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
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!
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Have Fun With Fanciful Fabric
This idea from the Merriment blog couldn’t be easier to execute or look prettier under the tree. Choose a few colorful fabric swatches that fit your fancy and you’ll have some of the most attractive (and innovative) gifts around.
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Get Ultra Creative with Crayons
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.
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Play with Potato Chips
Turns out your empty potato chip bags aren't just trash––they can be upcycled into gorgeous metallic gift wrap. Next time you indulge in a bag of your favorite chips, save the bag and hit up this tutorial to get the details.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Get Glitzy with Glitter Boxes
Certainly we’re not the only ones enchanted by the looks of this sparkling idea. But the best part about it is that even the most DIY-challenged can nail this simple project. All it takes is a little glue, a little glitter, and a few minutes to put it all together.
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Customize Your Presents with Chalkboard Paper
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!
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Make a Few No-Sew Fabric Bags
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.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Repurpose Scrap Paper with a Few Stamps
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.