Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, his birthday, her birthday… what do they have in common? Exactly, all these are opportunities to give and receive gifts, and they are quite common, aren’t they? Since we’re talking about friends and family, it’s important to offer as much as we can, but I’m not talking about money and expensive gifts, but about attention and consideration. Most likely you already know what to buy or make for you better half, but have you thought how your gift will look like? Remember that first impression counts, so why not get some extra points? This is why I’ve decided to give you a hand by browsing the web and collecting the most interesting gift wrapping ideas and tutorials that I could find. Take a look below, and forget about traditional wrapping style once and for all!
1. DIY Angry Owls Treat Bags
Aren’t these cute? I think brown paper bags have never looked better. For making these adorable treat bags you’ll need an ordinary paper lunch sack, a printer, a little glue and an owl template. All you have to do now is print the template, cut your owl and glue it on the paper bag. Don’t forget to cut and fold the top of your bag, as the image above suggests.
2. How to Use a Paper Bag to Wrap a Christmas Gift
A simple paper bag can make your gift stand out, and it requires almost no effort. All you have to do is use a razor to cut any shape you like, then put a polybag and place your gift in it. Fold the top of your bag, perforate two holes, then tie it with a red ribbon and you’re done.
3. How to Transform a Plain Container Into a Gift Box
Hit the Dollar Store and your gift is half done.
4. DIY Funny Collage Gift Bag
5. How to Make a Lovely Bow from Burlap
Did you know how easy it is to make a nice gift topper? If you’d like more a DIY Burlap Flower, please check this tutorial.
6. DIY Christmas Gift Bag for Parents & Teachers (Free Printable Rudolph)
For making this cute gift bag you’ll need a paper bag, cardboard, red glitter, a printer, scissors and paper glue. Now print this template, cut the shapes, glue them on a sheet of cardboard and cut them again. Spread some glue on the nose, then sprinkle some glitter on it. After that, you can glue your shapes on the paper bag (as the image above suggests), and let Rudolph deliver the package.
7. Real Gifts for Real Men – Mustache Wrapping
Easy, funny and manly at the same time. You can’t find something better than this, can you? Well, I suggest you to take a look below before making your final decision.
8. DIY Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes for Father’s Day (Printable)
Seeing this bag, your father will be proud of you, even if it’s empty.
9. Last Minute Soup Container Gift Packaging
Sip the soup, wash the container, put something nice in it and you’re good to go.
10. How to Make an Awesome Gift Envelope
The downside is that this envelope is so cute that your friend might forget to open it.
11. How to Make an Ice Cream Sandwich Gift Card Box
Do you like ice cream sandwiches? I’m totally addicted to them. If the person for whom you prepare the gift also likes this kind of ice cream, then you can not go wrong with this gift wrapping. Besides, it’s really easy and cheap.
12. Printable Lego-Inspired Gift Box
Are you looking for a cute gift box for a kid? Here it is.
13. DIY Corset Gift Box
Easy and sexy at the same time. It seems you’ve got yourself a deal.
14. DIY Gift Topper – Natural Wood Button
Yes, you can buy a wooden button, but where is the fun? By doing it yourself, not only that helps you save some money, but it also adds a personal touch to your gift. For making it you’ll need a small branch, a saw and a driller. Now you have to cut a puck, then drill two holes in it and your button is done. To enhance the organic effect, tie it with a piece of brown twine.
15. Easy & Creative Gift (Wrapping) Idea
As you can see in the video below, this cute little gift is really easy to do, with almost no costs. If you don’t like this specific message or design, click the link, and you’ll find a couple of variations.
16. How to Upcycle an Old Pair of Jeans into a Spectacular Gift Bag
Slim or fat, this one fits perfectly.
17. DIY Burlap Gift Bags
For this project you’ll need a rectangular piece of burlap, a heart button, a black marker and a cloth clip. Now all you have to do is to sew the bag and the button, draw a contour for your heart and your gift bag is ready to meet its new owner.
18. How to Make a Velvet Matchbox with Embellishments for a Nice Little Gift
Just click the link below, follow the tutorial carefully, and remember that you can’t start a fire without a spark. If you like the idea, but you want more, here you’ll find a couple of variations.
19. DIY Embellished Burlap Bag for Gifts and Wedding Favors
Lovely gifts for the loved ones… Just do it today, and you’ll smile tomorrow.
20. DIY Chic Touches for Special Gifts
So little effort and such a great result, don’t you think?
