15 Christmas DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping gifts. Maybe it’s my creative side. I enjoy making the packages look pretty under the tree. Here are a few DIY gift wrap ideas to make your wrapping this year a breeze. 

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This might be the easiest idea in this article! Grab a paper sack, a few stamps, and fresh eucalyptus and you’ll be all set. (Most grocery stores carry fresh eucalyptus in their floral departments.) The Beauty Dojo shares how to make these simple gift bags, perfect for oddly shaped presents.

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A few years ago, I was attempting to be as thrifty as possible over Christmas. I created these cute reusable bags as a way to wrap gifts! You won’t want to miss this super easy  over on Designers Sweet Spot. Bonus: you can use these bags again next year!

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If you have kids that want to get involved in the wrapping, this could be a fun project! My Sweet Things decided on a Christmas tree design, but the possibilities for this are really endless.

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Boxwood Avenue shares an excellent tutorial on how to make this cute Christmas light strand to dress up your packages.

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This is another great use for Washi tape. I love this idea from Almost Makes Perfect because it doesn’t require you to purchase anything specifically for your Christmas wrapping, but still looks festive!

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Check out this DIY over on 2 Bees in a Pod to see how thrifted shirts are used to create gift wrap.

 

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Here’s another thrift store DIY. Sadie Seasongoods used what others might consider trash (and some consider treasure) to wrap her gifts. Why haven’t I thought of this idea before?

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If you’re really wanting to try something new this year, why not tie dye your gift wrap? Babble Dabble Do shares a very detailed tutorial on how to achieve the perfect tie dye look each time.

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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love old photos. Here’s a cute way to use them in your wrapping! The presents under Julie Blanner’s tree are beautiful, you won’t want to miss them.

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If you’re wanting to save money by using craft paper but still looking for some excitement, look no further! This is such an easy DIY and will cost less than the Starbucks you drank this morning. Shaken Together Life shares all the details over on her blog.

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Chelsea Project shares some fun updates to the classic “brown paper packages tied up with string”.

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We love these fun gift bags from  Mod Podge Rocks. They remind me of Christmas lights on a dark December night. Sometimes the most festive things aren’t the typical Christmas red and green.

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The Graphics Fairy shares some great ideas on how to create your own unique wrapping paper this year!15 Christmas DIY Gift Wrap Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Here is another project that the kids could help you with! Southern State of Mind uses pom-poms to create this fun, festive paper.

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These pretty gift tags from Today’s Creative Life add so much to a simple package! Less is more sometimes.

 

After so much inspiration, I’m ready to head to the store to get supplies to wrap my own gifts! Now the tricky part will be deciding on which idea to use. 

 

Needing some more festive ideas? Check out these other Christmasy posts:

Beautiful Christmas Tablescapes

12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

 

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DIY Holiday Doll Clothes Banner

This cute little doll clothes project is quick to make with scraps from your fabric stash. If you have a young one who wants to learn to sew, this would be a great project for them! This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Doll Clothes Garland

There is something so charming about a doll clothes banner/garland, especially one that mimics everyday life. This doll clothes project is quick to machine sew, or even stitch by hand. The winter shirts and trousers look like they came from vintage Grandpa’s closet. We don’t actually have any dolls at our house, because our family is all boys. However, I am sure these tiny garments would fit any Barbie  or Ken doll quite well.

Thanks to Hoffman Fabrics of California for supplying the adorable Christmas Tree print and black and white stripe fabrics. You can see more of their holiday fabric collection here.

These scraps of fabric came from a couple of my recent projects but you could also cut up old clothes for this project.  If you want to see more of how the original projects turned out, take a look at the Ragged Baby Quilt and Men’s Hoodie Pajamas.  They turned out pretty nice!

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For this project you will need:

Doll Clothes Garland Supplies

  1. 1/4 yard of red and black check fabric
  2. 1/4 yard of Christmas tree fabric
  3. 1/4 yard of black pin stripe fabric.
  4. 1 yard or more of twine
  5. Miniature clothes pins
  6. McCalls pattern #6051

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This deer head shirt was made by cutting up print fabric and sewing it on with a zig zag stitch.

This project was a bit of a mash up with the different fabrics. I started with the basic top and bottom pieces in the red/black print, then cut strips of the same fabric to decorate the other pieces as a contrast. I had fun appliquéing the little trees on the top and pants as patches with a simple zig zag stitch. Alternatively, you could use fusible interfacing to glue them in place instead of sewing. The fabric strips on the cuffs were zig zagged on top of the raw edges to give them a charming homespun look. Nothing was hemmed, I prefer the raw edges.

