OK, raise your hand if you think wrapping gifts is a chore. Yeah, I thought so! Many view it as a necessary thing, not a creative thing, but I have a different view. Each gift represents someone in my life that is still here, and with the loss of my parents, a special cousin, and some of my friends, it is felt keenly when I only have a few to do. So, finding a way to be creative with wrapping shows my appreciation for family and friends still in my life. First, I got out some plain bags I am recycling to new gifts, and dressed them up a bit.
This green shiny bag got a recycled card front from a card received last year. I added stickers (found at the thrift store) to give it some dimension.
Next, I wrapped a box with Christmas wrap, and took a look at all the ribbons in the stash for inspiration.
I could just add a bow like this, but just another minute is all it takes to step it up a bit.
Start with gold ribbon, and wrap one around the box, taping it in the middle of the top of the box. Using a wire garland, tape a length to the box and twist the ends around your finger to form curlicues.
Now put the bow back, and see what a difference just a little bit can do.
I like a lot of different papers under the tree, so I keep several rolls going at a time. My mother used this trash can to keep her wraps, so when I got it, I just added mine.
Plaid wire edge ribbon is fun, but what if you don’t have enough to make a bow? Here’s another idea for you, tie the ribbon around the box, crimping the ends in a ripple effect.
Now add a holiday pick with greenery, red berries and a pine cone. Tape it to the underside. The added benefit of a decoration like this is it packs well. No bow to crush.
Wire edge ribbon makes great bows, and can be re-worked at the destination if they get mushed in shipping. Adding a sticker makes it clear that this gift is to wait for Christmas day for opening.
The thrift store can yield some fun things for packages too, like these ornaments.
Tied onto a gift bag with wire garland, they hold the handles closed to keep peeking to a minimum. Plus, they add another sweet dimension to the gift when placed on the tree the next year. You could use some paint pens to write the year on the bottom.
Here’s another idea for a bow-less package. Using the curling ribbon, wrap it around the package three times, and tie a firm knot at the crossover point on the top. Spread out the three ribbons. Pull a scissor edge along the ends to curl them.
Add something fun, like a light bulb (also a thrift store find) to the crossover point with a bit more curling ribbon. Or, if you are shipping this one, use a plastic or cardboard ornament. It still looks like it is missing something.
Texture and dimension add interest, so a tiny bit of artificial greenery finishes it nicely. This one will sit under the tree, so I don’t worry about shipping it with the glass bulb.
One last sticker, and it is done.
Using several bows and some red berries, I made a focal point on top of gold ribbon on this package.
It looked a bit static, so I added more wired star garland, twisted around on the ends into curlicues.
Works of art for under the tree. I’ll enjoy seeing them and anticipating the happy expressions of the recipients through the rest of the month.
Do you like wrapping or is it a chore?
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