Creative Gift Wrap
Wrapped gifts for any occasion should be interestingly festive. Making sure packages are special is an easy task as well as a creative outlet. This wrapping idea can be used for items such as kitchen towels for hostess gifts to beach towels for a birthday pool party.
Right now, ‘tis the season, yes indeed, and part of the fun of giving Christmas presents is wrapping an item up so that the recipient is enticed to open it right away, making waiting 'till the 25th more exciting.
Alternative Gift Wrappings
Environmental concerns do need to be considered. Possibilities for gift wrap range from newspaper comics to repurposed brown paper bags to using reusable cloth. As a matter of fact, I've enjoyed making cloth gift bags that can be used as tote bags--two gifts in one!
Plain burlap with a twine bow decorating gifts, pillow cases used as gift bags to wrap up sheet sets, and even a vase topped with a lovely bow wrapping up flower seeds are just a few examples of alternative wraps. These sorts of ideas can add a lot of fun to an event.
The fact that they are friendly to our world makes all of them significant ideas. We have been made stewards of this wonderful earth and we should take that stewardship seriously. Wisely working that out corporately and individually is important.
Gifts and Grandchildren
When it comes to birthdays and Christmas for my grandchildren, however, I want the gifts we buy and make to be wrapped first in love, then in captivating delight. That means using some papers specifically designed to appeal to my little ones. Bright colors, fun designs, endearing symbols such as flowers, animals, or snowmen do the job nicely.
For Christmas their presents are not going to be wrapped in anything but the vivid colors of the season. Designing and creating ideas for cheerful, merry wraps is a joy. However, it’s up to me to make the most of the wraps because typical bows get crushed in the mailing process that our gifts must survive.
For instance, I used double-sided paper to make a gift bag that was cuffed at the top to show off both prints, but I failed to take a picture of it for this hub--sorry! When inspiration hit me for a candy wrapper gift, though, I did think (at the last minute) to use my camera.
Place the gift item (or cardboard tube containing the gift) in the middle of the wrap and all the way to the edge of one long side. Neatly roll the gift into a tube shape.
Pre-cut tape or have a Grandpapa handy to cut pieces of tape for you so you will not have to let go of your rolled gift. If you do let go it will spring open. Tape the roll closed in the middle and at the ends, perhaps more if the gift is very long.
Cut two ribbons and gather the wrap to close it at each end of the rolled gift. Decide how you want to tie decorative ribbons to each of those ends. I used thin gold and green ribbon so I could curl them with the scissors' edge and make them springy.
Next, cut each end of the wrapping paper to within about 1” of the ribbons, making your cuts approximately 1/2”-1” apart. Once these cuts are made, separate the strips of paper and carefully use the scissors’ edge to curl them one at a time.
Your candy shaped gift can be placed under the tree, or as in my case, it was put in the package of goodies bound for regions in the far away PNW. An extra bonus is that gifts wrapped like this take up less room in a shipping box and weigh less than a boxed gift, equalling less postage due when the postal clerk tallies up the bill.
Think Outside the Box when Wrapping Gifts
One particular present I wrapped could be rolled up (don’t ask what it is until after the 25th) and it occurred to me that it could be turned into what looks like a big piece of wrapped candy. The instructions for creating this effect are easy.
You’ll need a long rectangle of gift wrap that is at least 2 times as wide as your gift. The photos below show you why double-sided gift wrap (paper printed on both sides) works best. If the paper is not quality paper then you may need to cut it 3 times as wide. The length of the rectangle can simply be the length of the roll of gift wrap.
Also, you'll need enough narrow ribbon(s) to accommodate your gift, a pair of scissors, and tape. Gifts that work well for this wrapping project are clothing items, tablecloths and napkins, or anything that can be placed in a cardboard tube (which you can easily make by recycling cardboard). Need I mention that using this wrap design on candy would make for fun stuff?
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Stylish Wrapping Ideas
To expand your wrapping repertoire Leslie Carola's lovely book Wrapped with Style includes ideas for all sorts of wrapping styles, from simple designs to elegant creations. It encourages thinking outside the box when it comes presenting presents, offering ideas that will inspire readers to produce their own original designs. This is another book that not only aids home crafters, it makes a beautiful gift in and of itself. Friends will appreciate receiving it at any time of year.