21. Origami Dollar Bill Shirt and Tie for Priceless Gifts
Have you bought something nice but small for your father? I’m sure it wasn’t cheap, but I suppose you have at least one dollar left. Well, you can use it to add a clever touch to your gift.
22. DIY Colorful Gift bags (Tutorial & Template)
Print the template, grab your scissors and start crafting these adorable gift bags for your friends.
23. DIY Lovely Gift Bow from Old Magazines
Magazines, newspapers and maps, all these are you raw material for this easy project. Don’t hesitate to try new things.
24. “Love” Pink Treat Bag (Printable)
I love it, and I’m sure others will love it too, so give it a try, and you won’t regret it.
25. How to Use Paint Chips to make a Gift Stand Out
The leftovers from the paint store prove very useful for a crafty person. Add a touch of color to your gift with a bunch of colorful dots cutted from a sample chip. As for the wrapping paper, you can use green wrap from a roll of paper masking. Clever, right?
26. Adorable DIY Treat Bag for your Valentine
Simple, easy & affordable, this lovely treat bag fits like a glove when it comes to Valentine’s Day.
27. Color me: Interactive Gift Wrap for Creative Kids
Are you running out of time with that gift for your kiddo? Well, there is a solution: you give him the supplies and let him do the rest.
28. DIY Photo Gift Wrap
Such a great idea, don’t you think? I just love it!
29. How to Use Paper Doilies & Butterflies to Wrap a Gift
Paper doily is the new wrapping paper, and it’s really cheap too. Buy one of these (or make it, if you’re patient enough), then print a butterfly, fold it in the middle, glue the body to your gift box, add a few touches (such as a nice tag, colorful twine etc.) and that’s it, your project is finished.
30. Use Toy Cars & Roads instead of Ribbon & Bows
Equally awesome for a kid or for a car enthusiast, this gift wrapping idea guarantees a sweet ride to success.
31. How to Use an Egg Box to Pack a Gift
These are better than a box of chocolates, but only if the content is the same.
32. How to Use Stitched Newspaper as Gift Wrapping
This one not only that will impress the person who’ll receive it, but it will also keep him up to date with the news.
33. DIY Retro Gift Wrapping
Have you ever thought that you can use an old bed sheet to wrap a gift for someone you love? Cut a piece of white fabric, use a pen to write something nice on it, then wrap you gift in it and tie it with another piece of fabric. Now you have to add the final touches, such as a retro brooch and a fabric flower. Easy, right?
34. Use Crossword Paper for an Interactive Gift Wrap
Would you like to make your gift a bit more interesting? Well, instead of attaching a (boring) greeting card to it, you can transmit the message in a coded mode by using crosswords.
35. How to Make a Lovely Snowman Gift Bag
Isn’t this adorable? It’s pretty easy too, so give it a try.
36. How to Add Style to a Gift with Buttons and Twine
Sew it, wrap it, send it.
37. DIY Vintage Gift Wrapping with Newspapers
Do you like this vintage feel? Well, all you have to do is to wrap the gift in a newspaper, then add a black ribbon and a coin (or any other vintage gift topper), and that’s it, it’s done. If you like the idea, but you’d like something more stylish, please check this tutorial.
38. DIY Wooden Gift Box for Valentine’s Day
For this one you’ll need a square sheet of hardboard, four thin wooden planks, wood glue, a doily, a piece of twine and a small plastic heart. Now glue your wooden planks together to form a square, then glue the hardboard to make the back of your box, put the gift inside, wrap it with the doily and tie it tight.
39. Easy & Cute Gift Wrapping
One for my hubby, one for my mother and one for… me. It’s just too cute to resist it.
40. Use a Paper Bag to Wrap a Gift the Says ‘I love you’
Sometimes the simple ideas are the best.
41. How to Embellish a Gift with Golden Touches
A simple acorn or a leaf can add a touch of elegance to a gift, but if you raise the standards with a little gold spray paint, then the success is guaranteed.
42. Easy DIY Gift Bag with Felt Heart
For this project you’ll need a white paper bag, a piece of red felt and a piece of twine. Now all you have to do is to draw a heart on your piece of felt, cut it carefully following the contour, then make a hole in it and tie it tight on your gift.
43. Amazing Double Sided Wrapping Paper for a Spectacular Gift
At a glance, there is nothing special about this picture, but there is more than meets the eye… The apparently ordinary wrapping paper that you see here is actually a double-sided paper featuring a unicorn pattern on one side and a Marauder’s map on the other, and the best part is that you can download it and use it by clicking the link below.
