Every year, the world tells us we need to go out and buy Santa, snowflake, and sparkle-flecked paper to adorn our holiday gifts. Rather than settling for the same old paper you used last year, what about thinking outside of the box to wrap up your box?
One of my favorite ways to make my holiday gift wrapping stand out is to use unconventional approaches to gift wrap. Previously, I blogged about recycled holiday gift tags, but I also love to use unusual paper. For many years, I’ve used whatever newspaper I had hanging around as the gift wrap and jazzed it up with a big colorful bow and some sparkly ornaments. This year, I’m going simple, so I headed to The Home Depot for DIY gift wrapping ideas.
Here’s what I grabbed (see the Items Used in this Article section below for links to specific products):
1. 1 roll of builder’s paper (note that this is 140 feet so it should last you a couple of Christmases!)
2. 1 roll of twisted mason line (they also have fluorescent pink, yellow, and orange if that’s more your style!)
3. 1 roll of jute twine
4. 1 roll of marbleized contact paper
5. 1 roll of wood-grain contact paper
I also gathered some extras that I already had in my gift wrap box-of-fun!
Basically, my strategy is, start with some simple but pretty paper, tie on some twine, and add some sparkle. Here’s what I came up with:
Here are the step-by-steps for how to get these looks:
If you’re digging the faux bois trend, try some wood grain contact paper:
I’ve always loved colorful, marbleized paper, so here’s my favorite:
If you’re still not satisfied. Doll up your gift wrap with some extras, like a snowflake stamp:
Or a little hand drawn design: