Isn’t there just something about giving a pretty present that makes giving that much more fun? In fact, I spend almost as much time planning out the wrapping as I do picking out gifts for my loved ones. You’ve probably seen some of the crazy gorgeous present inspiration around Pinterest (like this and this), but what I really need are super quick and simple ways to make a present look stylish… preferrably using supplies I have on hand… for the cheapskate inside.
The first thing I do to make life easy is stick to one type of wrapping paper and that is Kraft paper! It is super inexpensive, I can buy it on a large roll, and it can be dressed up for any occasion. I’m not saying you have to abandon the pretty stuff, but having a relatively plain paper on hand all the time, makes it easy to wrap on the fly. (For all that spontaneous gift wrapping we all do.)
So, here are four simple & stylish ways to wrap a present!
1. Kraft paper + fabric ribbon. Perfect for any crafter or sewer with a bunch of fabric scraps lying around. Just cut a 2″ strip long enough to wrap around your box and tie a bow. This looks especially pretty with a rustic or shabby holiday theme because the edges will fray slightly.
2. Kraft paper + metallic sharpie. Definitely the easiest method. I used a circle punch and scrap of card stock to create a tiny stencil and then placed dots all over in a ‘doodle’ style. The metallic sharpies really stand out from the kraft paper and look extra festive. This is also a great method if you want to have kiddos involved in the gift wrapping process for other family members and friends. Give them a sharpie (and a safe place to color) and let them go at it!
3. Kraft paper + silk flower. In less than 60 seconds, a plain box becomes a stunning gift. I simply popped the bloom from the stem and hot glued it to the box. You can do this with one large bloom or several small ones to create a little present bouquet!
4. Kraft paper + washi tape. Washi tape is all the rage now, right? Well, raid your collection and use it to dress up gifts at lightning speed. I made this cute little Christmas tree with alternating stripes of green tape and a tiny paper star taped on top. But you could also go with fun stripes or a faux plaid pattern. Or, get the little ones involved again and let them decide how the tape should be laid out.
So, put down those tired old gift tags and recycled present bows and give presents that are awesome on the inside and out!
I also want to give a quick note of thanks to my super sweet friend Savannah for helping me with these photos. That lovely lady helped me out a ton to photograph content for my holiday boot camp on atly! (You can still register for only $10.00!)
What’s your favorite method for making presents more awesome?! Share below!