Gift wrap ideas

There are so many ways to cover gifts, buy reels and reels of wrapping paper soon adds up. You’ve gone to all that effort buying someone a gift so why not carry that effort over in to the wrapping? The extra step will surely touch the recipient.

Here is how we chose to wrap some of our gifts this Christmas;

Mini Tree Box

Get an assortment of beads

Put them onto a length of string

and glue them onto the box to look like garland

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Gingerbread Gift Box

Like the tree, this was purchased from Michael’s. Paint the both the inside and outside

Using ric rac or other skinny ribbon glue the trim to the box at the neck, arms and legs

Pain the top of the box with glue and pour over glitter

Tip off the excess and glue on some buttons of beads. You could also draw a face

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Santa Gift Box

I love craft boxes, they are so versatile. Paint it in any colours you fancy, this year my theme has developed into traditional red and white

it is Christmas after all, so I decided that some glitter was needed so added it around the bottom of the box

Cut out an image, I got this from D. Blümchen. They have great decoupage items and they are pre cut, so no tedious scissor work

I found these little sequins and glued some on for a finishing touch, they resemble snow flakes somewhat

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Personalised Photo Gift Wrap

Enlarge a photography on a photocopier. I copied this on a colour photocopier, prices start at 39 cents at staples

Wrap your gift

Paint glue onto certain areas, I chose the paint it over the white areas of this image. sprinkle with glitter

Tip off the excess

and there you have it, sparkly, personal gift wrap and no tag required. For added flair finish with a ribbon or bow

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Clothes Peg Tags

Paint a couple of wooden clothes pegs

Pine Cone Peg

Find a pine cone and along one side pull off some of the scales. You are trying to create a flatish surface for the peg to lay against.

Glue the pine cone to the peg and wait for it to dry.

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Jingle Bell Peg

A peg, some jingle bells, thread and a needle are all you need

I got a huge box off assorted sized jingle bells for $19.00 from Pottery Barn

Secure one bell at the end of your thread

Thread on another, in a different size

Thread more, until you have about four or five

Secure the thread around the top of the peg and tie off. To keep the bells close to the peg, pull some thread through the hole in the spring and wrap it over the string holding the bells, tie it in a knot.

All that’s left is to add it to a gift. Why not clip on a mini photo of the recipient

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GLITTER BOW BOX;

This bow could be used on any sized box and even on paper. If you’re putting this on paper, it is probably easier if you wrap the present first and then add the bow.

Grab your box, try getting some for free at a department store or I found mine at the dollar store. Three for a dollar.

Draw on a bow using pencil

Outline the bow so that none of the lines cross. You want there to be a white space between each section of bow so that it will be clearly visible when the glitter is on it.

Use any colour paint and glitter you like, I chose red as it makes a bold statement against the white of the box.

Working on one section at a time apply the paint quite thickly.

You want it all to still be wet when you tip on the glitter.

Sprinkle on liberally, I love seeing mounds of glitter

By leaving a white space you will have a clearly defined bow

Move onto the next section. Paint..

..Add the glitter and tip it off.

I find it easiest to work from left to right, that way there is less chance of me smudging the bow

In about 30 minutes and a cost of about $1.50, you have a sparkly. pretty gift box

Remember to continue down the sides of the box

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