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.
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.
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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