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Crafty Holiday Gift Wrap

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.

Start with a plain wrapped box. I like to use the property sales section of the paper since it is all words and no pictures.

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.

Another option would be to use those snowflakes directly on the newsprint and write the recipients name with marker.

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!

Don’t like or have newspaper? Try some plain tissue paper. I like to double wrap my gifts in tissue so that none of the print from the box shows through.
You can decorate simply by adding a piece of your favorite patterned paper like I did here with a strip of last year’s holiday paper from Cosmo Cricket.
Or you can create a cool paper snowflake for the top that will wow anyone on your list. First, you will need six pieces of white copy paper cut 2″ x 2″.

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:

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re taking a few days off to spend the holiday with our families… but while we’re gone, check out what our friends at Martha Stewart’s Craft Department are up to…

Thanksgiving Table Settings
Easy Thanksgiving Crafts
Holiday Wreaths (in particular this ribbon poinsetta wreath…wow! I know what I’m making this year!)

And leave us a comment letting us know what crafty things you’re thankful for!

Have a wonderful holiday; we’ll see you on Monday!

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CHA- Stamps, Dies & Punches: Christmas Lines

I scoured CHA, visited every booth, and found as many Christmas stamps, dies, punches, and embellishments as I could find. This post does not include embellishments that coordinate with paper lines… that’s another, equally long post!

You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Hero Arts

 

Our Craft Lounge

Inkadinkado (EK Success)

Spellbinders

EK Success

Petaloo

Jolee’s (EK Success)

Sticko (EK Success)

Maya Road

What are your must-haves for the holiday season?

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