One Gift Wrapped 4 Ways

Here at Apartment Therapy we are constantly pointing out how paint color and wallpaper choices can have a big impact on a room. In my opinion, gift wrap can have the same impact on presents. To demonstrate, here is one gift wrapped four different ways.

Clockwise from top left:


  • A gift wrapped in silver paper and tied up in black ribbon says I’m ready for a party! Wrap a hostess gift in this classic combination and you’ll be sure to stand out. This silver paper is actually from a very large roll I picked up inexpensively at Uline. I'm talking 100 feet of wrapping paper for $20! A similar effect could also be created using aluminum foil.
  • Who says you have to buy wrapping paper? Magazine pages make colorful, free, and eco-friendly gift wrap. And the best part of using old magazines is that you can tell a story with your gift wrap.
  • Brown paper packages tied up with string – hmm, that sounds familiar. Oh yes, it's one of My Favorite Things! The classic combination of brown paper and twine gives the gift a homey, old fashioned appearance. A similar look cool also be achieved using a paper shopping bag.
  • Of course store bought gift wrap is always delightful. I tend to choose wrap that isn't completely season specific, like this red and blue plaid paper from IKEA. Since I don't have much storage in my apartment, I can continue to use this paper for birthday gifts after the holidays.

Images: Jason Loper