Try This: Use Scraps for Creative Gift Wrapping

Creative ways to decorate gifts using scraps from your craft supplies‘Tis the season for gift giving! And you know what that means! It’s also the time for gift wrapping. Maybe you’re the person who drops off gifts for your sister to wrap for you (Ahem… my brother!), but for me, decorating gifts is half the fun of giving them! I have certain friends that I go all out for when it comes to giving gifts. (You know the types—designers, wedding planners, florists…) This year I thought I’d delve into my craft supply bins and see what kinds of things I could use to make my gifts extra special, without heading out to the store to buy fancy gift decorating supplies.

Here’s what I came up with! I hope you’ll be inspired.

Use produce packaging mesh to decorate gifts!PRODUCE PACKAGING MATERIAL

I saved the orange mesh bag that my clementines came in and used it to break up the long expanse of this gift box. All it needed next was a simple bow across its “waist” and a tag. I used an old clothes pin from my craft box to attach a die cut snowflake to the ribbon of the bow, and the look was complete!

I purchased this Christmas tree patterned kraft paper from Marshalls this year, but you could easily stamp your own plain kraft paper to get the same look.

Use scrap pieces of ribbon to make a plaid design on your wrapped gifts.SCRAP PIECES OF RIBBON

I am 100% guilty of hoarding small scraps of ribbon that will never be long enough to tie all the way around a gift, much less into a bow. This small gift was the perfect place to use up my ribbon scraps! I made a plaid pattern by wrapping the ribbon over the top of the box and taping the ends together in the back. I topped it off with a pink tag and a large pom pom made with leftover yarn from my pom pom garland.

Check out this post to learn how to make large pom poms.

Make a little wreath to beautifully top a wrapped gift.LEFTOVER FLORAL SUPPLIES

When I got my first Christmas tree, I went all out decorating it. We’re talking far too many floral branches spraying out from inside the tree and ornaments as far as the eye can see. I have less ambition when it comes to decorating our trees these days, which means there were plenty of glittery floral materials in the bottom of my Christmas boxes this year. Those scrap pieces of floral supplies would be beautiful supplies for decorating a gift!

I used tape and ribbon to make a small wreath to top this gift for my mother, but if you wanted to keep it simpler, you could simply tuck sprays of branches or flowers into a cute little bow. If you don’t have scrap pieces of artificial flowers, why not head outside and trim some from a holly bush or evergreen tree?

Use leftover beads and twine to add whimsy to your gift wrapping.FABRIC, BEADS, YARN, & TWINE

This little gift sports a whole host of craft supplies I usually have in excess. I don’t know why I keep all of those small pieces of fabric, but I do! Turns out they make great little wraps for plain wrapping paper. I adorned my scrap fabric with a few passes of twine, onto which I strung some beads I had leftover from this necklace project.

I topped it all off with a pom pom made from leftover yarn from this kiddo shirt project and another die cut snowflake tag.

Layer wrapping paper for a graphic color blocked giftWRAPPING PAPER SCRAPS & SCRAPBOOKING STICKERS

When wrapping small gifts, I’m never quite sure what to do with the trimmed wrapping paper. My mom would save those small pieces for wrapping stocking stuffers, but we don’t do stocking gifts at our house. So I decided to get graphic with my scrap pieces of wrapping paper and layer them on top of plainly wrapped gifts for a fun little twist.

And how many of you scrapbookers have plenty of spare letter stickers to go around? I know I have quite enough to last me many lifetimes! Why not use those lonely letters to label gift tags and add a fun, typographic element to your gifts?

creative gift wrapping techniquesWell, folks, I haven’t exactly cleaned out my cluttered craft supply bins, but I have at least eased some of the overflow a bit! I’m excited to finish my Christmas shopping and decorate the last of my gifts with even more scrap supplies. What kind of gift decorating ideas do you have? –Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.

  • I am glad to find it. Ribbon ideas is very beneficial for gift wrapping. It’s a very easy and creativeness wrapping. I like your blog. You share the uniqueness ideas. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.

  • These are nice! I would love to see the bottom of them so I can tell how you attach everything to make it look pretty instead of messy.

  • These are such creative wrapping ideas. I’m always looking for ways to use up scrap paper- thanks for the ideas!

  • I love the one with the pompom! Must be a pain to open that one with all the ribbon haha, but looks really cool! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • I love the ideas on how to reuse items from other projects, and even food packaging!, to make thoughtful wrapping!

  • I absolutely despise waste so I love the idea of this!

    Becky ::

  • Hi A Beautiful Mess,
    I was wondering if you could do a draw or competition for kids or would that be to hard? Don’t worry if it is.
    I love this post!

