Make Your Own Geeky Wrapping Paper

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ย Sometimes a gift needs a little touch of handcrafted care or geeky flare. Add that final detail through your wrap job by creating a custom wrapping paper that perfectly matches the nerdy interests of your receiver. Keep reading for some geeky inspiration!

The sky’s the limit when it comes to adding nerdy details to plain wrapping. Go as detailed or simple as you like. I honestly think less is more, but decorate till your heart’s content. I used scrap paper to create Chewbacca’s bandolier. Simple but iconic and very identifiable by a Star Wars fan. Using this method, you could recreate minimalistic representations of any fandom or character.
Print off logos, symbols, crests, or other images on cardstock (like the Harry Potter Gryffindor house crest), then string it on ribbon, or tape it with double-sided tape to make another bold, but simple statement.

Make at home Chewbacca wrapping paper

make at home Harry Potter wrapping paper

I think one of my favorite, more fanciful ways to add a touch of nerd flare is to cut out a fandom themed snowflake, then attach that to the top of your gift. I even haveย Legend of Zelda & Super Mario snowflake templates for you guys to use!
Another great wrapping paper option is to recycle old comic book pages or nerd themed posters. These items are already visually interesting and make for a fun medium.

Custom Yoda snowflake wrapping paper

wrapping a dvd with comics

Don’t be afraid to get creative with the way you actually wrap too! See my Superman wrap job as an example below. I wrapped the gift in two layers of paper, then tore the outer layer to reveal the “hidden” Superman logo/”outfit” underneath. You could also wrap gifts in Minecraft style paper and then stack them cleverly to create a built object.


Superman wrapping paper

I’ve even used fabric to wrap gifts before! I just love the Nintendo damask print of the below fabric. If you’re feeling really created, you can create fully customized fandom themed paper using a stamping/rolling method. I made Harry Potter and Doctor Who themed wrapping paper using this method.


Geeky damaske wrapping paper

homemade Harry Potter wrapping paper

I hope that inspires you to get creative the next time you need to wrap a birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s, or anniversary gift. Still need an actual item to wrap? Check out my gift guide for geeks!
Too busy to make your own geeky gift wrap or aren’t feeling creative? Check out my list of nerdy wrapping paper that you can buy!

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  • Julie
    Reply

    my favorite is your snowflake,so detailed.

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Definitely not the easiest to cut out, but so cool once finished!

  • Nyanla
    Reply

    These are just AWESOME! ^^ Yoda is perfect, and the Superman wrap rules ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Aw, thank you Nyanla ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dina
    Reply

    Oh my gosh next year for sure I’m making my own wrapping paper!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      It was a lot of fun and honestly didn’t take too much time. The kids loved the wrap jobs too

  • Reply

    These wrappings are awesome! Loving your secret santa gifts too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Thanks Danielle. Yes -I still need to decide how to use the charms!

  • Mandy Stone
    Reply

    Love these ideas! And your gifts are so awesome!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Thanks Mandy and I agree ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Pepi
    Reply

    This is great!! The Superman one is awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Thank you Pepi!

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