How to wrap a giftIngredients:
- wrapping paper
- tape (or glue if you want to look extra fancy)
Step 1: Measure your gift wrapThis is actually pretty simple once you get it, but bear with me through the explanation. If my explanation doesn’t float your boat, you can try another version here (but there are fewer pictures). Take your gift box or gift item, and put it in one corner of your wrapping paper. Roll it along the bottom edge of the gift wrap, until you’ve rolled every side (e.g. if it’s a box, roll all four sides along.) Add about a centimeter, and draw a line—this is where your first cut will be. Pick up the box and put it face-up where you stopped, so the edge is at the line you drew. Roll it ONCE up the other direction of the paper. So only two of the sides have been rolled (or if it’s not a box, HALF of the gift).Add about a centimeter, draw a line—and this is your second cut. That’s it. Cut the paper along the lines. It should be perfect.
Step 2: Fold & tapePut your gift upside-down in the center of your paper. Take the longest sides and bring them together, so one overlaps the other. Make sure they meet in the middle of one of the sides. Tape here. If you’re fancy, dab a bit of glue under the top piece and hold it to the bottom piece until it dries. This way you’ll have no ugly tape. Now we do the sides—the trickiest part of wrapping a gift. With the pieces that stick out over the end of your gift, you want to fold in the sides. IMPORTANT: Make sure you don’t push the box down through the paper—you need the same amount of space on the other side. You should start with the side that has the overlapping pieces. Fold it flush onto the box. The best way to make them stay put is to crease up the edges of the adjacent sides once you have folded the first one down. Next, fold down the two adjacent sides, and the final side down on top. Tape or glue it down, and do the same on the opposite side. I did one side tape and one with glue so you can see how it can make a difference to the look. Congrats—the hard part of wrapping a gift is done!
Step 3: RibbonTo cut the ribbon to the right length—it should be the circumference of the box one way + the circumference the other way, plus 4-6 inches for the bow part (bigger if your box is quite big). So if you put your box at the end of the ribbon, and roll it along it until all four sides have touched—then turn the box the other way and roll it the other way, then add 4-6 inches. OR you can always just cut it super long and then trim at the end. Find the middle of your ribbon. Put the box onto your ribbon in the center, with the overlap-side (the bottom) facing up. Pull the ribbon up the sides of the box (doesn’t matter which sides), until they meet at the top. Twist them around each other. Flip the box over. Pull the ribbon up the other two sides until they meet at the top of your box. Tie a bow—like you’d tie your shoelaces.
Step 4 (Optional): Embellish!I like to add a little twig, or leaf, or something to make it a little extra fancy. I got these berries from outside—they are plentiful in winter, which sorta makes this also a tutorial for how to wrap a christmas gift. Check out some of my other posts on embellishments: Recycled Gift Wrap DIY and Natural Gift Wrapping DIY . …and that’s it! I hope this helped with your christmas gift wrapping, or gift wrapping for any occasion!
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DIY Halloween Candy Bags….plus other Halloween-themed gift wrapping!
These super simple and fun googly-eyed paper ghost candy bags by Craft-o-Maniac:
These cute little owl candy bags you can make with a free printable from Paper Crave:
This fantastic witches broom candy bag free printable from LollyJane:Lastly, here are a few Halloween Gift Wrap ideas—they take a bit more time so might not be as good for handing out as DIY Halloween candy bags, but if you have only a few kids you’re giving a special gift to for Halloween, they’d be just the ticket!
This adorable “What’s in there” box from Growing Spaces:
This gothic Black & White Gift Wrap style from Nordic Bliss appears to be made for Christmas, but I think with very few tweaks (say a spider on the white ones, a little pumpkin or dead leaf on the black ones) they could make great Halloween gift boxes!
I’ll be working on some of my own styles this weekend that are a bit more generally Autumn-themed, so stay tuned…
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I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in my life I became nutty about cute gift wrapping. Combine that with an eternal love of crafting, upcycling, and generally being thrifty….and you have the perfect storm.
Part of my job here at Fair Ivy is to ensure that the gifts sent to our monthly surprise subscribers are wrapped in a cute and unique way. We know that a good chunk of the experience of getting a monthly surprise package is the actual unwrapping event—so the gift wrap is definitely an important part! However, a lot of our new favorite artists are facing gift wrapping handmade products for the first time, and it can seem like a daunting task.
But over the years, the great thing I’ve realized about gift wrapping is that the more mis-mashed, recycled, and made-up it is, the cuter and more personal it looks. Take the image below for example:
To make this, I started with the inside of a brown paper grocery bag. I found a piece of random scrap fabric and cut a strip, and used 5 pieces of blue/green string to go on top of it. I made the little white dots with paint, and plucked a small leaf from a plant outside. The tag I just cut out of a scrap of paper I rescued from my recycling bin.
I spent nothing on the wrapping whatsoever, yet it looks a lot more adorable than your generic wrapping paper job. It also feels a lot more like it contains some kind of quirky artisan bath product or handmade jewelry—in other words, it looks thoughtful. It took about 10 minutes, but most of that time was waiting for the white paint to dry.
Wouldn’t you squeal with delight if you received that as a gift from a friend? They probably would think it was wrapped by a fancy store, rather than recycled gift wrap from your own home!
Recycled Gift Wrap – A super straightforward DIY
So, using recycled gift wrap is a great way to gift wrap handmade products if you have a store (like on Etsy), or if you just want your personal gift to have an extra thoughtful vibe. There are a thousand ways to do something like this, but I’m going to do the absolute simplest version I can come up with—in the hopefully unlikely scenario that you are at home and literally have no crafting materials like ribbon or paint or even gardeners twine. In my opinion, it isn’t the absolute cutest way you could wrap something—but it takes a very bare-bones approach if you have no materials.
