Friday, December 19, 2014

Creative Gift Wrapping

For as long as I can remember I've always enjoyed gift wrapping. It must be part of the perfectionist in me.

In high school my Poms team used to do gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble as a fundraising event. While most of the girls complained--I loved it!

I also have memories of my parents waiting until Christmas Eve to wrap the presents for the rest of our family and I would always end up taking over and doing most of them. I enjoyed it so much and it's a cherished Christmas Eve memory of mine.

This year I didn't have a lot in the Christmas budget for gift wrapping so I had to get creative. Craft christmas paper is my absolute favorite, but it can get kind of pricey and I hate that one roll doesn't seem to stretch very far.

To save a little, I got a roll of plain craft paper from the mailing section at Walmart. It probably has 5 times the amount that comes on a standard Christmas paper roll and it was only 4 bucks.

To dress it up a little I took some white acrylic paint, dipped a q-tip in it and made little polka dots.

I found that it was easiest to do after the gift had been wrapped, but you could also lay out large sheets of the paper, dot and let them dry before wrapping.

I shopped my supply closet and junk drawers for items that I could use to dress up the gifts.

I found old pinecones, jingle bells, small ornament packs, greenery and all types of ribbon. The pinecones were probably my favorite add-ons.

I fell in love with the tulle that I used to make bows. It was so easy to just tie and fluff!

I've talked about some of my great finds at the dollar store before. This place is an amazing place to go if you're on a budget and wanting to dress up gifts.

Last year I picked up a pack of jingle bells and spray painted them white for my mini Christmas tree. I had a few left over so I tied them to a few gifts. I just adore the way they look with the white polka dots.

The white glittery ribbon on these packages looks stunnig underneath the Christmas tree lights.

I tied a various item to each gift, making sure nobody got a boring package!

I even used buttons on some--too cute!

Glitterly snowflake ornaments look so elegant and are super cheap because they come in a pack at the dollar store or Walmart.

These little owl ornaments were $1 for an 8 pack and can be saved by the gift receipiant for their tree.

I had a lot of fun coming up with different combinations. I was worried that the extras were going to lure my one year old into the gifts but he hasn't really seemed to pay much attention to them.

What are your favorite gift wrapping add-ons?

Have a happy weekened everyone!

Linking up to these awesome parties!


  1. I like the polka dot idea. We're going to reuse some brown paper bags that I have stashed.
    Please drop by!

    Happy Christmas,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  2. That's a great idea Laura! I'll have to remember that :)

  3. Your packages turned out so beautiful! I love to dress up plain craft paper, too. There are so many possibilities! Thanks for linking up to our Creative Spark party last week! We hope to see you again this week!


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