11 Hacks to Wrap a Gift Without Wrapping Paper
Trying to bolt out the door, only to realize you don’t have any wrapping paper to cover your present with? Here are some creative replacements that still look like you tried.
Slip jewelry, chocolates, and other little trinkets into a DIY folded gift box. As a bonus, these pyramid gift boxes can double as ornaments. Visit Lines Across to find out how to make your own. (Don’t miss these clever uses for leftover wrapping paper.)
With just a little creativity, a brown paper lunch bag transforms into a friendly reindeer for a gift presentation that even Santa would be proud of. Head over to Lines Across for the full instructions.
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By taping on a few crayons, you can instantly turn plain white paper into a canvas to color. Learn more from Lines Across.
An intricate-looking pattern is easy to make, but shows you put major effort into a brown paper wrap job. There’s no gift tag necessary either—just incorporate your message into your doodle design. Learn more about how to fashion one from Fair Ivy. (Here’s how doodling can make you smarter and more productive.)
Cover plain paper with an interactive activity that makes the presentation part of the gift itself. Create a word search or Tic-Tac-Toe game to ease the anticipation of opening it. Find out more from My Life and Kids.
Map it out
Wrap your gift with an old map—bonus points for somewhere you’ve been with the other person—for a funky way to hide what’s inside. A sparkly silver pipe cleaner makes it extra festive. Read the full instructions at A Beautiful Mess.
You wouldn’t guess by looking at it, but this festive box is wrapped in fabric instead of paper for a sturdy covering that doesn’t have to go to a landfill. Head over to Splash of Something to learn more.
Decorate old chip or drink powder mix containers to create these whimsical gift tubes. Stacks of cookies or small trinkets will slide right in. Head over to Sew Many Ways to find out more.
Dress up plain paper with a little something sweet. A pack of candy cinched in the middle resembles a whimsical bow. Head over to Crafting in the Rain to find out more. (Take our quiz: Are you a candy “Smartie”?)
Make your presents felt
If you’re feeling ambitious, craft some chic felt pouches for little trinkets. These ones use a sewing machine to hold them together, but you could use fabric glue to save time. Head over to Alice and Lois for the full instructions.
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Using a bit of newspaper is a classic wrapping paper replacement, and the funny pages are especially quirky. Add a bow made of magazine pages so it doesn’t look like you just forgot to wrap it. Find out more from Who Arted.