Hello Christmas in July.

I’m looking at you.

Apparently, we all woke up after the fireworks ended and decided we were all in on getting ready for December 25. I cannot even thank you enough for all the sweet e-mails and messages with Christmas wishes.

You made my day a little jollier.

Yesterday we discussed Christmas trees and 17 ways to decorate them.

And today?

It’s all about unique, creative gift-wrapping ideas to tuck under the tree.

I put together my favorites (most of them using recycled stuff you already have around the house).

Pin them for later so your gifts will be even cuter when December rolls around.

(total aside: if you only can make one? Be sure and try number 8. It’s my favorite.)

Here are 14 creative DIY Christmas gift wrapping ideas.

1. Make tags from last year’s cards

The only thing better than gift wrapping?

Is gift wrapping made from recycled stuff you have around your house.

Like last year’s Christmas cards.

Cut a tag shape out of the front of the card, punch a hole, thread a ribbon and tie on top of a package.

2. Make a monogrammed jingle bell topper

I love a gift wrap that’s actually a present.

These monogrammed ornaments were so cute that I made one year.

I tied them on top of presents and then after the present was opened, everyone took them home and hung them on the tree.

Here’s how I made them.

3. DIY wreath present topper

This is the cutest idea and SO EASY.

Loop a ribbon through both ends of the wreath and tape on the back to hold in place.

The best part?

If you don’t have a mini wreath like this? Just shape left-over garland into a circle.

4. Stamp a wood slice for a tag

Quick wood slice tip: if you are going to get your Christmas tree from a Christmas tree farm? They usually have TONS of wood slices that drop over where they cut the trees. I pick these up every year.

Then stamp the name on the front of the wood slice.

Drill a hole in the top and thread a ribbon. Then tie on top of a package and they have a personalized ornament for next year.

5. Add scrabble letters and jute twine

I love this paper.

You won’t find it in the gift wrap section. It’s in the hobby section of hobby lobby and it looks just like wood.

Wrap the package with jute twine and glue scrabble letters to the bottom of the package.

6. Craft paper and book page houses

Easy and cute.

Yes, please.

Wrap the gift with craft paper, cut a house out of a book page, and add to the front with double-stick tape. Add a “wreath” to the front made from jute twine.

7. Tie on a galvanized letter tag

You can find these letters in the dollar section of the store.

Then just add pretty ribbon and tie onto the front of the package.

Such an easy way to personalize a gift.

8. Book page Christmas tree with snowflakes

This is my favorite.

Don’t tell the others.

It’s SO EASY to scale and these look so cute under the tree and you can decorate with them around your house until Christmas shows up.

Just cut out a tree from a bookpage and attach with double-sided tape. Finish with snowflakes and jingle bells.

9, Christmas tree DIY wrapping

This “tree” is just a section of garland I cut and hot glued to the front of the package.

Add a snowflake to the top for a star.

I flipped a scrabble tile around and glued it to the bottom as a base.

10. Make a chalkboard gift tag

These are so easy to make.

I just bought wood sliced, cut out piece of peel and stick chalkboard sheet and stuck it on the front.

Then I glued a clothespin to the top and clipped them to the top of the package.

11. Snowflake DIY wrapping paper

This is a version of my favorite number 8.

Trace a snowflake out of book page.

Double stick tape to the front of a package wrapped with craft paper and hot glue on jingle bells.

12. DIY wrapping paper

Make your own paper.

Design your logo, then send the file to a local copy shop and have them print it out in giant sheets.

Then all you have to do is wrap.

13. DIY reindeer wrapping paper

One more book page wrapping idea.

This one is a cut out of a reindeer.

Double stick tape to the front of a package wrapped with craft paper and hot glue on the snowflake and jingle bells.

Cookie Gift Tag

14. Make your own cookie gift tag

I made these one year and they were a hit.

They are stamped with a simple stamp from the store and baked.

You could tie them on a basket with slice and bake cookie dough and all the cookie toppings.

Pin these DIY gift wrap ideas because just in case no one else mentioned it yet?

Christmas is 172 days a way.

But who’s counting? 🙂

Merry Christmas in July to you

(see you tomorrow with tons of DIY wreath ideas)

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  1. Image for Diana Diana

    I love Christmas in July and the little pine tree is darling. Thank you for all the decorating and wrapping ideas.

  2. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    What great ideas! Thanks for putting them all together and sharing now that there is time to get it together :)

  3. Image for Lisa Newton Lisa Newton

    I love all your ideas for gift wrapping. My favorite are the book page cut outs . Wondering if you recall where you got the snowflakes that you used ? I too also love Christmas .


    KariAnne, just love your posts! You are such a wonderful wealth of knowledge and we love everything that you share with us! I have made a list of things I need to pick up to make our Christmas packages pretty! Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year and we are so looking forward to Christmas this year! Hopefully our covid restrictions will ease some by then! We have just sold our home at the lake and moved into a country condo that's closer to the city. It has been quite the adjustment for us but I know that once we are all settled, we will love it here! We just felt it was time for us to move. We sure miss our lovely lake view. We now overlook a meadow with lots of wildlife -- like we were used to -- and fields of grain. Thanks, again, KariAnne for being so special! You are truly a gift from God! Have a wonderful week!

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