Be it birthdays, Christmas, anniversary gifts, baby showers, we do a lot of present wrapping throughout the year. How a present is wrapped creates anticipation for the receiver to see the gift inside.
As crafters, we have the creativity to up that anticipation even more through our beautiful love for design and creativity. You know what I am saying is true.
You probably found yourself here because you saw a pin on Pinterest (which you have spent hours looking for inspiration) or a photo on social media that inspired you to look deeper and find new exciting ways for wrapping presents.
So let me tell you how I came to write this post. It was Christmas and all the presents were bought and I sat down with my husband with wrapping paper in hand. We were having a “wrapping party” and like to do this every year.
This year I had a lot on my mind and was thinking about how I was going to getting my craft room organized in the new year. I had so many craft supplies.
I wrapped each gift with care and as I went to top it with a store-bought bow, I had an idea. Why was I using a plain shiny tacky 25 cent bow when I had a whole room and a lot of creativity at hand?
So together my husband and I raided my craft room and started having a real wrapping party. I wanted to share with you the presents we designed and a brief description of how we did each one.
You can wrap your presents in the same way as us or you can get creative and find your own creative ways to make the presents special.
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Let’s get Present Wrapping
Present Wrapping Materials
Beyond the basic tape, wrapping paper, and scissors, we also used a glue gun, yarn, buttons, pom pom makers, and a permanent marker. But feel free to use what ever you have on hand.
Pom Pom Topped
Who needs a bow when you can make pom poms? I am a crocheter and like most crocheters and knitters I have an excess amount of yarn. Making pom poms can take up a good amount of yarn and help clear out my stock.
Plus every time I top a present with a Pom Pom or 3, the receiver surprisingly saves the pom poms for their wrapping later!
Here is a present that I topped with a Pom Pom.
To give this present a little more pizazz, I used a brightly colors yarn in place of a ribbon. Below you can see how I wrapped the yarn around the present several times and in two directions.
Then I took a needle and a piece of yarn and just tied the section where the yarn crossed. This cinched in the yarn to make it look more like a ribbon that had been tied.
Yarny Christmas Tree
I saw a similar example of this on Pinterest, where someone used yarn and tied it to make a Christmas tree, but why stop there.
Just wrap yarn or twine around the box several times from top to bottom. Secure the yarn in the back of the box. Then use a small piece of yarn to gather the top of the yarn to make the yarn fan out at the bottom making a triangle or pine tree shape.
Don’t leave your tree plain, (though it is already cute), grab a glue gun and some craft supplies
and get to decorating. I used buttons, but you could use mini pom poms, ribbons or any craft supplies to decorate the tree.
NOTE: Please store this present away from small children who would be interested in plucking off the buttons. (I know my 5 year old would do this and then his baby sister would find the buttons.) So store this present in a safe spot away from small children.
Tassels Make Everything Better
A little yarn, a tassel or two and a pretty tag is all you need to make a gift special. Use a hole punch to punch holes in the side of the tag and a little yarn or ribbon to secure the tag to the box.
Attach the tail of a tassel under the tag and you are good to go. It does not take very much time to add an extra personal touch to a present.
For this one you will need yarn, a glue gun, and a marker. That is it. Use your glue gun and yarn and slowly start glue your yarn in a spiral until you have a ornament shape the size you are looking for. Then glue a little yarn bow to the top.
I did two large ornaments, but this would also look nice with four ornaments. This would look great with more ornaments on a long rectangle box!
Please be careful with the glue gun. We do not want any burnt fingers. Also you do not have to put a continuous bead of glue under the yarn. I just tacked the yarn on every inch or so.
Use the marker to draw a string and a little rectangle as the ornament top and you are done. This present is very minimalist but very creative.
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Pom Pom Balloons
Nothing says fun like pom poms, or balloons, or Balloons made from pom poms.
Both our kids are born in December, so there is a lot of present wrapping. This idea is great for Birthday presents. You can make as many balloon pom poms as you want. Bunch them all together and make if look like the ends are tied.
Just make yourself a pom pom. I like to use this pom pom maker, but there are many easy ways to make pom poms without it. But if you make Pom Poms often I recommend getting the pom pom makers.
Use a little hot glue to secure your pom pom in place and a marker to dray the string for your ‘balloons’. Now you are ready for a Birthday party, or baby shower.
Lots of Hearts
You can use hearts or you can draw whatever simple image you want onto your present with a marker. I used a heart because it was easy and I was thinking about Valentines day. Using a crochet hook and a bulky piece of yarn I crocheted a long chain.
Then using hot glue I attached the chain to the present alone the marker line that I made. I added a few extra hearts with the marker. For this one I skipped a tag and just wrote the To: and From: directly on the present.
More Ideas Using a Little Yarn
Using the same technique as above I decorate my last gift with some winter motifs. I used a marker to draw out some guidelines and then my yarn and hot glue gun to color in the details.
For the stars I only marked the points of each star using a small template I made from scrap paper.
For the tree I just marked the points where I would zig zag back and forth.
I used the marker to fill in the extra details for the snowman. I did not have anything orange for his nose, but a small piece of pipe cleaner or a few beads would work nicely. Use what you have!
That is how I decorated my gifts for the season. I would love to hear how you decorated yours! Tell me all about it in the comments below.
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