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17+ Easy DIY Christmas Wrapping Ideas

Do you hate the idea of being wasteful during the holidays? Or do you hate spending all that money on paper? We love creating our own DIY Christmas wrapping paper. Here are 17+ creative ideas for you to try. Don’t worry a lot of these DIY wrapping ideas can be used at any time of the year, too!

17+ creative Christmas wrapping paper ideas

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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.

Why make 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 and homemade Christmas cards. 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.

DIY Christmas wrapping out of brown bags
Brown Bags are used instead of butcher or kraft paper

How to cut apart a brown paper bag to make wrapping paper?

  1. Cut down the side seam.
  2. Cut off the bottom and open.

Creative DIY Christmas Wrapping Ideas

  • Add fake foliage: you can either spray paint it of keep it natural
  • Add a twig, pinecone and twine for a rustic look
  • Create a fun nametag: consider using 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 (for example wrap a present in a dish towel)
  • Add stickers to create a pattern
  • Reuse old brown bags instead of buying new Kraft paper
  • Use gold or silver paint markers
  • Create fun abstract art with liquid watercolors
  • Use washi tape to add designs
  • Use a pencil eraser or wine cork to create a polka dot pattern
  • Create repeated face design on a digital platform like Canva
  • Create DIY Calligraphy paper
  • Repurpose different papers like phonebook pages
  • Add a fun homemade Christmas card or tag

DIY Christmas Wrapping Ideas

17+ DIY wrapping paper ideas to add a personal touch this Christmas. Most of these look gorgeous on brown butcher paper but can be modified for any taste.


What can I use instead of wrapping paper?

Think about reusing and recycling items you already have. You can use old children’s artworks, calendars or newspapers. We also love the look of brown paper. You can use old paper bags or decorate new brown kraft paper.

How do you wrap a gift cheaply?

Our favorite way to wrap gifts cheaply is to make homemade wrapping paper from brown paper bags. You can paint designs, add stickers, create DIY prints or use paint markers to create a personalized gift wrap. Add your own homemade watercolor card or gift tag for a truly personalized gift.

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We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and create memories together making DIY Christmas wrapping ideas!

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