DIY: Wrapping Presents

Every year the holidays bring not only great times with family and friends, but opportunities to craft your heart out. One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is creatively wrap gifts. I’ve tried to pare it down here and give a good overview of some basic supplies one should have on-hand when wrapping gifts. It doesn’t take much to wrap a present the right way. Forget about garish, glossed wrapping paper from the store. Don’t bother with Scotch tape (although it is a good option for the insides). Below I’ve outlined ideas and resources for gathering the right materials.

Kraft paper is my favorite for wrapping gifts. It is easy to customize and also has a nice homespun, minimalist look.

Michaels’s Crafts (I have found some nice things at the Michael’s in Barrack’s Road.)
The Art Box I’ve also had luck here (if you visit, head downstairs for great deals).

When wrapping gifts, my biggest advice is to have your mise en place, which is a French cooking term that means “everything in place,” as in set up. The same philosophy goes for crafting! It is so much easier to do a good job when everything is set out on a clean surface. Clear off your kitchen table if you do not have a worktable. Place all of your necessary items out, and get to work.


  • Free books (coffee table or otherwise), vintage books
  • Tear sheets from old magazines
  • Old fashion magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Old clothing patterns
  • Anthropologie sells spools of silk ribbon and other wrapping supplies
  • Vintage scarves, cheap costume jewelry
  • Jar of buttons
  • Baskets
  • Vintage teacups
  • Twigs
  • Greenery



About Stephanie

Stephanie is an internationally recognized calligrapher. She employs a wide variety of calligraphic tools, papers, textiles, inks and found objects to articulate both words and portraits.
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