My brother has become renowned for his extravagent Christmas gift wrap, pulling out all the stops ….and the pound notes…. to outdo us all with the presentation of his (admittedly well -thought) gifts.
He’s purchased amazing gift boxes, gone rustic with brown paper and string coupled with extravagent gift tags that can be used for decorations in future years and purchased extortionately priced designer wrapping paper that is good enough to use as wallpaper.
He was quite put out when he saw the handmade gift wrap I made for my daughter’s birthday. I purchased the Harry Potter stamp set when it launched on Create & Craft TV and stamped various designs on stone coloured paper to create the perfect wrap for all of her Harry Potter themed gifts. It turns out that stamped gift wrap was my brother’s idea for this year. He couldn’t possibly do this now I’ve already done it. Bad luck bro!
I can’t wait to see what his alternative will be, but in the meantime I’ve upped my game to ensure my gifts take centre stage.
I must preclude the explanation for this gift wrap idea with a warning. It does take a long time to prepare as each gift needs wrapping twice. However it is worth the effort as they look very effective and it looks like you’ve gone to extra effort. Bonus points in the gift giving stakes as far as I’m concerned. You’ll need those bonus points when the gifts are opened – I am anticipating some ‘feedback’ for the mess that is made as the gifts are opened!
I’ve called this technique confetti gift wrap as each gift includes a sort of ‘confetti’ in between a layer if plain paper wrapping and a top layer of clear cellophane wrap.
The ‘confetti’ can be anything from sequins, buttons, die cuts, jingle bells, wooden shapes, toppers, stickers with the backing removed or ‘de-stuck’, even glitter if you’re willing to take the flack from the recipient when it covers their floor as they open it.
I have wrapped in both black and white papers and have used the Dovecraft Time to Sparkle papers, sequins and glitter buttons together with Simply Creative bells, wooden shapes and twine.
While making my teacher’s gifts – air dry clay decorations – I cut some smaller shapes for gift tags. I embellished with my Simply Creative gold metallic marker and they work great with the confetti wrap idea.
I added Simply Creative dimensional stickers and Dovecraft Time to Sparkle dimensional stickers on top of the cellophane as a finishing touch.
What do you reckon? Will I win the battle of the gift wrap with my brother this year? (Ooops. I hope he doesn’t read this post ahead of his wrapping. I may have given the game away!)