Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping

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December 4, 2017

Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - wrapped giftsI find it's more fun and definitely more cost effective to make my own wrapping paper from household items and scraps rather than to purchase rolls of different wrapping paper and big bows. It's also a nice touch of personalization to make something yourself. Here is how to bundle up your presents this season with items laying around the house.



  • paper bags
  • scissors
  • tissue paper
  • ribbon
  • string
  • glue
  • Scotch tape
  • cardboard tube from toilet paper
  • paper napkins
Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - supplies


  1. Place your present inside an opened brown paper bag and cut so you have enough to wrap around it. Secure with tape.
  2. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - cut brown paper bag to fit package
  3. Cut a square piece out of the tissue paper so it is bigger than the main surface of the wrapped gift.
  4. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - cut a tissue paper square
  5. Fold diagonally to form a triangle, then fold one more time into a smaller triangle.
  6. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - fold diagonally into a triangle and then again

  7. Fold the pointed tip in and upward.
  8. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - fold pointed tip in and upward
  9. Cut zigzags into the top. These cuts can be as random as you like.
  10. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - cut zig zags into the top
  11. Cut little shapes from both sides of the folds.
  12. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - cut little shapes on both sides of the folds
  13. Unfold the tissue paper and flatten.
  14. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - unfold and flaten
  15. Secure tissue paper doily to the top of the paper bag wrapped gift with little pieces of Scotch tape.
  16. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - tape to top of wrapped package

  17. Tie a bow around it with string or ribbon.
  18. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - tie a string or ribbon bow
  19. Lay a cardboard tube on a paper napkin.
  20. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - cardboard tube on paper napkin
  21. If it's a bulky party napkin, cut in half and use for multiple gifts.
  22. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - if bulky cut in half and use for multiple gifts
  23. Add a bit of glue to the outsides of the cardboard tube.
  24. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - add glue to outside of tube
  25. Roll your tube into the napkin, adding dabs of glue on the way to secure. Glue the end seem shut.
  26. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - roll tube into the napkin and glue shut

  27. Insert small gift inside tube, then glue the bottom end shut. Twist the top of the tissue then secure with ribbon or string.
  28. Thrifty Holiday Gift Wrapping - add gift and glue bottom shut, twist top and add a bow
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