8 Crafty Ways To Gift-Wrap

So you have finished your gift buying list (you checked it twice). Make sure the thoughtful nature of your gift is not lost in boring Christmas wrap.

Recycled Wrapping PaperYou've found the perfect gift but it is not quite complete. Looking for a way to add a little something extra to your gifts this year? Get creative with your wrapping this year. We have lots of unique gift wrapping ideas that are sure to stand out in a crowd.

Picture collage paper

Take your memorable photos and assemble them into a collage. Then print that collage onto plain white paper. Wrapping your gifts with pictures of your beautiful family will bring a smile to the face and touch the heart of the lucky recipient. The only problem we see with this is that Grandma will love the wrapping so much she won't want to rip it to see what's inside!

Reusable wrapping

Trying to go green this Christmas? Wrap your gifts in something the recipient will use again such as an interesting or festive basket, a large glass jar with a pretty lid or a wooden box hand-painted by a child.

Sew What?

If you love to sew and you have tons of leftover fabric from various projects, consider creating Christmas wrapping materials out of those old sewing scraps. You don't even have to get the sewing machine out — try using fabric glue and create a sort of patchwork quilt wrapping to really add a personal touch to your gift box.

Personalized Wrapping

Want to add a creative and personal touch to your gifts but don't have a creative bone in your body? Try using websites like www.TheStationeryStudio.com to create it for you. Have a blast creating your own personalized paper and ribbons to add a special touch to your gifts. You can even select personalized boxes to deliver your homemade goodies to your friends.

Color-Coded Wrapping Paper

Assign a color or a design to each family member. This way you won't have to use gift tags, and it will make it much easier to find gifts under the tree. Use complementing colors to create an elegant look under your tree (at least until Christmas morning).

Fabric Gift Wrap

If you love funky and interesting fabrics and want to make sure your gift wrap is one-of-a-kind, then why not take those funky fabrics and create funky wrapping paper that is sure to get noticed. Simply photocopy the fabrics and presto — you have a new and unique eye-catching wrapping paper design.

Mixing Colors and Patterns

Whenever you have the chance to wrap a gift in more than one piece, such as a coloring book and crayons, take advantage of this opportunity. Mix and match patterns and colors (choosing one coordinating color is a good idea), and tie the two together with a ribbon and a bow to bring the whole package together. Add a little pizzazz to your gift wrap by using something unusual, like a jump rope, to tie your packages together.

Stenciling and Stamping

Start with a simple paper bag, newsprint or tissue paper and break out the stencils and stamps. Sit down with the kids and let them go wild! Watch as they transform these simple materials into a truly beautiful gift wrap that everyone will love.

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