If you’re anything like us, gift wrapping traditionally happens at 9:00 pm the night before Christmas, in a flurry of Santa wrapping paper purchased from the drugstore at the last minute. Sure, it does the job in a time crunch — but isn’t there something special about a gift that was wrapped with care?
These five bloggers took the time to create wrapping that’s as beautiful as the gift inside — all with minimal effort, cost and DIY skills. Take a look at these clever DIY gift wrap ideas. Could one replace your last minute gift wrap this year?
1. Stylist, editor and creative maven Heather Bullard made these rustic gift tags out of manila tags, waxed thread, embroidery floss, hot glue and fresh clippings from her garden. The pop of red and green adds a natural spirit to any gift.
2. Emily and Sarah at Boxwood Clippings came up with a great gift wrap that makes the most out of unused sweaters. Simply cut off the arm of an old knit sweater and sew the bottom closed. Slip your gift box through the arm, and tie the remaining wool into a bow. Cozy and chic!
3. Jennifer Prince used a few evergreen sprigs from her backyard to add a dainty wreath on top of Kraft paper and twine wrapping. A small paper ring serves as the base for the wreath,with the evergreen branches hot glued on top.
4. Several colorful swaths of Japanese washi tape transformed Amy Ferguson’s basic brown Kraft paper into minimalist but personal gift wrap. Ferguson stuck to a straightforward design with stripes of contrasting colors, but feel free to get crazy creative and design intricate patterns with this wonderful crafting tape.
5. Heather at Whipperberry used wax paper, fabric remnants, Elmer’s Glue spots, twine and branches to design her own unique gift wrap that feels rustic but elegant. This is the kind of wrapping your friends won’t want to just tear off and throw away!
More: Find more amazing DIY gift wrap ideas on our Pinterest board, “All Wrapped Up.“