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21 Clever Tips That'll Make Gift Wrapping SO Much Easier!

posted in DIY & Crafts
12/10/2016
  • 1. Divide a basket with a few inexpensive magazine organizers, then use each one to keep your bows and tissue paper neatly filed.

    1. Divide a basket with a few inexpensive magazine organizers, then use each one to keep your bows and tissue paper neatly filed.

  • http://www.iheartorganizing.com/2013/12/diy-gift-wrap-organization-station.html?m=1

2. Try filling your gift bags, too; and if you don't want to spend money on magazine organizers, try making your own using other boxes you have at home. Priority Mail boxes or even cereal boxes would work perfectly. 
Read more about how this closet is organized here | http://howsweetthisisblog.com/2012/05/from-coat-closet-to-storage-closet/
    http://www.iheartorganizing.com/2013/12/diy-gift-wrap-organization-station.html?m=1

    2. Try filling your gift bags, too; and if you don't want to spend money on magazine organizers, try making your own using other boxes you have at home. Priority Mail boxes or even cereal boxes would work perfectly. 

    Read more about how this closet is organized here | http://howsweetthisisblog.com/2012/05/from-coat-closet-to-storage-closet/
  • 3. Create an easy-to-use dispenser for all of your fabric and curling ribbon, so a spool never dashes across the room from you ever again.

Find instructions here | http://spunkyjunky.blogspot.com/2011/01/tutorial-tuesday-5-dollar-ribbon.html?m=1

    3. Create an easy-to-use dispenser for all of your fabric and curling ribbon, so a spool never dashes across the room from you ever again.


    Find instructions here | http://spunkyjunky.blogspot.com/2011/01/tutorial-tuesday-5-dollar-ribbon.html?m=1
  • 4. If you're going to do most of your wrapping at home, and you have the space for it, attach casters to the bottom of a small trash can to hold all of your paper. Then you can easily roll it out into the living room after the kids have gone to bed for late-night wrap sessions.

    4. If you're going to do most of your wrapping at home, and you have the space for it, attach casters to the bottom of a small trash can to hold all of your paper. Then you can easily roll it out into the living room after the kids have gone to bed for late-night wrap sessions.

  • 5. If you need to travel with your wrapping paper, store it in a garment bag — the rolls are a perfect fit. 

    5. If you need to travel with your wrapping paper, store it in a garment bag — the rolls are a perfect fit. 

  • 6. Grab a bucket and this $6.89 bucket caddy to make a portable wrapping command center. 

    6. Grab a bucket and this $6.89 bucket caddy to make a portable wrapping command center. 

  • Find instructions here | http://www.marthastewart.com/286590/go-anywhere-bucket-for-wrapping-paper?czone
    Find instructions here | http://www.marthastewart.com/286590/go-anywhere-bucket-for-wrapping-paper?czone
  • 7. Or flip over a broken kitchen stool, add Velcro storage pockets, and attach casters to the bottom.

    7. Or flip over a broken kitchen stool, add Velcro storage pockets, and attach casters to the bottom.

  • Tutorial found here | http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/take-a-seat-lets-wrap/

    Tutorial found here | http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/take-a-seat-lets-wrap/

  • 8. Grab a 5-drawer plastic storage cart and label each drawer with a different gift wrap category.  If you put the casters on, it's portable, too. This is a great idea if you prefer gift bags to gift wrap. See more of how this fits into a larger wrapping organization center  HERE | http://www.acasarella.net/2013/03/for-love-of-labels.html?m=1

    8. Grab a 5-drawer plastic storage cart and label each drawer with a different gift wrap category.  If you put the casters on, it's portable, too. This is a great idea if you prefer gift bags to gift wrap. See more of how this fits into a larger wrapping organization center  HERE | http://www.acasarella.net/2013/03/for-love-of-labels.html?m=1


  • 9. Make this quick gift bag out of wrapping paper when it's midnight on Christmas eve and you wind up with an oddly-shaped gift and no more available bags. Learn how to make it HERE  | http://www.scotchbrand.com/3M/en_US/scotch-brand/seasonal/smitty-double-sided-tape-crafty-gift-bag/#createGiftBag

    9. Make this quick gift bag out of wrapping paper when it's midnight on Christmas eve and you wind up with an oddly-shaped gift and no more available bags. Learn how to make it HERE  | http://www.scotchbrand.com/3M/en_US/scotch-brand/seasonal/smitty-double-sided-tape-crafty-gift-bag/#createGiftBag

  • 10. Learn this 4-step fold for wrapping any box neatly so you aren't making everything up as you go. Although of course it's the thought that counts, not the neatness of your ends. Get more details on exactly how this works HERE | http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/854/how-to-wrap-a-present

    10. Learn this 4-step fold for wrapping any box neatly so you aren't making everything up as you go. Although of course it's the thought that counts, not the neatness of your ends. Get more details on exactly how this works HERE | http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/854/how-to-wrap-a-present

  • 11. If you have several of the same-size box to wrap, pre-cut pieces of paper, and use this quick-wrap style. 

And for a clear step-by-step | http://www.scotchbrand.com/3M/en_US/scotch-brand/seasonal/jack-transparent-tape/

Or watch below. 

