DIY gift wrapping ideas: 4 creative ways to wrap a gift.
Are you looking for an easy and affordable way to upgrade your gift wrapping game? Well, then you’re in the right place. Here is an overview of four colorful and creative gift wrapping ideas you can make for your favorite person. So take a look and pick your favorite creative gift wrapping idea from this list.
#1: DIY Black and Silver Wrapping Paper
The first creative gift wrapping idea is one where you transform plain old wrapping paper into something more modern and fun. This DIY black and silver wrapping paper idea is really easy and fun to make.
Create Your Own Stunning Black and Silver Wrapping Paper.
Are you looking for an original idea to elevate your wrapping paper? Well here is an easy way to upgrade some black wrapping paper and turn it into your own DIY black and silver wrapping paper. This gift wrapping idea will turn your gift into a modern and original wrapped gift in just a few steps. Of course, you can use this technique for other color combinations as well, so have fun with it. So, do you want to know how you can create your own black and silver wrapping paper? Then keep on reading.
To create this black and silver wrapping paper, you don’t need much. You need:
- a gift to wrap (here a book)
- black (wrapping) paper
- silver paint
- a shallow cup or something to hold the paint
- an empty toilet roll
- a ruler
- double-sided tape (or normal tape if you don’t mind the tape showing while wrapping a gift)
- a pair of scissors
Step 1: Prepare the Wrapping Paper
The first thing you need to do is cut the black wrapping paper to size. To make sure that you can have the entire gift covered with the stamped silver and black you need to make sure that you have a bit of extra space on either side. If you plan on wrapping a bunch of different gifts this way, you can also just prepare a bunch of paper in one go without measuring it out or even cutting it off the roll.
Once you have cut the wrapping paper to size, you can put the gift aside and start creating the pattern. While you are creating the silver circles the paper might move around or curl up. To avoid this you should use a ruler or some other long object or multiple small objects to keep the sides flat. So, just put them along the sides of the paper and the paper will stay in place.
This step is really important because the stamping can get pretty tricky if the black wrapping paper isn’t staying put and you risk it curling up while it’s drying and ruining all your hard work. Now that you have you’re paper ready let’s go to the next step
Step 2: Coat the Empty Toilet Roll with Silver Paint on One End
Now that you have the paper lying down, you can start stamping. To prepare for this, you need to take a bit of silver paint and put it in a wide and shallow cup. You don’t need much, and if you need more you can always refill. So start off with just a little bit. From this step on, a kid can join you in this fun craft.
Now it’s time to start prepping whatever you want to stamp with, here I used a simple toilet roll which allows for a bunch of easy options (and it’s free!) To coat the toilet roll, you should take the roll and swirl it or stamp it around in the paint for a bit to spread out the paint in the cup. Do this until the paint covers a surface that is big enough to coat the toilet roll in one dip.
Now that you have your ‘stamp’ ready let’s begin creating the silver shaped on the black wrapping paper.
Step 3: Start Stamping
You are now ready to start stamping. Coat the toilet roll in the silver paint as shown above and stamp it onto the black wrapping paper. Start at a corner and work your way down. A tip is to start in the top corner of your non-dominant hand to avoid the risk of dipping your arm or hand in the paint as you go.
You can choose what kind of pattern you want. You can place the circles in line with each other like I did. Or you can go diagonally, to create a busier pattern. And if you’re really going for it you can just stamp in whatever pattern you want or even haphazardly across the paper and make them overlap.
If you want to switch it up, even more, you can also change the shape of your circles. Scroll down to read the bonus tip at the bottom of to find out what I mean. I chose to do it the boring way for this first one.
So go down row by row. I found this to be the easiest way to prevent paint from getting on my arms and making a mess. And now you just keep on stamping until you have covered enough space.
Now that you are done you can put it aside to dry for a bit. I find that silver paint dries relatively quickly so you don’t need to wait too long to move on to the next step.
Step 4: Wrap the Gift in the Black and Silver Wrapping Paper
So, your wrapping paper is done. All that is left to do is the actual gift wrapping.
So take your freshly made black and silver wrapping paper, the gift, a pair of scissors, and some double-sided tape and start wrapping. Be sure to crease the edges as always to get a tidy result.
To make the back look nice you should try to fold down the one edge where you didn’t stamp the paper (where the ruler was). This way no one will see this.
This fold will also give the back a polished and need look. Definitely, if you finish it up with double-sided tape.
