12 Creative Wrapping Ideas – Christmas Wrapping Paper

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In this post I’m sharing my ideas for creative Holiday gift wrapping and beautiful Christmas wrapping paper ideas.

It’s a new week, and I’m back with the first of six more ideas during this second half of the 12 Days of Christmas here on IBC. I’m having so much fun creating and sharing this content with you. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am!

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For Day 7, I thought it might be helpful) to focus on unique, beautiful, and contemporary ways to wrap presents along with some creative Christmas wrapping paper ideas.  I absolutely love wrapping gifts. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. Even in high school, I was buying fancy ribbons and little accessories to tie onto my packages to make them look extra special.

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Christmas is my favorite time to wrap, and there are endless options for creating festive packages. As I was coming up with ideas and photographing images for today’s post, I eventually had to stop myself because I could have kept on going.

For this post, I’ve narrowed down my ideas to twelve. (Plus a few little tips squeezed in here and there.) If for some reason you need / want more, let me know in the comments, and I’ll try to put together another list after the 12 Days series has ended. Sound good?

Christmas Wrapping Paper Ideas:

Okay, let’s start wrapping!

1. Thick Yarn

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This year, you can’t go into a craft store without seeing beautiful thick yarn. It comes in many colors so you’re certain to find something to match your paper.

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Here, I wrapped it around my package in a traditional way and tied it off with a bow at the top. Super simple, but the texture is terrific. To make the package just a bit more special, I topped it off with this wood tree from the craft store. I love this kind of inexpensive, festive detail. I recommend checking out the promotion bins at your craft store for small items you can use to dress up a package.

2. Wrapped

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Whether you use yarn (like I did here), twine, raffia, or ribbon, a cute way to tie up a present is to literally wrap your string around it over and over again. You can be more organized with your wrapping, but I kept things casual by creating lines that criss cross. Finish things off by the tying the ends in a bow; then add an ornament or gift tag.

Side note: One of my favorite places to pick up inexpensive wrapping paper, ribbon, and accessories is HomeGoods. They have unique and quality wrapping supplies at really great prices.

3. Add a Tree

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Again, at the craft store I found this bag of inexpensive mini trees. After adding a ribbon, I used some dots of glue to attach three of the trees to the top of the package. Done! Pretty cute, right?

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Lately, I’ve also been loving satin ribbon. I purchase all of mine from Nashville Wraps. They have oodles of colors and widths. While I prefer the premium ribbon, the value one works just as nicely. The rolls are large so I usually have plenty left over to use throughout the year.

4. An Oversized Letter

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As you might have noticed, letters, initials, and the alphabet in general have become pretty popular in home decor. They are everywhere for good reason. They personalize your space. Having your name or initial on something makes it yours and yours alone. This idea can be easily translated into your gift wrap. Here, I simply tied this large oversized cardboard letter onto my package.

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I picked the letter up at the craft store one day when they were having a 70% off sale, so it was 50 cents or something crazy like that. Fun ideas do not need to be expensive.

More Creative Christmas Wrapping Paper Ideas:

5. Alphabet Stickers

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Sticking with the letter theme, pick up a pack of alphabet stickers. In the scrapbook section, there are dozen of beautiful choices. These 3-D foil letters from Thickers were among those that grabbed by attention.

Here, I used them to add the word “merry” to my package. You could spell out the recipient’s name or keep the letters more random and scatter them all over the package. I love how they add dimension and a bit of bling.

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You may have noticed that the tails of all of my ribbons have a little triangle cut out of them. It’s simple to do. Just fold the ribbon in half lengthwise; then make a diagonal cut into the fold. That’s it.

6. Stick on Some Tape

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There are lots of fun tapes on the market these days. I found this awesome wood tape and wrapped it around my package vertically and horizontally.

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To give it texture, I added twine to the top and finished things off with a wood snowflake.