This style is best suited for a smaller gift, like jewelry.
- Brown paper (e.g. grocery bag)
- White paper strip
- Some sort of a piece of a plant—flowers, leaves, dead twigs
- Tape or glue
With your pen, create all kinds of linear floopity patterns (that’s a Lucy-ism) on the brown paper. You can really do anything, but if you know of something in particular that your gift recipient likes, include a line of some of those—like cats, for example. I included a line in cursive that says “Happy Birthday Sarah!”, since this gift is going to Sarah for her birthday.
This took a few minutes. Wrap it on up using tape or glue. I like the pattern to go diagonally across the box, but if you’re more of the straight-laced-variety, you can align it.
Add a white strip of paper around the thinner part of the box, and then a smaller strip of the same brown paper on top of that. Slip your plant piece underneath—and you’re done!
I hope you give it a shot—if so, tag a picture on Instagram or Twitter (@fairivy #HandmadeGiftWrap). You could probably even create this from random papers sitting in your car, if you’re seriously having a last-minute panic—I may give that a shot next and see what happens!
Anywho, wrap on!
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….It’s time for an inexpensive holiday gift wrap post! As you all know, cute gift packaging is one of my top favorite things. Combine that with some creative gift wrapping, PLUS something that is eco-friendly AND inexpensive (free actually), and I’m yours. This blog post is going to teach you one way to create some inexpensive holiday gift wrap using ONLY things you already have around the house, and resulting in an adorable pillow box for wrapping little unique jewelry gifts. Zero cost, and about 1 minute of effort.
DIY Inexpensive Holiday Gift WrapMaterials:
- Toilet paper roll
- Twig of a Christmas tree
- Raffia, twine, ribbon or yarn
- Newspaper or magazine page
Toilet Paper Roll Pillow Box DIY:Fold one end of the toilet paper roll down towards the center. Each flap should go a little past the middle of the roll, so that when you fold down the second side, there is no gap between them. Do this to both sides, so that you have essentially a pillow box. Well, that was easy! Next we want to spruce it up a bit with some embellishments! Take a piece of newspaper or magazine paper and cut a thin strip, about 1″. Then roll it around the toilet paper pillow box and tape the end (on the underside). Grab some sort of ribbon material. I really like the organic gift wrap style, so I suggest natural-colored raffia (pictured below), garden twine, or a natural-colored yarn. If you want to be really organic and fancy, you can go outside and find some New Zealand flax (it’s everywhere), cut a leaf and let it dry for a couple days. Tear it into strips and you’ve essentially got some free raffia. Find some sort of leaf to embellish the top with. Since it’s the holiday season, we found a perfectly good Christmas tree right in our living room. We cut off a tip and used the Christmas tree spring! Other recommendations are rosemary, dried berries (see this post for ideas), or even some dried twigs or dried (dead) leaves. Voila: Your super fancy, organic toilet paper roll pillow box! We love using this type of DIY inexpensive holiday gift wrap for all our smaller holiday presents (like unique jewelry gifts). The organic vibe also goes along really well with the types of gift wrapping we feature in our monthly surprise gift boxes from Fair Ivy (click here to check out our subscription options!).
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This past Saturday, I was invited to do a presentation at Whole Foods Santa Monica on upcycled organic gift wrapping. Along with Megan (the Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader…and blogger of The Dinner Party Association), we hosted Whole Foods’ first Crafternoon crafting event!
Mason Jar Terrariums with Megan:Megan did a wonderful presentation on how to make really creative & fun gifts using mason jars, a bit of soil and moss, and a succulent of your choice. Then we got to decorate the mason jars with adorable little ribbons and holiday-themed embellishments. The result was a fantastic mason jar terrarium that would make the perfect holiday gift!
It was an absolutely fantastic presentation, and I really enjoyed learning a new crafting skill!
Upcycled Organic Gift Wrapping with Lucy:Next was my turn! Whole Foods just asked that I do some sort of creative gift wrapping presentation, and left the details and theme up to me. I settled on an upcycled materials theme that focussed on an organic gift wrapping style. In case I haven’t made it obvious already, this is my utmost favorite style, and also the one I often encourage Fair Ivy‘s monthly featured surprise artists to use!
We started with Whole Foods brown bags, to upcycle into wrapping paper. We simply cut them open and used the backside, which made for perfect kraft paper that kept with the whole organic gift wrapping vibe.
I put together little boxes full of natural embellishments—leaves, twigs, flowers, berries, and other non-wilting plants that were perfect for embellishments on organic gift wrapping packages. Each Crafternoon participant got their own little box of organic goodies, and were allowed to be as imaginative as they wanted.
Above are a few of the sample packages I created, all using organic embellishments that I simply found in the garden or outside my house. The idea was to focus on natural items that don’t need water to remain beautiful—so low-water-needing plants (like succulents, ficus trees, rosemary, Christmas trees), dried plants (like twigs, dead leaves, dried berries) and even little pebbles. For ribbon we used twine, natural-colored yarn, or raffia (made from the raffia palm—how much more natural can you get?).
I brought a little bottle of white paint as well, which participants used to spice-up some of their kraft paper, with little dabs of their finger.
And look at how perfect the holiday paper bags from Whole Foods are for wrapping paper if you use the outside! They even have snowflakes! These dried red berries were also a perfect holiday wrapping paper touch.
Thanks to those of you who joined us, and we hope to see many more of you at the next event. Oh, and….