I’m all about using what I’ve got over here! So when it comes to gift wrapping, I try to think outside the box (ahem) of typical paper and bows and incorporate natural elements I already have on hand. And if you’re like me, it’s usually last minute, so I’m also looking for quick and easy…but still pretty! Here are some of my favorite gift wrapping ideas using decor you likely already have on hand!
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Mix & Match Gift Wrapping Supplies
- Black Kraft Paper
- Kraft Paper Roll
- Black Macrame String
- Natural Macrame String
- Brass Bells
- Fresh Cedar Boughs
I love starting off with basic, plain paper. The Black Kraft Paper is my favorite (I used it for all of our gift wrap last year) and I added in some basic kraft paper that I always keep on hand. From there, I just use simple string to tie them all together. (see supply list at bottom of post for direct links!)
Gift Wrapping Idea #1 – Add Greenery
Greenery! I love using fresh greenery as a gift topper. Nothing feels more festive or natural in my book. It’s especially pretty with my favorite black kraft paper.
I used cedar sprigs I had on hand after decorating our stair rail (don’t throw away all those loose bits!) and making the Modern Hoop Wreath. You can also check local tree farms for leftover greenery they often giveaway for free or purchase fresh cedar boughs online.
Idea #2 – Dried Oranges
If you’ve been on Instagram a minute, you’ve probably seen these dried oranges make their rounds as ornaments and garlands. They are super easy classic DIY and also make for pretty gift wrapping ideas.
I added rosemary sprigs with my dried orange slices for some extra flair 😉
Idea #3 – Add a Bell
I think these little brass bells make super cute gift toppers and look pretty with both black or regular kraft paper. Plus, it’s something the recipient can re-use or hang as an ornament.
Idea #4 – Wood Slice Gift Tags
I keep a craft box on hand and found these little wood slices from a few year’s back. I used them to make personalized ornaments (a garland would be super cute too) and realized they make thoughtful gift tags!
Idea #5 – Cornstarch Ornaments
Ok, for all my friends who grew up in the 80’s making salt dough, this is for you! Awhile back I discovered corn starch dough and it’s a million times better. It’s quick, not as messy, and dries looking like porcelain.
Occasionally, I whip up a batch for my boys and in the past we’ve made ornaments with them. This year, I made a mini star garland for the kitchen and carefully tied the extras onto gifts for a classic look.