Go The Extra Mile With Seasonal Gift Wrap

Published November 23, 2016

home-ideas-go-extra-mile-with-homemade-wrapHoliday-printed gift wrap paper is nice, but it doesn’t compare to the homemade variety.

You can always tell when someone has taken the time to creatively wrap your gift. Why not surprise someone this year with a beautifully wrapped present? After all, first impressions matter, especially when the wrap is as beautiful as the gift inside.

Here are a few ideas to perhaps inspire you over the holiday season:

Honeycomb Paper

I am in love with this very versatile decorative paper. There are so many things you can do with this paper and each gift is different in its own gorgeous way.

I found honeycomb paper at devra-party.com but you may also find it at amazon.ca and other craft supply outlets. The paper is extremely easy to use and the possibilities are endless as far as designs.

For this idea I made small, round ornament designs and glued them to the front of plain, white, gloss paper. To make them, simply draw out one half of your design on the edge of the honeycomb paper and cut them out with nail scissors. Fold out the design on your package and attach it with craft glue.

You can be as creative as you like with this paper. Trace out trees on green honeycomb paper and glue them to the inside of a blank card. Use this paper after the holidays to make personalized party decorations and greeting cards.

Black and White Photography

I saw this idea at a Christmas party last year and thought it was very effective. Simple black-and-white photographs may be printed from your computer and attached to plain, brown paper.

Cut a piece of wide ribbon in either white or black and wrap it around the front of the brown, wrapped package. Secure with tape or a glue gun. Add some glue to the back of the photograph and place it directly on top of the ribbon.

Try using different sizes of photographs depending of the size of your package.

Reindeer Wrap

Here is one for the kids. Plain paper is embellished with miniature fingerprints that form the shape of a reindeer head.

Use non-toxic paint for this idea and let the kids make random prints on each side of the package. Let dry. Once the paint is dry, draw the eyes and antlers. Glue a red, miniature pom-pom to the nose area.

Wrap the present in colourful raffia or ribbon to finish it off.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. She also runs Blu Dog Staging & Redesign.