44. How to Pack a Single-Serving Sweets in a Clever Way
I think it’s time for a bite of DIY.
45. Use Colorful Paper Feathers to Decorate a Special Gift
Really easy to make and with a great impact, paper feathers can add a touch of elegance that will make your gift truly special.
46. Adapt Old Fabrics into Luxurious Gift Wrap
Simple yet with a great impact, this project not only that makes you seem very creative, but also helps you save some money and time (that you’d normally spend on that boring wrapping paper).
47. Use Music Sheets as Wrapping Paper
Do you have an old music book somewhere in your house? Then you can skip a trip to the store, because this will be your wrapping paper this year. Just tear a few pages, wrap the gift in them, tie it with a nice piece of fabric and add a vintage brooch for an enhanced effect.
48. Printable Chalkboard Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper
Aren’t these cute? They are easy too, so they worth a try. All you have to do now is to download and print the tags (visit Elli, then click the Download button) and the wrapping paper (visit LiaGriffith, then click the Download button), then you’re ready for packaging.
49. Combine the Gift Tag with the Topper in a Clever Way
Here are just a few designs, but you can adapt them in many other different ways. However, the main idea is that your ribbon should go through a nice-cut paper (a music sheet, a newspaper etc.) and have a contrasting gift tag with a personalized message.
50. DIY Adorable Yule Log Favor Boxes
Can you believe these lovely crafts are actually toilet paper rolls?
51. DIY House Gift Box
Ok, maybe you can’t afford a real house at this time, but at least you can make one for your girlfriend.
52. Lovely Lace & Ribbon Gift Wrapping
Did you know that you can upcycle an old doily by using it to cover a gift box? It’s cute, elegant and easy, so you should go for it. If you like the idea, but you’d prefer a different design, please click here for inspiration & tutorials.
53. Free Printable Gift Box: Emergency Chocolate
This lovely gift is designed to save your girlfriend’s life, so make sure she’ll have it on hand whenever she’ll need it.
54. Easy DIY Vintage Gift Wrapping
For this project you’ll need a square piece of burlap, a round piece of paper (to enhance the effect, you should use a newspaper or a book), a piece of twine, two paper ribbons and a little glue. Now take a closer look at the image above, then start gluing and crafting.
55. Burlap and Lace Gift Wrapping
I’ve never thought that a combination of burlap and lace can look so amazing. I’m totally impressed with this one. Do you like it too?
56. Creative Map Wrap for Gifts
Does your friend like travelling? Then he’ll adore this idea.
57. DIY Music-Inspired Gift Wrapping
This time you should listen to your heart… the project presented here is easier than whistling, so you can’t skip it, especially if you’re planning to give a gift to someone who loves music. All you have to do is tear a few pages from a music book, then stick them on a cardboard box, add a ribbon and a beautiful topper and you can start singing because you’re done.
58. Unusual Gift Bows: How to Make a Pom-Pom
The process of making a pom-pom it’s really easy and fun, while the results are spectacular, so there is no reason for you not to try it.
59. How to Use a Simple Paper Bag to Wrap a Flower Gift
Cute and effective, this idea is designed to shock by its simplicity.
60. Rolled Paper Bow for Lovely Gifts
This one looks great on any package, so you have to try it. Just write something nice on a few sheets of paper, then roll them and use some glue to transform them into a pretty bow, as the image above suggests.
61. How to Use Yarn to Make a Gift more Colorful
Can you believe how easy is to be creative in terms of gift wrapping? This idea requires only a little patience and a lot of colored yarn. All you have to do now is to pack your gift in a box, wrap it in brown paper and tie it with as many pieces of yarn as you can. For more inspiration, click here.
62. How to Make Necktie-Inspired Bows for Manly Gifts
Are you looking for a nice gift wrapping idea? Watch the video below and get inspired. However, for a better effect you can use a real necktie instead of ribbon.
63. How to Incorporate Unexpected Embellishments into This Year’s Gift Wrapping
Click the link below, and get some inspiration for the future gifts.
64. How to Transform a Plastic Cup into a Cute Gift Box
It’s cheap, fast and easy, all the ingredients for a perfect DIY project.
65. DIY Wrapping Paper from Paper Bags, Sharpies and Whiteout
Yes, it requires some effort, but it is well worth it.
