes to gather up a store’s worth of paper and boxes mostly to be thrown away. It’s so very wasteful and we hate it, but we cannot skimp on the decorative beauty that is the presentation of the gift {this is mostly for the sake of my oldest brother — Lindsey’s husband}. So, what is there to do if you want your gifts to be beautiful and garnished without creating a mountain of waste? Try some alternative gift wrapping ideas! They not only cut down on garbage, they also save you money {which comes in handy especially around Christmas} and make your gifts more unique. Today, I’ll be going over wrapping paper and gift containers, but be sure to come back for our next post covering DIY gift decorations, bows and tags.

Wrapping Paper

photo @ Du Jour Mag

Fabric gift wrap is a sweet touch reminiscent of the old days. It’s also a traditional Japanese way of wrapping things. You can buy fabrics readymade for this or buy plain fabrics and decorate them yourself {such as this}. Try one of these 18 wrapping tutorials to jumpstart your wrapping skills.

photo @ Gil

If you don’t want to buy new fabrics or need some material last minute, try an old shirt. Follow this tutorial to learn just how to reuse those old shirts you thought were now useless.

photo @ Stampington

If you just want some creative wrapping paper try making your own chalkboard wrapping paper.

For a unique take of gift wrapping, use some Christmas carols sheet music. You can print some vintage sheet music here.

photo @ Babble

You can also try to dress up plain butcher paper by layering it with a sheer fabric such as lace.

photo @ DIY Crafts

For those gifts that come in bottles such as wine and bath goods, save yourself from buying a gift bag and try a sweater gift wrap. With just a bit of sewing the end of a sleeve, you’ll have a creative cozy. Top it off with some ribbon for a gift wrap that will stand out.

photo @ PNP Flowers Inc

For your baked gifts, decorate them quickly and creatively with a few coffee filters and ribbon.

Containers

photo @ Best Health Mag

For a true vintage, homey feel, use an old tin as a gift box.

photo @ Blight Design

Rather than spend money on boxes, put the cereal boxes you already have to good use.

 

photo @ Punkin Patch

Save your old mint tins to be use as gift card holders.

photo @ Martha Stewart

Head over to Martha Stewart to learn how to make this box with a covered button and a cord.

photo @ Sew Craft Create

 Check out this tutorial to learn how to make a cupcake gift box.

photo @ Just Something I Made

If you don’t know about the wonderful website Just Something I Made, well now you do. The lovely Cathe has posted printable designs for gift boxes, stickers, name tags and more.

photo @ Pickle Bums

Head on over here to find free printable Christmas pillow boxes.

So, save yourself from an overflowing trash can and save some cash in the process with a few homey and creative alternative gift wrap ideas. If you have any other alternative gift wrapping ideas, let us know below. And, be sure to come back alternative DIY gift decorations, bows and tags ideas. Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!


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Scarlet - December 14, 2012 - 9:46 am

Love these creative ideas for “greener” wrapping!

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