You can, of course, use normal tape, but it won’t look as good. Definitely on black wrapping paper, I find that normal clear tape really stands out. So for this one, I’m saying that you should definitely use double-sided tape or make a little loop with regular scotch tape.
So, finish wrapping your gift and… You’re done! Your gift wrapped in your DIY black and silver wrapping paper is finished and ready to be given to someone else. I really love this upgrade of black wrapping paper, because it is easy and it looks really great and modern. If you want to make it more Christmassy, you could go for a red background and golden paint instead.
Bonus Tip: Change the Stamp Shape
Now, if you want to change it up a bit, you can actually change the shape of the stamp a bit. Instead of the circles, you can use ovals like this:
I think this is a great way to change it up if you need to make multiple gifts. You create the ovals by just squeezing the sides of the toilet roll a bit. And that’s how you make this version of the black and silver wrapping paper
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#2: DIY Colorful Confetti Gift
The second creative gift wrapping idea is probably the most fun and colorful of the three. With this gift wrapping craft, you are allowed to make a mess and to play with confetti.
Create Your Own Colorful Confetti Gift Wrapping.
Are you looking for an original idea to elevate your gift wrapping game? Well here is an easy way to upgrade some brown craft paper and turn it into your own DIY colorful confetti gift. This gift wrapping idea will turn your gift into a fun and colorfully wrapped gift in just a few steps. So do you want to know how you can create your own colorful confetti gift wrapping that’s perfect for wrapping up birthday gifts? Then keep on reading.
To create this confetti-covered gift, you don’t need much. You need:
- a gift to wrap (here a book)
- brown wrapping or craft paper
- confetti (if you don’t have confetti, just use a hole puncher and scraps of colored paper, that’s what I did)
- a template if you want to make a confetti figure
- a glue stick
- double-sided tape
- a small pair of scissors
Depending on what confetti figure you want to make on your gift, you need to cut out a template. If you want to write a number, just use the double-sided tape to create the number.
Step 1: Wrap your Gift & Prep
The first thing you need to do is to wrap your gift as you normally would with brown craft paper. I would advise you to make the more intricate figures on larger gifts. Because even with the simple heart, it was pretty tricky to make it on this travel-sized paperback I wrapped.
Once you have wrapped your gift, you should decide where you want the heart to be. So wrap your template around the gift. (Or place it on it if the gift is really big).
Then slide the template until you have it where you want it to be. I chose to center it because that’s the safest place. I also taped down the template at the back. Though, I didn’t tape it to the gift, just to the paper itself so that it would stay in place.
Now you can almost start with the confetti.
Step 2: Coat the Figure in Glue
So you now have a clear area that needs to be covered in glue. But, it’s not as simple as that. You should be aware that you need to glue from the outside in. This is to keep the outline from ripping. And by gluing from the outside inwards, the figure will stay in place better.
As you can see in the picture, I’m covering it with quite a lot of glue. This is to prevent any uncovered spots in the result.
Step 3: Start Covering the Gift with Confetti
You are now ready to start playing with the confetti. Be prepared for a mess. I’m still finding pieces of confetti around the house, almost a week after this craft. So take a bit of the confetti and start pressing it into the glue. Be sure to cover it with a lot of confetti to prevent any holes once the confetti gift is finished.
Once you have covered the entire shape, be sure to press down on it with the palm of your hands. This way you are pressing more confetti into the actual glue.
If you think you have covered the majority of the shape and are happy with how much it sticking on, you should take a container and shake off all the excess confetti. This is going to be quite a bit, which is great, because then you can make more gifts like this.
Now, you can go ahead and take the template paper off. You will see that you are not finished yet.
Step 4: Improve and Perfect the Heart-Shaped Confetti
So, most of the work is now done. But as you can see in the picture here, the shape isn’t that great yet. So you need to take a few more steps until this is the perfect heart confetti gift.
As you can see the rough heart shape is there, but it is still very rough. Remember that there is a perfect heart shape there with the glue. It’s just that the confetti is sticking out of that shape. So to finish off the heart shape to perfection, you’re going to take your scissors and go around to snip off the confetti until you have the perfect shape.
It’s really easy to do this if you have a small pair of scissors. You can even use nail or embroidery scissors for this if you have them.
You can also fill in any gaps or move around some of the confetti. I had to do this in the top crease of the heart to make the indent more precise.
So now that your shape is pushed and moved around into perfection you are done! I really love this fun and colorful way to wrap a gift.
