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Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Everyday Items

You’ve bought the perfect gift for your loved one, best friend or Secret Santa gift recipient, but there’s just one thing missing: the gift wrap! Perhaps you forgot to pick up that roll of holiday wrapping paper at the store, or maybe the spare gift bag you thought was in the closet somehow got away. Or your budget simply didn’t allow for anything extra. Don’t fret! You can craft lovely gift wrapping using everyday items. Printer paper, shopping bags and old envelopes are the perfect blank canvases for hand-drawn, retro-style patterns. Below we’ll show you how it’s done…

Get creative with your gift wrap


Christmas gifts ready for wrapping

The theme of today’s DIY project is using what you have! Feel free to grab whatever is on hand. Here are some specific ideas:

  • white copy paper
  • envelopes
  • shopping bags 
  • paint pens, markers or craft paint
  • gift bows, ribbon or baker’s twine
  • fresh greenery

Everyday items become gift wrapping essentials

Raid your cabinets for spare gift bows and ribbon, and don’t hesitate to take some scissors to the evergreen tree outside for a small snip of seasonal foliage!

Bows, twine and greenery

Turn Copy Paper into Gift Wrap

Use a marker or a paint pen

Copy paper/printer paper makes great wrapping paper! The thickness is ideal for easy wrapping, and if you’re concerned about being able to see through the paper, simply use two sheets when wrapping. The downside: copy paper isn’t very large. You may need to use more than one piece to cover larger items.

Memphis-style markings have a hand-drawn look

To get the look below, use a paint pen or marker to draw designs on the paper. The New Memphis movement is all about bold retro patterns, such as sprinkles, dots and curves. The hand-drawn look is “in” this season, so use it to your advantage! There’s no pressure to be perfect. Let Memphis-Milano style be your inspiration…

Decorate your typing paper

Once you’ve decorated your the paper, wrap your gift, and top it off with a bow:

Memphis gift wrap

Baker’s twine and greenery add a traditional twist to the modern motif of the paper, creating an interesting mix of styles, as shown below…

Greenery adds seasonal flair

Envelopes Become Gift Card Holders

Sprinkle pattern for holiday gift wrap

This next gift wrap idea couldn’t be easier! Decorate an envelope with a sprinkle pattern (use a paint pen, marker or craft paint). Once the design is dry, top it all off with a bow! Simple and undeniably festive:

All you need is a bow

Transform Kraft Paper Shopping Bags into Wrapping Paper

Shopping bags make great gift wrap

Shopping bags are a great source of wrapping paper, and the look that results is classic and chic! If you don’t want to use grocery bags, focus on shopping bags from other retailers (especially larger bags, which give you big sections of paper to work with). In fact, shopping bags of any color will work here.

Baker's twine adds the perfect finishing touch

Simply cut “sheets” of paper from the bag, taking care to turn the paper so logos and other designs are not visible. Wrap your gift, and decorate it with embellishments such as ribbon, twine and greenery:

Add greenery for a seasonal touch

You can also decorate the paper with designs, such as the berry and branch motif shown below:

Festive gift wrap designs

Gift Styling

Festive gift wrap with baker's twine and greenery

Have fun styling your gifts, enhancing them with any supplies you have on hand. A red and white theme works well for groups of presents, and your gift recipients will appreciate the creativity you put into these packages. As today’s post has proven, sometimes the most interesting gift wrap ideas come from repurposing items you have around the house!

Easy gift wrapping ideas

We at Decoist wish you and yours the Happiest of Holidays!

Kate Simmons
Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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