8 Creative Ways to Wrap Presents Without Wrapping Paper

New-sew gift packaging
We Are Scout

The holidays are officially here. For a lot of us, this means plans are being made, preparations are underway, and holiday decorations are infusing homes with all kinds of festive flair.

Of course, the holidays also mean that a season of merry gift-giving is before us. While a lot of folks are fine going the traditional wrapping paper and gift tag route, others are seeking more creative alternatives.

Perhaps you want to save some trees and are looking for a more sustainable option, or maybe you’re simply tired of the same ol’-same ol’ and want to spice things up a bit this year. Either way, the alternatives to traditional wrapping paper listed below are sure to inspire you to approach your gift-wrapping game from a whole new angle this year.

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    Make Homemade Stamps

    How to make your own DIY wrapping paper
    Lovely Indeed

    Use kraft paper or regular brown paper bags as your base for this easy, customizable DIY. All you need is a big pink eraser to carve into the holiday symbol of your choice. Use that to stamp a pattern onto your paper and you've got extra-special gifts to place under the tree this year!

    DIY Stamped Wrapping Paper from The Spruce

  • 02 of 08

    Get Ultra Creative With Crayons

    Sisters What

    Who knew that melted crayons could make such stunning gift wrap? Fortunately for us all, the design folks at Sisters What were well aware of the magic that can be made with this idea and are sharing it with the world. A paper bag, a few crayons in your favorite colors, and a free afternoon will leave you with the most creative presents out there.

    DIY Melted Crayon Wrapping Paper from Sisters What

  • 03 of 08

    Customize Your Presents With Chalkboard Paper

    Lia Griffith

    If you’re in the mood to get creative and customized with your gift wrapping this season, then check out this printable chalkboard paper from Lia Griffith. Simply print and decorate with your favorite designs, and you’re good to go!

    Chalkboard Paper Gift Wrap from Lia Griffith

  • 04 of 08

    Work With a Whimsical Word Search

    Grasping for Objectivity

    This cute idea is perfect for those you want to send a special message to. Print a customized word search on paper and circle the messages you want to send that special someone.

    DIY Word Search by Grasping for Objectivity

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  • 05 of 08

    Make a Few No-Sew Fabric Bags

    We Are Scout

    Don't let the idea of making your own fabric gift bag intimidate you! DIY fabric gift bags are a great option for when you want to wrap a big gift without wrapping paper. This step-by-step tutorial will show you exactly how to make gorgeous, professional-looking fabric bags in a cinch—no needles required. 

    DIY No-Sew Fabric Bags from We Are Scout

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    Repurpose Scrap Paper With a Few Stamps

    Assemble Shop

    If you’re a craft enthusiast, then no doubt you have a ton of scrap paper piling up. Instead of throwing it out or leaving it to collect dust, make it into cute gift wrap with a few of your favorite festive stamps. Let this simple tutorial guide your way.

    DIY Scrap Paper Wrap from Assemble Shop

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    Get Colorful With Duct Tape

    Lines Across

    Duct tape has come a long way from being all-silver, all-the-time. These days, it comes in an endless variety of colors and patterns that can instantly transform a bland wrapping job into an awesome one.

    DIY Duct Tape Ribbons & Bows from Lines Across

  • 08 of 08

    Say Yes to Yarn

    Abrams Craft

    Whether you’re pressed for time or you’re simply as in love with this idea as we are, using yarn scraps as gift decor is an easy, colorful way to present striking gifts.

    DIY Yarn Wrap from Abrams Craft