Ditch The Store-Bought Wrapping Paper: Try This Instead.

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Ever heard of the saying “less is more”? Well, these wrap jobs prove that statement is true!

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed minimalist, an all-things-chic enthusiast, or you’re just trying to save a little cash this holiday, these presents take the cake for pretty and functional wrapping (without all the cluttered patterns!).

So grab your scissors and some tape, it’s time to wrap those presents!

5 Simple and Beautiful Wrapping Paper Ideas

1. Let’s Get Moody

Black wrapping paper

Photo by Popsugar

Whoever said black is strictly for Halloween clearly didn’t see these presents. Grab some matte black paper and contrast it with sheer black ribbon. Just be sure to offset the moody color with a pop of green like some evergreen needles or holly!

2. Paper Straw Stars

Wrapped gifts with paper straws

Photo by Splash of Something

This one is just too easy to pass up! How beautiful are those candy cane colors against that brown wrapping paper? All you need are some leftover paper bags from the grocery store, some paper straws, and some string! Cut the straws into the size you want your stars to be, then tie them together with the string. Need some help? Click here to see the instructions from Splash of Something.

3. Color Me Christmas

Wrapped present with crayons attached

Photo by Emma Kelly

We all remember waiting (im)patiently for our turn to open presents. That’s why we instantly fell in love with this simple, yet adorable wrapping paper idea! Give the kids something to do while they wait their turn—simply wrap their present in plain white paper, then tape some crayons on the front. Easy. Minimal. Effective.

4. Wrapped In Swaddling Clothes

presents wrapped in cloth

Photo by Salto Agulha

Hate to wrap? You’re not alone! But here’s something that will cheer you up—now you have an excuse to ditch the extra (annoying) steps that come with having that perfectly-wrapped gift. Simply take some cloth of your choice, cut them so they cover the entire present, then tie them in a cute little bow!

5. Put A Bow On It!


Bow wrapped gifts

You definitely didn’t need to go to art school to nail these pretty presents! Say goodbye to annoying bows (they always seem to fall off before Christmas, anyway!). Grab your black marker, some brown paper, and be on your merry way.


Which present is your favorite? Leave a comment below!

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