Reported by Simone Collins
It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and once you are finished with all your holiday purchases, it’s time to get wrapping. Gift wrapping can be such a creative outlet, so go ahead and put those crafty items to use and jazz up those boxes this year!
Sure, I like traditional wrapping paper just like the next guy, but newspaper can work too—and can cost nothing.
Next, simply add some bakers twine and some punched snowflakes. Here, I used the Martha Stewart Alpine and Himalayan snowflake craft punches, as well as her red and white bakers twine.
Or jazz up this idea with some of the Martha Stewart glitter glue. Here I added the garnet, onyx and carrara marble.
Look at all that sparkly glitter, with none of the mess!
Fold each piece on the diagonal.
Then you are going to use a ruler and mark one of the pieces like below, so that you will be making even cuts on each piece but not all the way through the top. Cut each piece using this first as a guide.
Next, open the pieces and begin gluing the centers together. I used Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive because, well, it’s quick. If you are using patterned paper or cardstock you will need stronger glue but for this light copy paper, I just held each in place for a few moments and they were set. The first piece with look something like this.
Then, flip it over and glue the next. You will alternate with each section.
When you are finished, your piece will look like this. Glue each of your six pieces—it may take a little time, this part took the longest at 15 minutes.
Finally, glue the petals together. I used a button in the center, adhered with my hot glue gun, to hold the whole thing together. You can tie it on your package, and the recipient can use it as an ornament next year. I know this may seem slightly tedious but the entire process took me about 30 minutes. And don’t the very special people in your life deserve a paper snowflake?
There are other really great crafty gift wrap ideas online. Here are just a few to inspire you:
- Martha Stewart Gift-Wrapping Ideas
- Danielle Thompson vintage gift wrapping
- Wrapping your gifts with yarn
- DIY gift wrap with Ready Made Magazine
- Handmade wrapping paper with Design Sponge
- Layered gift wrapping
- Stitched gift wrapping
- Gift bags from envelope and tape
- Vintage doilies and lace
- Use your punches in a 3D way
- Fabric gift wrap
- Scrapbook paper for wrapping
- Gift wrapping with knitting odds and ends
- Christmas paper pom poms
- Bunting and flower and felt, oh my!
Got a great gift wrapping idea of your own? Is there a tutorial on your blog you’d like to share? Using your crafty products in a cool way this holiday season? Share your ideas in the Comments Section—we would love to hear about it!