For trinkets and baubles too small for most boxes or bags, wrap a toilet paper roll with paper then gently bend it into the perfect-sized container. Click here for a how to tutorial.
Puzzle Piece Gift Tags
These homemade puzzle piece gift tages look great against a plain wrapping e.g. kraft paper or better still use any plain grocery bags you may have or hand instead of recycling them. Raid your family game shelf for a puzzle that's missing pieces or take a trip to a local thrift shop and pick up a puzzle. Painted black, the puzzle pieces make kitschy chalkboard-inspired tags. Click here for the how-to details.
Woven Ribbon Wrap
Ribbons are a great way to dress up a gift especially when you interweave them. Start the weaving with a single ribbon stretched across the top of the package, its loose ends fixed to the bottom with double-sided tape and then slowly add more ribbon until you achieve the look you're after.
Snack Can Gift Wrap
Plan on gifting piles of cookies? Easily separate your stash in paper-covered Pringles cans to quickly grab on the way to a holiday party. Click here for the how-to.
Button Gift Wrap
Buttons are great way to dress up your holiday gifts. To make a stamp affix a button to a cork with double-sided tape. For the best results, place your plain gift paper on a piece of felt or a folded piece of fabric (this cushions the paper so the mark will be even) before stamping with the paint colour of your choice. Top your gift with a pretty button tied on with baker's twine.
Yarn-Embellished Gift Wrap
Running short on ribbon? Why not use yarn? Wind cotton or wool yarn around presents (solid-color paper looks best) a few times for thin stripes or several times more for thick ones. For a soft and cozy texture, use a fuzzy yarn. Combine different yarns for colorful striations. Knot strands tightly on the bottom of each box. If desired, tie a bow on top.
Kraft Paper Gift Wrap
Kraft paper makes an attractive yet sturdy wrapping for oddly shaped packages. Once wrapped, add special trimmings and gift tags to your package.
Kids' Artwork Gift Wrap
Children's drawings make for inexpensive and delightful homemade gift wrap. Have kids doodle on Kraft paper, calendar pages, shopping bags, magazine pages, and phone book pages.
Potato-Chip Bag Gift Wrap
Give a new life to empty potato-chip bags by dressing up your gifts in them. Cut open a potato-chip bag along its seam to reveal the shiny white or silver inside of the bag. Flatten the bag, wash it with soap and water, and air dry. Then wrap your present and adorn it with ribbons and homemade cards.
Stamped Shopping Bag Gift Wrap
Have brown shopping bags lying around the house? Repurpose them into festive gift wrap. Cut an open the paper bag along one fold and scissor out the bottom of the bag. Wrap your gift in the paper. Dip one end of a wine cork or pencil eraser into ink, paint or a dark fruit juice and begin stamping patterns.
Footprint Reindeer Wrap
This DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper is a fun project for kids. It only takes a few supplies to make your very own reindeer wrapping paper. Click here for the photo tutorial.
Holly Jolly Reindeer Print Wrap
Here's another fun reindeer wrap idea using your kid's fingerprints. Click here for the how-to instructions.
Holiday Lights Gift Wrap
What could be simplier than using brown paper and your own fingerprint to decorate gift packages this Christmas? Check out this second fingerprint stamped gift wrap idea. Click here for details.
Christmas Tree Silhouette Wrap
Looking for a simple yet stunning way to wrap your holiday gifts? Here's a good double wrap idea from Martha Stewart. Cut a pine tree profile out of your gift paper and cover a gift that has a wrapped layer of tissue underneath.
Interactive Gift Wrap for Kids
If you love using kraft paper to wrap your gifts, you're bound to love this kid-friendly gift wrap embellishement idea. Wrap your gift in simple kraft wrapping paper, but instead of ribbon and a bow, add a toy car and a road and make the wrap interactive. Click here to learn how.
Cloth Gift Wrap
In Japan, the art of wrapping gifts in cloth is called furoshiki, and it's brilliantly eco-friendly. Secure open ends with a button, safety pin, or knot. Clockwise from top left, are examples of types fabric you can use to wrap your gifts -a vintage scarf; burlap rice bag; wool scarf with a knitting needle; tea towel with rickrack and scrap material from an old kimono.
DIY Gift Bag
This is the perfect way to wrap oddly shaped items, so that you don’t wind up with this type of mess. Click here for the how-to steps via both text and video.