What kind of holiday gift wrapper are you? Do you wait until the very last minute to wrap everything? Or are you like me and start wrapping as soon as the Christmas tree is up? I spend a lot of time trying to make every gift look beautiful so I can't wait to start putting them under the tree right away. I consider the gifts to be part of my holiday home decor.
When I use wrapping paper during the holidays, I try to select a minimum of three different papers in the same colour story. One is usually holiday themed - like the gold and white hand lettered print above. One will be have a simple everyday graphic like the confetti dot paper. My third wrapping paper is always a solid colour.
After wrapping my boxes, I am left with a pile of wrapping paper scraps that I turn into small elements to embellish my gifts.
Create your own mini envelopes to hold little notes. Use complimentary wrapping papers to make your envelopes. Open a mini envelope to use as a template and simply trace the pattern onto wrapping paper scraps, fold and tape it together.
I have been making paper bows for a number of years. They are so easy and fun to make and it's possible to make them using wrapping paper. Simply trace the pattern for the paper bow and follow my DIY tutorial here. You can download my paper bow template here.
You may have noticed that I used wrapping paper to decorate just the lid of this box. This is a great idea to use up your scraps and because the wrapping paper does not have to be torn off the box to open it, the box can be reused many times. I attached the box on the side of the lid so that this gift can easily be stacked under the tree.
I love to take photos and I always try to add a few to my gifts to work as gift tags. This accordian folded paper pop is a great way to use up small scraps of paper. You can find my tutorial for making these paper pops here.
A band of wrapping paper was used to decorate a plain white gift box. Using bands of wrapping paper on boxes like this not only save you time but you save money by not having to use as much paper. I created another mini envelope for this gift using the printed wrapping paper.
Here's one more gift with a wrapping paper band and a mini envelope. I am totally in love with the "happy holidays" Posecard that I tucked into this gift ...
the Posecard becomes a extra gift and can be used to take selfies and family group pictures during the holidays.
I hope that you will save your wrapping paper scraps and try some of these simple DIY gift wrapping projects. You can find more of my wrapping paper ideas for you holiday home decor here.