Gift Wrapping Using Paper

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Gift Wrapping Using Paper

You can make plain paper into an attractive gift wrap with some paint, ribbon, or other accessories.

White Shelf Paper Gift Wrap

  • Use rubber stamps to make designs
  • Stencil on designs
  • Splatter or sponge with metallic paints
  • Place small gifts, e.g., ties and socks. belts, etc., in an empty paper towel tube. Wrap it with paper, then wrap a red ribbon around it to look like a peppermint stick.
  • Cut out Christmas messages from the type found in magazines. Glue to package.
  • Stamp on green stars. With a brush swirl on red acrylic paint. Splatter with gold paint.
  • Create an envelope for a small gift. Address as you would an envelope.
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Brown Paper Ideas

  • Use rubber stamps to stamp designs on the paper.
  • Lay paper doilies on the paper. Spray with white paint. Let dry and remove doilies. Wrap package. Top with a white bow and silver rickrack
  • Place gold star stickers all over the package. Top with gold bow and gold wire stars.
  • Tie the package with salsa and glue cinnamon sticks, greenery, and pine cones together for the bow
  • Dab squiggles of metallic paint on with a brush for a shimmering effect
  • Overwrap with golden tulle
  • Write the recipient’s address in the center of the gift. Your address in the left corner. Draw on Santa stamp.
  • Sponge or splatter on red, green, silver or gold paint

Tissue Paper Gift Wrap

  • Rubber stamp on designs
  • Stencil on designs
  • Splatter with paint
  • Bundle odd shape gifts with 2 or 3 layers of tissue paper. Tie the top with contrasting yarn.
  • Use tissue paper to fold around clothes in boxes and to line gift bags.
  • Cut tissue paper into 1/4 inch strips and use it as a toss to cover the top of gift bags.
  • Wrap the gift in tissue paper. Tie with a piece of lace and tie on a velveteen bow for a Victorian look.

Miscellaneous paper wraps

  • Use Christmas sheet music to wrap small gifts. You can antique by brewing tea and letting the tea cool. Dip a sponge into the tea, wring the sponge out and apply a thin wash to the sheet music. Let dry.
  • Wrap travel gifts in maps
  • Wrap datebooks, diaries, etc., in calendar pages.
  • Travel pages for travel clocks, road maps, atlas, etc.
  • Funnies for children’s gifts
  • Sports pages for sporting-related gifts
  • Black and white newsprint tied with a red ribbon is a very attractive gift

Cellophane and Shrink Wrap

Use cellophane for hard-to-wrap gifts e.g.
Baskets, buckets, pails, small wagons.
Food gifts
A plant
A fresh bouquet of flower

Tie a fluffy bow to the top and a sprig of holly, baby teething ring, golf tees, etc., that are appropriate to the gift.

Purchase shrink wrap from hardware stores to save money.

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