12 Days of Christmas DIY: Wrapping Presents

And on the tenth day of Christmas DIY, I'm giving you ideas for wrapping packages. Presents. Wrapping presents. Honestly, they can be a pain (amirite?). From spending an oddly insane amount of money on all of the supplies to wrap a present (seriously, it's just paper and bows right?) to figuring out how to make it all work with your packages. Oh and then also the frustration of have 994 feet of wrapping paper left. I always say I will use it next year, but I never do. Partially because I can never find the stuff. So, why not get crafty to eliminate all the worries and stress (and have a really cute and awesome package to give to you friends and family)? Here are some ideas for DIY wrapping paper.

Polka dot stamps

Kraft Paper

OK, technically kraft paper itself is not a DIY, but there are so many things you can do with it. So many that I couldn't even list them all out. You can stamp it with holiday stamps, draw on it, paint it, use washi tape, or do this awesome polka dot stuff over here. The best part is, if you buy too much kraft paper, you can use it for a variety of things and a variety of occasions.

Wrap with newspaper

I know, it sounds a little crazy, but it can be really awesome. You don't have to just grab a paper off the stand, you can be creative. Find an old newspaper or use the sports section for a sports fan.

Recycled paper bows

Make recycled magazine bows

You can still get crafty if you buy paper or you could even use these babies on your other homemade wrappings to complete the job. Here's an easy tutorial.

Put it in a fancy box you can decorate

Mr. T gave his groomsfolk (I call them that since he had a close gal friend in his wedding party) a little "kit" with some beer, a glass, and a bottle opener. Instead of just throwing them in a bag, we put them in a box that you can get at your local craft store. Then we painted the box, put everyone's name on it and then put some fun decorations on it. You could totally do the same thing for Christmas.