Creative Packaging Ideas

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Today we’re rounding up a variety of ideas for creative gift wrap. Whether you’re participating in our Mini Quilt Swap or you’ve just got birthdays and other holidays to plan for, our list of gift wrapping ideas should help you think outside the box … or gift bag! (We touched on this a little bit in our post on Swap Etiquette, but here’s an expanded version.)

 Creative Packaging Ideas

Creative Packaging Ideas + Ways to Wrap a Gift:


  1. Wrapped up Extra Fun: Use objects you have in or near your home to add to the bow on top of your gift. Take a ribbon and thread it through a seashell or sand dollar (if you live near the beach), or use buttons, beads, or even jingle bells from your craft supplies. This way your gift recipient gets a little bonus on top of her package!
  2. Perfect Paper: Who says you need to use regular wrapping paper? Get creative with your gift wrap – use magazine pages, brown kraft paper or paper grocery bags, sheet music or pages from old books that are falling apart! If you’re really creative, you can even find a way to tie in the type of paper you use to the theme of your gift or your recipients’ tastes! (Tip: We wouldn’t use newspaper to wrap a quilt, as the ink might smear onto the fabric.)
  3. Pony Up: Tie a bagged gift with a decorative ponytail holder or stretch headband, or affix one to the top of a gift wrapped with ribbon. Now your recipient has a stylish new hair accessory to go with her gift! (Tip: Instead of a hair tie, try a brooch pinned to the top of your package!)
  4. Way to Washi: Grab your stash of washi tape and put it to good use! A gift wrapped in plain-colored paper gets instant pizzazz with a dose of Washi. (Tip: Don’t have a washi tape stash? That’s okay – use stamps or stickers instead, or regular ribbon stuck on with double-sided tape!)
  5. Stash Enhancement: Wrap a gift for a creative friend with a piece of fabric – depending on the size of the gift, even a fat quarter might be enough! Wrap the fabric around the gift as if it were paper, and secure it with ribbon or washi tape. Now your recipient has new fabric for her stash and a gift from you! (Tip: A vintage handkerchief, dish towel, or a bandana will also work this way!)
  6. Artistic Inspiration: Get your kids in on the fun of wrapping a gift! Give them a large piece of paper and ask them to draw a picture, and then use that paper to wrap the gift. This is especially nice when you’re sending gifts to relatives who will appreciate the artwork as much as what’s inside.
  7. Three Cheers: Your gift recipient will cheer for a gift wrapped in pom poms – make a basic pom pom yarn garland and use it to wrap your gift. Then your recipient can hang it up in her home for a bright pop of color!
  8. Domo Origato: Use the Japanese art of origami to decorate the top of your package! This list from DIY Dreamer will give you all the tutorials you need to top your packages with stars, bows, butterflies, and more!

Do YOU have a favorite method to DIY your gift wrap? Share it with us in the comments below! And don’t forget to mail those mini quilts by August 20!


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  1. This was a great post! I mailed my mini quilt on Saturday and used some of these ideas for the packaging! Thank you

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