3 Gift Wrapping Ideas for the Holidays

Posted by: on December 13th, 2011 | 7 Comments
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Every year, the world tells us we need to go out and buy Santa, snowflake, and sparkle-flecked paper to adorn our holiday gifts. Rather than settling for the same old paper you used last year, what about thinking outside of the box to wrap up your box?

One of my favorite ways to make my holiday gift wrapping stand out is to use unconventional approaches to gift wrap. I blogged last week about recycled, holiday gift tags, but I also love to use unusual paper. For many years, I’ve used whatever newspaper I had hanging around as the gift wrap and jazzing it up with a big colorful bow and some sparkly ornaments. This year, I’m going simple, so I headed to The Home Depot for DIY gift wrapping ideas.

Holiday gift wrapping ideas from Home Depot

Here’s what I grabbed:

1. 1 roll of 140 ft. roll of builder’s paper (note that this is 140 feet so it should last you a couple Christmases!)
2. 1 roll of twisted mason line (they also have fluorescent pink, yellow, and orange if that’s more your style!)
3. 1 roll of jute twine
4. 1 roll of marbleized contact paper
5. 1 roll of wood grain contact paper

I also gathered some extras that I already had in my gift wrap box-of-fun!

Extras for beautiful gift wrapping

Basically, my strategy is, start with some simple but pretty paper, tie on some twine, and add some sparkle. Here’s what I came up with:

Pretty gift wrap how-to

Here are the step-by-steps for how to get these looks:

Gift wrapping ideas: brown craft paper

If you’re digging the faux bois trend, try some wood grain contact paper:

Gift wrapping ideas: faux bois contact paper

I’ve always loved colorful, marbleized paper, so here’s my favorite:

Gift wrapping ideas: marble contact paper

If you’re still not satisfied. Doll up your gift wrap with some extras, like a snowflake stamp:

Gift wrapping ideas: use a stamp

Gift wrapping ideas: use a stamp

Or a little hand drawn design:

Gift wrapping ideas: draw a design

Also, check back tomorrow for an easy and inexpensive way to wrap food gifts!

Note: I bought my snowflake stamp from this Etsy seller in case you want one too!

[Editor's Note: DIY Décor is a series about small, affordable design and décor projects for home and garden.]

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  1. Jane Inge says:

    I love the idea of the builder’s paper. It’s good-looking, inexpensive, and will hold up much better than that “Holiday Paper” from the grocery store. I’m going to buy some tomorrow, and after Christmas I’ll use it for birthday presents!

  2. selene says:

    Love the builder’s paper idea. I think it looks simple yet beautiful. Love the stamp idea on the paper too. Using builder paper will be more cost effective than buying regular wrapping paper.

    • Caroline Inge says:

      You’re right, it’s more cost effective that regular paper. It may seem like $10 a roll is a lot, but remember it’s 140 feet!

  3. joanne says:

    this is stupid. i rather waste $30 on something that is worth looking at.

    • Caroline Inge says:

      Hi Joanne, thanks for your feedback. Our intent with “DIY Décor” is to inspire our readers to be creative and apply the same mentality they have for home improvement DIY to the small, décor-related projects they may have going on around the house. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t find this particular blogpost intriguing or entertaining, but I do hope you’ll keep following DIY Décor — maybe we’ll post something in the future that you’ll like!