It's hard to deny that a beautifully wrapped gift, sitting under the tree or anywhere else, brings a certain pleasure. But it's also hard to justify spending a lot of money on gift wrap when you know it's just going to get torn up and thrown away (or recycled!) in a few days. That's why we've rounded up these 9 inexpensive DIY gift wrapping ideas — ways you can make your packages look like a million bucks without spending, well, a million bucks.
Above: DIY hand painted wrapping paper from Lay Baby Lay.
From Liebsbotschaft: plain white paper feels extra special when dressed up with fancy string and wax seals.
Even plain old newsprint can look fancy with the right presentation. Image from Reading My Tea Leaves.
Dress up smaller packages with this printable gift wrap from DIY Candy.
Black paper and a white paint pen produces a fun chalkboard effect, as seen on Going Home to Roost.
Kraft paper, plus a few accessories, is anything but boring. From A Ruffled Life.
This looks like sparkly paper, but you could also dress up black or white paper with a twig festooned with colorful pom poms. Image from A Ruffled Life.
Splatter painted Kraft paper DIY from Go Forth!.
And finally, from Odessa May Society: Kraft paper + twine + leftover Christmas tree bits = tiny DIY masterpiece.