DIY: Customizable Gift Wrap Ideas

Our friends at Madesquare create 3 fun ways to make gift giving unique with just a few simple supplies and your favorite photos.

DIY: Customizable Gift Wrap Ideas

From baby showers to birthdays, from baptisms to bar mitzvahs, there always seems to be a party — and requisite gift purchase — just around the corner. To keep your gift-giving fresh, we’re showing you 3 super simple ways to pack a punch with just a few supplies and your favorite printed photos.


To make a serious statement, start with a fun gift wrap, like MADESQUARE’s free downloadable custom gift wrap. Simply print it out on 11 x 17 inch paper, wrap the gift, and finish with baker’s twine. Next, place a few 2.5 x 2.5 inch classic photos directly on the gift, or pop them in a cute mini Kraft envelope before taping them on. If you don’t have MADESQUARE mini prints, any other printed photos will do the trick!

If you’re really feeling fancy, finish the gift wrap with a photo strip and and tassels!

To get started:

Wrap package with Kraft wrapping paper or MADESQUARE’s free printable gift wrap.

To make the tassels:

Cut two pieces of bakers twine — the length will depend on the size of the box, so make sure you cut enough to play with!

At one end of each piece of twine, tie three to four knots — the knots secure the tassel from falling off the bakers twine.

Cut two, 10” pieces of crepe paper.

Using your fringe scissors, start cutting into the crepe paper — make sure you leave .5” at the top uncut.

Wrap each piece of cut crepe paper around the top of the knotted bakers twine.

Cut your washi tape to 1.5” and then cut in half lengthwise.

Secure your tassels with the washi tape.

Finish with the black and white twill ribbon, photo strip and tassels.


MADESQUARE’s free printable gift wrap

11” x 17” Paper - Paper fits a box 6 x 6 x 3 (or smaller)

2.5” x 2.5” Classic Photo(s) or get creative with a different size!

Pink Bakers Twine


Scissors (if paper needs to be cut down to fit box)


MADESQUARE Photo Strips or Vintage ones

Black and White Twill Ribbon

Pink Bakers Twine

Pink Stripes Washi Tape

Kraft Wrapping Paper

Hot Pink Crepe Paper Streamers

Fringe Scissors


When it comes to wrapping, sometimes less is more, especially when the gift is already awesome — like a bamboo or canvas print, or even a framed photo from MADESQUARE!

To get started:

Simply download MADESQUARE’s free, printable gift tags, and then cut them out. For a framed photo, add some washi tape around the outside of a frame, wrap with baker’s twine, then finish with a gift tag and mini clothes pin. For a bamboo or canvas print, use baker’s twine to wrap the prints in a fun shape (we used a starburst pattern), punch a hole in the gift tag, and attach it to the present. Instant chic in a matter of minutes!


10” x 10” Frame — we used a MADESQUARE mat with a 5” x 5” opening

5” x 5” Classic or Metallic MADESQUARE Photo — or any print that fits your frame!

Yellow Washi Tape

Whittles Screen-printed Clothespins

MADESQUARE’s free printable gift tags

8.5” x 11” white card stock paper



Bamboo Print — we used MADESQUARE’s 5 x 5”

Yellow Bakers Twine

Canvas — we used MADESQUARE’s 10 x 10”

Lemonade Satin Ribbon - 1/8" wide

MADESQUARE’s free printable gift tags

8.5” x 11” white card stock paper


Hole Punch

3. Play Peek-a-Boo

For the super adventurous, have your photos serve up a little gift wrap surprise! For our gifts, we used MADESQUARE photo strips and 2.5 x 2.5 inch classic photos, but feel free to experiment with any photos you have!

Here’s how it’s done:

Make sure you have enough paper to fit around the entire gift — you might have to cut the paper down to fit.

Place your gift in the middle of the paper. With your pencil make an outline of the box.

Remove the gift, find the middle, and with your ruler draw a rectangle (or square!) that is the same size as your photo. With your exacto blade, cut three sides, leaving one attached to serve as the “Peek-a-Boo” factor!

Tape the photo on the gift to where the the opening is on the paper, or you can tape the photo to inside of the wrapping paper. Either way will work great!

Place your gift within the pencil marks and finish wrapping.

With your washi tape, make a pattern on the outside of your box.

Finish with a little baker’s twine.

We got inspired by the patterns in our wrapping paper and used them as a peek-a-boo guide! Get creative with yours — and don’t forget to share it with us — #MADESQUARE #WellRoundedNY


Select a decorative Paper, like Lokta Moroccan Orange On Cream Fine Paper (only sold at Papersource), or use something like Solid Color Wrapping Paper Rolls in Poppy.

MADESQUARE Photo Strips and Classic Photos — or any images you have at home.

Orange Bakers Twine




Exacto Blades

Cutting Mat

Now go enter our giveaway with MADESQUARE to get these photo projects going full steam! Also, take advantage of our WRNY 20% off discount code from Aug 25th-Sep 25th: MDSQxWRNY!

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