Take any stress out of wrapping gifts this year and make it easy and fun again with these DIY gift wrapping ideas and hacks that will blow your mind!

DIY gift wrapping ideas and hacks

Wrapping paper tricks can be handy during the holiday season. ‘Tis the season to be wrapping… and wrapping… and wrapping, after all.

If you tend to give lots of gifts, wrapping them all can be time-consuming. And let’s face it, some of us just aren’t very talented at making ribbons or getting perfectly formed corners on our boxes.

These hacks and tips will help you get the wrapping done faster (and prettier) this holiday season. Grab your gifts, some tape, and a roll of wrapping paper, and let’s get cracking!

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Best Gift Wrapping Paper Tricks

First, watch this super quick video on gift wrapping. Seriously, it’s so easy that she wraps two gifts in about 20 seconds!

It is super easy to transform a toilet paper tube into a gift tube – these are perfect for little lunchbox gifts AND as silly stocking stuffers! Cut your wrapping paper to fit the tube, add embellishments and fill with a fun surprise!

Gift Wrapping Idea - Make a onster man from a tube

Make A Pretty Tulle Bow

Not the best at making bows? Tulle is so much easier to work with, and it’s cheaper, too! Check out these beautiful tulle ribbons.

DIY Tulle Gift Bow Tutorial
Learn how to make a beautiful and totally easy DIY Tulle Gift Bow to add a pretty finishing touch to all of your gifts.
Read more here.

Need A Ribbon Alternative?

Another alternative to a bow is this cute Santa’s belt. It works well on any red wrapping paper… even with a pattern! And it couldn’t be easier to make – all you do is cut it out of gold card stock!

5 Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas
Check out photos of our great ideas for creative DIY gift wrapping. These ideas couldn’t be easier!
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Use Craft Paper

Instead of spending money on lots of different colors of wrapping paper, try craft paper. You can decorate any way you’d like, and it always looks elegant (and unique!).

Polka Dot Your Wrapping
This is the simplest DIY of all time. You can use it on any plain colored paper for a quick and easy – and unique gift wrap option.
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All Festive, No Fuss Kind Of Wrapping

Or, just add some washi tape for a pop of color without fussing with ribbons. Easy peasy crafts are my favorite gift wrapping ideas!

Washi Tape Gift Wrap Ideas
Today I have the cutest washi tape gift wrapping inspiration to share with you, bye-bye challenging ribbon fiascos!
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Simple and Elegant Gift Wrap

A gold Sharpie plus black wrapping paper equals a beautifully wrapped gift for any occasion. The twine is optional but fun!

Simple Sharpie Journals and Matching Gift Wrap
Sharpie projects idea! Easy DIY Journals for holiday gifts using metallic Sharpie markers.
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Need A Quick Gift Wrap?

Fabric wrap pulls double duty as a wrap and an extra gift for the recipient. Simply tie the fabric around the gift- no string, tape, ribbon, or bows involved. 

This gift wrapping hack is also REALLY easy to do.

DIY Fabric Gift Wrap
Furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth, is the perfect method of gift wrap for holidays and birthdays. Not only is it gorgeous, but it serves as a gift in itself since it can be reused by the recipient!
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Make A Tissue Paper Pom

Learn how to make this gift wrapping hack: tissue paper toppers. You’ll never have to make a bow again! Based on how amazing they look, you won’t believe how quick and easy they are to make.

Bonus: They also make pretty party decor!

How To Make A Beautiful Floral Tissue Paper Bow
Pretty up your next gift with a stunning homemade bow that’s almost too nice to undo.
Read more here.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Reuse old Pringles cans to gift cookies to friends and neighbors during the holidays. It’s easy and the perfect size to hold those delicious goodies!

Also, read this amazing post on how to repurpose Pringles cans for crafts and to know how to create a gift wrap stand.

Creative Gift Packaging for Cookies
Use a Pringles can to create a festive and sturdy container for packaging your Christmas cookies!
Read more here.

Turn Gift Wrap Into Gift Bag

Forgot to buy a gift bag? You’ll never buy them again when you see this trick for turning any wrapping paper into a gift bag that’s perfectly sized for oddly shaped items.

3 Easy, Genius Gift Wrapping Hacks
Finding the perfect present is the hard part—these simple ways to take your gift wrapping to the next level are a cinch.
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Get The Kids Busy And DIY Your Own Wrapping Paper

Get the kids involved with gift wrapping for friends and other relatives. Kid-made gift wrap is the BEST. So fun, colorful, and unique!

Kid Made Gift Wrap
Do you use wrapping paper or gift bags for presents? In our home we use more wrapping paper for the kids and more gift bags for the adults. And we have our kids make the wrapping paper 🙂
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Personalized Letter & Number Gift Tags

Instead of gift tags, try a monogram made out of chipboard letters instead. The recipient can use it as an ornament! This is so creative – and quick to do as it’s ready in less than a minute.

Personally, I may try this with some of the kiddo’s old magnetic letters rather than buying chipboard letters.

Letter & Number Gift Tags
Want fast and easy, but a creative idea for gift tags to embellish your gifts for the holidays or any ocassion. Photos and images to show you how to make them
Read more here.

Add A Natural Touch To Your Gift

Add greenery from your own trees and plants instead of a ribbon. It’s beautiful and free – my favorite when it comes to gift wrapping ideas!

Decorating Presents with Leaves Tutorial
I’ve said this enough times that you probably think I’m a broken record, but I love creative gift wrapping! And I love it even more when I come up with inexpensive (or even free) packaging ideas.
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Upcycle Gift Wrapping This Christmas!

Have an old flannel blanket or set of pajamas that you no longer need? Tear it into strips and use it as ribbon.

You don’t even have to tie a super neat bow because it’s a delightfully rustic look.

DIY Tutorial: Flannel Ribbon
Upcycle your old flannel items into lovely gift wrap and bows!
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Fun Trick To Hide Your Tape

Feel like you waste way too much tape? Or, do you dislike those tape lines as much as we do? Double-sided tape solves that problem.

Present Wrapping Tips
Do you struggle to wrap a pretty package? My fun and easy present wrapping tips make it a snap to give a beautiful gift!
Read more here.

Bon Bon Wrapping Style

If you’re just one of those people who’s totally hopeless at wrapping, try the “candy” wrapping method. It doesn’t have to be neat, but it still looks super cute.

5 Ways to Wrap Small Gifts
The most wonderful time of the year is almost here!!! Wrapping presents is almost my favorite part of the holiday. 
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This Is Perfect For Small Item Gifts

use paper towel rolls as fun gift wrap for small items

Toilet paper rolls can easily be converted to pillow boxes. Isn’t that handy a handy gift wrapping idea?

TP Roll Gift Box Ideas
Here’s an easy and fun gift wrapping DIY project!
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How To Manage The Mess Of Christmas Unwrapping

If you often have ugly trash bags in your Christmas photos, you’ll love this tip. Cover a large box with pretty wrapping paper to put all the trash in!

Related Post: Awesome Hacks to make Holiday Clean Up A Breeze

Managing The Mess On Christmas Morning
Managing the mess on Christmas morning tips and tricks.
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Bonus Tip: If you plan on giving cash instead, here are loads of creative money gift ideas to try.

I hope you’ve found some creative gift wrapping ideas on this list to add some variety and flair to your gift wrapping – while also maybe making it easier!

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