The holidays are here and it’s time to get the gifts ready! Everyone loves receiving a gorgeously wrapped gift, as it builds the anticipation of what’s to come. But why spend money on overpriced gift wrap when you can make beautiful ones yourself and save some bucks on the way?

Check out these inexpensive and creative gift wrap ideas and make Christmas even more thoughtful!

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Magazine Wrapping Paper

Doesn’t it look beautiful?
Doesn’t it look beautiful? Source: Reading My Tea Leaves

Plain old newsprint or magazine pages can look super fancy with the right presentation. Choose pages that focus on text and black and white and make it more interesting by adding:

  • Twine
  • Ribbon
  • Leaves
  • Small flowers
  • Twigs
  • Greenery
  • Etc

Hand Painted Wrapping Paper

You can make it yourself with any colors you want!
You can make it yourself with any colors you want! Source: Lay Baby Lay 

Who wouldn’t love receiving a gift with hand painted wrapping? The idea is thoughtful, beautiful, and of course, lots of fun! These ones from the photo are from Lay Baby Lay, which used black paper and pink and white paint, but you can use pretty much any colors you want.

And it gets better:

These can be made with any paper and paint you have at home. No more money spent on pricey gift wraps!

Paint Splatter

Paint splatter gift wrapping looks awesome!
Paint splatter gift wrapping looks awesome! Source: Plumetis Magazine

This idea is perfect to involve the kids. Create some fun and beautiful gift wrapping by splattering paint over kraft paper! You can mix and match a few colors to make it more joyful, or go for simple white or black paint to make it more elegant, like in the picture above.

How to:

To make the paint splatter, you’ll only need to dip the paint brush or spoon into the paint, wait for the excess to drip and then flick your wrist to splatter the paint across the paper. Continue splattering with more colors until you’re happy with the result!

Confetti Gift Wrap

A packaging like this can make people even happier!
A packaging like this can make people even happier! Source: Minted

This idea is perfect for those who have a hard time folding gift wraps. The craft is pretty easy: simply use mod podge to glue confetti on the walls of a clear box. Let it dry, and that’s it! Could it be any easier? A fun packaging like this can make anyone even more excited about the gift!

Kraft Paper

Kraft paper is very budget-friendly and it can make great gift wrapping!
Kraft paper is very budget-friendly and it can make great gift wrapping! Source: The Graceful Welling

Kraft paper combined with a few accessories, is anything but boring. Following the same idea as the magazine wrapping paper, you can make plenty of additions to the packaging to make it more interesting, or even use colorful pens to write messages, quotes and drawings.

Add and use what you have at home to be even more budget-friendly!

Chalkboard Packaging

Let your creativity flow and make some drawings!
Let your creativity flow and make some drawings! Source: Going Home to Roost

Black paper combined with a white paint pen creates that fun chalkboard effect, and you can use it to release your creativity and imagination by making drawings! You can add plenty of doodles, such as:

  • Arrows
  • Trees
  • Banners
  • Mountains
  • Start
  • Bows
  • Write words
  • Etc

Check out the full details and more ideas at Going Home to Roost!

Old Sweater

Doesn’t it look super cozy?
Doesn’t it look super cozy? Source: A Homemade Living

Chances are pretty good that you have some old sweaters lying around that you don’t use. Doesn't matter if they’re stained, small or snagged: use them to make gift wraps!

How to:

Simply cut the sweaters to the size you’ll need and then sew or use use hot glue to keep the pieces together. Add some embellishments and that’s it! The gift will look super cozy!

Reusing Paper Bags

Make as many drawings as you want!
Make as many drawings as you want! Source: Alisa Burke

If you have some paper bags laying around, then you’ll love this idea. To make these awesome gift wraps above, simply doodle on it using white and black pens and then use it to wrap the gift!

Basically any brown paper bag will do, even if they are stamped with the store’s brand. Just make the doodles on the inside surface!

Watercolor Gift Wrap

The gift will be even more interesting!
The gift will be even more interesting! Source: Minted 

Feeling artsy? Then check out this awesome idea by Minted. These beautiful gift wraps above are made simply by painting butcher paper with watercolor paints, in an abstract pattern. You can use as many colors you want to create these unique wraps! Easy, cheap and gorgeous!

Wreath Decor

A wreath can be a great gift addition!
A wreath can be a great gift addition! Source: Apartment Therapy 

Wreaths are very common during the season, and they’re also a great addition to your Christmas gift! You can easily add a mini one to your package by clipping a few evergreen sprigs and hot gluing them to a paper circle. Add twine and it’s ready!

Easy, elegant and budget-friendly!

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