Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap


Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap

Don't spend money on cheaply made wrapping paper this year...use materials you have in the house already to create your very own Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap. From newspaper to paper bags, you can use just about anything to wrap your gifts this year. Best of all, you can decorate this paper however you'd like, so it's also great for wrapping birthday and wedding gifts as well. No matter what you're wrapping, this paper is sure to give your gift a sweet personalized touch that's sure to be appreciated.

Primary TechniquePaper Crafts




  • Cutting Mat (18" x 24")
  • Scalloped Circle Lever Punch (X-Large)
  • Round ’n Round Squeeze Punch (Extra-Large)
  • Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch (Large)
  • Softgrip® Scissors (8")



  1. For a simple, yet pretty gift, use recycled old newspaper to cover your entire box. Then punch a couple of shapes from patterned papers and layer them over a paper doily. As a finishing touch, tie a piece of yarn or twine around the box.

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  2. If you are looking for fancy, yet simple look, first wrap your gift with some brown paper grocery bags.

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  3. Cut the handles and bottom off the bag, and use it to cover your gift box. Then to jazz it up a bit, add some glitter. I used regular white liquid glue here, and added tiny dots to form a grid.

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  4. Cover the adhesive with glitter, and it instantly adds a pop to the paper.

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  5. Top it off with a sentiment and some embroidery floss in a bright color for a shiny look!

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  6. If you need to decorate lots of boxes quickly, try this idea. Punch lots of scallops or circles from some old newspaper. You can easily punch four to five sheets of newspaper at once. Then machine stitch these shapes to form a long garland. Wrap this garland around the box two or three times for a pretty shabby chic look!

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap

Why You'll Love This Trash to Treasure Craft

1. Get Creative with Household Items: One of the best reasons to make thrifty Christmas gift wrap is that you get to unleash your creativity with items you already have at home. From brown paper bags to old newspapers, there are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating and wrapping gifts.

2. Personalize Your Presents: Instead of generic store-bought wrapping paper, thrifty Christmas gift wrap allows you to add a personal touch to each gift. Whether it's adding a hand-painted design or using stamps and stencils, your presents will stand out and show your loved ones how much you care.

3. Eco-Friendly Option: By reusing materials like paper bags, newspapers, and fabric scraps for your gift wrap, you'll be reducing waste and making an environmentally friendly choice. Plus, opting for thrifty gift wrap means less plastic and packaging going into landfills.

4. Save Money: Let's face it, wrapping paper can be expensive, especially during the holiday season. Choosing to make thrifty Christmas gift wrap is not only fun and creative, but it also saves you money in the long run. You'll be amazed at how a little imagination can go a long way in sprucing up your gifts.

5. Fun for the Whole Family: Making thrifty Christmas gift wrap is a great activity to do with your family or friends. Get everyone involved in the decorating process and enjoy some quality time together crafting and wrapping gifts. It's a fun and festive way to get into the holiday spirit!

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