Want to give gifts that stand out this holiday season? Create your own gift wrapping paper (plus ribbons, gift tags, and even gift bags) using your printer! Simple, crafty and straight from the heart, here are some creative gift wrapping ideas to try at home.
It’s a little bit rustic, a little bit whimsical, and a lot of fun. The free, printable wrapping paper templates from the site High Heels and High Morals come in two watermelon designs: cursive “Fa la la la la” and minimalist painted trees, both in tasteful black and white. Plus, you can choose from a number of black and white gift tags that say “comfort & joy,” “merry & bright,” “silver bells,” and more. The site Minieco has created an adorable series of cross stitch (or pixelated, if you prefer) templates you can download and print in holiday-themed options including reindeer, crowns, and snowflakes. For a more colorful approach, the site Evermine offers free, printable gift wrapping paper downloads in red, green, pink and turquoise stripes. With all of the above, just add a bright bow for a dramatic presentation.
Sealed with a selfie
Everyone will know which gifts are from you this year if you wrap them in your image! Photojojo takes you through the steps of printing your own photo (or a photo of your kids, pets, Christmas tree, stockings, favorite landscapes, a menorah, and more) on paper and transforming it into gift wrap. Grab your camera, look around and start shooting images for your soon-to-be print-at-home wrapping paper.
Finding the right words
Love word games? You can embed a playful (or heartfelt) message to the gift recipient with edit-able DIY word search wrapping paper. Customize the letters and add in the words or phrases you wish to highlight, such as “To Mom,” or “I love you” or “Happy Holidays,” and then take a colored marker and circle the words on the paper so they’re easy to find. If you wish, you can leave other words and phrases hidden for added fun.
Of course, not all gifts call for wrapping paper. There are plenty of other ways to put a personal twist on a present with the help of your printer. Print cartoon-like food gift tags from Spoon Fork Bacon on labels or paper, and the hot dogs, bagels, and doughnuts will transform any boring brown box into an inviting gift. For smaller presents, you can print your own darling little gift bag in geometric prints, courtesy of the site Oh Happy Day. Print your own ribbon for an elegant accent (in red, green, champagne, and stone) with free templates from Evermine. And don’t forget the gift tags! With a little searching, there are hundreds of free, printable DIY tags to choose from. We especially love the clever tags—“Spoiler Alert! It’s Not a Pony”—from Bunny Peculiar, and the rustic-meets-hipster mason jar Christmas tags from the site Crafts with Jars.
This year, may you enjoy un-wrapping the gifts as much as you enjoyed wrapping them. Happy Holidays!