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14 DIY Packaging Ideas

These clever DIY packaging ideas are really out-of-the-box!

By: Maggie Kmeicik, Editor, CheapThriftyLiving.com
Updated November 14, 2018
DIY Packaging Ideas

Whether you're wrapping a gift without wrapping paper or shipping your handmade goods, these DIY packaging ideas are just what you need. From clever upcycling ideas to out-of-the-box wrappings, these ideas will surely get your creative juices flowing.

Sure you can just ship out your packages in an envelope with a thank you note, but that's not nearly as personal as a handmade package. A simple way to make your friends and family feel like they’re getting something truly special is to include cute packaging in your shipments. These packages do not have to be expensive by any means; in fact, they're a great way to save money. When I ship out products from my store, I simply wrap them up in old magazine pages and tie it together with yarn that includes a little handmade tag. Simple right? And I usually use yarn that I find at the dollar bin at Micheal’s or at the Goodwill so it costs me pennies to do.

But that’s just one idea, there are plenty more ways you can creatively wrap up your products. I’ve pulled together some really cute ideas for DIY packaging that I found online. If you don’t pull any inspiration from these packaging ideas, you can always use them to wrap up gifts!

Homemade Christmas Present Toppers

These homemade Christmas present toppers will add creativity and fun to all of your gifts this year. These DIY gift toppers can easily be added to any gift and only take minutes to create.

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Homemade Christmas Present Toppers

Couture Paper Bow Ties

These folded origami bows are an adorable and inexpensive way to add a touch of charm to any item you send out. You can use scrap paper or old magazines to make these fun and colorful.

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Couture Paper Bow Ties

Fun Favor Boxes

This handmade gift box tutorial will show you how to make these adorable boxes that look like Hershey’s kisses! What a great and cheap idea for jewelry or other little trinket items.​

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Fun Favor Boxes

Printable Pillow Gift Boxes

How easy would it be to send out pretty jewelry in one of these cute pillow boxes? There’s a free printable for you to use or just print out as a template for your own patterned paper.

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Printable Pillow Gift Boxes

Woven Paper Gift Topper

What a brilliant way to embellish simple newspaper packaging!

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Woven Paper Gift Topper

Recycled Soap Box Christmas Gift

This project shows that sometimes you actually should judge a gift by its wrapping.

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Recycled Soap Box Christmas Gift

Angelic Gift Box

This mini box can hold handmade baked goods, handmade jewelry, and other small trinkets.

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Angelic Gift Box

Coloring Book Pages Box and Bags

Not only are these coloring book page boxes super easy to make, they're also fun to design and color yourself!

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Coloring Book Pages Box and Bags

Scrapbook Paper DIY Gift Bags

Skip a trip to the store with this Scrapbook Paper DIY Gift Bag idea. This craft is perfect for making beautiful and easy DIY gift bags at home.

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Scrapbook Paper DIY Gift Bags

Secretly Cheap DIY Gift Boxes

Sweep your friends away with this genius Christmas gift wrapping idea. Your gift recipients will adore these Secretly Cheap DIY Gift Boxes made from recycled to-go boxes.

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Secretly Cheap DIY Gift Boxes

Hand-Painted DIY Gift Wrap

Add an extra personal touch to your gift wrapping with this simple tutorial for hand painting your wrapping paper! With this extra personal addition, your gifts will feel even more heartfelt.

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Hand-Painted DIY Gift Wrap

DIY Gift Wrapping Paper using Stencils

Create custom wrapping paper with bows to go along with it with this precious DIY gift wrapping paper tutorial. All you need are stencils and some patience!

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DIY Gift Wrapping Paper using Stencils

Brown Paper Packaging Tied Up with String

Just like that famous song, this project is one of our favorite things! Give this a try, and you'll have wrapping paper that will add some extra personality to your gifts.

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Brown Paper Packaging Tied Up with String

Festive Wine Cozy

Calling all knitters! This festive wine cozy is a great way to wrap up your wine bottles that you plan to give as gifts this year. These would also work as extra personalized wrapping for candles, too!

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Festive Wine Cozy

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All of these are adorable! I especially like the Kisses and the coloring book pages bags and boxes. I volunteer to wrap gifts for an animal rescue during the holidays and I'm going to bring some of my coloring pages with me to use this year.

These are not only thrifty but so vibrant and fun. Anyone would love to receive a gift in any of these packages. Awesome!

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