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How to Wrap a Gift with Newspaper

You'll have tons of gift wrapping ideas when you get started with this gift wrapping tutorial.

By: Alison Soley, Editor,
How to Wrap a Gift with Newspaper
How to Wrap a Gift with Newspaper
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Make this holiday season a year to remember with this handy How to Wrap a Gift with Newspaper tutorial. You won't have to break the budget when you save with this cheap Christmas idea. Learning how to wrap a gift has never been more fun. You'll be surprised how much you'll enjoy newspaper gift wrapping. Whether you're a master at wrapping presents or a first-timer, this recycled craft idea will save you money on expensive wrapping paper while helping you create a memorable DIY Christmas gift presentation. Don't be afraid to use these techniques for any occasion like birthdays as well.

By the time you're done with this Christmas craft, you'll have tons of gift wrapping ideas up your sleeve. Check out additional ideas below to find even more Christmas gift wrapping ideas. Before you know it, you'll be an expert on gift wrapping.

Materials List

  • Scissors
  • Newspaper (the full-color comics section or the black and white comics section work great)
  • Tape
  • A bow or ribbon
  • A gift

Gift Wrapping Instructions

For a cheap Christmas idea that still looks festive and cheery, use newspapers to wrap your presents. The black and white or full color comic section is a great option to create an exciting or even vintage Christmas look. This tutorial will show you how to wrap a gift and will work with any other type of paper used for wrapping.

  1. Gather your materials. 
    All you'll need are scissors, tape, your paper of choice, and a present. It's easier to wrap a box than an oddly-shaped present, so if you can place your present in a box it makes the task easier.

  2. Estimate the amount of paper you need.
    Place your gift upside down on the sheet of paper. Fold two opposite edges of the paper towards the middle. You want the paper to overlap, but not too much. Cut away excess paper. Repeat this for the other two opposite edges.

  3. Fold the edges to the middle.
    Tape them down. Do this once you have the size you need. Make sure it's tight enough across the box to not slide around. 

  4. Fold in the smaller edges.
    They should create a triangle on the top.

  5. Fold the triangle.
    Fold it up and towards the middle and tape it down. After this you can flip over your wrapped present.

  6. Choose a fun bow.
    You can also use a ribbon as a topper. Congratulations,  you've just successfully wrapped your present.

Gift Wrapping Alternatives

Now that you're an expert in how to wrap a gift, check out more fun Christmas gift ideas below.

For a fun and easy Christmas gift idea, check out this adorable North Pole Snowman Cocoa that will make anyone on your list smile. It's an easy Christmas craft to assemble and will sure to be a hit with everyone.

Check out this DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser for a lovely holiday gift in a jar. You're sure to bring Christmas cheer to anyone recieving this Christmas craft.

It's time for wine with this charming Wine Time DIY Gift Basket. This exciting Christmas craft idea makes a glorious DIY gift idea for the wine lovers on your list. You'll have a blast assembling it and will love to see your recipient grinning from ear to ear.

These Geometric DIY Gift Tags make a fabulous addition to any wrapped present. This free Christmas printable is bound to make your holidays run a little smoother. Everyone will appreciate these great geometric designs.

If you're on the hunt for a sewing project that will prep you for DIY Christmas gift wrapping, Grandma's Wonderful Gift Tote is right for you. This cute sewing pattern is a great way to personalize your gift giving.

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Well, this was pretty straightforward. What makes this easier is a newspaper is cut out into a rectangle and if you have a square box, you have plenty of leftover the newspaper to wrap your gift properly and tuck those edges in neatly. If you have a larger box, you might need two newspaper pages.

This is actually really cute. I love wrapping gifts in the Sunday funny pages because they're so colorful. One Christmas, we were doing a year of no trash (we either recycled or composted everything and didn't buy things that had to go into the trash), and we wrapped our presents in spare fabric and everything was so colorful and pretty!


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