It's A Wrap: DIY Holiday Gift Wrap

November 15, 2011

I know it's early, but I can't help myself! I love Christmas and I love making the gifts I buy for family and friends looks extra special. This year I decided I'm only wrapping my gifts in kraft paper. As much as I love cute patterned paper, it can get expensive and you don't get that much in a roll. Kraft paper comes in rolls and can easily be found in the packing section of any store. I got mine at Target. 

I put together these wrapping ideas that are simple and fun. Plus the best part is that I already had everything to put these together at home. So grab your supplies, pop in a movie and make a bunch all at once to use throughout this season!

Make any size pom-pom with yarn and tie around your wrapped gift. Pom-pom tutorial below.
Snow flakes are easy and fun to make! Start by cutting out your snowflake from a piece of paper. Lay across your wrapped gift and tie with twine. If you don't know how to make these you can find instructions here.

From a piece of paper fold an accordion fan and secure around gift with baker's twine. You can follow the tutorial below.
Cut a strip of white paper and place around wrapped gift. Tie with some baker's twine and slip in a gift tag. Joy gift tag is from our holiday collection!

All you need to make these cute pom-poms are yarn, a ruler, some scissors and a piece of cardboard that is 1 1/2 inches wide (use a wider piece for larger poms). 

STEP 1: Start by wrapping your yarn around the cardboard
STEP 2: Continue wrapping until you have gone about 40 times.
STEP 3: Cut a piece of yarn long enough to go around your gift. Gently pull your yarn off the cardboard and lay it on top of the yarn you just cut.

STEP 4: Tie a knot.
STEP 5: Make sure to pull it really tight.
STEP 6: Begin cutting the loops all the way around the pom.

STEP 7: Give you pom a good shake to loosen all the yarn then give your pom a good hair cut to form it into a nice ball shape. Then tie it around a gift to make a really cute package! 

Gather up an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, double stick tape, string and scissors

STEP 1: Cut the paper in half lengthwise.
STEP 2: Make a fold about 1/4 of an inch wide.
STEP 3: Flip over and fold again. Continue flipping and folding like an accordion until you get to the end of the paper.

STEP 4: Cut two slits in the middle on both sides.
STEP 5: Take out enough string to wrap around your gift and tie in a knot around the middle. 
STEP 6: Spread out your fan

STEP 7: Place double sided tape on each end and connect the two sides to form a circle. 

That's it! Now your gifts will look fabulous!


  1. I haven't made a pom-pom in so long, such a great idea for a gift wrap! And the snowflakes I used to make in elementary school, what a genius idea to use these!

    I found your post because it was featured along with ours on 'poppytalk' blog. Glad to have found you like this :-)

  2. @simona

    Hi Simona, thanks for stopping by! I loved your snow globe DIY. So cute. Now I just need to find some cute figurines to put inside one.

  3. These are so adorable, and the tutorials are great! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks you for this inspiring tutorial! Now I have some great ideas :)

  5. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Where do you buy your baker's twine?

  6. @lowren77

    I just searched for it on Amazon. There are a bunch of different size rolls for great prices.

  7. I love these ideas! Where do you get your brown paper?

  8. @Niki Logue Thanks! We got ours on a roll at target. Shipping supply stores probably would have it too.

  9. How sweet are these! I'll definitely be doing brown paper packages tied up with string this year.

  10. Lovely packaging!

    I found you through The Long Thread blog. :)

  11. Loving this! :) Linked to this on my blog:

    Thanks! Hope you like it :)

    Hugs, Krista

  12. Found you on pinterest, I love all the ideas, thankyou! I finally found craft paper at hobby lobby today and now I see I could have gotten it at Target one of the million times I was there this week :) But I still can't find baker's twine and don't like ordering things online, I hate shipping. Any ideas where to find it??

  13. Hello Jamie: you sure can put together a pretty post and your blog is lovely as well! I've linked your pretty packages here to my gift wrapping post today too, well done!

  14. @Heidi

    Hi Heidi! I personally haven't had any luck finding baker's twin in a store. I probably would have suggested Hobby Lobby but I'm assuming you already checked there. Honestly if Hobby Lobby doesn't have it then I don't know who would cause Hobby Lobby has everything :). You could also look and see if there is a Baking supply store in your area. They would be sure to have it.

  15. Thank you, great ideas! I was planning on wrapping gifts for Christmas today and stumbled onto your site. I like your style :)

  16. Hi, all! Just fyi, you can pick up baker's twine at Crate & Barrel for $8.50 or so. That's assuming you have one nearby, but if not you have the option to order. Fun idea so thanks for the step-by-step!

  17. Thank you.. just shared on my blog :)

  18. Brown paper packages tied up with string....these are a few of my favorite things! Seriously though, I love wrapping presents in brown paper and making fun tags and embellishments rather than buying patterned wrapping paper. I didn't know you could buy the brown paper at Target! Thanks so much for these ideas!

  19. How fun and beautiful! I just learned how to make a pom pom recently, and I never would have guessed how easy it is!

    I made some pretty gift tags this year that I am selling sets of. If anyone wants a set of four, check out the tags here: Contact me to purchase!

  20. I love the pom poms. I thought I'd have to buy these, didn't realize they'd be so easy to make.Give an Experience Gift across Oz and NZ with FreemanX Gifts

  21. Love your tutorial. Thank u for sharing