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Gift Wrapping: Bows and Tags


  • Tie in metallic rickrack, lace, tinsel or cords into a bow.
  • Wrap package with natural seagrass, twine or sisal for a 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 a bow
  • Tie up bundles of cinnamon sticks with twine and use as a bow
  • Glue peppermint candies or M & Ms around the bow
  • Capitalize on recipient’s hobby by tying golf tees, knitting needles, floss, measuring spoons, paintbrushes, etc into the bows
  • Tie a homemade ornament to the bow
  • For a kitchen gift use colored plastic scouring pads as the bow
  • For a sewing gift, use a pincushion as the bow and measuring tape as the 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 shoelaces 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
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  • 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 the name of the recipient on with fabric paint
  • From wrapping paper scraps cut out Christmas shapes. Punch a hole in the top and attach it to the 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 the name of the recipient on tail with a gold pen
  • Use a wooden spoon for the 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 a 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 the wrong side of the fabric. Turn the fabric over the edge of cardstock and fuse creating a frame.

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