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3 Handmade Gift Topper Combos For the Holidays

by Caitlin Kelch

Wrapping gifts during the holiday season has always been an exercise in patience and creativity in most homes. Taking the time to hand make wrapping paper and special gift toppers can be a meditative practice in the middle of the holiday hustle. This year we thought we’d dream up some new ideas for floral toppers inspired by some of our favorite looks and styles from our holiday archives.

We teamed up with the DIY experts at JOANN to pick some festive ribbon, florals and other materials to decorate our gifts. We love using a classic craft paper for a neutral background that makes your topper take center stage. Now is the time to gather up your supplies so they’re at-the-ready when you need to recharge during the holiday season with a quiet, creative project or two. You can order these supplies online of course, but a trip to your local JOANN store before the rush just might provide you with some special combos of your own!

P.S. If you have DIY or handmade gifts on your list this year, you might find our DIY Supply Book series we did in collaboration with JOANN helpful to find the right glue or craft paint for your projects! You can find the Adhesive edition here and the Craft Paint edition here.

Berry & Greenery BouquetNatural TwineHoliday Buffalo Check Ribbon | Craft Paper

The addition of a wide buffalo check ribbon to a classic greenery and twine design amps up the cozy cabin factor for your gift wrapping. Bonus if your gift is actually buffalo check bedding or a throw!


Grosgrain Ribbon Trio | Green Holiday Ribbon with Stitched Edge | Black & White Striped Ribbon | Eucalyptus Branch | Cypress Branch | Craft Paper

Stripes soften when combined with greenery, and grosgrain ribbon (which is actually texturally striped) feels modern and fresh.


Rose Gold Holiday Ribbon | Glitter Snowball (Pom Pom) Spray | Iced Glitter Berries Spray | Pink Satin Ribbon | Pink Pom Poms | Gold Ribbon

This combo is all about soft pinks and metallics bringing a fairytale glam vibe to the season.


Handmade Wrapping Paper Inspo

Get creative with stamping! Abstract potato prints make for a standout package under the tree, but if you’re looking for something a little more traditional JOANN has a great selection of rubber stamps, stencils and inks perfect for making your own design.

Another standout gift wrap design can be made (and customized) with yarn and paint. Top your handmade paper with a gorgeous satin bow and a sprig of flowers for an upscale peppermint theme! We love these peppermint beads from Joann, too.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with JOANN — where you can find craft supplies, fabric and more for every holiday project! Visit their holiday shop online here and be sure to stop into your nearest JOANN for even more inspiration. Thanks for supporting our partners who help us bring you original content every weekday.

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  • Great ideas! I always seem to forget about potato prints. I’ll have to do this with my 10 year old daughter- she’ll love it. Thanks!

  • Lots of beautiful ideas here! One reservation though: Many years ago one of my art teachers cautioned his students against using food as stampers. We, the well-fed of the world, might do better by substituting kinder materials (perhaps carve an old eraser into a pleasing shape) and donate the edibles to a food bank instead. It’s been 40 years since I heard that lesson and over that span I have gathered a huge collection of found objects as stampers.

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