Most people think that gift wrapping cardboard boxes is bland and boring, but that’s only the case if you wrap them the same way everyone else does. With a little imagination and ingenuity, you’ll find that wrapping cardboard boxes is incredibly fun and exciting.
The best thing about it is that you can wrap in countless different ways. The simple shapes and plain colours of most cardboard boxes provides a blank canvas where you can bring to life all sorts of gift wrapping ideas.
Here are five of our favourites:
1. Reuse Old Materials with Interesting Designs
Not only will reusing old materials give your package an undeniably different look, but it’s also one of the best ways to save money on your gift wrapping. Plus, you get to help the environment too!
The key to reusing old materials for gift wrapping is to use materials with interesting patterns, designs, or colours. Look for designs that will make your package pop out or features that you don’t normally see in standard gift wrapping paper. Some of the best materials for this include things like old wallpaper, old maps, clean newspaper, comic book pages, and music sheets.
Always remember to only reuse materials that are in good and usable condition. Otherwise, your package may look more like rubbish than actual gift wrapping.
2. Be Inspired by Furoshiki.
Furoshiki is a Japanese wrapping cloth that the Japanese traditionally used to wrap and transport all sorts of goods and items. This way of wrapping packages is both eye-catching and functional, making it an excellent choice if you want to make your cardboard box truly stand out.
The great thing about this is that you don’t need a traditional furoshiki cloth to get the same effect. You can use any attractive cloth or fabric for this technique, whether it’s an old scarf, a colourful bandana, or an interesting tea towel. The more beautiful your cloth, the more eye-catching your gift wrap will be.
Here’s a good guide of furoshiki wrapping to help you get started.
3. Get Crafty.
Want to get even more crafty with your wrapping? Turn it into an art project!
Cardboard boxes are easy to modify and decorate, so you’ll have a variety of options for making your package truly unique. The great thing about cardboard boxes is that you don’t need to do much to give it an arts and crafts look. Its cardboard material gives you that from the start, so you already have a lot to work with even before starting.
You can use twine, felt, lace, string, yarn, ribbons, cotton, and other typical craft materials for this project, so you can go as simple or complicated as you want.
4. Make a Rainbow Yarn Wrap.
One simple yet fun way to decorate your cardboard box is to tie different colours of yarn around it. The bright colours of yarn will pop out against the plain surface of your cardboard box, giving it a striking and attractive look that you don’t often see in packages. You can use as little or as many colours of yarn as you want, depending on how fun and colourful you want it to look.
5. Bring in Some Nature.
If you want to give your box a fresh and natural look, there’s no better way to do it than by using nature itself. Adding a bit of greenery from your garden or backyard can give your box a completely different look, making it appear fresher, more rustic, and undeniably beautiful to look at. The best greenery to add includes herbs, small cuttings from shrubs, leaves, and small flowers.
Remember that you don’t need to go overboard with the amount of greenery you put on to get the effect you want. In most cases, the less you use, the better. The lush greenery will stand out immediately against the plain background of your cardboard box, so you won’t need much to make a statement.
Use these good tips for nature-inspired gift wrapping to help you.
Got More Great Ideas?
If there’s one thing to take from this article, it’s that gift-wrapping cardboard boxes is far from being bland and boring. Not only does it give you more choices for gift wrapping, but it also gives you the opportunity to stretch your imagination and take your gift-wrapping to fun, new directions.
If you have more ideas about beautiful and creative ways to gift-wrap cardboard boxes, let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear it!