December 23, 2013

DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

The act of wrapping gifts has become a holiday time ritual. With each fold of the paper and knot of the ribbon, you are creating a tiny drama that will be played out when the package is opened. Everyday ordinary materials become beautiful when used in an unexpected way.

Make a Yarn Pom-Pom to Top Your Present:
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picture credit: Google images

Wrap a present with the paper of your choice and then top it with a handmade yarn pom-pom for an easy yet impressive wrapping topping.

What you will Need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • A doily
  • glue dots or double-sided tape
  • yarn
  • scissors

Step #1:  Wrap your present

Wrap your present with a solid-color gift wrap. Center the doily over the present and attach it to the top using a glue dot or double-sided tape. Add more glue dots or tape to the doily's edges to prevent it from shifting when adding the yarn topper.

Step #2:  Make Your Yarn Pom-Pom

Wrap yarn around your fingers a dozen or so times. The more times you wrap it, the fuller the pom-pom will be. Tightly knot a separate piece of yarn around the loops. To be safe, wrap then knot it a few times then cut the center of the loops.

Step #3:  Trim Your Pom-Pom

Clean up any longer ends and give your finished pom-pom a more rounded shape by trimming it. Wrap the doily-covered gift with a few criss-cross layers of yarn then tie on the finished pom-pom.

Use an Old Shirt and Tie to Give your Gift a Unique Touch
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picture credit: Google images

If you're looking for a creative way to wrap your Christmas gift, grab an old shirt and tie. Simply cut up the clothing of your choice to an appropriate size. Then glue or staple the pieces to a paper-mache box as you please.
You can also use the old shirt and/or tie to make ribbons for your presents.

Use uninflated balloons to make unique ribbons for your gifts:

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Use cupcake liners to make flower toppers for your gifts: 

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Use Fabric to Wrap Wine Bottles:
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Wrap bottles of wine in colorful fabric
What you will need:
  • Two different-colored squares of 28-by-28-inch fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • wine bottles
Step 1:   Lay two squares of different-colored material on top of each other, right sides facing, with edges flush, and sew together along seams, leaving a 2 1/2-inch gap. Turn right-side out for finished edges. Set square on table with a corner pointing up. Lay bottles down, one-quarter of the way into the diamond-shape fabric; each should be 3 inches from the vertical center, with necks facing out.
Step 2:   Wrap triangle of material closest to you around bottles.
Step 3:   Roll bottles away from you, leaving a small triangle at top end.
Step 4:   Take hold of ears of material on right and left sides, lift them up, and tie into a loose knot, being sure bottles can stand upright. Tuck the triangular flap between the bottles. 

Make a Winter Scene Cutout for Gift Wrap

Picture Credit: Martha Stewart Living


Create a wintry scene on a wrapped present using a paper-dolls technique. Enlarge the two-tree template to desired size; cut out. Accordion-fold a piece of paper to the width of the template. Trace the template onto top fold. Make "ornaments" with a screw punch. Cut out and unfurl trees. Adhere with a glue stick or spray adhesive.

Follow this link to print your tree template 

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