Less than a week till Christmas! If you're anything like me, we'll be wrapping gifts right up until the opening on the 25th. But whether you're knocking this out the day of and need something quick or you're taking your time with details, here are a few basic tips for making easy wrapping one-of-a-kind!




  • Paper
    • Brown
      • You can find this at any local craft store or
      • You can take apart paper shopping bags
      • You can also buy very inexpensive brown kraft paper
    • White
      • Again, you can find this at your local craft store
      • or grab some all purpose white kraft paper on amazon
    • Black
      • Local craft stores often carry black, but it is a bit harder to find with a matte finish
      • You can find some good options online, like here or here in a larger quantity 



  • Embelishments
    • Natural Elements
      • Greenery (cuttings from evergreen trees and shrubs such as boxwood, cedar, spruce, holly, etc.)
      • Berries (Holly, chokeberry, crabapple, etc.)
      • Seed Pods or Pine Cones
    • Edibles
      • Dried Citrus (DIY tutorial here)
      • Candy Canes or Peppermint Sticks
    • Gift Tags


It feels a little silly to have a 'directions' section since there are no rules for wrapping, but once you have a few basic wrapping papers, strings, and embellishments, the options are endless. After the gift is wrapped, you can tie string multiple times around the middle and knot in the back, or you can go once around the package vertically, then tie once in the back and come back around to the front of the package horizontally, creating a cross - finish off by tying a bow or knot and cut. Once you have string on your package you can call it good and slip it under the tree or you can add in pieces of greenery, berries, citrus, etc. 

Combinations of all these different ideas with a few common elements throughout your gift wrapping makes a beautiful collection when finished. Let us know your favorite wrapping go to's or new ideas! Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2018 — Alt & Dot Collaborator

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