diy gift wrap ideas
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First stop: shopping. Next stop: wrapping everything up. Need help wrangling your supplies? Get a dozen whip-smart tips on keeping your gift wrap, ribbons, and bows perfectly organized.

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natural gift topper ideas
Michel Arnaud
Fresh Greenery

Festive kumquats, holly sprigs, and other seasonal decor attached with floral wire add a burst of color to plain brown parcel paper.

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cookie gift tags
Mike Garten
Edible Tags

Ice classic gingerbread cookies and then pipe on your recipient's name or a seasonal message for twice the treat.

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animal gift wrap ideas
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Cute Critters

Use a and scissors to snip out friendly faces from . The little penguin flippers could warm up even the coldest Grinch heart!


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paper flower gift toppers
Gemma Comas
Paper Flower Toppers

Whether you make them out of tissue paper or crepe paper, these DIY blooms will never fade.

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Genius Gift Wrapping Tools

Arm yourself with these game-changing wrapping tools to cut paper, curl ribbon, and DIY decorations just like one of Santa's elves this holiday season.

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Furoshiki Japanese wrapping cloth
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The traditional Japanese way of wrapping gifts or personal belongings in cloth not only looks beautiful, but it's more environmentally friendly as well.

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gift wrap ideas
Mike Garten
Natural Finds

Let Mother Nature serve as your inspiration. , , and thistles upgrade neutral gold and silver paper, or you can slip in sprigs of old standbys pine and mistletoe.

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Jammy sandwiches - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
Fancy Folds

Wrap Christmas cookies and gift cards in festive envelopes made of sturdy card stock. Just download our PDF and use the template on before sealing with a .

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dotted gift wrap
Michael Partenio
Polka Dots

While wintertime is usually full of plaids, this classic pattern looks right at home under the tree when paired with red ribbon.

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paper snowflake gift wrap
Giochi di Carta
Paper Snowflake

Kick it up a notch from the elementary school version by making the flurries 3D. The key is creating an accordion fold, then trimming and snipping away.

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Cookie Cans

Here's an excuse to polish off the Pringles. A batch of homemade cookies fits perfectly in the wiped-clean container.

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Shelves - Christmas Decoration Ideas
Mike Garten
Kraft Paper

Think of it as a blank canvas for even more Christmas decorations. Mini wreaths, paper trees and ribbon scraps add enough oomph to warrant a bookshelf display.

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Tulle Poofs

A fluffy topper outdoes a bow any day. Go big with an oversized tuft or, grouped in a trio, little poms can form a holly sprig.

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A Pair & a Spare
Star Gift Boxes

Sometimes it's a bit difficult to disguise a present's telltale shape. Keep it a mystery with these three-dimensional boxes that (bonus!) double as decorations.

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The Sweetest Occasion
Woven Ribbon

Rethink your stockpile of curling ribbon thanks to this simple twist. A flat lattice design can also survive a trip in the mail without getting crushed.

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Philip Friedman/Studio D

Repurpose a plaid shirt and you'll be giving two gifts in one. Plus, how cute is that brooch "bow"?!

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Urban Comfort
Painted Holly Leaves

If you can't get your hands on living greenery, a handmade version with watercolor pencils looks just as festive. Pro tip: using a pencil eraser as a stamp.

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Boxwood Clippings
Initial Ornaments

It's a gift, tag, and topper all in one. Glittery monograms spell out the recipients while adding a little sparkle to their trees.

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Splash of Something
Striped Stars

Snipped in half, form the arms of some festive shapes. All you need is a little .

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Sheet Music

Nab vintage scores on or for a wrapping paper alternative. Bonus points if you use their favorite Christmas carol.

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David Hillegas
Peppermint Sleds

It seems obvious now but candy canes' crooks look just like the rails on Santa's sleigh. Another stroke of genius? Gluing on .

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Growing Spaces
Bottle Brush Tree

A wrapped bar of soap or jewelry box is the perfect size for a sweet vignette. Just a tie a atop a doodled car — it's way less legwork than hauling home the real thing.

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Camille Styles
Handpainted Wraps

Secured with a silky ribbon, these paper pouches cover up coffee table books and cookbooks, but a custom envelope can dress up gift cards too.

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Craft and Creativity
Beaded Toppers

might be a blast from the past, but trust us, you can make tons of cute stuff with them. Case in point: These festive Christmas baubles.

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Sweet-Smelling Wreaths

Skip the paper and add a tiny wreath directly to the box instead. Soaked briefly in water, rosemary sprigs bend into a tiny frame.

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Boxwood Avenue
String of Lights

Good news: These paper bulbs will never burn out. Wrap 'em around plain or patterned paper for a dose of cuteness.

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Andrew McCaul
Inked Monograms

Stamp your kids' gifts with their first initial (all you need are , , and blank rolls of paper). That way, come Christmas morning, they'll know exactly which presents to unwrap.

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Andrew McCaul
Bow Overload

Rather than slapping on a lonely store-bought sticker, up the impact by covering the entire top of a gift box in . No one will be the wiser that you finished wrapping it in the car!

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Andrew McCaul
Christmas Lights

Accent packages with colorful holiday lights. Hot-glue six bulbs together to form a star shape, then fasten the bauble to a length of ribbon with double-stick tape.

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Andrew McCaul
Box Alternatives

Make a gift card more personal by tailoring the wrap to the item. Here, a home-store certificate nestles in a prettied-up . For a manicure, use a cosmetics bag; for the movies, try a popcorn box.

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