How about a pretty post today? These are some simple ideas for gift-wrapping presents using things crafty people always have around. It’s a tad different from your usual paper and ribbon, and they have solved some last-minute gift problems for me.
This is a milk carton made with scrapbooking paper. Instead of a ribbon I used a paper flower, and a silk flower I got with one of those granny lots I buy from eBay. I have little use for fake flowers, this seems as good a use as I can get out of it.
A milk carton box can be used to pack homemade cookies (you should wrap them in waxed paper before so the scrapbooking paper doesn’t get stained). I printed the tag on scrapbooking paper and tied it with a cotton thread. If you want to make a similar box.
I made a template for a smaller box that you can download from here. This one fits a letter-sized paper. Print on the reverse side of the scrapbooking paper, no resizing or borders.
Use a bonefolder to mark the folding lines, glue the side and bottom flaps and close the top with tape when you put the gift inside.
This is one is perfect for the sewing enthusiast. For this one I used a paper that imitates fabric ribbons. the bow is made of silk ribbon topped with a felt flower and a button. You know it will all be reused.
This one would be perfect for an environmentalist friend.
I used the environmental issues page of the local newspaper. Since our newspaper is printed on white paper, I decided to stain it with a used coffee filter to give it more tonal variations. You should iron the paper (low-heat setting) if the ink easily rubs off.
I stamped daisies on the paper using a rubber stamp, then drew red butterflies on a random pattern using a piece of cardboard as template. I made the template by drawing the shape of some cookie cutters I have. The flowers are made of scrap fabric and the pink butterfly is made from a page out of a glossy magazine (it has print on the reverse side).
But if I have the time, this is my favorite method for wrapping: I make a lined, zippered pouch, and just tie a ribbon outside. It’s reusable and makes it a little extra on top of the gift inside.
Any gift-wrapping methods you’d like to share?