My post featuring 5 easy gift wrap ideas for kids’ presents is one of my most popular, so I thought it would be fun to do a Christmas gift wrap version for the holidays. If, like us, you have a habit of finding yourself doing lastminute wrapping on Christmas Eve, and you run out of decent wrapping paper.. don’t panic! All you really need for these Christmas gift wrap ideas is a roll of brown paper, some white paper or card, some string and a black Sharpie. Simple, and inexpensive!
1. Car and tree
A present version of the old ‘toy car with a mini tree’ favourite that appears everywhere on Instagram and Pinterest at this time of year. I used this tutorial (designed for young children) to draw the car with my black sharpie straight onto the wrapped present, and then tied the bottle brush tree on top with some basic string.
2. Dress-up Santa beard
Sketch out a moustache and beard on white paper or card and cut out with scissors.Make a small hole on each side of the beard and thread a single length of thin elastic through each hole. Secure with a knot and stretch the elastic around the box so the beard sits flat on the front of the gift.
3. Snowy present street
Use a black Sharpie to draw doors and windows onto your wrapped presents. I’ve used two presents together to create a church. Sprinkle with fake snow (or flour if you don’t have any snow) and lay out to create a snowy village scene.
4. Reindeer on ice
Cut strips of white paper or card 1.5 times the width of your gift. Use a glue-stick to stick the strip to the brown paper to create a wave-effect. Cover the ends with a thicker ribbon of the paper/card which you can wrap all the way around the present. Stand a reindeer decoration (a penguin, snowman, Santa or bottle-brush trees would also look great) on top.
5. Pull-along sledge
This one isn’t quite as easy as the others, but it’s fine for one or two little gifts. Cut two strips of white card or paper the same length as your gift (the width will vary according to the size of your box, but mine were about 1cm – you’re aiming for four strips, equally spaced across the top). Cut two more strips double the length of the first two, and fold each of these 1cm from the end. Glue these strips at regular intervals onto the top of the present (the longer ones go at each edge). For the skis, cut two more strips, again at least double the length of your gift. Glue these to the bottom of your gift. Add some glue to the folded tabs at the end of the longer strips on top of the gift, gently bring the skis up and glue these onto the tabs. I then added some extra strips along each end and the bottom, and a loop of basic string to the front to finish the sledge off.
6. Santa’s sack
This is super-easy one. Place your gift in the middle of a large piece of brown paper. Bring all the corners up, and then tie at the top of the gift with string to create a sack. Draw on a Santa post office stamp with a black Sharpie and you’re done!
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