Get crafty this holiday season with original and beautifully ordinary packaging materials
1 of 8Photo by Jeffery Cross; written by Jess Chamberlain
Reusable fabric wrap
Make the wrapping part of the present. Give Wraps by Chewing the Cud, in San Francisco, are printed with soy-based ink on organic cotton. Shown: Give Cheer in persimmon ($16/28-in. square;chewingthecud.com).
2 of 8Photo by Jeffery Cross; written by Jess Chamberlain
Floral wrapping paper
Stock up on 100% recycled papers by British Columbia’s Banquet Atelier & Workshop—these whimsical prints won’t feel stale come January. Shown: Bouquet, with bluebells, red-hot poker, and other blooms ($4/19- by 27-in. sheet;banquetworkshop.com).
3 of 8Photo by Jeffery Cross; written by Jess Chamberlain
Accessorized scrap paper
Recycle your own newspapers, magazine pages, or junk mail as gift wrap. Add a bit of greenery (here, rose hips and redwood sprigs) for color and a festive scent.
4 of 8Photo by Jeffery Cross; written by Jess Chamberlain
Stamps on kraft paper
Style your own gift wrap with stamps and colored ink. Kraft paper from Blick Art Materials ($37/roll 1,000 ft. long and 2 ft. wide;dickblick.com). Pinecone (after one found in Yosemite) and dove stamp sets by Yellow Owl Workshop ($12/set;yellowowlworkshop.com).
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This material makes the perfect wrapping for small boxes. Look for sheets with large and colorful images, graphic prints, or old-fashioned black-and-white type.
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Use neatly pressed fabric remnants from sewing projects for soft or hard-to-wrap objects. Cut, fold, and punch holes into pages from old calendars or prints to make gift tags.
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Reuse jam jars for items such as jewelry. Cover lids with fabric secured with glue.
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Shredded paper lines the inside of a shoe box covered with a paper grocery bag. To dress up packages and add color, tie with vintage ribbon.