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21 HACKS | Wrap Your Presents Perfectly.. Every Time!

posted in DIY & Crafts
12/10/2016
  • 1. To efficiently wrap gifts, get off of the carpet & onto a hard surface. It may be easier to plop in front of the TV on a carpet, but it will take you twice as long to wrap & everything will look worse.

    1. To efficiently wrap gifts, get off of the carpet & onto a hard surface. It may be easier to plop in front of the TV on a carpet, but it will take you twice as long to wrap & everything will look worse.

  • 3. No tape? Follow this video tutorial to wrap a gift without any tape.

    3. No tape? Follow this video tutorial to wrap a gift without any tape.

  • Or this one that uses ribbon, but no tape!

  • 4. Or you could use fabric (aka an old shirt).

  • 5. Or a scarf! Wrap it in a new scarf & the gift wrap becomes another gift!
    5. Or a scarf! Wrap it in a new scarf & the gift wrap becomes another gift!
  • 6. You can also repurpose old, itchy sweaters.

    6. You can also repurpose old, itchy sweaters.

  • 7. Wrap a small gift in a yarn ball.
    7. Wrap a small gift in a yarn ball.
  • 8. If your gift is an odd shape, decorate a paper bag as giftwrap

    8. If your gift is an odd shape, decorate a paper bag as giftwrap

  • 9. Use newspaper as wrapping paper. It costs you little to nothing if you already have a paper lying around, & it looks craftier than you will probably mean for it to!   

    9. Use newspaper as wrapping paper. It costs you little to nothing if you already have a paper lying around, & it looks craftier than you will probably mean for it to!   

  • 10. Reuse paper bags from the grocery store. Most grocery store paper bags will have some sort of holiday design during this season, which will look way better than wrapping your gifts in aluminum foil.

    10. Reuse paper bags from the grocery store. Most grocery store paper bags will have some sort of holiday design during this season, which will look way better than wrapping your gifts in aluminum foil.

  • 11. Or just use plain brown paper bags or parcel paper. The plain brown looks rustic & festive in its own way, & there are plenty of things you can add to make it look fancier, like letter stamps for the recipient's first name, or doodles

    11. Or just use plain brown paper bags or parcel paper. The plain brown looks rustic & festive in its own way, & there are plenty of things you can add to make it look fancier, like letter stamps for the recipient's first name, or doodles

  • 12. Use a DIY stamp roller to create easy wrapping designs. This quick DIY may not be for the lazy, but once you've made it, you can use it over & over again!

    12. Use a DIY stamp roller to create easy wrapping designs. This quick DIY may not be for the lazy, but once you've made it, you can use it over & over again!

  • 13. Print out word searches or puzzles on computer paper and wrap gifts up in those. Tie/tape down a marker to the gift & you've given both a game & a gift!

    13. Print out word searches or puzzles on computer paper and wrap gifts up in those. Tie/tape down a marker to the gift & you've given both a game & a gift!

  • 14. Turn boring, plain paper into cute animal gifts. Yeah, this owl requires you to actually leave part of the gift UNWRAPPED. Mega score.

    14. Turn boring, plain paper into cute animal gifts. Yeah, this owl requires you to actually leave part of the gift UNWRAPPED. Mega score.

  • 15. Or make pretty cut-outs to deter the eye from the plain paper. Simple, but appealing to the eye. 

    15. Or make pretty cut-outs to deter the eye from the plain paper. Simple, but appealing to the eye. 

  • 16. "Make your own wrapping" by drawing ribbons & a bow on a plain gift box. Artsy & quick. 👍🏻

    16. "Make your own wrapping" by drawing ribbons & a bow on a plain gift box. Artsy & quick. 👍🏻

  • 17. No box? No problem. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING CEREAL BOXES | http://www.instructables.com/id/Gift-Box-from-a-Cereal-Box/?ALLSTEPS
    17. No box? No problem. 

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING CEREAL BOXES | http://www.instructables.com/id/Gift-Box-from-a-Cereal-Box/?ALLSTEPS
  • 18. Don't have gift tags? Use a playing card.  Everyone has cards somewhere in their house, & the DIY factor will look intentional, rather than lazy.

    18. Don't have gift tags? Use a playing card.  Everyone has cards somewhere in their house, & the DIY factor will look intentional, rather than lazy.

  • 19. Or an Instagram photo. Use the A Beautiful Mess app to add the "to" & "from" to an Instagram photo & transform it into a print-ready gift tag, or just print your photos & write directly on them with permanent marker..
    19. Or an Instagram photo. Use the A Beautiful Mess app to add the "to" & "from" to an Instagram photo & transform it into a print-ready gift tag, or just print your photos & write directly on them with permanent marker..
  • 20. Or just print some out.

Like these | http://colormemeg.com/2013/12/free-printable-christmas-tags-and-prints.html
    20. Or just print some out.

    Like these | http://colormemeg.com/2013/12/free-printable-christmas-tags-and-prints.html
  • Or these | http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/2014/11/free-christmas-gift-tag-printables.html?m=1
    Or these | http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/2014/11/free-christmas-gift-tag-printables.html?m=1
  • 21. Or if you have enough paper, designate a color/pattern for each person so that gift tags aren't necessary. Just make sure to jot down who gets what to avoid any on-the-day mix-ups.

    21. Or if you have enough paper, designate a color/pattern for each person so that gift tags aren't necessary. Just make sure to jot down who gets what to avoid any on-the-day mix-ups.


  • 22. Tie ribbon around plain, unwrapped boxes for a simple look that still feels elegant.

    22. Tie ribbon around plain, unwrapped boxes for a simple look that still feels elegant.

  • 23. And make a bow that will totally steal all of the recipient's attention.

    23. And make a bow that will totally steal all of the recipient's attention.



  • Check out this link for a step-by-step tutorial by Paper Source | 

http://www.papersource.com/howto/tie-bow.html?cm_mmc=cj-_-11611016-_-7682639-_-NA
    Check out this link for a step-by-step tutorial by Paper Source | 

    http://www.papersource.com/howto/tie-bow.html?cm_mmc=cj-_-11611016-_-7682639-_-NA
  • 24. No ribbon? Use paper tape to create the illusion of well tied ribbon.

SIDE NOTE Another option for gift tags is just drawing them on!

    24. No ribbon? Use paper tape to create the illusion of well tied ribbon.


    SIDE NOTE Another option for gift tags is just drawing them on!
  • 25. Or twine. 
    25. Or twine. 
  • 26. Magazine ribbon & gift bows work too.

    26. Magazine ribbon & gift bows work too.

  • 27. Store your paper rolls in a garment bag & hang it in the closet for easy access.

    27. Store your paper rolls in a garment bag & hang it in the closet for easy access.

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