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Creative Gift Wrap

Updated on December 1, 2016
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Robertatalloni means creativity. Whether in writing or in more typical art forms artistry (and a bit of fun) must be part of the work.

A gift packaged like candy!
A gift packaged like candy! | Source

Wrapping Gifts

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.


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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.


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This gift wrap effect is easy to make!Once the initial steps have been followed the fun really starts!When the long ends are cut into strips, use scissors to curl each of the strips for the effect shown in these photos.The only thing left is to finish filling up the shipping box!
This gift wrap effect is easy to make!
This gift wrap effect is easy to make! | Source
Once the initial steps have been followed the fun really starts!
Once the initial steps have been followed the fun really starts! | Source
When the long ends are cut into strips, use scissors to curl each of the strips for the effect shown in these photos.
When the long ends are cut into strips, use scissors to curl each of the strips for the effect shown in these photos. | Source
The only thing left is to finish filling up the shipping box!
The only thing left is to finish filling up the shipping box! | Source

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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?

Adding a big tissue paper bow to a White Elephant gift can add to the fun!
Adding a big tissue paper bow to a White Elephant gift can add to the fun! | Source

Wrap Anything Easily!

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.


Gifts and Presents
Gifts and Presents | Source

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.


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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      vespawoolf:

      Thanks much for your feedback on this candy styled gift wrap! Making fabric tote bags is fun stuff and I've posted a hub on that sort of sewing project as well. Designing them for kids is icing on the cake! :)

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I have also received gifts in a fabric tote bag and really appreciated being able to reuse it. I try to use repurposed wrappings when I give gifts. I like the idea of the candy shaped gift. Thank you for sharing!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      CraftytotheCore:

      Sometimes the simpler the gift wrap the more it can impress. I'm sure your package was a delight to the recipient! :)

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      There are some pretty creative gift wrappers out there. The most creative I've gotten is rubber stamping my own tissue paper and plain gift wrap. It made a nice presentation and something unique.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Suzanne Day:

      Recycling gift paper is a good thing, and so are all of the ideas you mention! Wrapping gifts in an unusual way adds to the fun of giving and receiving so I hope your kids get to try this creative gift wrap idea out soon. Thanks bunches for stopping in and adding to the discussion!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I've often been guilty of saving wrapping paper to wrap presents in. Especially as the presents seem to get bigger and bigger these days, meaning more paper to recycle! I've also used fabrics, brown paper bags (they look good with raffia) and even newsprint before (top it off with a big black/glittery bow or ribbon). Thanks for the pic of the bon bon effect, I might get my kids to try it out ;)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      rebeccamealey:

      Sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be very interesting. :) Thanks kindly for your visit and comment!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are so pretty and unbelievably simple. I can't believe I never thought of curling those end papers. Thanks!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      healthylife2:

      So glad you enjoyed this hub on wrapping up the gifts we give. Thanks leaving your feedback! :)

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to be a little more creative when wrapping gifts. The candy and the big bow are such cute ideas. Also, thanks for pointing out that we need to always be kind to our environment. I think this Christmas I will spend a little more time making the presents look prettier under the tree. Voted up!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      indacee:

      I'm seeing more gift wrappings that are extraordinary. The alternatives are amazing and eco-friendly is one thing I had in mind when I created my gift in a gift tote. You might like to see https://hubpages.com/art/Make-An-All-In-One-Gift-a...

      if you haven't already.

      Thanks bunches for your visit and feedback on this hub.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      You know, this is a great video tutorial for any special occasion that requires a wrapped gift. Just think, I won't have to hunt for the perfect size box or expensive gift bag any longer! Now I need to investigate eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives. Thanks so much for this inventive idea! :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      formosangirl :

      If we think outside the box this can be a year of creative wrappings for all those special occasions! Thanks for coming by with your comment.

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Rtalloni, I rolled up my T-shirts this year like yours and found that they were not only efficiently wrapped (using less wrapping paper), but I really the compactness and weight. I never thought about your idea, which adds more festiveness. I will definitely use your technique in the future. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      unknown spy:

      The act of wrapping a gift for someone is indeed a pleasure filled with anticipation of the smile the gift will bring to someone's face. When the wrapping itself can bring an extra smile it makes the occasion extra special. In an intimate setting or a big party setting, a gift can have special meaning when it is creatively wrapped. Thanks for adding your input to this hub!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      creative ideas. I love gift wrapping since i was a child and until now. i love the thought that behind the wrapper is a surprise gift for anyone. :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you, teaches12345 . Creative wrappings are part of the fun.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Love the red box shown at the end - very creative.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      MsDora:

      Thanks so much for your feedback here! Now if I can just get a flight… :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Glimmer Twin Fan:

      These gifts do add variety to a tree's bounty, don't they? :)

      Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the video. I have to learn what's okay with using music, but they are neat fun to put together.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I love the idea that you want the gifts to be wrapped first in love. The wrapper is exceptionally good. I'm sure the kids will love it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I love to roll gifts! It looks so different under the tree and is a good alternative for oddly shaped things. Great hub and love the video!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      FullOfLoveSites:

      Thanks so much for letting me know this was helpful to you! I appreciate all of your feedback.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      I found an idea to make my used Christmas gift wrappers (that have become cut and smaller) -- candy gift wrapping style. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and useful. :)