11 Weeks of Wonder #10- Top 10 DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas

Can you believe that Christmas is only a few days away?!

So far in this holiday planning series, weve picked the perfect holiday card, mixed up some festive cocktails, done a little baking, a little cooking, and even found presents for your foodie friends. Now, this week its time to tackle one of the things that frustrates me the most during the holidays- wrapping presents! Today Im sharing with you my Top 10 DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas.

 

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If there is one skill Im lacking in life, its gift wrapping. I cannot, for the life of me, ever get my corners sharp or my seams straight. More often than not I mis-judge the amount of paper needed and end up having to put a little patch on it somewhere. Despite my valiant efforts, I usually have a haphazard mess that doesnt do justice to the awesome gift hidden underneath.

I dont like feeling defeated, especially by something as silly as paper and tape. So this year Im on a mission. A mission to not only wrap a present, but to make it the most festive, spectacular, Martha-worthy wrapping job this side of the Mississippi! Ok, so that might be overshooting it just a tad (especially considering my crafting skills- or lack thereof), but Ill settle for anything that doesnt look like my 6 year old wrapped it!

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

 

I took a little stroll through my local craft store and gathered up a few supplies. Armed with kraft paper, ribbon, glue, and several pounds of glitter, I got down to work. I chose to use kraft paper (or as it was labeled at the store dust cover paper) so that I wouldnt have to worry about aligning patterns at the seams. Now that Ive tried it, I think Ill be sticking with kraft paper from here on out! It was easy to work with and I love the way everything turned out.

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

Below are my Top 10 DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas, but check out my Pinterest board for even more inspiration:
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Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

#1: This is for one of my 2 year olds preschool teachers. I started by gathering some branches and spray painting them silver. Then I glued on some red pom poms and wrapped the box with a white satin ribbon. Next, I wrote merry with a glue pen and covered with silver glitter. This is such a classy and elegant wrapping, and I hope my sons teacher loves it!

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

#2: Remember those adorable Cinnamon Salt Sough Ornaments I shared with you recently? Well, I thought they would make a fun and festive embellishment on a gift bag! I tied them onto a plain brown bag and decorated it with a cute piece of gingerbread scrapbook paper and a little burlap ribbon. I finished it off with a handwritten Merry Christmas tag. This is two gifts in one- a festive present and handmade ornaments!

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

#3: This is one of my favorites! I found this beautiful red burlap cardinal at the craft store and decided it would pair perfectly with some pine cones that my oldest son found in Southern Maryland last weekend. I clipped the cardinal onto the pine cone branch and glued it to the wrapped box. Then I wrapped the box with a green burlap ribbon and adorned it with a glue and glitter JOY and burlap holly berries.

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

#4: These fingerprint snowman are a fun way to get your kids involved in gift wrapping. We created this adorable gift bag using a white ink pad and a little creativity! Use your fingerprints to make the snowman shapes and then decorate with a fine tip marker. Simple and easy but super cute.

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

 

#5: While cruising the aisles of the craft store, I found this copper colored cookie cutter (try saying that 5 times fast haha)! I immediately thought it would make a cute embellishment on a gift box. This one is for my youngest sons other preschool teacher (he has two), and I really hope she likes it! I began by gluing the top of the box with a green burlap ribbon and then wrapping it with thick green yarn. I made a simple white satin bow and attached the cookie cutter.

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

#6: Its hard to see in the pictures, but these white snowflakes are really glittery and sparkly. For this gift bag, I attached one of the snowflakes with a ribbon and decorated the bag with glitter and glue hand drawn snowflakes. This one is really pretty when the light of the Christmas tree catches it!

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

#7: I loved the little sparkly snowflakes so much that I wanted to use them again on a gift box. Dont they look elegant when paired with the rustic burlap ribbon? I began by wrapping the box with burlap and a white ribbon, and then glued a few of the snowflakes to it. So simple! This box, and the snowflake bag above make the perfect pair!

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

#8: Washi tape is all the rage in DIY crafts (at least according to Pinterest), so I thought Id use it to make a cute little holiday gift bag. Using two different styles of tape, I created this Christmas tree design and decorated it with a little gold glitter. This is a perfect last minute DIY wrapping idea- took me all of 2 minutes to make!

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

#9: I recently learned how to make yarn pom poms and thought they would be really cute on a holiday gift (instead of those plastic store bought bows). I decorated the box with a festive piece of scrapbook paper and a little glitter, then finished it off with a pompom made of sparkly white yarn. You can learn to make a pom pom from watching this short video.

 

Transform your plain packages with these 10 DIY gift wrapping ideas! No crafting skills necessary, these are all quick and easy :) #wrapping #giftwrap #kraftpaper #christmas | BlueCrabMartini.com

#10: Ive been really into plaid prints this holiday season, so when I saw this red and black paper I knew I had to use it! This is simply a few pieces of decorative scrapbook paper layered on top of one another, and finished off with a handwritten Merry message.