I almost never have any standard ready gift wrapping paper at my home as I like to experiment with different gift wrapping styles. I mainly use simple white or brown paper as the base to wrap the gift. I then add-on different elements using whatever material I have on hand to create something unique.
I recently created a candle gift wrap for a five-year old’s birthday present. The idea is simple and easy to do. I first covered the gift in plain white paper. I glued a rectangular piece of blue crepe paper on top of the front of the gift. I then cut out shiny, pink rectangular strips from an old magazine (the advertisements in most magazines have a variety of colours you can cut out and use) and interspersed them with strips of a black and white decorative tape. For the candles flames in the gift wrap, I cut out yellow and orange pieces of paper from an old magazine (you’d be surprised at the different ways you can use the glossy colourful paper from old magazines).
To finish it, I added a brown gift tag, tied up in twine. And voila, the candle gift wrap was ready. It works really well for small kids.
Fun and creative gift wrapping ideas
Ever since I started blogging about gifting, I’ve been on the lookout for blogs on a similar or related topic. To my delight, I discovered that there some truly wonderful blogs by amazingly creative and talented people. Some of the posts closely related to my pet topic of gifting have been on gift wrapping.
What’s a gift without wrapping…it’s like a cake without any icing. Besides, it adds to the mystery of what the gift could be. So here we go…presenting some creative, whacky and fun gift wrapping ideas. (Disclaimer: I do not claim credit for any of these wonderful ideas. The true geniuses behind these ideas are mentioned below).
Confessions of a wrapper: I discovered this post on the blog P.S aka Paper Source. Ann, a self-confessed wrapaholic shares all the planning and perfection that go into her wrapping plans each holiday season. Check her drool worthy ideas here.
Wrapping with a theme
Cheap and chic: Looking for some cheap but chic gift wrapping ideas? Well check them out on the papernstitch blog. The simplicity of this one is stunning. Who would’ve thought you could use library cards to wrap gifts!
Wrapping with library cards
Brown and simple: Who said brown paper was boring? It’s the most versatile wrapping paper (other than white of course). The pictures say it all. I found these on the blog Julie Rose.
A simple brown package with an elegant trim and cute little tag
Some rope, a nice big cut out of an initial and it’s done
Brown paper, berries, leaves and ribbon and it's done
A name cut out from good old newspaper and glued on to the brown paper wrapping