Fun craft projects
9. Holiday Gift Wrapping
Gifts can be store bought or home-made. Some have sentimental
value shared by the giver to the recipient, while others mirror a
person's interests, likes and preferences. A package that is
thoughtfully wrapped and presented or placed under a tree will
share delight even before it is opened.
Boxes come in all shapes and sizes. Many can now be purchased in a rainbow of colors. If you
purchase or have a solid color box, cut out patterns such as snowmen, snowflakes, or other designs
and line the box with tissue paper that is in contrast to the color of the box. This way the cut-outs will
be shown with the hint of the tissue paper just behind. Use an X-Acto knife for best results -
available at any hardware or craft store. Also remember that if you can't find tissue paper in the
exact color you are searching for, layering the paper will increase the depth and magnitude of the
shade that you are trying to achieve. Too dark – remove a tissue or two; too light - add more.
To add a special touch to your package or gift tags, choose a design that has features you can
outline with a glitter pen. Then the sparkle and shine will add so much to the gift.
Raffia has been a staple accent for packages in the last few years. Cut 6" pieces and bundle in the
middle with a twist tie. Make several of these bundles for a more pronounced showing; fluff out; and
attach to the package with a glue gun. You can attach a small felt ornament to one of the strands or
a jingle bell.
Wallpaper also makes a nice gift-wrapping material if you can find some really interesting designs.
Using those metallic star stickers that we are all familiar with and a plain index card, create a
Christmas tree, wreath, or star and use as an attractive gift tag.
Creating your own gift-wrap from plain white paper and embellishing with designs can be an
afternoon of fun for the whole family. Use light-weight felt or fleece and tie with yarn - add cut out
snowflakes or other designs.
A light-weight towel (bath or kitchen) adds a special second gift.
Christmas material can also be purchased by the yard to use as wrapping paper.
Drapery tassels can be used to "tie" up a gift and give it a "Victorian" feel.
Paper doilies over solid color gift wrap gives a package a "delicate" feel.