7. Add a Photo

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Speaking of tape, why not use more of it to add a photo? Did you know there’s such a thing as glitter tape? I must have been hiding under a rock because I just found this stuff, and I want to put it everywhere. Here, I used it to attach a photo of my dad to this package. Who needs name tags when you have photos?

8. Clip on A Clothespin

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Clothespins are an easy way to attach something to a gift. Here, I used satin ribbon again to tie up my present and create a bow. Then, I added a photo. (Who wouldn’t want a present with my face on it? Haha! I kid!)

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However, you don’t need to limit yourself to photos. Clip on a gift tag, card, recipe, ornament, etc. You can get clothespins in almost any size or color. I even found these cute ones with “Merry Christmas” printed on them.

Another quick tip: When you’re shopping for seasonal wrapping paper, venture beyond the holiday wrapping paper section. Places like Target and Hallmark have great everyday paper. When paired with a seasonal paper or a festive embellishment, it can instantly fit this time of year.

9. Stick on Wood Embellishments

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I found these wood embellishments at the craft store. They come packaged with adhesive on the back, so adding them to a package is simple.

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As I shared above, one of these embellishments in the center of your package can look great on its own. However, sometimes more is merrrier. Here, I lined trees up the side of the package. It’s all in the details.

10. Multiple Bows

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We all have a collection of traditional sticky Christmas bows, right? These are classic and will always remind me of the season. I like to use them in an unexpected way by grouping several smaller bows on a package instead of one. It’s a bit excessive, but that’s what makes it fun. When grouping multiples, I stick to odd numbers.

11. Add an Ornament

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You may have already discovered the beautiful ornaments at places like the HomeGoods, the Dollar Store, Walmart, and the Dollar Spot at Target. I found this little house at Walmart for $1 and thought it made the perfect topper for a present.

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You can also use these thin wood cut out ornaments that are typically sold at craft stores.

12. Finish it with Twine

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One thing I’ve been doing for the past few years is finishing off my packages with twine. After I add ribbon and create a bow, I add another level of detail with some twine. Again, the options for twine are endless these days. They have almost any color you could imagine. I’m especially loving the twine with the metallic thread woven into it. You know I love a little bling. I found this beautiful spool at HomeGoods.

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The twine also allows you to secure a gift tag or ornament.

I hope these twelve creative ideas inspire you to add a little something extra to your holiday wrapping this year. If you want a few more inspiration, be sure to check out my from Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas post from last year.

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Again, I sincerely hope you’re enjoying this series. If you’re looking for other ways to follow along on this 12 Days of Christmas adventure, be sure to follow IBC on Facebook and Instagram. Search the hashtag #IBCholiday for loads of holiday inspiration.

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  1. I was thinking of doing photos on my presents this year, but doing them all in B&W. I sure do love that clothespin idea!!!! The kind has done it again!!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Such cute ideas and wrapping papers! Assuming you will be transporting these gifts to the recipients (It will be about 2 generations before I’m tapped as a host) how do you keep them looking good until the final destination? I spent so much time last year wrapping only to have it crushed on the car ride. Short of renting a van any brilliant ideas for keeping it all looking fresh?

    1. Typically, for smaller packages, I’ll use toppers that are flat and can be stacked, like the flat ornament. I love the yarn and satin ribbon as they don’t get smushed in transportation. I usually pack smaller gifts in laundry baskets and just pack the larger ones in the car. I’m only a mile or two from my family, so I’m lucky. Hope that helps.

      xo Michael

  3. Love your ideas using the yarns and taping pictures of the recipient!! I have a friend who used small christmas floral picks as gift toppers and it just makes for great eye candy. Get the christmas floral picks after the holidays of course when they’re dirt cheap and use them for next year 🙂

  4. Those are the best looking presents, you’ve giving me some ideas and I never heard of glitter tape but I don’t think I’ll wrap another present without some handy.

  5. Michael, it is so nice of you to offer this 12 days of Christmas cheer, thank you. All of your wrapping ideas are so festive and creative. I love all of them. Merry Christmas, Ardith