15 Gift Wrapping Ideas You Haven’t Seen Yet

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You’ve got a completely creative kiddo. And that means it’s time to get artsy and craft your very own gift wrap. Whether you’re looking for a fab and festive holiday design or the kids want to create their own imaginative bday paper for siblings, friends or grandma, these homemade gift wrapping ideas are perfect for pint-sized Picassos! Make your way through the album below to find your favorite.

Hey Look

Cupcake Cuties

Those cute little shiny cupcake caddies can do more than hold baked goods. Get crafty with them and add the baking cups to your next gift wrap project. Get the how-to steps from Hey Look.

Mini Monets and Mommies

Designer Dreidel

Get glittery and craft this dreidel-shaped gift box with your kiddos. Turn a take-out container into gifting fun with this easy how-to from Mini Monets and Mommies.

Hands On As We Grow

Stamping Fun

Those crinkled packing paper scraps that are leftover and shoved into the back of your closet don’t have to go to waste. Your tot can stamp, stamp, stamp the day away, designing his own upcycled packing paper gift wrap. Oh, and the paint for this one has something extra special in it. Check out the how-to from Hands On As We Grow.

Mama Papa Bubba

Going Geometric

Who says that you need to buy stampers and fancy ink pads from the craft store just to stamp shapes onto paper? No way. With an old paper towel roll and some fine motor skills, your child can stamp a colorful rainbow onto any plain gift wrap. Get the details from Mama Papa Bubba.

Creative Jewish Mom

Beautiful Bow

Wrapping a gift doesn’t stop at the box. Sometimes you just need a bow to complete the look. But that doesn’t mean you need to buy a bow or twirl a bunch of ribbons together. Try this plastic bag (yes, plastic bag) bow from the Creative Jewish Mom.

Fellow Fellow

Tree Toppers

Raise your hand if you’re all about nature! If your crafting level is at least “Pinteresting,” then you can help the kids to make these 3-D trees from Fellow Fellow.

Orange Gift Bag

Oh Christmas Tree!

With a few special sparkles and a whole bunch of creativity, your crafty kid can make this tree-shaped gift cover. Get the do-it-yourself steps from Orange Gift Bag.

Aunt Peaches

Loving Leftovers

You have leftover gift bags. They’re just kind of hanging around, taking up space. Maybe it’s Christmas, and you only have birthday bags. Or maybe it’s Valentine’s Day, and the only bags you have are Hanukkah-themed. Reuse them, following Aunt Peaches’ directions for turning these leftovers into creatively painted awesomeness.

The Craftinomicon

Merry Magazine Bow

Top that gift with … um, something recycled. Yep, that’s right. We said recycled. If you have old kid-friendly magazines (nothing with a swimsuit edition or underwear models, thank you), you can create these crafty little bows from The Craftinomicon.

A Subtle Revelry

Super Scallops

No, not the kind of scallops you get from the sea. These are the scallops that you make with curved paper. Check out A Subtle Revelry’s tips for using border paper (the bulletin board kind) as part of your gift wrap magic.

My Poppet Makes

Magical Mouse

Do you have a Disney fan? This Mickey Mouse-themed gift wrap is super-simple for kids to make. Get out the veggies and print this paint-covered paper. Seriously. Veggies. My Poppet Makes will show you the how-to steps.

Little Bins for Little Hands

Artsy Elves

Right now Santa’s elves are hard at work on their awesome assembly line. Set up your own artsy version with holiday-themed gift bag workstations. Little Bins for Little Hands can show you how to help your kids stamp, color, and sticker these colorfully cute creations.

Meri Cherry

Portrait Paper

You have something like a zillion paper bags bundles up in the back of your kitchen. Put them to use, and help the kids to craft this super-cute picture frame wrapping paper. Learn how to recycle, reuse and get totally artsy with this adorable activity by Meri Cherry.

Mini Monets and Mommies

Santa’s Suit

Magically transform a plain ol’ take-out container into Santa’s suit. With a little paint and a lot of creativity, your child can create this crafty Christmas gift wrap box. Get the how-to steps from Mini Monets and Mommies.

Bar Rucci via ArtBar

Pretty Splattered

Do your little artists make a mess when painting? Recycle their paint splatter into colorful holiday wrap. Barbara Rucci saw the beauty in this eco-idea. See her lovely results, here.

— Erica Loop & Nikki Walsh


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