    11. If you have several of the same-size box to wrap, pre-cut pieces of paper, and use this quick-wrap style. 


    And for a clear step-by-step | http://www.scotchbrand.com/3M/en_US/scotch-brand/seasonal/jack-transparent-tape/

    Or watch below. 
  • 12. If you have lots of gifts to wrap at once, try a tape dispenser that is conveniently always on your hand, or pre-tear a bunch of strips of tape so they're easy to grab.

  • 13. Opt for simple fabric bags that will be reusable for years, and tie them with a piece of twine. Of course you can also reuse paper gift bags for years if you take care of them, but fabric bags are much less susceptible to tears. Get these bags for $20 for a set of four on Etsy, and see the shop's full selection of fabric bags HERE | 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/FourRDesignsm


    13. Opt for simple fabric bags that will be reusable for years, and tie them with a piece of twine. Of course you can also reuse paper gift bags for years if you take care of them, but fabric bags are much less susceptible to tears. Get these bags for $20 for a set of four on Etsy, and see the shop's full selection of fabric bags HERE | 

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/FourRDesignsm


  • If you know how to sew, you can make a set of your own following this tutorial HERE | http://www.suburble.com/2014/12/make-reusable-christmas-wrap.html

    If you know how to sew, you can make a set of your own following this tutorial HERE | http://www.suburble.com/2014/12/make-reusable-christmas-wrap.html

  • 14. If you like the idea of reusable wrap but also love the wrapping paper look, use muslin and safety pins instead of paper and tape.


You could also use a pre-printed fabric if you don't want to stamp your own, like in THIS TUTORIAL | http://www.creatingreallyawesomefunthings.com/diy-gift-wrap-2/
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If you opt for this route, save the boxes you use the first year. Then the fabric you cut will fit those same boxes every year, and you won't have to measure anything to wrap again!

    14. If you like the idea of reusable wrap but also love the wrapping paper look, use muslin and safety pins instead of paper and tape.

    You could also use a pre-printed fabric if you don't want to stamp your own, like in THIS TUTORIAL | http://www.creatingreallyawesomefunthings.com/diy-gift-wrap-2/
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    If you opt for this route, save the boxes you use the first year. Then the fabric you cut will fit those same boxes every year, and you won't have to measure anything to wrap again!
  • 15. Or simply tie the fabric around your box in a knot.
This TUTORIAL  uses hand-stamped fabric tied furshiki-style |  http://www.unruly-things.com/2011/06/guest-post-hand-printed-fabric-gift-wrap-tutorial.html

    15. Or simply tie the fabric around your box in a knot.

    This TUTORIAL  uses hand-stamped fabric tied furshiki-style |  http://www.unruly-things.com/2011/06/guest-post-hand-printed-fabric-gift-wrap-tutorial.html
  • 16. Go the fastest route: Buy affordable peel-and-stick that coordinate with your wrapping paper of choice.

    16. Go the fastest route: Buy affordable peel-and-stick that coordinate with your wrapping paper of choice.

  • 17. Save money on fluffy ribbon bows by making them yourself.

    17. Save money on fluffy ribbon bows by making them yourself.

  • How To Make a Simple Bow | 
    How To Make a Simple Bow | 
  • How To Make a Fancy Bow |
  • 18. Skip the bows and let a sprig of rosemary from your garden (or eucalyptus, or thyme, or dried red berries, or of course evergreen) do all the festive decorative work. You don't need to tie a fancy bow or even mess around too much with tape — just wrap yarn, twine, or ribbon around the gift a few times, then stick in a sprig. Read more about it HERE | http://www.lovethatparty.com.au/2013/12/simple-white-christmas-gift-wrap.html?m=1



  • 19. Use a pre-made stamp to fake fancy calligraphy skills.

If you wrap a gift in (super affordable) kraft paper you can stamp directly on the package. 

    19. Use a pre-made stamp to fake fancy calligraphy skills.


    If you wrap a gift in (super affordable) kraft paper you can stamp directly on the package. 
  • 20. Hot glue dollar store plastic snowflakes to the front of your packages instead of bows.

I know that hot glue sounds like it would take more time, but honestly, you'd probably spend the same amount of time peeling the backing off of traditional bows as you would dabbing a dot glue on the front of the package. Read more HERE | http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2011/12/neutrally-wrapped-presents.html?m=1

    20. Hot glue dollar store plastic snowflakes to the front of your packages instead of bows.


    I know that hot glue sounds like it would take more time, but honestly, you'd probably spend the same amount of time peeling the backing off of traditional bows as you would dabbing a dot glue on the front of the package. Read more HERE | http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2011/12/neutrally-wrapped-presents.html?m=1
  • 21. Make quick sparkly Pom Poma out of extra tinsel garland and a small amount of string. They're as fancy as those expensive tinsel bows at a tiny fraction of the cost, and take only a minute to make. Learn how HERE | http://blog.potterybarn.com/diy-sparkly-holiday-gift-toppers/

    21. Make quick sparkly Pom Poma out of extra tinsel garland and a small amount of string. They're as fancy as those expensive tinsel bows at a tiny fraction of the cost, and take only a minute to make. Learn how HERE | http://blog.potterybarn.com/diy-sparkly-holiday-gift-toppers/

  • Check out my DIY tips! Perfect gifts for the fast-approaching holiday! 🎁
    Check out my DIY tips! Perfect gifts for the fast-approaching holiday! 🎁

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