Bonus Tip: Letters & Numbers or Smaller Gifts
Now, if you want to change it up a bit, or if you aren’t the most precise. Then you can choose to write a letter or number with double-sided tape. Just try to replicate digital numbers and letters to make it even easier.
And if you have smaller gifts where it is too tricky to really put a shape on it, you can just cover half of it in double-sided tape and then stick confetti to it. These two options are a lot less work than the heart shape, and the results are often better.
#3: DIY Fall Themed Gift Wrapping Idea
The third gift wrapping DIY on this list of colorful ways to wrap gifts is more fall-themed. The principle is pretty simple and once you know how the fold works you can use it in many different ways and not just for fall. This would also be a great way to add a gift card or card to a gift in an original way.
Autumn Leaves & Brown Paper: A Gift Wrapping Idea for Fall.
Are you looking for an original gift wrapping idea for fall? Well, here is a fun and easy way to wrap your gift with a fall theme. This gift wrapping idea for fall will give your gift a bit more flair and style than if you just wrap it up in plain gift wrapping paper. Do you want to see how you can recreate this gift wrapping idea? Well, scroll down to take a look.
For this gift wrapping idea, you don’t need much. You need:
- a gift to wrap (here a book)
- brown wrapping paper or craft paper
- double-sided tape (or normal tape if you don’t mind the tape showing)
- dried leaves or fake leaves to decorate the gift
Step 1: Prepare the Wrapping Paper
The first thing you need to do is cut the wrapping paper to size. To make sure that you can actually make the fold and still have enough surface to wrap the paper, you need to leave more room at the top as shown in this picture.
Once you have cut the wrapping paper to size, you can put the gift aside and start creating the folds. To make sure that the fold is centered once you actually wrap the gift, you need to turn the paper upside down. So that the side you want to be on the outside of the gift faces you.
Or with brown paper, you want the paper to curl downwards.
Why do you need to turn the paper upside down? Well, because if you don’t the fold where you want to put the leaf in at the end will be in a weird spot, near the edge of the gift. But if you turn the paper upside down at the start, it will end up somewhere closer to the middle.
Step 2: Create the Folds
Now that you have the paper lying upside down, you will need to fold the paper in half lengthwise as you can see in this picture. Be aware that I had turned the paper 90 degrees from the initial sizing picture. (Sorry if that is confusing, but it was difficult to frame it otherwise.) So fold it in the direction of how you want the fold to go.
Once you’ve made your first fold, you can turn the paper back right side up. And it should look like this:
The next step is to make the second fold. This will create a little pocket where you can slide the decorative leaf into later on. So this step is really crucial to this gift wrapping idea for fall. As you can see in the picture below, you want the overlap of the two folds to have a width of a couple of fingers wide. And you want them to form a Z once the paper is folded.
If you want to get a better look at how the fold looks, you can scroll down, where you can see it from another angle.
Step 3: Check the Folds
Now that you’re paper is folded just as you want you can move on to the next step of this gift wrapping idea for all. Place the gift in the middle of the folded paper. Just place it as if the paper was a normal piece of wrapping paper. If you see that there is quite a bit of excess paper on one side, you can trim it. But do take a look first at where the fold is exactly when you flip the gift with the paper over, so that you don’t trim away necessary space. For example, here I trimmed a bit of paper away at the bottom of the book.
Now here is a closer look at how the folds should look. and keep in mind that it is the bottom fold that will show up on the outside of the wrapped gift.
If you see that your folds are in the wrong place, you can consider turning the paper inside out and wrapping it, if the inner fold is better placed. Or perhaps positioning the book differently can help as well to make this gift wrapping idea for fall look the way you want it to look.
Now that you are sure that the fold is placed correctly and that you are happy with how the folds look, you can start wrapping. From this point on, you can just wrap the gift like you normally would.
Step 4: Add the Leaves
Now, all you have left to do is to choose how many and which leaves you want to use. Just slide them in and you are finished.
Obviously, you can also put other things than leaves in there, but I just find that leaves are one of the easiest things. And here is the finished result:
#4: DIY Christmas Tree Gift Boxes
The last colorful and creative gift wrapping idea on this list is to make your ownnChristmas tree gift boxes. This DIY is probably the most complicated of the three with the number of steps it takes. But it is still very fun and affordable. And children can join in the step of actually decorating the boxes.
Create Your Own Festive Christmas Tree Gift Box.
