02 December 2012

Weekend DIY: Handmade Gift Wrap

This post is written by contributing author Angela Hamilton.  

Happy December! I couldn't be happier to present a post on gift wrap in the very beginning of this month. Are all your gifts ready for giving? Any of them?

Last weekend I scoured the local thrift shops for the perfect vases to purchase and paint for my mom's Christmas gift, and left Goodwill with a few. When I saw the cashier wrapping the glass in this large packing paper, I knew it would be used for wrapping my gifts as well. Later I came up with these decorated packages:
handmade decorated gift wrap
 I decided to wrap my rigid items with this paper as it's the perfect size. In the above photo, I used a foam sticker that I had no use for and stamped it in my ink pad for a sponge-like effect.
handmade confetti decorated gift wrap

To make confetti wrap, simply cut circles into tissue paper and use a hole-punch for smaller dots. Just dab glue from a glue stick lightly onto the paper so it doesn't wrinkle. I adorned my packages with simple kraft paper tags and cotton yarn.

use ric-rac for gift wrapping
Ric-rac is probably my #1 favorite supply for gift wrapping. Try a few thrift shops and you'll likely score some unique vintage sewing notions, including similar ribbon. I used to collect some from a shop in my college-town. The snowflakes are simply stamped right on the paper.
handmade decorated gift wrap

Other great ways to create your gift wrap yourself are by:
  • stamping with yarn (see a tutorial here); I wrapped yarn around a wooden stamp for the same effect,
  • cutting different shapes with tissue paper,
  • using lace trim as ribbon,
  • adding secondhand ornaments or embellishments to your gift box or bag.

Have you made your own wrap this year? Leave a link in your comment to inspire others! Happy holidays!

Angela Hamilton is a writer and crafter from the Pacific Northwest, and a recent college graduate who blogs about creativity, her adventures alongside her Nikon, and her thrift-shopping, list-making lifestyle. She is currently striving to find a balance between working full-time in an office and following those distant dreams of writing and making things every single day. Her blog is Garden & Sea, and she runs both a vintage shop  and a crochet shop on Etsy. Connect with Angela on Twitter.


  1. I heart the twinkly rik rak! All the packages look awesome!

  2. Wow ... beautiful! It would be really hard to toss out that wrapping ... it's more like art! :-) Thank you for sharing!

  3. These are really lovely and glad you shared!

  4. What cute ideas! I use kraft paper as gift wrap sometimes, and decorate it for whatever occasion the person is celebrating.

  5. This is a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Blogging Buddies Team

  6. Great idea! So much can be done with ingenuity and recovered paper...
    Kraft and packing paper are as humble as they are versatile.