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Directions:

  1. Cut out banner pattern pieces. You will need three tops (one of each print), and two pants to coordinate with the top pieces.
  2. Cut out tree shaped as an oval from printed tree fabric, zig zag stitch on to knees of black and red print pants.  Cut one tree out and attach to front of red and black print shirt with zig zag.
  3. Cut six 1″ wide x 3″ long small strips of red and black fabric for cuffs. Sew on to tree print shirt. Sew remaining pieces on to the bottom of the black stripe pants.
  4. Make an oval shape out the head of one reindeer and sew it onto the red and back print shirt with zigzag stitching.
  5. Stitch the black and print collar on to the reindeer shirt.
  6. Sew the side seams together of each shirt with right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the underarm area so you can turn them right side out. Press lightly.
  7. Stitch the top seam of the pants by turning under 1/4″ on the top edge.
  8. Sew the crotch seam of the pants together (it looks like a side seam) matching wrong sides together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Finish by sewing the leg seam together, then turn right side out. Clip the crotch area if needed to get pants to lay flat.
  9. Cut a piece of twine 40″ long.
  10. Hang the doll clothes onto the twine with mini clothes pins.

I think this garland would be adorable in a child’s room, or even on a fireplace mantle. Christmas lights add to the festive look!

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Here are some more Holiday ideas:

12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

7 Easy Beginner Sewing Projects

How to Hem Jeans

Simple Pillow Tutorial

12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

Christmas is here! It’s hard to believe it’s less than one month away. Whether you use your Christmas stockings as decoration or you fill them with goodies, they are a staple in most holiday decor. Here are a few easy DIY Christmas stockings to hang on your mantle this year. 

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These fun stockings require minimal sewing, in fact you could probably even accomplish them without a sewing machine! Room for Tuesday used a pre-made stocking as the form for these stockings, making it so easy to achieve the perfect shape.

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Who says all stockings have to have traditional Christmas designs? Add an unexpected surprise to your mantle this year with these adorable ice cream stockings by My Poppet Makes.

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You could already have everything you need to create this stocking! Seeking Lavender Lane repurposed a dish towel to create a stocking perfect for her home decor.

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You know you have a sweater lying around somewhere that you just never wear.  Maybe it doesn’t fit, maybe it’s too itchy. An Extraordinary Day shares an excellent way to bring you neglected sweater back to life.

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Houseful of Handmade uses a drop cloth to create these personalized stockings. This would be a great way to create a uniform look while keeping each stocking unique.

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Although these stockings look more complicated than some, they are great for even the beginner crafter. Homemade Ginger uses a free (and super easy) pattern to create these colorful stockings.

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Here is another way to use that old sweater lying around your home. Sustain My Craft Habit chose to combine it with festive flannel for her holiday stockings.

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Every child (especially boys) goes through a cowboy stage. If you have a little guy who’s going though that stage right now, Dream a Little Bigger has a perfect pattern for you!

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Polished Habitat needed a quick solution to Christmas stockings. These are the easiest of all! Fabric and glue is all you need to dress up these cheap burlap stockings.

 

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This felted sweater stocking from My Repurposed Life is so Christmasy. She shares some excellent tips & tricks on how to make your project as simple as possible.

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Here’s one last upcycled stocking for you! You’ll never believe what DIY Candy used to create this colorful stocking.

 

Are you ready to create now? I know I am! 

 

If you’re still looking for more holiday inspiration, check out these other posts: 

Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50

DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup

Three Things to Make Your Winter Wreath Stand Out

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

 

 

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Inspirational Cut Out Wooden Angel Wings

Inspirational Cut Out Wooden Angel Wings are not hard to make with a bit of DIY knowledge! They are an unexpected beautiful addition to winter decor. WARNING: You will be tempted to leave them up all year long!

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Wooden Cut Out Angel Wings

Cut Out Angel Wings

This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Michaels Crafts. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosure page.

I have been watching for some wooden wings for a long time. Every winter season I see some that I like, then I promptly forget about about them until the next year. Recently, I spotted these beautiful wing cut outs in Michaels Crafts and I was completely smitten with them!  They are perfect for inspirational winter decor!

Layer the Wings

The first pair of wooden wings is lacey-like and oh so delicate. I love the finely cut wood, so lovely! Could they be laser cut perhaps? I can’t imaging doing all that cut out work by hand!

In addition, I purchased another solid pair of wings to go with the lacey pair. The wings were layered on top of the solid wood wings then added to some larger pallet type signs to give them more of a framed look. The pallet signs also have the appearance of making the wings seem larger than they really are which is great on our bare bedroom wall.

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Lovely Wooden Cut Out Wings for Winter decor

Here’s what you need to make your very own set of Inspirational Cut Out Angel Wings.

Supplies Needed:

  1. Two wooden lacey wing cut outs from Michaels Crafts SKU# 886946233760
  2. Two solid wooden angel wings from Michaels Crafts SKU#886946238413
  3. Two Pallet Wooden signs from Michaels SKU#886946651779
  4. Two Packages of antique metal corners from Michaels SKU#886946928581
  5. 3D Tin Heart from Michaels Crafts SKU#886946652400
  6. Deco Art Metallics Acrylic Paint in Champaign Gold
  7. Deco Art Acrylic Paint in Natural Buff Pink and  White Wash
  8. Tacky Craft Glue
  9. Small 1/4″ wide flat and 1″ wide flat sized paint brushes
  10. 80 grit fine sandpaper

Directions:

