Pretty Christmas Gift Wraps and Bows

If you're tired of the same old Christmas wrapping paper, try the look of one of these packages for under your Christmas tree this holiday season. Each design comes with free instructions to DIY gift wrapping at home.

Cardinal-Motif Gifts

Give holiday packages a festive update with these pretty red birds. Download the cardinal tag and cardinal card onto cardstock paper and cut out. Adorn the cardinal tag with ribbon tied into a bow; tape to the package atop a second velvet ribbon. Place the cardinal card into a  frame (write the recipient's name on front if desired) and tape or hot-glue it to the package.

Peace and Noel Cutout Wrapping Paper

With a few easy layers, solid-color wrapping papers go from simple to "look at me!"

For the wrapping paper: Print the words onto white paper. Secure paper on top of a piece of cardstock, making sure words line up with the bottom of the page, and cut out the letters through both papers on a cutting mat using a crafts knife. Embellish the long edges of the cutout with washi tape. Wrap the box with wrapping paper and wrap the cardstock strip around the box. Embellish as desired.

For the gift tags: Print onto cardstock, cut out and attach using striped baker's twine.

Elegant Silver Packages

Nothing dresses up a gift more than a sophisticated silver scheme. Adhesive diamondlike brads bring dimension to the medallion paper on the large package. The small package swaps wrapping paper for spray glitter -- an easy way to customize boxes you have on hand. For the pretty silver tag, download our free pattern, cut out, and attach with double-stick tape to a silver backing paper of your choice.

Flower Power Gift Wrap

Playful gift toppers up the fun factor of these graphic red-and-pink packages.

For the small package: Download the petals and center tag, print them on a color printer, and cut out. Use double-stick tape to adhere to a wide pink ribbon.

For the large package: Cut 40 3/4x18-inch strips of wrapping paper, staple the cut ends together so each strip forms a petal, and make two groups of 20 looped petals. Adhere the groups with double-stick tape on the sides, forming the flower. Print the downloadable tag on white cardstock, cut out, and tape to center of the flower.

Classic Gift Boxes

Small white boxes get the couture treatment with lids dressed in black, white, and red. Scrapbooking paper, ribbon, and embellishments easily dress up these festive gifts. For the coordinating tags, download our free pattern, cut along the lines, and use a hole punch to make a hole at the top of each. Tie tags onto your gifts using red-and-white baker's twine.

Brown Box Packages

One brown box, three retro-inspired wrapping ideas. Download the three festive tags (mittens, holly jolly, and the striped shipping tag), print onto white cardstock and cut out. Then attach one to the top of each box. Dangle the mittens using striped twine and a bow, embellish the holly jolly tag with a simple strip of ribbon, and add a postage stamp and a stamped postmark to the striped shipping tag for a mailed package appearance.

Decorate Die-Cut Boxes

Create fun, festive mini gift boxes using die cuts or patterns. Many local scrapbooking stores have die-cutting systems and large die-cut boxes that you can use, or simply adorn purchased boxes with festive embellishments. Glue decorative papers to the sides, then finish the Christmas craft with a glittery initial in place of a gift tag.

Fabric Wrapping Paper

Instead of using paper gift wrap this year, why not try wrapping your Christmas gifts in your favorite cotton fabrics? Wrap each gift as usual, securing the fabric with a bit of hot glue, then tie with a bold ribbon.

Felt Wrap for Cookies

Bake a batch of cookies and roll them up in felt to give away this Christmas season. Wrap the cookies in plastic wrap before rolling in felt, then tie each end with a strip of felt. Cut the extra felt on the ends into strips. Then glue ribbon in a spiral around the package and add a metal tag dressed up with scrapbooking supplies.

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