It's easy to make cute gift wrapping using things you already have at home. Here are some budget-friendly gift wrapping ideas that you can pull off by simply raiding your pantry or sock drawer. You can coordinate to match your holiday color theme and have an Eco-friendly, do-it-yourself Christmas!
We cut up some empty cereal boxes from the pantry into smaller treat boxes. Making homemade boxes is super easy; simply cut a cardboard box down to size, while keeping the original folds to create crisp edges. Reassemble and attach the sides with hot glue!
Once lined with tissue paper, it's not even easy to see that you recycled an old box! I love making my own gift boxes because it allows for flexibility with size and depth. Plus it's a fun way to use some of our family's discarded cardboard that would otherwise go in the trash.
To finish off this box, I tied a cute sock around the width of it, accented by a homemade gift tag. You could use a sock that's lost its partner, or include two socks as part of the gift!
Speaking of socks, we found lots of ways to incorporate colorful socks and leg warmers into our holiday gift wrapping. They make perfect cylinders for anything thin, or gifts that are small but odd-sized or bulky and hard to wrap. Here I filled two leg warmers with small toys and treats to tuck into my girls' stockings. I swiped these leg warmers from my daughter's room, and once gifts are opened I can easily throw them in the laundry to be worn later, saving money on wrapping and reducing our holiday trash.
Super cute legwarmer Stocking Stuffers tied off with a ribbon.
Another idea is to skip the gift wrap or gift box entirely, and just tie a cute new sock around your gift. Use the other matching sock to wrap something else for the same person. (possibly a coordinating Stocking Stuffer?) You can also use different colors or patterns of socks to identify which gift is for each family member. Once they unwrap their gifts, your family will have a new winter stash of socks to wear too!
Make your own gift tags using colored paper backed with recycled cardboard. Here I glued rectangles of colored cardstock and a cut up greeting card to a second layer of cardboard cut from a cereal box. My reinforced tags are cute and cost nothing, since I already had the supplies.
This Stocking Box was very easy to make; I just turned a Ziploc bag box inside out! To make, carefully unseal the edges of the box until the box template is completely flat, and reassemble the box inside out. Use hot glue to re-adhere the sides of the box back together. Stick some tissue paper into the box and add your gifts (wrapped or unwrapped). This is a fun idea to replace traditional stockings for kids or family members.
Recycled sandwich bag "Stocking Box" filled with goodies.
It's easy to make cute gifts using things you already have at home. We kept our projects pretty simple, but you could embellish them as much as you want using paint, stickers, glitter, holiday accents, and more! Get your kids involved by having them wrap Stocking Stuffers for each other using their favorite (clean) socks, or make homemade stocking boxes for your whole family as favors for the holiday table.
Have some easy DIY holiday ideas of your own? We'd love to hear them in the comments!