How to Wrap a Coffee Cup as a Gift
Gifting a new Coffee Cup is a fun and thoughtful present for any occasion. But mugs can be tricky to wrap creatively without the structure of a box. Check out these easy techniques for beautifully presenting your coffee cup gift using materials you likely already have at home.
Choose Your Materials
- Tissue paper, wrapping paper or fabric
- Cellophane, plastic wrap or foil
- Ribbon, string, twine or raffia
You'll also need tape, scissors, gift tags and any small decorations you want to add. For most methods, opt for lightweight, flexible materials that conform snugly to the mug’s shape. Sturdier paper works better for techniques that don’t require tight wrapping.
For a classic transparent look, cellophane is perfect for showcasing a mug’s design while still keeping it covered as a surprise.
How to Wrap a Cup in Cellophane
- Place the Coffee Cup upside down on a sheet of cellophane much larger than the mug.
- Lift the edges of the cellophane up around the bottom of the mug. Smooth out any air pockets or wrinkles.
- Gather the cellophane at the mug's handle and tightly twist the plastic to enclose the mug completely.
- Tie off the twisted cellophane with ribbon, raffia or string and trim any excess.
- Embellish with a gift tag or other small decorations as desired.
The transparency of the cellophane allows the mug’s design to show through while keeping it protected. How to Wrap a Coffee Cup? This technique also works great with plastic wrap or foil.
Tissue Paper Wrap
For a bright, patterned look, tissue paper is an easy material for wrapping mugs.
How to Wrap a Cup with Tissue Paper
- Lay sheets of tissue paper on a flat surface (at least 2-3 depending on mug size).
- Place the Coffee Cup upside down in the center and wrap paper up around the mug, securing edges with tape.
- Gather and tie the top with ribbon or raffia so the tissue paper pouches at the top.
- Decorate with gift tags, small ornaments or other embellishments as desired.
Choose patterned or colored tissue paper to coordinate with the mug design or the gift recipient’s taste. This technique is easy to master and adds a festive touch.
For a handmade look, fabric scraps make great reusable mug pouches.
How to Wrap a Cup in Fabric
- Cut or tear a fabric square at least 2 inches wider than your mug.
- Set the mug upside down in the center of the fabric.
- Lift the corners of the fabric up around the mug and gather evenly at the top.
- Tie fabric pouch together with ribbon, twine or baker’s string.
- Add gift tags or embellishments to the ribbon.
Pick fabric prints and patterns suited to the occasion. Holiday mugs pair great with themed fabrics. Fabric pouches can be untied and reused later for mug cozies too.
This elegant Japanese wrapping technique works great with scarves, bandanas or any square fabric.
How to Wrap a Mug in Furoshiki Style
- Place the mug in the center of a large square cloth.
- Bring one corner of the cloth over the mug to the opposite corner.
- Repeat with the other corners so the mug is wrapped diagonally.
- Tie the two ends of the fabric together atop the mug.
- Embellish knit with gift tags or ornaments as desired.
There are many creative ways to tie and fold furoshiki wraps. This diagonal style is easy for beginners but still makes a beautiful presentation.
Gift Bag Wrap
For quick wrapping with items you likely already have, a gift bag creates an instant finished look.
How to Wrap a Mug in a Gift Bag
- Insert mug into a paper gift bag or shopping bag, folding the top over.
- Staple or tape bag closed just under the handles.
- Tie ribbon or raffia around the neck of the bag, covering the staples/tape.
- Attach a gift tag to the ribbon.
Gift bags allow you to skip the wrapping process entirely! Just stick a mug inside, decorate the handle, and you’re done.
A tied napkin imparts rustic flair and requires no other materials.
How to Wrap a Mug with a Napkin
- Lay a cloth napkin flat and place the mug upside down in the center.
- Wrap napkins up around the mug and overhandle.
- Tie napkins end together with twine, jute, or ribbon.
- Trim ends and decorate knots with a small sprig or gift tag.
Choose cloth dinner napkins in holiday colors or patterns to suit the occasion. The mug can be used to hold the napkin after unwrapping too.
Jar or Can Sleeve
Repurpose pint-sized jars or cans as decorative sleeves.
How to Wrap a Mug in a Jar or Can
- Wash and dry a pint-sized mason jar, sauce jar, food tin or soup can.
- Insert mug into the open container, stabilizing it with crinkle cut paper or shred.
- Place a square of fabric over the jar/can opening.
- Secure fabric with a rubber band or ribbon.
- Add a gift tag to the ribbon or fabric.
The sleeve keeps the mug hidden while adding an unexpected presentation. The jar/can can later be reused for food storage.
Part of the fun of gift wrapping mugs is using materials you have on hand to create unique presentations. There are so many quick and easy ways to wrap a mug without a box.
How to Wrap a Coffee Cup? Now that you know the basic techniques, you can start embellishing with gift tags, ribbons, flowers and other decorative touches to make your coffee cup gift wrap truly special. Get creative and have fun wrapping!