  1. Remove hanging hardware from the back of the solid wings, save for later.
  2. Lightly sand any rough edges of the wood with 80 grit sandpaper.
  3. Paint the pallet signs with a paint wash mixture of water and the White Acrylic Paint. (I used half water, half paint).  Let dry.
  4. Paint the solid wings with the White Wash Acrylic paint. Let dry, then repeat with the Buff Pink. Dry completely.
  5. Paint the lacey cut wooden wings with the metallic gold paint using the 1/4″ wide brush. The brush is just the right width to paint the top of the cut outs without getting paint on the darker colored sides of the wood. Let dry, then apply a second coat.
  6. Dry brush the solid wooden wings with the gold paint, working from top to bottom in long strokes. This gives the wings a feathery appearance. Do not completely cover the pink color, let it show through. Dry completely.
  7. Assemble the units by first re-attaching the hanging hardware to the back of the pallet signs to hang in a vertical position.
  8. Decide where the wooden wings will be placed. Glue in place with the Tacky Glue by making a bead of glue all the way around the back of the wings and sticking it to the pallet. Repeat with the lace cut out wings on top of the solid ones. Let dry overnight with large books on top to help with glue adhesion.
  9. Attach metal corners with Tacky glue.
  10. Hang with a metal heart in the center between the two winged pallets.
  11. Enjoy your creation!

 

Thanks to Deco Art and Michaels Crafts for sponsoring this post! This was such an inspirational project, I think I will keep them on my wall all year long!

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Need more inspiration? Try some of these other projects:

Read about the DIY Lap Desk

Make a DIY Tool Carrier

Craft Some DIY Gold Snowflakes

DIY Trash Can Lamp

Felted Wool Ornaments

 

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DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup

Decorative holiday pillows are one of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays. However, pillows these days are costing an arm and a leg! Who wants to spend that much on something that will only be in use for 2 months of the year?  Here are some great ways to create a festive feel on a budget, and reuse some of the same pillows you use all year.DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comRebecca at The Crafted Sparrow created this fun pillow to add a little excitement to her neutral color scheme.

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This cozy cashmere pillow is perfect to usher in the winter season. It reminds me of cold nights sipping hot chocolate by a fire! Hello Little Home shares a great tutorial over on her blog.

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Everyone loves candy at Christmas! Sustain My Craft Habit shares some great tips on how to create these fun pillows on a budget, you don’t even have to know how to sew!

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While this pillow cover does require a bit of sewing, it’s so easy that even a beginner could do it in no time. Janice of Sawdust Sisters simply used these holiday covers on pillows she  uses year round to save some money.

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I SPY DIY shares an excellent tutorial on how to make two of these festive pillows. Another great option if you’re wanting to tone your decor down a bit this year.

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The possibilities for a tree like this are endless! You could add some embellishments to “decorate” the tree, or stick with a simple lace for a pillow that can stay in use all winter long. Work It, Mom! shares some of the ideas she had while crafting this pillow.

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Do you have a cozy sweater in the back of your closet that just doesn’t fit anymore? It’s not doing you any good sitting around! The Lily Pad Cottage decided to turn her unworn sweater into a cozy winter pillow.

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Even though these pillows aren’t completely “Christmasy”, I had to include them.  Something about white and gold just reminds me of the holidays.  Lemon Thistle created these beautiful pillows in 5 minutes, using only 2 items.  How simple is that!

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Here is another pillow that could be used all winter. Sewbon does such a great job explaining her process that I’m certain anyone could recreated this one.

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An Oregon Cottage decided to design this beautiful pillow after seeing a similar one for sale! She was able to save over $50 by creating her own. This pillow would make an excellent gift as well as a great addition to your holiday decor.

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You’ll never believe how easy these sequined pillows are! Head over to The Proper Blog for all the tips and tricks on how to make this the simplest project ever.

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Who doesn’t love the Dollar Spot at Target? The Everyday Home spent less than $5 on this pillow, even though it looks like it cost much more!

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These metallic pillows are perfect to add just a bit of cheer to your decor. You’ll never believe the items Girl in the Garage used to whip these up!

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The Girl Inspired shares an excellent tutorial on how to create these fun pillows. These would be so fun to customize with designs that make you feel like celebrating!

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Your entire family will love this fun project! Polished Habitat used this pillow cover over another pillow she already owned which saves money and cuts down on storage space.

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Although this pillow looks tricky, don’t be intimidated! Dazzle While Frazzled shares very thorough directions on how to create one just like it.

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Here’s another Target Dollar Spot craft! Happiness is Homemade created these pillows using a cheap blanket, you could even use an extra you have at home.

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Green With Decor used a stencil to make this festive pillow! You could repurpose a pillow you already have at home for this project.

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There’s nothing better than a project that looks so complicated, but in reality is one of the easiest things you’ll do! Little Vintage Nest claims this is the easiest Christmas pillow ever, and we agree.

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What’s Christmas without the Grinch? While this pillow may look complex, we promise it’s a lot easier than you think! Head over to Woodshop Diaries for all the tips & tricks.

 

Now that it’s officially November, there’s nothing stopping you from getting a start on Christmas decorations! 

Check out these other fun holiday ideas: 

DIY Winter Wreath

Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Christmas in the Country Home Tour

Christmas Chicken Coop

 

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