These cheap and easy gift wrapping ideas will help you save money on gift wrap or spice up your gifts! You’ll also find tips for wrapping unusually shaped items.
15 Cheap Gift Wrapping Ideas
- Store bows and ribbons in a plastic bag and hang from the hanger with a clothespin or just put the handles of the bag over the hanger hook.
- Cut leftover or old Christmas fabric into strips to make ribbons.
- Use tulle or shredded color paper (recycled of course) to stuff in gift bags.
- Buy white butcher’s paper or brown paper (found at home improvement stores, called “contractor’s paper”) to wrap gifts with; simply add a colorful ribbon, twine and or decorations such as pine cones, leaves, silk flowers, small toys, candy or cookies. Tie small jingle bells on packages for a festive ring!
- If you can’t find butcher’s paper, use the backside of ugly Christmas paper. You can often find some very cheap at garage sales. Use the back side of ugly Christmas paper to wrap birthday presents.
- To wrap extra large presents like bikes, use a plastic tablecloth. You can find one for about $1 at Dollar tree or at a garage sale for .50.
- Make the wrapping material part of the gift. You can use a blanket, photo storage box, scarf, basket, jewelry box, coffee mug, vase, watering can, terra cotta pot etc.
- Wind ribbon around old wrapping paper tubes or toilet paper tubes to save for next year.
- Use Christmas material bought on clearance to wrap gifts. Sometimes it’s cheaper than paper.
- Cut Christmas pictures out of magazines. Paste on bags or the outside of packages.
- Save Christmas cards and use to decorate packages. Cut out with pinking shears for a lace effect.
- Use Christmas cards as gift tags. Cut out a section on the card that is blank on the back. Punch a hole in the top to tie on the package. Use the back to write “To:” and “From:”.
- To freshen wrinkled Christmas bows, put in the dryer with a damp washcloth. Put the machine on the delicate cycle for two minutes. The bows will look like new.
- Don’t forget to look in your kitchen cupboard when you need boxes for wrapping – Oatmeal boxes, cereal boxes and such work great.
- Save crumpled gift wrap and use it for packing to mail packages.
- Place a little drop of scented oil, a scented pine cone, handful of strong smelling peppermints etc. inside a package you are sending so the minute they open the box they get a smell of Christmas.
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