66. Use a Toy Car to Deliver the Gift
A special gift for a special person should be delivered in a special manner, shouldn’t it? If you’re thinking to use a little toy car, then you’re on the right track.
67. Clever Gift Wrap for Valentine’s Day
How sweet! I adore this idea.
68. How to Upcycle an Ordinary Paper Mache Box into an Extraordinary Cupcake Gift Box
Can you believe how beautiful can become an ordinary paper mache box with only a few of touches?
69. Use Leather to add a Touch of Elegance to your Gift
Have you ever thought that you can upcycle an old jacket to make a gift stand out? Think again.
70. Last-Minute DIY Pot of… Candy!?
Truly creative projects bring together things that normally aren’t related… This project is one of those.
71. How to Make your own Gift Bags for Christmas
Do you have paper bags, an old book paper, a sheet music, burlap / cheesecloth or other, twine, buttons, embroidery floss, thread and glue gun? Then all you have to do now is to follow the tutorial below and Santa will fill them with something beautiful.
72. How to Use Canvas to Make a Lovely Gift Wrap
With just a few pieces of paper, a bunch of buttons and Modge Podge, you can create a masterpiece, in terms of gift wrapping.
73. DIY Tux and Gown Gift Box Set
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me introduce you this lovely couple of… gift boxes.
74. How to Adapt Ordinary Plastic Bags into Adorable Gift Wrap
Do you have three plastic bags of different colors? If you do, then your project is almost complete.
75. Spectacular Paper Cut Topper for Special Gifts
It can be done in less than 5 minutes, but the results last for a lifetime, so you should go for it.
76. How to Make a Lego Gift Bag in Less Than 10 Minutes
Let’s start with the supplies. You’re going to need a blue gift bag, a blue sheet of paper, a sheet of cardboard, paper glue, a plastic cup, a pencil and scissors. Start with gluing the sheet of paper on the sheet of cardboard, then take the plastic cup and use it as stencil to draw 8 circles on your sheet of paper. Cut the circles, glue them on the gift bag, and your awesome Lego Gift Bag is done.
77. DIY Tridimensional Wrap Patterns for Mind-Blowing Gifts
Don’t be afraid to be creative! Flowers, bees, aliens or any other idea you have is welcome.
78. How to Make an Envelope from a Heart
Just think how shocked will be the person who will open this gift. There will be two surprises: the content of the envelope and the envelope itself. Is this clever or not?
79. Easy Gift Wrap for Moms
Why not use a part of the gift to wrap the rest? This gift includes a cook book and recipe cards, wrapped in tea towels and topped with a wooden spoon. Although I don’t like cooking, I’d love to receive one of these.
80. DIY Rainbow Gift Topper from Wove Paper
I’m totally stunned with this one! Do you think you can do it?
81. Easy & Cute DIY Stitched Heart Box
Make some holes in a simple box, sew it with red thread and you’re done.
82. Elegant Blue & White Gift Wrapping
Equally suitable for a mother or a teacher, this gift wrapping requires only a pine cone, a few leaves, a blue ribbon, blue & white wrapping paper and silver or white paint. All you have to do now is to paint the leaves and the cone, let them dry, wrap your gift, then tie it with a ribbon and add the handmade decorations.
83. Easy & Fun Felt Flower Gift Topper
Check the tutorial, and you’ll learn all you need to know about this project.
84. Vintage Pearlbrooch Gift Wrap
A white box, a grey ribbon and an elegant brooch are the ingredients for an impressive gift. If you already have a nice brooch, you can use it, otherwise a new one will set you back about $10.
85. How to Transform a Cereal Box into an Outstanding Gift Box
Sorry for the low-quality image, but I’m sure you’ll like the idea. Just click the link below, and see how easy is to adapt an ordinary cereal box into an outstanding gift box.
86. Easy DIY Glittery Gift Topper
Spread a little glue on a cloth clamp, sprinkle some glitter on it, let it dry, then add a small plastic ornament and you’re done.
A handmade gift is far more valuable compared to one that was bought from a store with hundreds of similar items on its shelves, but remember that, most of the times, the wrapping makes the gift, so if you use an ordinary sheet of wrapping paper, your awesome gift loses a part of its value. This is the reason why I’ve made this list, for you to get inspired and make your DIY gifts even more interesting. Besides, most of these wrapping ideas don’t require a large amount of effort, time or money, so it would be wise from you to use them. In the end, which one you have chosen, and for what occasion?