Monday, June 22, 2009

Great Gift Wrapping Ideas

Try some of these interesting ideas when creating your perfect gift. Everyone likes something a little special and creative. And if you're the one who brought such a gift, even better!

=>Go Au Natural

Using recycled paper or newsprint can be very festive when using pinecones, cranberries or holly leaves instead of traditional decoration. Raffia can be used as the ribbon. The brown paper with natural accents will appeal to the most eco-conscious friends and family members.

=>Is It Mine?

To keep kids from picking up every box under the tree to see which one is theirs, have them dip a hand in paint and mark each of their own gifts with a hand-print once they're wrapped in plain brown paper.

=>Tissue Paper Solutions

Having trouble finding the right color for your wrapping paper? Using tissue paper allows you to get exactly the shade you want for the present. To make the color darker, add more layers of tissue. Create a mosaic affect by layering different colors at different angles to form geometric shapes.

=>Snowflakes and Sparkle

Light weight fleece or felt can be used to create snowflake-like designs on the outside of packages. It can also be used in gift bags with silver or white glitter for a little sparkle.

=>Oversized Gifts

For gifts in oversized packing boxes, don't wrap the whole box. Try these ideas instead:

**Decorate the outside of the box with strips of wrapping paper crossing each other around the edges. Then add bows and ribbons to make the box more festive.

**Use a red laundry bag with some white pillow stuffing at the top to simulate Santa's present sack.

**You can spray paint the box the gift comes in a festive color (remove the present first), and add a beautiful bow or ribbon.

=>ID Tags

Use pipe cleaners in holiday colors to create festive bows on top of presents. Shape them into reindeer antlers, stars or candy canes and attach to bows to mark gifts. Candy canes for Mom, stars for Grandma, etc.

=>Funnies

The comic pages from the daily paper can be used to wrap up gifts for the kids (or for the kids-at-heart!)

=>Two Presents at the Same Time

Use a pretty dishtowel (for a bottle of wine) and tie it up with great ribbon, or use a jump rope to tie up a child's toy. You are giving two presents at the same time.

Use the above ideas to jumpstart your creativity. There are so many unique ways to brand your wrapping style...go for it.

Copyright (c) 2009 Pat Brill

Pat Brill is co-owner of Women's Group Busy Bites - http://www.womensgroupbusybites.com - a blog all about women. You can reach her at pat@womens-group.net.

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