5 Creative Ways to Wrap a Book

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5 Creative Ways to Wrap

When you wrap a book you run the risk of having it look well…like a book. But what if you made the wrapping as thrilling as the literary content inside the package?

Read It Forward got creative and came up with five fun ways to wrap books that not only are practically free (we used found items from around the house and upcycled ribbons from last year’s festivities), but will look absolutely delightful under any tree.

We predict people will be calling you Martha Stewart pretty soon.

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Put it in a bag.bestofdec_20

For a rustic-looking gift, we placed a large coffee table book in a burlap sack, tied it with a cream bow and affixed it with a hand-lettered peace sign. This easy trick is a fun way to wrap a cookbook or decor book.

Spruce it up with something from nature.


To dress up this audio book, we wrapped it in white paper (we used recycled printer paper!), added a bright red bow and topped it with sprigs of leaves and seasonal berries. Festive and simple, but the effect is jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Hint about the book’s setting with a map.


When gifting a book that has a distinct setting—think Wild, The Vacationers or The Little Paris Bookshop—why not wrap it in a map depicting the book’s locale? Google topographic maps of the location, print and wrap. Boom—you’re done.

Forego wrapping paper completely.


This one takes a little bit of time and a lot of leftover ribbon from last year. Find a few wide silk or grosgrain ribbons and lay them neatly across the cover in both directions, tying them in small knots in the back. Then, using smaller ribbons, weave over and under your anchor ribbons, tying them tightly behind. We promise the end result will be so good-looking, the package may never get opened at all.

Photocopy a page from a dictionary.

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Well, first we had to find and dust off our old paper dictionary. But then we photocopied the page containing the entry “reader,” wrapped up our book, making sure the definition was in the center and topped it with a fresh red bow. We think the end result looks pretty chic. The words “book” or “story” work just as well for an avid bookworm, or give a hint to the gift’s contents by copying a page that contains a clue—the word “heroine” or “thriller” perhaps? This wrapping job gives a nod to the old-school but feels totally new.

Featured image and photography: Ryan Deshon

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About Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Senior Editor of Read It Forward. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

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