11 Easy Present Wrapping Ideas To Make Them Look Great


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Ready for some amazing present wrapping ideas that really are easy to do? You’re in the right place! I’ve pulled together a collection of my favourite ideas and tips here to make every present you wrap look professional. The best news? I’ve focused on ideas that would work really well for my favoured brown paper – it’s cheap and looks amazing – but you could use most of these ideas for whatever paper you prefer as well. Sound good? Let’s do this!..

I spend a LOT of time trying to find the perfect gift for people when I buy them presents, but I have to admit that wrapping those presents takes a lot less time….

Present wrapping isn’t my forte (to say the very least). In fact, sometimes I’m tempted to say that my daughter wrapped them as it feels more acceptable that a child under 10 has done it (#mumfail!)…..

It’s not that I don’t love wrapping. Far from it.

It’s the fact that the perfectionist in me wants them to look amazing, and I think that I would need hours to do it properly, so why bother?

Perfectionism, my friend, is fatal in the world of wrapping…

So – I decided that this year will be different, and I’ve been looking around the web for inspiration and easy present wrapping ideas I can try out.

I’m looking for certain criteria: –

  • Easy to do
  • Not much to buy to achieve the look
  • The end result looks amazing

… I think I’ve struck gold, so to speak! – so are you ready to explore all the ideas? I hope they inspire you too…

Using Brown Paper Is Amazing

I have long been a fan of using brown paper for wrapping gifts, as you can get a massive roll relatively inexpensively compared to normal wrapping paper (pennies for a metre rather than pounds), and you can make it look great with a nice tag and some ribbon.

Family and friends have come to know that those presents wrapped in brown paper are mine – and I quite like the fact that I’ve found my wrapping style (is there such a thing?!).

As such, I’ve looked specifically for ways to make that brown paper a little more interesting – and here’s what I’ve found (Although all these ideas could equally be used for other wrapping paper if you prefer!).

I hope that these ideas inspire you to try something new next time you wrap a gift for someone special…

Present Wrapping Idea

#1 – Make Gift Bags

Did you know that you can make gift bags using wrapping paper?

It was a new idea to me too! – and when you team it with brown paper (which is naturally a more solid paper) – it would work so well that I’m definitely going to be trying it out on some presents this year.

For the perfect step by step tutorials, take a look at –

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#2 – Get The Sewing Machine Out

Now – this is a really inventive way of wrapping, and I have to say that it’s one of those that would be kept for REALLY special occasions as it is a little more time-intensive (I’m breaking my promise of EASY – unless you’re a dab hand with a sewing machine, and then it really IS easy!) – but as I am a lover of anything star shaped, I may well give it a whirl…

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#3 – Use Pleats

This method is quite easy once you’ve perfected it, and looks amazing!

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#4 – Make A Place To Put The Card

I don’t like having to add a line of sticky tape to the outside of a present when I’ve finished wrapping, just so that I can stick the card to it – so this idea is right up my street… (FYI – the site is written in a different language, but it’s easy to follow the steps in the pictures!).

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#5 – Make Glittery Tape

Now this idea is amazing (bottom right in the picture below). Using sticky tape with glitter of some sort to create the style of a ribbon. It will make the perfect accompaniment to that beloved brown paper!

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#6 – Use Twine, Ribbon, And Wrapping Paper To Decorate

I already use a lot of the bakers twine for wrapping as it’s so pretty and easy to use, but using it in this way with ribbon is a great idea!

Another idea is to cut more expensive wrapping paper into strips and use like ribbon – that way you get the look of the wrapping paper without the expense…

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#7 – Add Stars With Straws!

So so pretty, and inexpensive to achieve…. I may have to practice a little, but it will be worth it!

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#8 – Use Craft Punches

I am obsessed with craft punches, ever since I did that butterfly wall craft for my daughter all those years ago, and I’ve used the butterfly punch along with a snowflake punch again and again for various things, including gift wrapping.

Here are a couple of ideas that use craft punches in great ways: –

IDEA 1 – Using coloured paper and cutouts from punches: –

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IDEA 2 – Add a pattern to the tags to dress them up a bit

This craft punch is perfect for the edge of tags as it’s pretty much designed for that job!

#9 – Use Stamps For Lettering

Another way of making something look special, personal, and professional – is to use letter stamps for your tags (or even over the wrapping paper!).

I have this specific set and love it – and you can of course get lots of different coloured ink pads so you can pick what works for whatever occasion it is.

#10 – Wrapping Awkward Shapes

Whatever you do with wrapping, there are always those awkward shapes that don’t look right no matter how hard you try (or is that just me!).

This is a pretty long video, but it gives lots of ideas for those awkward shapes, so I had to include it: –

#11 – Wrapping A Bottle Of Wine

And lastly – this is a beautiful way of wrapping a bottle of wine without ending up with a mess!

I really hope that these have given you plenty of present wrapping ideas that you can try out soon – and I’d love to know how you get on!

If you want to carry on with your wrapping inspiration, why not set up a gift station in your home – here’s a post I wrote about my own – enjoy!

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