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Gift Wrapping: Bows and Tags

Bows

*Tie in metallic rickrack, lace, tinsel or cords into bow

 

*Wrap package with natural sea grass, twine or sisal for rustic look

 

*Combine a variety of ribbons, threads and cords to make lush bows

 

*Tuck artificial holly or spruce sprigs into the bows

 

*Hot glue on tiny pine cones, walnuts, hazelnuts, moss or excelsior into the bows. Or use instead of a bow.

 

*Glue on mini-wooden cut-outs

 

*Tie dried orange or apple slices into bow

 

*Tie up bundles of cinnamon sticks with twine and use as bow

 

*Glue peppermint candies or M & Ms around the bow

 

*Capitalize on recipient’s hobby by tying golf tees, knitting needles, floss, measuring spoons, paint brushes, etc into the bows

 

*Tie a home made ornament to the bow

 

*For a kitchen gift use colored plastic scouring pads as bow

 

*For sewing gift use pincushion as bow and measuring tape as ribbon

 

*Make pieces of fabric into bows by pressing the fabric between pieces of wax paper with a hot iron

 

*Cut brown paper into strips and rubber stamp on a design. Using lots of double-sided tape, fashion it into a bow.

 

*Tie thick red yarn around a candy cane

 

*Use colorful shoe laces or licorice whips as bows on kid’s gifts

 

*Make 6 loops from lace. Mix in 6 loop bow made with 1/8″ satin ribbon.

 

*Use popcorn or cranberry strings as ribbon

 

Tags

*Attach a wooden ornament with ribbon. Write recipient’s name on with paint

 

*Cut tree or angel shape from fabric. Attach to bow with string. Write name of recipient on with fabric paint

 

*From wrapping paper scraps cut out Christmas shapes. Punch a hole in the top and attach to package with a cord.

 

*Make sachet sacks out of felt and fill with potpourri. Write recipient’s name on with fabric paint

 

*Tie wide bow on gift leaving a 4 to 5 inch tail. Write name of recipient on tail with gold pen

 

*Use wooden spoon for tag on a kitchen or food gift. Use a marker to write name on

 

*Use a paper doll on a little girl’s package

 

*Tie a cookie cutter on gift with ribbon. Mark with a paint pen

 

*Buy a “gift tag” rubber stamp. Use on brown paper or white shelving paper wrapped gifts

 

*Write directly on plain colored bags and paper

 

*Layer two different colors of cardstock. Accent with artificial greenery, buttons, etc.

 

*Make fabric fused tags. Cut out a piece of cardstock. Cut out fabric and fusible web 1/2″ bigger than cardstock. Fuse web to fabric. Place cardstock right side up on wrong side of fabric. Turn fabric over edge of cardstock and fuse creating a frame.

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