Easy DIY Gift Packaging Alternative to a Bow


Is anyone else drowning in wrapping paper? I sure am, but thought I would take a break to give you an EASY DIY gift packaging alternative to a bow that doubles as a bonus gift.

One of my favorite holiday activities is wrapping presents. I love picking out the wrapping paper and ribbon and then sitting in front of a Christmas movie while I wrap everything up. I also try to come up with a creative alternative for a bow because I think it gives the packaging a little something extra and I am all about presentation.


This year, I made a ton of soap for my DIY gifts for moms post so I decided to incorporate that into my packaging.  I decided to turn my donut shape soaps into wreaths. This would look really cute on the package, but then could be used by the recipient once the package is opened. Yay for a bonus gift!

I made three different versions using different materials because I don’t like all my adornments to be the same. Here is what I did:


Supplies needed:

  • Shea Butter Soap from Michaels (or Amazon)
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Purification essential oil (optional)
  • Donut mold

How I made it:

  1. I purchased Shea Butter soap from Michaels (make sure to check the website for coupons!)
  2. I heated 1lb of the soap for 45 seconds in the microwave until everything was melted
  3. I added 16 drops of peppermint essential oil and 6 drops of purification essential oil
  4. Once everything was well mixed, I poured it into a donut mold and let it sit for a few hours

One great thing about this soap is that if you aren’t into peppermint you can substitute it for another oil like Frankincense and Orange or Lavender if you don’t want to go Christmas-y


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Supplies needed:

  • Pine centerpiece by Celebrate It
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Fuzzy lime green ribbon
  • Pom poms
  • Donut mold
  • Christmas ribbon
  • Velcro
  • Hot glue gun

How I made it:

  1. Cut 4-6 “pines” off the pine centerpiece and wrap them around one donut soap.
  2. Wrap the fuzzy lime ribbon around one donut soap. You can go around multiple times until you get the look you like. I went around twice for mine.
  3. Tie a ribbon around the bottom of each soap wreath.
  4. Add a couple of pom pom decorations wherever you feel like it.
  5. Secure a wreath to a package using Velcro.

Yes, these really are that simple. You can do all three like I did or just choose one.  The pipe cleaner one in particular would be a great way to incorporate a younger child in wrapping. They take five-minutes to make and they look really cute.

Do you do anything special to your gift packages? Are you a bag kind of person? Let me know in the comments!

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Do you use a standard bow on your packages or do you have your own DIY gift packaging alternative to a bow?

If you liked this post check out Toddler DIY Ornament & Stocking Gift For A Child Care ProviderSweet DIY Birth Announcement Chalkboard, and Mom Life Tips for Avoiding Holiday Stress & Drama



Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to an energetic preschooler and newborn, a wife to my amazing husband Dan, and I work full-time as a meeting planner. I started this blog because, after having my first little guy, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the amazing (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Realizing that we would probably have more kids in the future, I wanted to document everything, so we would remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!

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