Are you looking for an original idea to wrap your Christmas gift? Well, here is a creative and fun way to create a Christmas tree gift box. This gift box is perfect for smaller gifts such as makeup or jewelry. So do you want to know how you can create your festive Christmas tree gift box? Well, keep on reading.
To create this Christmas tree gift box you will need:
- a gift to wrap (here two lip glosses and a set of earrings)
- templates for the two parts of the box (you can download them at the bottom of the page)
- two pieces of colored cardboard paper**
- a pencil
- a pen
- a ruler
- a tape roller or double-sided tape
- a pair of scissors
- decorations to put on your gift box (for example ribbon or glitter)
**If you don’t have any thick colored paper, you can also use cardboard and glue the normal colored paper on it. It should work just as well.
Step 1: Prepare the Colored Paper
The first thing you need to do is decide which colors you want your Christmas tree box to be. Once you have decided you need to put the templates on the paper. The smallest template is for the base or trunk of the Christmas tree. The bigger one with triangles is for the actual Christmas tree box.
Once you have decided on the colors you want to use for your Christmas tree gift box, you need to trace the outline of the templates onto the colored paper with a pencil.
Before you can start to cut the shapes out, you need to do one more thing.
You need to take over the lines that you see on the templates. I advise you to use a ruler and just connect the dots/corners of the outline with a pencil.
Also, be sure to take over the two marked squares onto your paper. These squares will mark the place where the two pieces need to be glued together. So the backs of the two marked squares will be connected later on.
Now you can go ahead and cut on the outline of two shapes. Try to keep the lines as straight as possible because you can see them in the finished Christmas tree gift box.
Step 2: Create the Folds
This step might sound really straightforward, but it isn’t. Because you are working with cardboard or thicker paper, it is pretty difficult to get a nice clean fold if you don’t prep the paper right.
To make sure that your folds are really tidy, you are going to go over the lines in the shapes with a pen. This pen doesn’t need to work, all it needs to do is press in the lines. You are basically scoring the lines to make folding the paper easier.
Now you are ready to fold. Because you pressed in the folds before, it will be really easy to fold the paper. So fold it on all of the lines. Don’t forget to do it for the base of the gift box as well.
Now your paper parts are all ready to be assembled.
Step 3: Glue the Two Paper Parts Together
You are now ready to start gluing things together. As I said before you need to connect the two parts where the marked squares are. So, connect the good sides with each other and attach them with glue. These are the backs of the marked areas.
Now the base part is attached to the tree part, but the base doesn’t look like a tree trunk yet. The next step is to fold the base into a box. You can do it in several ways, there is no wrong way. Some sides will overlap and that’s perfect. Because that’s where you can put some glue.
Just be sure to glue it down properly. It’s better to use too much glue here than too little which can cause the box to fall apart apart later on.
So now you should have the base completed. And the tree part of the Christmas tree box should be folded and ready to be assembled.
Step 4: Put the Christmas Tree Gift Box Together
Before you start putting it together you should check really quickly if the gift will fit, and in which order or direction you should slide it in.
Once you know how it will get in there you should also check how the box will fold closed. It should look like this by now:
Now you can put glue on each side of the tree. But don’t glue it shut yet. So put glue or double-sided tape along to of the sides of the tree shape.
If you don’t know on which side the glue needs to go, you can fold it shut and see where the paper connects and put a small mark on the side that needs to be covered in glue.
Now put the Christmas tree box together, but leave one side open to put the gift in the Christmas tree box. Don’t forget to do this, or all your work has been for nothing.
Put the gift or gifts carefully inside so that they fit. If you want to go the extra mile, you can fill it all the way with confetti or tissue paper to really finish it off. But that is not necessary.
Once you have put the gift inside you can close it completely and you are done with creating the box. All that is left is to decorate it.
Step 5: Decorate the Christmas Tree Gift Box
The last step is to finish off the box to make it look like an actual Christmas tree. To decorate this gift box you can use ribbon, glitter or really any type of decoration you can think of. You can also get a child to color it in if you want. Here’s what I used:
A glue roller or double-sided tape is definitely useful if you are planning to use ribbon or other non-sticky things. Because you can just tape up the back of the ribbon and it will stick to the Christmas tree gift box really easily and firmly.
To connect the other decorations, I also used my glue roller. If you want to have small golden circles like I have, you don’t need to have the perfect-sized decorations. Just cut whatever sized glimmery things you have and stick them on there.
And once you find that the Christmas tree gift box is decorated enough. You are done.
So are you going to try any of these colorful and creative gift wrapping ideas?
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