Creating a sensational looking gift can be fun and simple. Using unusual new and recycled papers as gift-wrap is the key. Here are ideas for wrapping up your own special, sure-to-be-admired gifts!
NEW GIFT WRAPPING PAPER
One source for unusual gift-wrapping paper is online sites specializing in gift and party supplies. A huge selection of holiday and special event motif gift-wrap is available for most any occasion. Local stores that sell Christmas / holidays items, and party / special event supplies are another source. Pick up any unusual gift-wrapping paper you like.
CRAFT PAPER AS GIFT-WRAP
Other good sources for unusual papers to use for gift-wrapping are art and craft supply, scrapbook and papers only websites, or regional shops. You will find attractive and unique papers of all kinds at these sites including handmade papers and artist specialties. Both large sheets and small scraps of paper can be used for gift-wrapping, so buy any that appeal.
RECYCLED AND VINTAGE PAPERS AS GIFT-WRAP
Types of recycled and vintage papers that can be used for wrapping gifts are nearly unlimited. Look for these at online auction sites such as eBay, or websites selling ephemera, or old paper. Local thrift stores and discount or dollar stores are additional sources.
Examples of large recycled papers you can use as gift-wrap include newspaper comics, foldout maps, and sewing pattern sheets. Pages from crossword puzzle books, coloring books, and magazine illustrations of all kinds are other ideas. Vintage papers such as old letters and ledger sheets can also be used, preserving the original documents by photocopying and wrapping with the duplicate if desired.
MAKING A GIFT-WRAP COLLAGE
For an unusual look, try collaging various pieces of paper together with a glue stick to create a gift-wrap sheet. For example, use a variety of paper map scraps to collage the gift-wrap for a travel related gift. Or a collage from old fashion magazine covers to wrap needlework related gift. To plan your gift-wrap collage, look for paper pieces and scraps that relate to the contents of the gift.
ADD A MATCHING GIFT TAG AND A RIBBON
You can easily create a gift tag to coordinate with your wrapped present by using a bit of the specialty paper or another scrap of vintage paper on the same theme. Then add a simple color coordinated ribbon or bow to your package, and you’ve created a unique, sensational looking gift.