Wrappers Delight: DIY Gift Wrap
Why not make the outside of a birthday present, housewarming gift, anniversary gift, or hostess gift as exciting as what is on the inside? From DIY polka dot wrapping paper to candy-colored stripes and a divine way to deliver wine, elevate gift-giving to a higher level with these clever, custom wrapping ideas that are sure to make a statement.
Do the Polka & Polaroid
Polka dots are both playful, classic, and very on-trend for spring. Take a cue from the runways by stamping kraft paper with an ink-dipped cork. (Out of kraft paper? Do what we did and grab a supermarket paper bag, cut down one edge with a pair of scissors, remove the bottom panel, and voila, a sheet of brown paper!)
We opted for peppy neon pink ink and went to town dotting our paper. For the finishing touch, use a photo as a gift tag. We used a Polaroid and a miniature Polaroid-inspired photo we printed from an online service. Simply adhere the photo with a piece of tape and tie with baker’s twine for a gift that is personalized and positively pretty.
Give Wine Glamorously
Champagne and wine are classic go-to gifts to bring to birthday parties, anniversaries, and dinner parties, but why not deliver bubbly in a truly special way? Presenting the bottle in a champagne bucket creates two gifts in one and is a spectacular way to say happy birthday, congratulations, or thank you. In lieu of tissue paper, use a new dishtowel or tea towel (three gifts in one!) and wrap with a swatch of tulle or a pretty ribbon. You can find buckets at your local home-goods store, our scour flea markets and vintage shops for one-of-a-kind vessels that are also a steal.
Washi tape is one of our favorite imports from Japan as the decorative, repositionable tape lets us get as creative as our imaginations will wander. Plain white kraft paper makes the perfect backdrop for artsy creations, such as snappy neon and polka dot stripes. A flag gift tag fashioned from a striped straw and a folded piece of paper cut into a triangle screams, “Open me!” (You can find washi tape online and at local craft and stationery stores.)