How to wrap presents creatively,
using fragments of paper and
miscellaneous items from around your house

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All you need are pieces of paper, tape, glue sticks, hot glue or double sided tape, and these three ideas.

Absorb these 3 ideas

IDEA 1: BITS AND PIECES

You can use small fragments of paper.

You can use odd, non-wrapping materials, such as twigs, bottle caps or even colorful breakfast foods.

IDEA 2: TAKE IT EASY

Focus on the front of the package.

The back of the package is backstage; it's ok to let it be messy.

IDEA 3: CONTRAST

Contrast of color.

Contrast of light and dark.

Contrast of texture or material.

Contrast of line (angled paper on rectangular boxes).


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Ribbon Weave

Two-board "box"

I tried a new way of wrapping: place the object between two boards. The gift must be suited to this. It could be a small flat gift box. Or it could be a flat object. In this case it was a christmas ornament in wood, that had flt parallel surfaces.

The two boards do not have to be wood planks, as shown here. One could use pieces of framer's matt board, or some other beautiful material.

If you look at the black ribbons on the right, you will see that the hidden gift is wrapped around its edge in red ribbon. The ribbon is the same width as the gift itself, but one could simply use a tissue ribbon to solve any challenges there.

I placed the two boards on the gift. I taped the red and black ribbons onto the back board. Then I began winding and weaving the ribbons. When done, I taped the two ends onto the back board. I made a large label on the computer and double-taped it to the messy back side of the package.

Contrast: unexpected materials/ traditional ribbon.

Easy: This wrap was not easy, but only because of the hand-made wooden boards. But it was impressive in the hand. If you achieve the two boards in a simpler fashion (cardboard, slabs pf packing foam), this design is remarkably easy.

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