Wondering how to wrap a gift beautifully without too much time or effort? Don’t miss these five easy yet beautiful gift wrap ideas!
If you’re like me, gift wrapping is a combo of holiday therapy and stealth-mode secret mission. Seriously, while I’d love to say it’s done by twinkle lights with Christmas carols playing… the truth is, most of it is done hiding on the floor of my closet. 😉 And naturally, despite the rushed effort, I want it all to look beautiful under the tree. So I’ve been working for several years on how to wrap a gift easily and beautifully.
Clearly, I’m not alone in this goal because one of my most popular posts this time of year is my Lazy Girl’s Guide to Beautiful Gift Wrap. So today I wanted to share five more easy gift wrap ideas!
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Before I give you my five package ideas, let’s talk wrapping paper for a moment. I like to start with a combo of coordinated wrapping papers. You can often find combo packages of coordinating papers, but I confess that I often prefer to create my own groupings.
These red plaid, brown car pattern, and white plaid papers were found in-store at my local Tuesday Morning, but I’ve also loved this line at Target for some time if you’re looking for high-quality wrapping paper available online.
I always try to have some simple white butcher paper or brown Kraft paper on hand for wrapping presents, as well. One or the other coordinates with almost all wrapping paper combos, and it allows the ribbons and embellishments to stand out beautifully. I also think many people wonder how to wrap a large gift with paper… and Kraft or butcher paper is such a great, affordable option for that!
Speaking of big gifts (or oddly-shaped gifts, for that matter) I try to hold onto all my small to medium sized online shopping boxes. Boxes are so much easier to wrap with wrapping paper, and since so much shopping is done online these days, it’s a win win.
5 Simple, Creative Gift Wrap Ideas
For these ideas, you’ll want some coordinated wrapping papers plus the following (or similar items):
One – twine and clippings
This look is so very simple. I feel it’s best on a solid paper, but it can be pretty over a patter, as well. Just wrap the twine around multiple times, tie it in a knot, and add a few clippings. I love to use rosemary or cedar since they are both pretty and fragrant.
Two – big ribbon and greenery
Go big or go home, right? Worried about how to wrap a gift with ribbon? Just use a large ribbon in a simple square knot, and slide in a larger clipping of holiday greenery. Real or faux, doesn’t matter. The drama is perfect.
Three – mini wreath
Are we seeing a pattern? Adding fresh or faux greenery to gifts is such an easy way to elevate their style instantly. Take a long thin strip of greenery and shape it into a wreath. Secure with tape on two sides and cover the ends with ribbon.
Four – paper layers
Do you hate to throw away those strips of wrapping paper from the end of a roll or the side of a package? Don’t! Layer them over another paper for a little extra style.
Consider the same with small pieces of ribbon. Just wrap the lengths of ribbon one way around a gift and secure underneath with double sided tape. Waste not, want not. 🙂
Five – tulle bow
Tulle ribbon is such a fun and easy way to make a dramatic package, and they are instantly the focus of every kid who looks under the tree. They can be as big as you like, and it takes no more skill than tying a shoe.
How to tie a tulle bow
- Cut and knot ribbon.
Wrap the ribbon around the present and tie a firm knot with at least 2′ of ribbon hanging off on either side of knot.
- Tie the first bow.
Tie a simple bow with small loops.
- Tie more bows.
Use the remaining straight pieces to continue to tie bow after bow until there is no more extra ribbon.
- Spread and fluff.
When there is no more extra ribbon, spread each bow loop out so that the tulle of each loop touches the next.
Trim the straight ends if so desired.
Put them all together, and it’s not only pretty packages for your loved ones, but instant holiday decor for your home.
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