Friday, December 12, 2008

Craft Project: Creative Gift Wrap

I've been playing around with creative ways to wrap gifts lately. I find myself coming up with lots of ideas when I have 23 + gifts to wrap. That's right, I have 23 people on my list this year. Which brings me to a question, how many people do you have on your list? I'm guessing I'm on the high end but I really have no clue. Curious to hear your answers.

Directions below.

2 kinds of wrapping paper - any kind will do, I like to use the gold Hallmark brand paper
exacto knife
mizuhiki cord or ribbon (optional)

Start with a basic small box. You can use a large one too but I think a smaller box looks nicer with this design.

Glue wrapping paper to the top of the box. Make sure to cover most of the surface.

Cut out the correct size of wrapping paper for your box. Wrap it over the box to figure out where the wrapping paper will sit on top of the box. Run your fingers around the top of the box to make creases on the wrapping paper. Take the paper off the box and turn it upside down. Glue a piece of wrapping paper on the space where the creases are.

Flip the paper over from the last step. Cut an "X" with the exacto knife where the two wrapping papers are glued together.

Wrap the gift as normal. Pull back the paper where you cut the "X". I curled it around a paintbrush handle to make it curl (refer to picture). Now just place whatever you want in the center. You could place the recipient's name, bow, or picture in the empty space. Done.


Jeannette said...

Wow that is really creative! I love it!

mandapanda said...

Well I have 7 people on my list this year. It depends on what's happening. I've wrapped up 23 bags of cookies and I'll be giving them out at church today (Sat in Aus) but I'm not including those. I live away from family, but if I was visiting them, I'd buy a present for...let me count...16 people, plus the 7 affor mentioned. So that's 22. Plus if I see something that another friend (that I don't buy presents for) would love, I'll get it for them. So it really depends on circumstance! Sorry for such a big comment! :)

M.Kate said...

That was really creative. 23 gifts? I've got 12 and already having big headaches on what to buy!!

Threeundertwo said...

I think I have about 10 people on my list, but some of them are really hard to shop for.

I love this wrapping idea! I'm so boring with gifts. This is beautiful.

Thanks for joining in on Finished for Friday!

Elizabeth said...

That is gorgeous; I love it! If you wrapped the top separate from the bottom, it could be used over and over.
Stop by my blog, I'm having a giveaway for a children's Christmas book that ends Mon.

Christy said...

Wow, that is a lot of people on your list! I love the gift wrap idea. So far, and I hope I'm not forgetting anyone, I have 15 people on my Christmas list.

Izaberu said...

Woah...lucky (23) friends of yours :D Your gift wrapping idea is beautiful. I have yet to run through my list *blush*. said...

Wow, this is GORGEOUS! I love it. I'll be linking.

Kelli said...

This is so pretty. I loved the one a couple of weeks ago with the gorgeous ribbon knot on top. I'd hate to open either of them. Beautiful job, as always.

Ayie said...

I love this box, winner!!!

Drea said...
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Drea said...

That wrapping is beautiful!!

I didn't think about this before, but I had 30+ people on my list. I made most gifts, but some were thoughtfully purchased, like the 2 Tolkien books I got for my brother and SIL at the used book store.

A DROP OF SNOW said...

hey..thanks for posting up this idea

The_Blogoholic said...

Just found your site today, and loving it so far. This is cute, I love fun wrapping.

I had around 30 people on my list this year. It's actually smaller than it used to be, because the adults in my family do a name draw and single gift exchange (like a secret Santa, but not secret) so it's mostly the kids, and my immediate family.

liyana said...

wow!!its great!!i like it^_^

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