DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags That You Can Make at Home

Christmas is a time for creativity and beautiful decorations around the home, on the tree and under it. If you are like most people around the holiday season, you could stand to find a few ways to save a few bucks and to add some personal, creative touches to you merriment.If you are like most families, your trash cans overflow on Christmas day while your your wallet is light from buying gifts and all of the little extras that accompany the holidays. The DIY way is not only the most beautiful and heartfelt, it can also be the most money efficient. Now that you have DIY gift wrap ideas, here are some DIY gift decorations, bows and tags to make your gift wrap even more beautiful.

Bows

If you are not a gift wrap enthusiast, then there is a chance that your gift wrap decoration consists of only a bow. There’s no shame in that effort, but, if you want to add a caring touch in a simple way, try making your own DIY bow. This can be accomplished in many different ways in a variety of materials. You can use some materials around the house such as linen, yarn, newspaper, magazine pages, yarn, jewelry twigs, flowers and just plain old ribbon. You can also snag a few items from the Christmas tree such as candy canes, ornaments, sprigs of pine or acorns. Just look around your house and let your imagination go to work. You will be amazed at the reusable items around your home. Reusing household items cuts down on both trash accrual and money spent.

wired ribbon into bow Christmas wrapping decorations

photo @ One Lucky Day

magazine gift bow

photo @ Whole Living

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photo @ The Savvy Photographer

magazine rose bow wrapping decoration

photo @ Patty Schaffer (try with poinsettia)

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Milo Made

photo @ Buzzfeed


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photo @ Buzzfeed

tissue paper flowers with buttons

photo @ Ginger & George

felt dahlia flower craft

photo @ Not Martha

tulle and tissue paper flower

photo @ Greedy for Colour

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Pretty Petals

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ HGTV

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photo @ The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Liz Marie

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Debee Campos

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Sugar and Cloth

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Oh Happy Day

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Good Housekeeping

You can also learn how to tie the perfect bow (like this one):

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Chatelaine

Tags

The tag is the one place where you you get to add a personal touch in writing. In my home, the ‘good’ tags disappear quickly at the start of the season leaving the over the top and strangely colored tags that you have to mix and match for the rest of the gift wrapping season. You can avoid this and the added trips to the store for more ‘good’ tags by using your own DIY tags. You can create unique name tags from paper scraps, puzzle pieces, cookies, free printable tags and more. You can also forgo the traditional tag and use photos, stamps, chalk or other graphic items from around the house. This makes gift-wrapping more fun and you get to add an unexpected detail for your loved ones. I find that it makes gift-wrapping even more fun when I add a little something that they will appreciate.

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Crafts for All Seasons

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Our Suburban Farm

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Bugs and Fishes

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Sortra

Christmas cookie name tags

photo @ Country Living

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

diy christmas gift tag fridge magnets

photo @ Tip Junkie

diy christmas gift tag using nametag

photo @ Older and Wiser

vinatage Christmas name tags

photo @ Armana Artesanato e Imagens

Decorations

My favorite part of gift wrapping is adding decorations, because this is where style and creativity can shine. Decorations can run a wide range depending on many factors including style and budget. For Christmas gift wrapping, you can use ordinary household materials or decorations that you already have around the home for the holidays. You can use tissue paper, yarn, lace, ribbon, leaves and confetti. You can also break out the hand bunch and string together colorful cutouts out of paint sample cards, Christmas cards or Christmas decor. You can also use candy canes, twigs, sprigs of pine, pinecones, berries, gum drops, ivy, holly, bells, garland, tinsel, battery-powered Christmas lights or even Christmas card covers for decorations. You can add decoration to match the gift recipient’s personality or the home and Christmas tree design. I find that adding this detail makes my gift more enjoyable before it’s opened and gives the recipient something to eat or keep after they’ve opened their gift.candy cane gift decoration

photo @ Curbly

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ DIY Network

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Camille Styles

doily Christmas gift decor

photo @ Pen n’ Paperflowers

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ DIY Network

Christmas gift ribbon ruffled streamer

photo @ Le Frufru

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ 3 at 12

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photo @ Yahoo

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photo @ Go Knit In Your Hat

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ The Shady Acre

paper christmas gift decorations

photo @ Minieco

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Big Dot of Happiness

photo @ Buzzfeed

marker christmas gift decoration

photo @ Buzzfeed

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Camille Styles

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Facil y Sencillo

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Elizabeth Anne Designs

Paper

We have covered DIY gift wrap in the past, but I have found so many beautiful gift wrap ideas since then that deserve mentioning. If you plan to use paper wrap, you can save money using festive Trader Joe’s grocery bags. Or, you can use plain paper and add color and style using stamps or markers. You can also use paper that you have around the home, such as newspaper, book sheets or music sheet paper and add flair with ribbons and decorations. For gift bags, you can reuse plain paper bags or use a paper lunch bag and add decor using stamps, markers or some creative stitching using ribbon or yarn. If you want to skip the wrapping paper, you can use festive Christmas tins and tie it all together with ribbon.

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Style At Home

DIY Christmas Gift Decorations, Bows and Tags

photo @ Julie Ann Art

http://acreativemint.typepad.com/a_creative_mint/2010/12/trader-joes-a-little-red.html

photo @ A Creative Mint


photo @ 13 Acres

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http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/entertaining/14-unique-ways-to-wrap-gifts-pictures

photo @ DIY Network

photo @ Buzzfeed

newspaper diy gift wrap

photo @ Buzzfeed

 

Save yourself money and trips to the store with a few DIY Christmas decorations. Your gift recipients will enjoy it and you can enjoy putting your personal touch into it rather than slapping on a bow and tag. You may even clean out your home of extra items in the process.

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