Easy gift wrapping using items you have at home

No wrapping paper? No worries. Here's how you can jazz up any gift and give it a special, considered touch with the everyday things found in your drawers.

It really doesn’t take much time to create a unique and beautifully wrapped and decorated gift. Sometimes it’s even as simple as using craft tools and materials you might already have at home already. 

Decorate with Washi Tape

Washi tape can really put the 'wow' into your Christmas crafting. It is a Japanese style masking tape available in many patterns that can be found at most craft stores.

What you’ll need

A wrapped gift, Washi tape, pom poms, dot stickers, pipe cleaner, craft glue, scissors.

Method

Feel free to decorate your gift any way you would like with the tape. You could cut up pieces to make a picture like we did with this cute star, or you could simply just decorate with long strips of tape over the whole gift.

To make the star, use six centimetre-sized washi tape strips to make the triangle shapes of the star points. Don’t worry if you make a mistake, as washi tape is easy to pull off and stick back down again.

Once you have your washi tape star, glue on two pom poms for eyes, a pipe cleaner for a happy smile, followed by two dot stickers on both ends of the pipe cleaner for some rosy cheeks. This one will be great for the kids!

Hand-drawn grid paper with floral topper

Draw your own patterns onto plain paper using markers and add a natural element with Australian Native plants and flowers.

What you’ll need

A4 paper or white Butchers paper, black marker, ruler, tape (or Washi tape), twine, foliage, dried flowers or native plants.

Method

Using a black marker and ruler, draw horizontal and vertical lines two centimeters apart onto the paper to make your simple grid pattern, then wrap up your gift with your DIY grid paper.

To make the floral gift topper, gather your plants together and attach to the top of the gift with strips of tape. For the flower toppers, we used Eucalyptus, Protea foliage and Everlasting daisy. To make it extra secure, wrap twine around the whole gift, as well as over and around the floral topper.

Recycled Christmas paper gift wrap

This has a great recycling element. We've all had huge amounts of scrap bits of Christmas paper left over or cut the paper to the wrong size while wrapping something. So this is a wonderful way to reuse you un-loved bits of Christmas paper.

Method

Get all your Christmas gift wrapping scraps together. Glue your festive scrap bits of Christmas paper onto the brown paper haphazardly. Feel free to tear bits of it up, too. You don’t need to be too perfect with this one... think of it like making a paper patchwork pattern.

To give it more of a patchwork feel, you can draw dashed lines around your paper scraps to make it look like the faux sewing lines you see on a quilt.

See more DIY and craft ideas on Jenna's blog or her YouTube channel.

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