Holidays

10 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

by Kelly Ladd Sanchez


10 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Add flair to your holiday presents with these clever (and easy!) gift-wrapping ideas and techniques using craft store supplies.

Start by wrapping each of your boxes with a solid-color or simply designed paper.

1. Dazzling Design
Wrap rickrack around the package lengthwise and crosswise. Secure it in the back with tape. Tie different lengths of embroidery floss to small, lightweight ornaments. Then knot each of the strings together. Attach end of the floss to the intersection of the rickrack.

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2. Jingle Bells
Wrap different-color wrapping paper around the center of the gift. Neatly tape it in back. Wrap a ribbon around the second paper and tape to secure. Cut three 5-inch glittery pipe cleaners. Insert the ends of each pipe cleaner into the loop on the top of six jingle bells. Place the three pipe cleaners in a snowflake formation, stacking them at the center. Hot-glue together. Thread a larger jingle bell to another piece of pipe cleaner and wrap it around the center of the snowflake. Snip off the ends. Hot-glue to present.

3. It's Snowing
Carefully wrap embroidery floss around the package. Use tape on the back to hold in place. Change the colors and create a pattern. Glue snowflake ornaments (found at Michaels stores) to the gift.

4. Oh, Christmas Tree
Crisscross a sequined thread on the gift, then tape it to the back of the box. Create another crisscross with a second colored sequined thread beneath it. Cut out a Christmas tree from scrapbook paper and glue it on top of the threads. Glue a pom-pom to the top of the tree.

5. Peace on Earth
Wrap silver rickrack around the top of the gift two times. Hold in place with tape. Then with the rickrack, make a diagonal line to the bottom-left-hand corner of the package. Secure the ends with tape. Cut out and glue a scrapbook-paper dove (template found on
accordingtolei.blogspot.com) on top of the diagonal rickrack.

6. Pom-Pom Present
Wrap a ribbon lengthwise across the gift. Neatly tape the ribbon on the back. With a needle, thread pom-poms onto yarn. Lay the pom-pom garland on top of the ribbon and attach with tape on the back.

7. Cute as a Button
Thread five strands of yarn with buttons. (Buttons are a choking hazard for kids under 3.) Wrap each strand around the gift. Tape each one to the back of the package. Add a drop of glue to the back of a few of the buttons to keep the threads secure.

8. Pinwheel Pizzazz
Wrap different-color wrapping paper around the center of the gift lengthwise. Secure with tape in back. Cut one 3 by 5-inch and two 2 by 3-inch squares from scrapbook paper. Fold the large one accordion-style in 1/2-inch increments. Do the same with the smaller squares at 1/4-inch increments. Fold the strip of paper in half. Tape the ends on one side to form a pinwheel, and then tape or glue the other side to secure. Glue to the package.

9. Connect the Dots
Have your child cut out or hole-punch circles from colorful scrapbook paper. Then have her glue the shapes to the package.

Gift tags
Don't have the time for fancy wrapping? Just download these free tag templates from eatdrinkchic.com to add whimsy to your gifts.

Holiday cards
Spread holiday cheer with these adorable graphic cards from Paper Culture. Personalize them or leave blank ($40 for 27 cards; paperculture.com).