Post Updated: 12/22/2019
Elegant Christmas gift wrapping ideas that are free and or easy to do using items you already own. All the ideas will dress your gifts in festive holiday style in a matter of minutes.
I am at the finish line to Christmas preparations. I just completed wrapping presents that I bought to give to family and friends this year.
I can now sit back and enjoy the days up until Christmas Day. I have everything that needed to be done checked off my to-do list. :-)
Do you have a lot of gifts to wrap and want to get the task done quickly, but in an elegant and festive way? Here are a few gift wrapping tips, ideas and even gift tags for you to use that will coordinate with any style and color gift wrap you are using.
Gather Gift Wrapping Supplies
First, go around your house and gather a few supplies beyond just paper, scissors and tape. If you have any craft supplies or office supplies, head there first. I bet you will find many items that can be used to wrap gifts this year.
Here is a list of items to consider using:
- Kraft paper, maps, sheet music, brown paper bags, butcher paper, and freezer paper are just a few types of paper you can use besides ready-made holiday gift wrap
- Any gift wrap or bows you may have on hand
- Yarn, ribbon, tulle
- Spray glue
- Gift tags – A collection of Free Printable Gift Tags
- Christmas greeting cards that you may have saved from previous years
- Vintage brooches or old junk jewelry
- Office file sticker labels
- Scissors and clear tape
I gathered all my gift wrapping supplies on my work table and started wrapping.
Having set up a gift wrapping wall in my studioffice makes wrapping a gift much easier. If you don’t have a work table, a kitchen or dining table is the next best surface for wrapping.
You can find how I set up my craft room in this post: Studioffice Tour
NEW for Readers: Minimalist Gift Tags
I recently made free printable minimal gift tags. I wanted tags that will coordinate with any color or style gift wrap as so many found online have a distinctive style or color.
Plus, unlike many other free printable gift tags that use a lot of printer ink to print, these will be friendly to your printer cartridge. I printed the tags on white, red and green card stock.
The gift tags are designed to be used both vertically or horizontally. They can be glued directly on a gift with a glue-stick or can also be punched with a hole to tie on a gift with a ribbon.
The link to print them out can be found here:
Elegant Gift Wrap in Minutes Using any Paper
I worked for Nordstrom one Christmas many years ago. They used tulle when they wrapped their signature boxes. Since working there, I have used tulle as a fast and elegant way to embellish a gift. It is what I call, elegantly simple or simply elegant. Either way you look at it – gifts wrapped in tulle are very festive.
Tulle is sold in rolls at craft and sewing stores. It comes in many colors and it very inexpensive. Some rolls even have sparkly glitter which looks especially festive for holiday gift wrap.
I bought it in a few colors since I think a little sparkle always looks right for the holidays.
As you can see on the flat package above – a small piece of tulle packs a lot of punch.
Use Glitter to Make Any Wrapping Paper Look Festive
If you have old paper that is faded or wrinkled, or if you simply want your gift to say festive and holiday, glitter your gift wrap. All you need is some spray glue and a container of glitter.
I like using white glitter, but gold, silver or any color glitter will look just as festive.
And don’t stop at just glittering the gift wrap paper. Glitter the whole wrapped box, ribbon, bow and all.
I had a pre-made bow that was a little smashed, but when sprayed with spray glue and sprinkled with glitter, it came to life again. I placed it on a paper snowflake to give it more pizazz.
Satin Ribbon, Old Jewelry or Jingle Bells
Nothing says elegant gift more than satin ribbon. I look for it on sale and have been lucky to find a few rolls at my local thrift store for 95 cents a roll.
I also use all sorts of leftover ribbon and snippets of pretty items that I have accumulated over the past year to embellish wrapped gifts.
Vintage looking pins and earrings are perfect for embellishing bows. I find them in the bargain bins at the craft store and at thrift stores. I think they make a gift look extra special – as do jingle bells. I hot glue the pins on and thread the jingle bells through the ribbon or yarn.
How to Wrap a Gift Using Both Tulle and Ribbon
Since satin ribbon is a little more expensive, I use every scrap. It is fun coming up with ways to use the smallest pieces. Here I wrapped a small piece around a small box. I used tape to secure the ends.
I then took a piece of tulle and placed it under the satin ribbon and made a bow with it. This hides the tape and creates a box that anyone would be delighted in receiving.
Add a tag and it is ready to go.
More Gift Tag Making Ideas
Make Christmas gift tags by repurposing old Christmas cards.
Some Christmas cards are just too pretty or cute to throw away. I save all the cards I get each year.
I cut out designs, words, or images that I like and punch a hole in them to use as free gift tags. Reuse, repurpose, and recycle at its best.
- When cutting out your images, always cut out an extra part of the card above the image to make the hole. This way the image stays whole.
When attaching the tag to ribbon: thread the tag onto the ribbon right before you start to make the loops for the bow.
I write To: and From: on the back of the cut out images so I know who every gift is for.
Label Stickers as Gift Tags
On some gifts, I don’t use gift tags. I use white office file stickers on the underside of the box and just write the recipient’s name.
Have you finished wrapping yet? What are your favorite ways to wrap the gifts you give?