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11 Creatively Simple Gift Wrapping Ideas

Here are 11 creatively simple gift wrapping ideas. Fancily wrapped presents will always impress but let’s be honest- who has time for that this time of year? Here are a few ideas you can really work with, less over-the-the top but still impressive.

scrappy junk bow 11 creatively simple gift wrapping ideas

Scrappy Junk Bow

My favorite is the scrappy junk bow- made with leftover ribbon ends, rick rack, yarn and lace with buttons, beads (clay bead pictured) or gift tag tied in the middle.


gift wrap with paper letters 11 creatively simple gift wrapping ideas

Paper Letters

Paper monogrammed letters cut out of cardstock or other paper source. (Martha Stewart)

fabric wrapping paper

Fabric wrapping paper

Fabric wrapping paper, I know what you’re thinking… the kids will have this unwrapped the minute I turn my back. So perhaps use this method for older kids and adults. It’s just so eco-friendly and easy for a fabric collector like myself. (Merriment Events)

stamped wrapping paper

Rubber Stamping

Good old rubber stamps-  add a name, phrase or just go crazy on plain brown paper with your collection of stamps. (Redesign Revolution)

cupcake holder gift wrap

Cupcake Liners

Paper cupcake liners as flowers. (Notions Handmade)

popsicle sticks

Popsicle Sticks

Popsicle sticks and yarn as name tags. (A Little Hut)

gift wrap ideas

Fresh Greens

A bit of fresh rosemary, other herb or winter greenery to freshen up the look, I also love the newsprint wrapping. (Refinery 29)

wrapping gifts with yarn


Yarn, I don’t know about you, but I have oodles of yarn just waiting to be knitted (not likely) or put to good use wrapping something. (Tip Junkie)

lace doiley for wrapping

Lace and Twine

Simple, easy and darling- brown paper, twine, lace doily, and a deer friend picture. (Unicorn Dream Magazine)

junk fabric bow

Junk Bow

Another junk bow, because there is no right or wrong answer on this one. Created from what crafty leftover lay about the room. Paper, trim, ribbon, lace, fabric scraps, whatever you’ve got handy, all tied together and looing fantastic. (TOWF)

lace for wrapping


Lace as ribbon. I have a box of different colored lace and I love this idea. (Boxwood Clippings)


I hope you enjoyed checking out these 11 creatively simple gift wrapping ideas- so now go forth and wrap!


  1. kalamitykelli

    December 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I especially loved the colored yarn !!

    1. NoelleOlpin

      December 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      I’m sure I have all the colors of the rainbow in yarn, in this house somewhere. Done, without even a trip to the store.

  2. VaLene

    December 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I love brown paper packages.

    1. NoelleOlpin

      December 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Something about the simplicity of brown paper, takes me back to elementary school book covers!

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