By Crafty Wrapper
When I was asked to write about my “Crafty Gift Wrapping Ways,” I must say my head got really, really big. I was super excited that someone thought it was worthwhile to write about. To me, a pretty package means much more than just what’s inside. No matter how big, small, expensive or inexpensive the gift is, a pretty package will certainly be noticed. It shows you cared enough to take the extra time to make it special from all the other gifts that will be received. Especially when all the other gifts show up in a gift bag with tissue paper hanging out of it.
Wrapping gifts is very simple and if you have all the proper supplies, it cost less than those gift bags anyway. The most important thing you will need to wrap a beautiful package is the box. A nice sturdy box that fits the size of the gift is important. “Where do I get a box from?” you might ask. Well, I myself have this little obsession about collecting boxes. Big boxes, little boxes, plain boxes, shipping boxes, it doesn’t matter. If I see a box lying around I’m going to ask for it. And with a little practice, you can even make your own box.
The next most important thing will be your paper. I buy wrapping paper when it is on clearance sale and keep handy by hanging on the wall in a closet. I also keep rolls of white and brown craft paper for those extra large packages. Look for paper that will have multi use for different occasions and for child or adult gifts.
Another option would be to use fabric. I once bought a set of sheets and pillows for a wedding gift. I use the flat sheet to wrap the pillows and made a bow out of the pillow case. No box or paper required.
Now that you have wrapped your gift, making sure that the ends are all neat and smooth, you can now embellish it. This will personalize the gift even more. I find adornments everywhere and put them in a storage bin next to my boxes and paper. Anything can be used to embellish your package. You can use toys from kids’ meals, dime store trinkets, even old jewelry. Anytime I go to a yard sale or thrift store, I look for these items because people are always getting rid of them. They practically give them away. I also use twine and ribbon instead of pre-made bows. I haven’t bought a bow in years.
When it comes to gift wrapping, use your imagination. You can give the gift without even wrapping it. A basket filled with useful household items makes a pretty and useful wedding gift. Roll towels and tie with ribbon, add the couples initial to a piece of paper and there you have it.
Super cute baby shower gifts can are especially fun to do. Usually some of the gifts you were going to give are small enough to use as the package embellishment. Pacifiers, booties or tub toys can be used to decorate your package. In the picture to the left, I used a pair of socks, stuffed them with tissue paper and taped them to the package. For a summer baby shower I used a pair of infant sunglasses and some summer toys to make it the cutest gift at the shower.
I think my favorite of all gifts that I have wrapped was an umbrella for a little 4 yr old girl. First of all it’s an umbrella, what little girl wouldn’t love twirling around with an umbrella. Second of all, it’s an umbrella. Have you ever tried to wrap an umbrella? Me either, until this day. Because it was for a child, I wanted it to be cute and fun to open. Not using a box this time, I wrapped the umbrella in craft paper. It looked awkward and ugly. After looking at it for a while, it came to me. I added yarn hair, barrettes for the eyes and paper lips. Voila, there “she” was. This gift was a big hit. The birthday girl could not wait to get her hands on it. She was thrilled and my grandbaby was so excited to give such a fun gift to his little friend.
Gift tags are not to be overlooked. I can’t tell you the last time I purchased a card or gift tag. With such a pretty package, you don’t want to add a store bought tag. You want one that matches your gift. I use my clip art program and make my own cards and tags to match my gift wrap and personalize each one.
I love Christmas. My favorite holiday for sure. I start wrapping gifts as soon as I buy them and lay them all over the house to display until I get my tree up. I especially love wrapping my grandkids gifts. They love it when they can find their gift simply by the wrapping. For my grandson named Nicholas, I drew a Santa face and glued cotton balls on his beard. I wrote on the package with a marker “Jolly Saint Nicholas”. For my 3 yr old grandson, I drew a Snowman on his gift. Because he couldn’t read his name yet, this was a way for him to find his gift under the tree when I told him “your present has the snowman on it”.
Just remember it’s the thought that counts. So if you take a little time to make the gift you give unique from all the other gifts, it will be mean so much more than a gift bag with tissue paper sticking out of it.
About the Author:
Crafty Wrapper is a self employed married mom of four grown children and grandma to two boys. She is also a self proclaimed High Class Redneck. She loves shopping yard sales and thrift stores looking for hidden treasures, and then turning them into something unique. She loves wrapping gifts, decorating for weddings, and hosting parties, all on a Redneck budget. Christmas is her favorite Holiday. If you go to her house, don’t be surprised to find four or five Christmas Trees in her home.