16 Favorite Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas (Many are Free!)

16 Christmas gift wrapping ideas & best hacks on how to make beautiful free gift wraps & easy gift bags in minutes with up-cycled materials!

You really don’t need special gift wrapping paper or ribbons to create beautiful and unique gift packages. Plain paper or recycled brown paper shopping bags with a little creativity can go a long way!

16 Christmas gift wrapping ideas & best hacks on how to make beautiful free gift wraps & easy gift bags in minutes with up-cycled materials!

Let’s explore some of my favorite gift wrapping hacks such as last minute gift bags, repurposed wrapping paper, creative gift toppers and lots more!

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Beautiful Christmas gift wrapping with recycled brown paper bags

little Christmas trees on brown paper DIY Christmas gift wrapping

There are lots of creative ways to wrap your gifts beautifully for free! Check out our detailed tutorial here!

Strings and greens: easy and beautiful gift wrapping ideas

Christmas gift wrapping ideas with up-cycled materials

Simple very inexpensive brown kraft paper packages made so charming with a few conifer clippings, pepper mint twine, retro stamped letters, and paint splattered snowy pine cones. ( Images from naturahome.hu, site is no longer active)

snowy red berries DIY gift wrapping

These snowy pine cones will make your gift wraps extra magical. Here are 3 super easy ways to make snow covered pine cones!

Creative DIY wrapping paper

Make some potato stamps with Christmas designs

Make some potato stamps with Christmas designs and print them on white kraft paper or  brown kraft paper . Use a Christmas cookie cutter to help with the carving, or draw the shapes by hand. ( Source)

potato stamps printed Christmas gift wrapping paper

This one of a kind potato stamp printed Christmas gift wrapping paper looks so stylish! ( Source )

Trace and cut large letters from old book pages and make customized gift wrap with names on them.

Trace and cut large letters from old book pages and make customized gift wrap with names on them. You can also use letter stencils like these to trace the letters. ( Source )

Decorate your gift wrap with Christmas trees and stars

twig Christmas tree art on packages

Lovely Christmas tree art on packages made with simple objects such as twigs, and colorful strings and yarns. ( Via fellowfellow.com Site no longer active)

how to make festive Christmas stars from paper straws for gift wrapping

This tutorial shows you how to make festive Christmas stars from paper straws and baker’s twine for your gift wrapping.

Instant gift bags from gift wrapping paper

diy gift bag from wrapping paper with pink ribbon handle

Need a last minute gift bag? Here’s a super fast and easy way to make gift bags from any paper : check out the secret hack and tutorial!

how to make a gift bag

Another way to re-use some gift wrapping paper or any kind of paper like this brown kraft paper and make your own in just minutes! Tutorial here.

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DIY magazine paper gift bows

how to make gift bows

Can you guess what these lovely gift bows are made of? (Source )

Mini wreaths gift wrapping ideas

DIY mini wreaths make the perfect gift topper here.

Cut out a cardboard ring and glue some evergreen clippings to make these darling mini wreaths. ( Source )

Christmas art gift wrapping ideas

Make a Christmas tree on your gift packages using washi tape in just a few minutes. (Source)

Gift wrapping ideas with tassels and buttons

These boho style tassels are so charming! See how you can make them from crap yarns. ( Source )

These little buttons make it so much easier to tie a gift package! ( Source )

Christmas gift wrapping ideas with recycled brown paper bags

During the holiday season, many grocery stores have extra pretty designs on their paper bags. It’s a great idea to upcycle them into gift wraps. ( Source )

More festive ideas for you: 18 creative ways to use string lights for magical winter decorations!

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Which gift wrap ideas are your favorite? Have creating! =)

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29 Comments

  1. Remember when I was young Mom use brown paper bas to cover all our school books If they got dirty or torn easy to replace .

  2. Love these ideas! The craft paper with string and sprigs of green is just gorgeous!

  3. Dear A Piece Of Rainbow,

    You have a very inspiring Pinterestaccount and website!

    I saw your Pin about wrapping paper. I am making a Adventcalender on my Facebookpage (www.facebook.com/chezbonl ) I am a dutch fooblogger. I shared your Pinphoto on my Facebook, ofcourse I mentioned your website, but please let me know if you don’t agree with me posting your pin on my Facebookpage, then I will remove it directly.

    Kind regards,
    Bo van Gaal
    http://www.chezbo.nl

  4. I think I’ll use the potato xmas tree for stamping a white table cloth that I want to give to somebody as a gift, and maybe add some stars on it too. And of course, I’ll wrap the gift in paper with the same potato tree and stars pattern 🙂
    Thank you for the great idea! 🙂 You are really inspiring. 🙂

  5. I’m always looKing for different and more old fashioned ways of wrapping Christmas presents. Thank you so much for this post. It’s a keeper!

  6. Amazing ideas Ananda…Always you have amazing ideas…
    I’m sorry for my silence but I’m not well.. But I think to you ans I wish you a goog november in love.

    Tenderness

  7. Love all of these beautiful hacks. Me and wrapping gifts are not always 100% on the same team. I usually have my dad wrap most of my gifts and then my mom wrap my dad’s gifts. I do need to learn how to wrap presents better though. I will be saving this for later so I can go back to this awesome list!

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