Looking for a little bit of gift wrapping inspiration as the holiday season quickly approaches? Then look no further! We’re thrilled to have Denell of Modern Parent Living here to share fantastic ideas for DIY gift wrapping techniques. Here’s what she has to say:

“I know I’m not alone when I say that gift wrapping a present is just as important as the actual gift. In many ways, creating the perfect gift giving experience often starts with the packaging. As a crafter, I love the opportunity to get creative and make the most out of any basic paper or box. One could say that I actually gift wrap for sport. With that being said, I’m happy to offer up some pretty basic tips that will come right on time as we enter into the official gift giving season! Two of the most important things to keep in mind: keep it thoughtful and festive.”


Here’s a few tips to get you ready for the busy gift giving season:

1) Organize – Stock and organize a gift wrap station. Chances are, you probably have a variety of gift wrap supplies throughout your home, but when it’s go time, you’re left uninspired with having supplies everywhere. Save time and money by organizing what you have on-hand: gift wrap and decorative papers, tapes, tags, fabric, cutting tools, and embellishments. Don’t forget scraps and left-over materials that can work as an embellishment – they are always the best. Once you’re organized, your options are endless.

2) Found objects – Always consider adding an unexpected touch to a gift. If you’re like me, you have a variety of objects in your craft supply that were not intended for gift wrapping, but it’s that very thing that will be the finishing touch. Consider newspaper, streamers, garlands, stamps, colorful candies, felt shapes, feathers, and small toys. The list goes on and on – just get creative!

3) Mix media – Gift wrapping is a chance to get creative! Once you’ve selected the foundation (paper), build off of that. Add various elements to add texture and interest. Mix up ribbon, photographs, small trinkets, and consider the use of typography to totally create a one-of-a-kind gift. You’ll love the creative process, and the recipient will love all the detail you put into it.

5) Theme – In the gift wrap industry, themes are a thing. Retailers now offer coordinating gift-wrap, bows, and tags all pre-packaged to make shopping and execution that much easier. A theme works great especially if you’re wrapping more than just one gift. Pick coordinating papers, and mix and match embellishments to make each gift unique. During a busy season, this will help your budget and sanity.

5) Personalize – My biggest rule when it comes to gift giving is to select or create a gift that truly reflects the recipient. I like to extend this concept when it comes to wrapping as well. Go for a color, theme, or add-on trinkets that reflects your someone special.


By Denell Pepin 

Photography for Best Friends For Frosting by Megan Belanger 

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    1. Sami (Poor & Pretty)

      I love these ideas! I have so many random craft supplies — especially streamers, which I originally bought to make a pinata Halloween costume. I never thought of using them up on gifts. Thanks for sharing. :)