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Holiday diy – gift wrapping

Don’t you just love putting those beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree? It’s one of our favourite parts of the holiday season. The fancy paper, bows and different shapes and sizes become its own kind of holiday décor. Whether wrapping gifts feels like a chore for you, or if it is one of your favourite holiday tasks, we have two gift wrapping ideas to help make the process fun and easy, without having to buy any additional items.


DIY gift tags:

One of the biggest questions each year, is what to do with all the beautiful Christmas cards you receive. Throwing them out feels wrong, but at the same time you’re probably thinking…am I ever going to look at these again? Well hopefully you kept some! If not, make sure you keep this year’s collection! This DIY is almost too easy…here’s what you need:

  • Old cards (or unused cards that you don’t want to send two years in a row!)
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • One-hole hand punch

Step one:

Cut the decorative front of the card apart from the message page. Check to make sure there isn’t any writing on the back side of the decorative page.

Step two:

Using a ruler & pen, mark a section of the card that would make a cute, decorative tag. Try not to cut off in the middle of faces, body parts, etc. Also, keep in mind that you may want to use multiple sections of the card!

Step three:

Cut out the section you want to use in a square or rectangle shape (or other shapes if you’re ambitious!). Using the hole punch, make a hole in a corner of the card so that you can tie the gift tag on to packages (or just tape them on if that suits your gift wrapping!)

Step four:

Write your message on the back of the tag or on the front if there is a clear area. Attach to your gift!


DIY gift bag:

We’ve all been there – you have a gift that is unusually shaped and you’re contemplating how you’re going to make the wrapping paper work. Sometimes there isn’t an extra shoe box or gift bag laying around to assist you. Sometimes your gift just isn’t going to fit into either of those options!

Well, problem solved. The DIY wrapping paper gift bag. You don’t need any supplies other than what you are already using to wrap your other gifts: wrapping paper, scissors, tape, ribbon. A one-hole punch would be handy if you have it though.

 

Step one:

Measure and cut your wrapping paper so that there is enough (and a bit of excess) to cover the item on all sides.

Step two:

Place your paper face down on your table.  Fold the right and left sides to the middle and tape them with a bit of an overlap of the paper.

Step three:

Fold the bottom of the wrapping paper up to create the bottom of the bag.

Step four:

Separate the two pieces of wrapping paper and flatten from the corners to the middle, making a diamond shape. This is kind of the same idea as when you are folding the paper for the ends of a box gift!

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Step five:

Fold the top and bottom corners of your diamond shape in toward the middle and tape in place with a bit of an overlap.

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Step six:

Open your bag.  Then fold the top of the bag over to the back side.  Punch two holes, centered in the middle. Cut a piece of ribbon – slide one end through each hole from the back side so that you can tie in a knot and bow on the front.

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You’re finished!

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