Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Christmas

Abigail Sawyer | 18 Dec 2013 | Seasonal Trends

You’ve already spent a lot on holiday gifts, why dole out another chunk of change on expensive gift wrapping supplies? Save some money by using kraft paper (found with the postage supplies) and easy DIY embellishments. Learn how with guest host, and scrapbook diva, Sarah!


Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Christmas:

Find out just how easy it is to make this year’s presents pop with heat embossed wrapping paper and DIY paper bows.

What You Need:

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas - Supplies

Scrapbook Paper (double sided preferred)


Hot Glue Gun

Kraft Paper or Butcher Paper

Holiday Stamps

Embossing Powder

Clear Embossing Ink

Embossing Heat Tool

How To Make Embossed Wrapping Paper:


1. Wrap gifts with kraft paper.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

2. Moisten stamp with embossing ink and press firmly on the area you’d like to emboss.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

3. Completely cover the stamped area with embossing powder.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

4. Shake off excess powder onto newspaper or scrap paper so that it can be funneled back into the jar and reused. Your design should be left behind and covered with embossing powder. If a few spots are left blank, re-coat with power and shake off again.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

5. Apply heat with the embossing heat gun for about a minute. Stop when the entire design has darkened slightly. The heat causes the powder to melt slightly and permanently adhere to the paper, leaving a raised design.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

How to Make Paper Bows for Christmas Gifts:

How To Make Paper Bows

1. Cut pieces of scrapbook paper 1-2 inches wide and at 3 lengths:  7 inches, 10 inches, and 11 inches. We used a paper cutter with a sliding blade like this one.

How To Make a Paper Bow

2. Cut wedges out of each end of the 7 inch strip.

How To Make a Paper Bow

3. Hot glue the ends of the 10 inch strip together to create a loop. Repeat with the 11 inch strip.

How To Make A Paper Bow {Video}

4. Squeeze the loops in half (don’t crease!) and glue together.

How To Make A Paper Bow {Video}

5. Glue the two loops together (smaller on top) and glue the whole thing to the 7 inch strip.

How To Make A Paper Bow {Video}

6. Wrap a 4-5 inch strip around the center of the bow and glue on the back. Use the opposite side of the paper for a contrasting look.

How to Make a Paper Bow {Video}

7. Glue or tape the completed bow on top of the present – You’re Done!

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Where are you in the Wrapping Process?

Tell us in the comments below!

a. Knee deep in tape and bows.

b. Haven’t started. Still worrying about getting gifts.

c. Amateurs! I finished before Halloween.

d. Just a few left.

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw