Gift Wrapping – It’s A Wrap!
The internet has given us access to a wealth of information and informative, ingenious, creative videos and ideas. It brings everything we do to a whole new level. There is no exception when it comes to gift wrapping ideas.
Choose your gift wrapping material!
The easiest way to wrap of course is just going to the mall and buy a roll of wrap. However, if you are a crafty, and creative person there are tons of other options. Here are just a few ideas for wrapping your gifts.
There is a myriad of free printable sites and no shortage of wrapping paper printables. Choose one that you like and depending on the size of the gift you may need to print off several sheets.
If you have a crossword or word search lover in your life there are free customizable printables that you can use to wrap your gift and then let them have some fun before opening it.
Plain brown paper is an excellent option for the crafter.
White freezer or parchment paper is also an excellent background for do it yourself gift wrapping.
Gift Wrapping Doesn’t Have To be Paper!
Solid color plastic containers give you a great background for painting on or gluing the decorations to.
They are also available in a wide range of sizes for those hard to wrap gifts
Pillowcases make a great Christmas sack and lots of trims and ribbons can be added to it. Use them for bulky or hard to wrap gifts.
Fold your cardstock paper or any other sturdy paper into a cone shape and tape the sides. Use it for small gifts or sweet treats. Adorn with ribbons or scraps of lace.
Paper towel rolls are great for putting small candies and toys into. Insert your items, tape the top and bottom of the roll to keep the items in and then wrap it to look like a Christmas cracker. Add ribbons and stickers if it desired.
Decorating the gift
Once its wrapped its time to go crazy on the decorating! Raid your craft cupboards for leftover trims and start heating up that glue gun. Inexpensive trims can easily be found at thrift stores and dollar stores.
Here are some quick and easy ideas:
Craft paper cutouts are quick and easy to do and something that children can help youwith.
Use craft paper to cut out trees, bells, stars, angels. Use cookie cutters to trace the shapes onto the paper.
Glue them to your gift package.
For birthdays cut out balloons, candles and cakes.
Easter can be colored egg shapes, bunnies and chicks. Once again, cookie cutters of the season are great for tracing shapes onto your paper.
You get the idea. Now let your imagination run wild!
Stencils allow you to add your own touch. They come in a variety of shapes and styles. Custom stencils can be purchased to create your own personal message or design. They look stunning on plain brown or white paper.
Use up your bits of lace, ribbon, seam binding and any other fabric trims to glue on to your package.
Add Christmas balls singly or in clusters. Attach them with pipe cleaners , ribbons or strings.
Add tiny Christmas bells to your gift and you will have some Jingle Bells!
Glitter glue can be added to wrap to make designs or write out a message.
Fabric paint and lace or ribbon trims add a great touch to your special occasion pillowcase sack.
Scour thrift stores for buttons or cut off buttons from shirts or blouses that no longer fit or are damaged. Sew them onto your pillowcase gift wrapping or glue them onto your paper wraps.
Button lovers will enjoy a package decorated with unique and colorful buttons.
Silk flowers from a thrift store find or ones you have around the house make a stunning display just using buds or the whole stem. Glue them to your package.
Attach decorations with a glue gun, a little dab will do ya!
Heighten the senses by using natural materials foryour! decorations
A live twig from a fir or cedar tree glued to your package makes a realistic looking Christmas tree. Decorate the wee tree with sequins, glitter and fabric trim. Add ribbon bits for garland.
Sprigs of rosemary or any evergreen tied with a ribbon and glued to your package, make a lovely, lightly scented trim.
Decorate With Stickers
Fun stickers are a great for decorating packages.
They come in a variety of themes, shapes and sizes. Animals, insects, dinosaurs, sports and special occasion stickers and they are customizable.
Or better yet, create your design at our Creektee/Creekzee workshop.
Put ribbon or string on your package, cut out colorful small triangles and glue it to the ribbon or string so it looks like flags.
Felt scraps from your craft box are excellent for cutting into shapes.
For a cute bottle idea make a cone shape out of felt or fabric add a pompom to it for a nose and some cotton batting for a beard for a cute gnome decoration.
Using your imagination, crafts and scraps from home, and maybe a little help from the internet and you can create a unique and amazing custom gift.