It's time to wrap your presents. Get ideas and gather your supplies! It's time to ramp it up and make those presents a little more special!
Here's how you can make a nice presentation to the gifts you have specially purchased for the people around you. Don't skimp on the thoughtfulness of the gift by throwing an unwrapped box in a plain gift bag. You can jazz up your gift tags and wrapping paper a bit from using your coloring instruments to adding a little more flair with needle and thread, or adding other store-bought embellishments. Experiment and have fun!
Wrapping Supplies: Large Glitter Bags (whose glitter effect does NOT come off - fabulous!), Kraft Paper Tags and Burlap Tags.
The best new paper glitter bags I've used in years - the glitter does NOT come off on your hands, or table, or carpet... Look at these Large Glitter Bags in four fabulous colors!
I will have both wrapped boxed presents, as well as, bagged presents. Now I'll focus on making decorated gift tags to use on all my presents. I used both the Burlap Tags (item #47564) and the Kraft Paper Tags (item #47563) and was very pleased in the versatility that both of these basic designs offered!
Embellished burlap and paper gift tags; use as ornaments, too!
I had so much fun making these tags. I let my creativity grow from simply coloring an ornament design from the Art of Coloring Festive (item #6945), to making tags that were embellished and dimensional that could be hung as ornaments, too!
Layer your tags, whether burlap or paper, to have both to/from names and a design.
Close-Up of layered effect using both Burlap and Kraft Paper Tags for a present.
Pairing my completed tags with the Large Glitter Bags.
Pairing Large Glitter Bags with just the right embellished gift tag.
Here's the most elaborate gift tag that I made. I used two Kraft Paper Tags to complete this ornament. I cut-out an oval shape in my first tag that would act as a window; my second tag was kept whole. The first tag would get a piece of hard plastic (cut from another package's blister pack) to cover its window. The second, whole tag would serve as the background; I glued craft super-mini glass marbles to it. I added my colored ornament on top of the marbles. I aligned the first tag with its window to the second and glued them both together.
Make a cut-out in one paper tag and layer over another with choice of embellishment.
The snowflake cross stitch gift tag was completed using a Burlap Tag; it was backed with another burlap tag.
A simple cross-stitch design on a Burlap Tag does well as the foundation for other dimensional tag effects.
Now it's time to wrap some boxed presents. HMM...how could I make the box itself a little more interesting. I went to Pinterest to get some ideas on how to decorate gifts using yarn -- other than using pom-poms. This image caught my eye immediately with its yarn woven decorated present. Did you know Leisure Arts carries Lion Brand® Yarn?
To decorate packages with yarn, I followed the directions as outlined in the above-mentioned pin and gathered two yarns from my stash.
Share your love of crafts by adding yarn as part of your gift wrapping.
Here I am beginning to weave the second yarn - in a different weight and color as suggested.
Starting to weave the second color in a different weight yarn. But wait; I think I'll make a change to two strands of medium weight yarn per row -- see the finished package!
I liked the variation that I made to the initial set of instructions. I just embellished the embellishment!
Simple brown paper is a complementary back-drop to the warmth of the yarn and use of a paper gift tag.
So I had half of my package of Kraft Paper Tags (30 tags / pack) unused. I wanted to find something additional to do with my remaining tags; I happened to fan mine out when it dawned on me. With simple additions of several pipe cleaners, I had a wreath. What a great idea to do for younger kids to decorate. What would you do with your extras? Make a deck of cards with two packages of paper tags? What about any extra Burlap Tags (12 tags / pack)?
Get creative with your tags! I made this wreath by adding pipe cleaners to the fanned paper tags.
I'd love to see your ideas come to life! Post some images of your packages and projects. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season -- keep it creative with less stress and more merry!