    11 years
    I adore your washi tape ideas

  • I just lined up the lighter paper scrap onto the back of the larger sheet of paper (the dark blue) when the gift was laying on top of the paper (before wrapping). I adjusted the gift and the paper so the corners matched up before wrapping the gift. I used a little tape to hold the two pieces of paper together too. -Mandi

  • This is my favorite! It’s probably the best gift wrapping I’ve seen. I love your creativity, keep it coming!

  • beautiful! Love em all but the LEFTOVER FLORAL SUPPLIES is my favorite.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  • Such a cute idea, I always have wrapping paper scraps and so far never knew how to use them xx

  • Wow, these are so lovely and inspirational! I usually end up wrapping presents in this way – I can’t stand for things to be wasted, so I relish the opportunities to reuse little bits and bobs. Thanks for the ideas! The only improvement I can think of for fellow waste-reducers to try out is using dish towels, blankets, scarves, or other usable wrapping instead of wrapping paper, with the bits and bobs as pretty upcycled extras!

  • cute ideas, they all look so pretty… esp love the yarn pom-poms with beads…so cute! If my gifts came in such cute packaging, i wouldn’t even mind caring about what’s inside.. 😉


  • These are all so pretty! I love using scraps to wrap presents; they always produce the most unique and fun gift wrapping!

  • That’s exactly what I will be doing this Christmas- NOT spending a little fortune on metres of paper and decorations that go straight into the bin. I’m using old cards, wrapping paper and tissue. Great idea!

  • Love how you tied on the glittery floral! I’ve never thought to do it that way. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mandi thank you for the inspiration!I so much love it when I see we can find creativity everywhere!xo from rainy Greece.

  • You can get a massive roll of brown contractors paper at lowes for ten dollars. That’s what we bought instead of wrapping or Kraft paper! It’ll last forever.

  • I just stamp on kraft paper ! I’ve made this for years and I really enjoy preparing my gifts like that 🙂

  • I love these!! So creative and unique. Going to look great under the tree 🙂

  • Great idea! I cringe at the idea of wasting precious craft materials and this is a fun, creative way to use them. Plus, it makes your gifts look so unique and one of a kind!

  • How did you wrap the graphical one… there a trick to getting the corners so neat with two different types?

  • These are so beautiful… if I received one like this I think I would just want to display it as a decoration and not even open it to see what’s inside. ;p

  • i adore the idea with the leftover floral supplies… i am always keeping such small pieces and never know how to use it…until now 😉
    and yes i am always hoarding small scraps of ribbon…i think my mother thinks probably that i am crazy ´cause i am keeping those in any occasion 🙂
    oh an i love these pom poms <3
    sooo pretty presents 😉 lovely

  • all of these look amazing! I found that wrapping small gifts in napkins with nice prints is also a great idea….for me wrapping present is half the fun! My brother is also clumsy when it comes to wrapping gifts but he still does it alone most of the time.

  • Mandi – you’re such an inspiration! These are all great. I feel like I have boxes full of this kind of stuff that I can never bear to throw away, so it’s great to have some ideas of how to use those scraps.

  • Awesome! I never throw away the scraps or leftovers, you never know when you can use them. Beautiful gift wrapping!

  • Such great ideas! I hate throwing out left over supplies and this is a great solution!

  • I’m doing some fabric wrapping this week too. Pics coming up on my blog tomorrow at

  • So cute, I absolutely love the job you done here, it’s really creative and original.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Mandi! This is the cutest. I’ve been the family gift wrapper since I was sixteeen. Even now, I always end up going to my parents house before the family gets together on christmas eve and wrap all the gifts with my mom. We definitely try to pull out all the stops. This is so fun!


  • so gorgeous! The colors just pop- but I bet you knew that! 🙂 Great ideas going to look around for some beautiful scraps to decorate with. One of my favorite things is cutting thin strips of fabric and using that to tie the boxes. It is the little things.

  • These are beautiful and make me so happy! My dad is an artist and my favorite is seeing his Christmas wrapping every year. Hand drawn beauties with an onion sack dress, or sticks made into a dashing sailboat- it’s so fun!

  • This is such a wonderful idea for packing up packages. Not only does it give a second life to scraps that might normally get thrown away, it looks amazing.

    rae of love from berlin

  • Please post a picture of all your presents under your tree i bet they’re beautiful!

    Winter OOTW (Outfits of the week) + IPAD MINI GIVEAWAY

  • This is by all means so creative guys! They don’t even look like scrap materials or recycled supplies at all!

  • I love all these ideas so much! Any reason to get extra crafty, decorating and wrapping presents just got a whole lot more exciting!

  • This is a magical mix of cleaning up my apartment AND wrapping presents. So full of win! Thank you for sharing!

  • Hi ABM team! Loved seeing this post. I specialize in creating one of a kind gift boxes using fabric and reverse appliqué quilting techniques. Check out my etsy shop if you have the time or inclination.
    Happy gift giving!!

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