“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas.” – Peg Bracken
This meaningful Christmas quote was the inspiration behind my thought to take basic brown paper and turn it into beautifully wrapped gifts for Christmas. Just think of the joy that will fill the hearts of all the recipients of these 17 DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas. The contents inside each box will become secondary because it will be evident that the time and love that went into creating each individual gift was done for someone special. BONUS: every one of these 17 ideas can be designed as a petit to large gift box. Plus, this is a very economical way to wrap gifts. Shhhh, that’s our secret! For thousands more gift wrap and gift ideas, please check out my Pinterest page.
Let it Snow
Let It Snow gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. The next step is to use a paint brush to cover the entire top surface of the wrapped gift with white glue. Immediately sprinkle with fake snow. Then use red and white twine to wrap repeatedly around the entire gift. Use a decorated clothespin to clip a cute Christmas gift tag onto the string. Gift ideas to put inside the box could be all the accessories for decorating a snowman/snowlady, or tickets to a winter play/musical, movie or ice skating rink.
Sparkle & Shine
Sparkle & Shine gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Use double sided tape to create a design onto your gift wrapped box. On top of a piece of paper immediately sprinkle any color of glitter you like, all over the tape. Shake off the excess glitter from the box onto the paper. Now you’ll be able to bend the paper in half to dump all that precious excess glitter back into its container. Gift ideas to put inside the box could be a sparkly headband, a gorgeous piece of jewelry, sparkly ballet flats or a scented Christmas candle.
Winter Wonderland gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Use twine to wrap repeatedly around the entire gift. Then add any holiday winter themed gift tag, either store bought or DIY to the top of the twine. Gift ideas to put inside the box could be mittens, scarf, hat, or gift certificate to a winter theme park.
Ornaments gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Use twine to wrap repeatedly around the entire gift. Then add ornaments to the outside of the gift. This could be a hint for the gift that’s inside, like more ornaments. Another gift idea could be an invitation to join you at a local tree farm to enjoy a sleigh ride, cup of hot chocolate and to cut down your Christmas tree.
Magnolia gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Use a textured neutral color yarn to wrap around the entire gift and attach a chalkboard gift tag. Tie a bow, then use tape to tightly wrap around the ends of the yarn so it doesn’t fray. Now you can place two magnolia leaves under the yarn. I love showing both the waxy green side and the soft brown side by placing them side by side. Gift ideas to include in the box could be anything garden theme, such as pruning shears, seed packets, planter marker tags, or a season pass to a local garden. Another idea (hint hint) that many of us would love to find inside a Magnolia gift box, is an announcement gift for an all inclusive planned trip to Magnolia Market to meet Chip and Joanna Gaines from the hit HGTV show on Fixer Upper!
Monogram gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Simply create a personalized initial by forming any letter with double-sided tape. Then sprinkle with any color of glitter you like. Shake off the excess glitter. Gift ideas inside this box could be anything with a monogram, such as jewelry, mug, wine stopper, key chain, christmas ornament, travel tags, apron, compact mirror,or a phone case. There are so many monogrammed gift choices that your biggest issue will be deciding on which one to give.
Traditional gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Plaid is very popular and adds such warmth to this gift wrap. Simply tie wide woven plaid ribbon around the gift. Tie the ribbon into a knot, trim the ends and tuck a fresh piece of evergreen underneath it. This gift looks traditional and the scent from the evergreen will immediately put the recipient into the spirit of Christmas. Gift ideas to place in this box could be anything homemade that evokes a feeling of wonderful past Christmas’s. Such as, a set of homemade gingerbread christmas tree ornaments, Pomanders (it’s an orange studded with cloves and ribbon for hanging), homemade christmas scented potpourri, a mason jar fill with mulling spices, christmas cookies, or everything to make a cup of hot chocolate.
Gingerbread Man gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Simply wrap natural twine around this gift and add a gingerbread man cookie cutter, cinnamon stick and a splash of color with a red berries branch + colorful twine. Ideas to place inside this gift box could be gingerbread men christmas tree ornaments, homemade gingerbread men cookies or the ingredients a baker would need to bake their own cookies.
