Adding your own unique prints to butcher paper, brown bags or other plain paper is a sure way to add fun to gifts for your family. Here are 17+ different creative Christmas wrapping ideas you could use to make your own homemade wrapping paper. Don’t worry a lot of these DIY wrapping ideas can be used at any time in the year, too!
Why making your own homemade wrapping paper?
Besides it being awesome from the environment, you can add your own personalized touches and involve the whole family. Our young daughter is always wanting to help be involved in all things DIY (which of course we love).
It can be fun for the whole family and the gift recipient will appreciate the extra homemade touch (especially if children are involved). You can use whatever supplies you have on hand to create DIY wrapping paper. There are endless possibilities when it comes to adding a DIY element to wrapping paper.
What is butcher paper?
Butcher paper is just another name for brown kraft paper. You can buy it rolls from Michaels, Large Home Improvement stores or even the Dollar Store. While a nice roll of paper is nice to start with you can always deconstruct a brown paper bag. Not only will it save you money but is a much nicer eco-friendly way to create DIY wrapping paper.
What can you use instead of butcher paper to create homemade wrapping paper?
For a lot of these wrapping paper examples, we cut apart old brown paper bags we had lying around. This works especially well for smaller gifts. Just note that a brown paper bag will be a little more wrinkled than your typical brown kraft paper roll.
How to cut apart a brown paper bag to make wrapping paper?
Cut down the side seam.
Cut off the bottom and open.
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Creative Christmas wrapping ideas
Add fake foliage: either spray painted
Add a twig, pincone and twine for a rustic look
Create a fun nametag: consider use Mod Podge and glitter on cheap wooden embellishments
Add ribbon, twine or yarn (check out the yarn Christmas tree)
Create a pattern by drawing simple holiday items (presents, abstract trees, etc.)
Print or stamp natural items
Use stamps and paint or ink to create a patterned DIY wrapping paper
Reuse items you already have on hand (example: wrap present in a dish towel)
Add stickers to create a pattern
Reuse old brown bags instead of buying new Kraft paper
This yarn Christmas tree is a super cute way to modernize those brown bags or craft paper. Don't think you can pull off a Christmas tree, then consider just using different colors of yarn to wrap your present.
This is a super simple way to add a little holiday flair to your DIY Christmas wrapping paper. I think I love this idea if I get to let my little ones finger paint the lights. Not only will it be cute, but personal as well.
Use double-sided tape and glitter to create this fun DIY holiday wrapping idea. If you are a little scared of glitter everywhere (and who isn't), then you could even do the same concept with Washi tape.
Not all Christmas or holiday wrapping ideas have to be green and red. Keep it simple and consider a plan color for the wrapping paper and then just adding cardboard tags. We love the texture of these cardboard stockings.
Use circle stickers to create unique polka dot wrapping paper out of brown paper bags. This is honestly one of the easiest DIY wrapping paper ideas. Or create your own DIY calligraphy paper using fun paint markers.
This super simple Santa bag won't take you very long to make. Buy red canvas bags and have some fun! If you have a glue gun, then you will be all set. You could make these in various sizes and use them from year to year.
We love paint markers (here is our favorite) and this easy Christmas wrapping idea is sure to show why. They are opaque enough to cover up the patterns on the paper to create a fun faux ribbon. No need to spend money on expensive ribbons this year.