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DIY holiday gift wrapping: 4 creative solutions that will save you money

Here are some creative ways to make your own gift wrap this holiday season.

We all love making use of those neglected items that are hanging around the house, and that shouldn't change just because it's the holidays! Save money on expensive store-bought bags, boxes and wrapping paper by making your own wrapping at home. Here are 4 easy and creative DIY solutions that will up your gift wrap game: 

Paint-splattered gift box

What you'll need:

  • White box with lid
  • Black paint
  • 3" paint brush
  • Decorative ribbon

Directions:

  1. Splash randomly on lid and sides of box until you achieve desired look. Let dry.
  2. Add decorative ribbon.

Holiday stamp wrapping paper 

What you'll need:

  • Plain craft paper
  • Lint roller
  • Craft foam
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut out desired shapes using craft foam.
  2. Ensure there is a clean sheet on the lint roller. Adhere to lint roller.
  3. Dab paint onto shapes on lint roller.
  4. Roll over top of craft paper in desired pattern.

Duct tape gift bag

What you'll need:

  • Duct tape in colours of your choice
  • Hole punch or grommets
  • Ribbon
  • Non-stick scissors (like Westcott)
  • Adhesive 'alphabet' stickers

Directions:

  1. Cut two long strips of duct tape the same length. Adhere together.
  2. Continue to add to the strips, adding one at a time on either side until you've built up the desired width of the gift bag.
  3. Fold in half, and run each side through a sewing machine using and oversized zigzag stitch. Repeat over original stitching to get a more defined look.
  4. Using hole punch or grommets, make two holes at the top of the gift bag opening.
  5. Close gift bag with ribbon.
  6. Adorn gift bag using adhesive stickers, with recipients initial.

Graffiti gift box

What you'll need:

  • Plain cardboard moving boxes
  • Stencils of various types
  • Spray paint in colours of your choice
  • Spray glue

Directions:

  1. In a well ventilated area, lay down a drop cloth. Use a light coat of spray glue to coat the back of a stencil. Adhere to box.
  2. Spray in desired colour and remove stencil immediately. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
  3. Using a different stencil and a different colour of spray paint, add new stencil to a different area of the box and spray. Continue to fill box with varied patterns and colours until you get the desired look.

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