Six creative ways to make your own gift wrap

Wrapping presents is a fun and creative activity to do with your kids. And, for the recipient, there's nothing better than unwrapping a pretty gift. It's easy to add some personality and colour to create custom-made gift wrap. 

One of the biggest wrapping trends of recent years is the emergence of brown Kraft paper. The possibilities for prettying up a brown paper package are nearly endless. Ribbons, washi tape, handmade gift tags, paint, contrast paper... only your creativity sets a limit.

The ideas below are easy, fun, effective and require no special craft skills whatsoever. And they don't require expensive materials. You can find a good supply of gift wrap essentials at stationary shops, craft suppliers, discount shops and online.

Here are six easy ways you can turn plain wrapping paper into stunning gifts in seconds.

What you need:

  • washi tape
  • twine, ribbons, beads
  • plain brown or white paper
  • stickers, shapes, doilies and other gift toppers
  • oil pastels and permanent markers
  • a sense of fun and imagination

1. Transform brown paper with stickers

Using stickers to decorate a present is one of the quickest and simplest ways to add a sense of fun to your gift wrap.

These neon washi dots make a vibrant, colourful gift wrap bunting.

Bright pops of colour transform boring brown paper, and you don't even need scissors!

2. Create a collage

Wrap your present in plain piece of brown or white wrapping paper and cover with a collage of small piece of masking or washi tape. Use different colours, shapes and sizes to make a really colourful collage. If you want to use the design again, you can colour photocopy it.

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3. Use oil pastels to name it

Kids love colour and nothing will excite a child more than seeing their name in big, bold, bright colours on their present. Use white paper for this one. Outline the letters in black permanent marker and then get your kids to colour in the letters with oil pastels.

4. Use beads to name it

Instead of writing the gift recipient's name, thread it!

Thread some beads with letters to create a 'signature' gift!

5. Watermelon gift wrap

How huge are watermelons right now? You can easily create your own watermelon gift wrap with washi tape (I've used neon dots, cut in half) a green marker and a black sharpie.

6. Have fun with it!

Use simple brown gift wrap with an interesting gift topper. Pom poms, ribbons, honeycombs, paper doilies, crayons, and pinwheels can make a present POP. Personalise your present one step further by creating your own gift tag.

Warning: Once you start creating your own gift wrap, you may never buy conventional gift wrap again!

Michaela Fox is a freelance writer, blogger and mother of three. She muses on the ups and downs of motherhood on her blog Not Another Slippery Dip, and believes in the 'good-enough' philosophy of parenting. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.