Peace and Love
Peace and Love gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. The fun begins with dipping your fingers in white glue and gold glitter, then finger painting the brown paper packaging. You decide how glittery you would like the gift to be. Repeat the glue + glitter step onto the white twine and white feather. Allow everything a few minutes to dry. Now you can wrap the glittered twine around the gift and place the glittered feather under the twine. You’ll probably want to go wash your hands now, or not. lol – Here are some gift ideas to place inside this box. It can be anything spiritual or meaningful, such as a bible, an angel ornament, inspirational quotes, a handwritten love letter rolled into a scroll and tied up with ribbon, a motivational calendar, a candle to represent light in their life, or gift certificates to help them throughout the year ahead.
Red Satin gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. This gift is made classy and classic by creating a red satin bow from high quality ribbon and wrapping it around the lid of the gift and adding a pretty cloth holiday gift tag. Ideas to place inside this box could be a red lipstick, nail polish, diamond earrings, jewelry, or a day at the Spa or Nail Salon gift certificate.
Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. This gift wrap is so much fun by taking the light-up christmas bulbs strand necklace and wrapping it around your gift. Hold it in place with a little bit of tape. Make sure you turn the necklace on when you pass it to the recipient. They’ll love that there is a gift on the outside as well as the inside of the package. This is a perfect idea for a child or the kid at heart, so be sure to choose a fun/funny gift for the inside of this box too. Such as, a joke book, an invitation to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party, a silly holiday hat, yummy holiday candy, funny christmas socks, holiday slippers or a homemade Christmas theme Cootie Catcher.
Sew Much Love
Sew Much Love gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. This gift wrap idea is perfect for the DIY’er, crafter or sewer. To create this gift wrap you’ll have to do a little DIY yourself. Take three wooden spools and pick three different colors of string. For each spool, tie and knot a strand of string and get wrapping until each color is completely twisted around the wooden spools. Use another color of string to wrap around the brown paper package, then use the same string to tie down the three spools to the top of the gift. As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, here are some gift ideas to place in this box. Anything for the crafter at heart, such as a crafting book, craft supplies, a subscription to a crafters magazine, a gift certificate to a local craft supply store or a gift to attend a local crafting class.
Rosemary gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Use natural twine to wrap around the box, then tie a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to the twine with red ribbon. Ideas for gifts inside this box could be herb seed packets, herb name signs, pruning shears, herb scented bath products or candle, dried packets of herbs for cooking with, or homemade herb scones.
Snowflake gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. This gift is two gifts in one, by adding a large sparkly snowflake Christmas ornament as the decorative topper and something special inside. Use blue and white twine to wrap around the box and to attach the ornament. Gift ideas for inside the box could include anything snow related or sparkly. Such as, sparkly nail polish, jewelry, sparkly note pad with pens, a snow globe, mittens, scarf, hat, socks, or a snowman accessories kit.
Twinkle gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Then wrap a full strand of gold star garland around the box and top it all off with a twinkle gift tag. Gift ideas for the inside of this box could be a Christmas scented candle, a battery operated strand of twinkle lights, makeup, nail polish, inspirational quotes, a gift certificate to attend a Christmas light show or tickets to a concert.
Birdie gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. Then wrap natural twine around the box and attach a bird nest with a bird in it, plus a decorative bird theme ornament. Gift ideas to put inside this box can be anything for the bird and nature lover. Such as binoculars, a bird information book, bird feeder, birdhouse kit, homemade birdseed ornament to feed the birds, or anything for the home with birds on it.
Coastal gift wrap starts by wrapping a box with brown paper. This gift wrap will bring the beach to anyone who needs a little vacation or a short break from their busy life. It looks almost’ to pretty to unwrap. You’ll be getting your craft-on while decorating this gift wrap. Create this look in sections by first using a paint brush to add white glue to the sandy beach area. Spread sand all over the glue and shake off the excess sand. Next, use the paintbrush to add more white glue over the remaining top surface of the gift box. Sprinkle blue green glitter all over the glue and shake off the excess glitter. Where the water meets the sand you can create a white foamy look, just like the real beach. Use your paint brush again to add more glue to the shoreline area, then gently pour a bit of glow-in-the-dark white glitter onto the glue and shake off the excess. Now you can take seashells and string them together on a piece of natural twine that you’ll wrap around the gift. Note: I purchased seashells that had a hole already drilled into them, so I could easily put string through each one. Tape the twine in place. Gift ideas to add to this box could be anything beach or vacation related. Such as, a surprise announcement for a beach trip or cruise vacation. Another idea could be photos of past family beach trips that will bring back smiles and fond memories. Some other ideas could be sunglasses, bathing suit, beach towel or a favorite sunscreen.