5 easy gift-wrap ideas for kids’ presents

You know how it is – you suddenly realise you’ve got a present to wrap for a child’s birthday and you’re out of decent wrapping paper (happens frequently here). Grab yourself a roll of brown paper (I always have one kicking around), and use one of these simple gift-wrap ideas to come up with a creative solution.

idea specs

Cut out spectacle shapes from coloured card (I actually used my Cricut mini to cut mine). Make a small hole on each side of the glasses and thread a single length of thin elastic (approx 30cm) through each hole. Secure with a knot and stretch the elastic around the box so the glasses sit flat on the front.

idea present street

Use a thin black marker pen to draw doors and windows onto your wrapped presents. Cut a length of black paper 15cm wide and as long as your line of presents will be. Use white chalk, paint or tip-ex (I used a chalkboard pen) to add the road markings. Lay out the paper road, and line your gifts up along it.

idea crack

Mark out the crack shape with a pencil. Colour the largest sections with a thick black marker pen, and use a thin marker to draw over the smaller cracks. Stick googly eyes in pairs in the largest section of crack.

idea dino den

Glue a sample of artificial grass to the top of the box using PVA glue or sticky dots and sit toy dinosaurs on top.

idea fishnet

Cut out fish shapes and seaweed shapes from paper or card, and stick these to the wrapped gift. Sit the present on top of a piece of garden netting, and gather it together at the top before securing it with ribbon. Trim the ends of the netting.

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  1. May 22, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    These are brilliant!
    That is all.

  2. Heather Young May 22, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Thankyou – I’m so pleased you like them.

  3. May 23, 2014 / 6:25 am

    Such great ideas! Thank you x

  4. May 23, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    Love it! So simple! 🙂

    • Heather Young May 27, 2014 / 6:25 pm

      The wrapping on kids’ presents lasts such as short time that I just don’t think it’s worth spending ages on them, so I like simpler ideas 🙂

  5. May 25, 2014 / 7:55 am

    These are such fun they made me smile. Thank you for sharing them.

    • Heather Young May 27, 2014 / 6:25 pm

      Your comment made me smile, so thank you!

  6. May 27, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Ha. These are great and now I know what you were photographing at the Farm:-)) x

  7. Marie Smith
    August 12, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    This is so great, never thought of it well done

  8. November 15, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    I am impressed from this ideas. I haven’t any word to appreciate this post. Nice ideas. Thanks For sharing.

  9. June 3, 2021 / 11:28 pm

    Whether you use store-bought stamps or carve seasonal shapes from potatoes, one thing is for sure: it’s an easy DIY to turn plain paper into gift wrap.

  10. July 22, 2021 / 3:21 pm

    No matter which direction you go and no matter what holiday you’re celebrating Christmas, a kids’ birthday, or a life event like a wedding or a baby shower you’ll find plenty of inspiration, plus step-by-step gift wrapping instructions, here. When you’re done, we’re pretty sure that present is going to be so pretty, it’ll almost be too hard to open.

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