Create your own wrapping paper by making impressions on a large sheet of paper with a square rubber stamp. For a uniform pattern, stamp the sheet of paper repeatedly with the same stamp, leaving a small space between each impression. Or, stamp just the center of a piece of wrapping paper. A stamp rolling pin also makes an attractive pattern. Here, we applied several different colors to a sheet of white paper to create a muted design.Stamped Shopping Bag Gift Wrap
Repurpose shopping bags into festive gift wrap. Cut an open paper shopping bag along one fold and scissor out the bottom of the bag. Wrap your gift in the paper. Dip one end of a wine cork into ink or a dark fruit juice and begin stamping patterns.
You can give a new life to empty potato-chip bags and dress up your gifts in them with this quick idea. Cut open a potato-chip bag along its seam to reveal the shiny white or silver inside of the bag. Flatten the bag, wash it with soap and water, and air dry. Then wrap your present and adorn it with ribbons and homemade cards.
Add a blooming touch to wrapped gifts by topping them with nesting pastel papers in different sizes.
If you have a lot of gifts to give this year, assign each family member a different color paper, and you won't even need gift tags. This is a fun way for everyone to identify his or her presents.
Choose a Palette
If you don't have enough material to color-code, try choosing a palette to unify the gifts you wrap -- then vary the materials; everything you give will have your signature for the season.
Use Decorative Tape
Forget ribbon: This decorative tape gets the job done just fine. Made in Japan using traditional washi paper, the 50-foot rolls come in two widths and 125 cheerful colors and graphic patterns that transform any solid wrapping paper into something special.
You can make gifts look elegant without fancy ribbons or costly trimmings by simply using extra bits of paper.
Kraft Paper Gift Wrap
For oddly shaped gifts and those that need sturdy wrapping, make it all about the trimmings. Use kraft paper for an attractive yet supportive covering. Once wrapped, add special trimmings and gift tags to your package.