Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gift Wrapping Ideas-Another Redux

Paper and tape and ribbons....oh my!
It is time to get ready to WRAP!


May and June are filled with events and activities that often involve gift giving!
Graduations, Weddings, Mother's Day, Father's Day, End of School...the list goes on and on!

If you are like me....
  • you probably aren't always good about planning ahead!
  • you probably want your gifts wrapped to look Amazing!
This is essentially a repost of some tricks and tips that help my gifts look like I planned ahead!
Re-reading these posts made me realize how timely these tips are.
I also realized I better get going and follow some of my own advice and get wrapping!

Look at some of great looking gift packages.

NOT WRAPPED BY ME!




Great huh?  The reality is that if you are like me, you probably buy the gift you need on the way home from work or errands and need it wrapped and ready to go immediately.
  • I really love to wrap gifts.
  • I am really pretty good at it and I think my gifts usually look pretty nice.
  • I could probably copy the gift wrapping on the packages in the photos if I wanted to.
If I did, the wrapping would cost almost as much as the gift! 
That just isn't Sweetwater Style!

The real issue for me is that my friends and family always seem to have special events when I am the busiest....not very thoughtful of them...but hey it is their party!



To solve this dilemma, I have a secret!


I keep at least 5 gift wrapped boxes ready to go on a closet shelf.
The only thing missing is the gift!
How does this work?
It is really pretty simple.

Notice that top and bottom of the boxes are wrapped separately.  Take the top off---put the gift in---go to the party!

Pretty Sneaky!  Don't tell, but sometimes I put a couple of the boxes in the car.....shop ON THE WAY TO THE PARTY...finish the wrapping in the car!








You just need to carve out a free hour some day and get out some plain boxes (I know you have a stash of boxes you are saving).
Get your pretty papers, ribbons, tape and scissors and start wrapping.



























The technique for wrapping the top of a box isn't much different than wrapping the whole box.
  • Measure the paper and fold the edges up over the box.
  • Miter the corners in.
  • Tape the paper edge inside the box....no one will ever look to see how neat you are....so you don't need to be to fussy!
  • If I use an all white box, I sometimes don't even wrap the bottom.



Here is the REAL SECRET!
Don't stop when you have wrapped the packages!

  • Put tissue paper in the box



  • Add a generic note card and envelope



  • Add a piece of ribbon big enough to go around the box



  • Make a bow and tuck it in the box




  • Put the cover back on and the next time you need a present in a hurry.....



  • Instant Gift Wrap!















Some of my sources for inexpensive gift wrapping supplies

For Paper
 Check the aisles at Good Will
Garage Sales
End of season sales at Target and other stores 
(buy solid colors and no one knows it is holiday paper)
White Freezer or butcher paper
Brown paper for mailing
I buy wrapping paper when the neighbor kids are fund raising (not cheap but a good cause)






I found these rolls at TJ MAXX this week...I guess I am into polka dots right now!










 For Ribbon
The bins at Michael's(this is the link to this week's coupon,  
Harris Fabric Outlet (in the Mpls area) had ribbon bolts for ridiculous prices
CostCo always has wired ribbon during holiday seasons (50 yards for $7)
Sateen ribbon is often on the shelf at Good Will or other thrift shops








Here is another fun little gift package idea....a little gift bag made from a single sheet of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper!

With a few simple folds and  some embellishments you will have a inexpensive, handmade alternative to a purchased gift bag.
Read on to see how it is done.....
 I once received  a gift card and handwritten note in a little folded bag like this.
The note was special...the gift card appreciated......BUT it was the BAG that intrigued me!

In true Sweetwater Style....I immediately took the bag apart to see how it was made.
Soooo Simple.





You will need:
12 x 12 scrapbook paper
Zots or Rubber Cement
Ruler
Paper Punch
Ribbon
Other fun embellishments













I would have made you a downloadable template, but because you need the paper to be 12 x 12, I thought this diagram was actually more helpful.
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Start with the 3 parallel folds in the center.
Fold them back and forth a couple of times to make it easier.
These folds make the bottom of the bag.
Then you fold in the sides.
This shows you the inside of the bag before you fold it up.

Check to make sure that it is the way that you want it...and that all the folds are scored well.

Glue the side folds down.
I used the little Zots, but any glue would work.
I like the Zots because they work immediately...no waiting for glue to dry.
Add a couple of spot of adhesive in between the two pockets.

Use the paper punch to make holes on both pockets for your ribbon to go through.
You decide where you want the ribbon....I have done a single or a double and both look nice.








I added a little folded gift tag on the outside of this bag.
No need for a card.


There are endless possibilities for embellishing these little bags.








What a great way to use up some of your paper and ribbon stash!


I would love to hear what YOU would put in your little bag!
How about:
  • A package of seeds and some garden gloves.....
  • Some homemade cookies or biscotti and some tea bags....
  • A couple of candy bars and a toothbrush (LOL)...
  • A CD and some earbuds...
  • Some PostIts and some markers.....





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14 comments:

No(dot dot)el said...

Oh I can tell I am gonna love this blog. Happy to be your newest member. Love the Hydrangea flowers at the top.

Michelle said...

I love the box idea, I really need to start putting more effort into my wrapping. I love getting beautifully wrapped gifts. I'm a new follower from the blog hop :) x

Chase the Star said...

I just had to wrap a gift today and scrambled to put one together last minute...this tutorial will save me next time!!

I'm a new follower! Please stop by my place and follow back if you can! Thanks!

Barbara @ Chase the Star
http://chase-thestar.blogspot.com/

Rachel (Lines Across) said...

Cute! I love the pre-wrapped box idea. The little gift bags are very cute too. I love how there are two separate compartments. Thanks for stopping by Lines Across. I'm your newest follower. (Stop back by on Monday for my crafty link party)
Rachel

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Really great ideas and love the idea of keeping some wrapped boxes on hand. Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

Katherines Corner said...

wonderful! Hugs and thank you for joining in the hop fun. xo

Laura @ cookiecrumbsandsawdust.blogspot said...

Mary,

Great time saving tips! There always seem to be a last minute birthday party or shower to go to, and having some prewrapped boxes on handy is super handy. Plus, for some reason, it's more fun to open a box that has both top and bottom wrapped individually!

I'm visiting from the Making the World Cuter linky party. I would love if you stoppped by my blog.

Thanks for sharing,
Laura

Gina said...

Love the bag tutorial! I also just wrote a post about wrapping with dish towels so they are reusable (http://www.mychocolatepeaces.com/2012/04/25/a-little-rr-usable-wrapping-paper/). Visiting from the blog hop, Monday Mingle. Thanks!

creativejewishmom/sara said...

thanks so much for sharing all the great tips on Craft Schooling Sunday!

Michelle said...

What a great tip! I am always wrapping at the last minute!!! Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower!
I hope you have a great week!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.com

shehbaz michael said...

yes I want my gifts wrapped to look Amazing so do you got some ideas for gifts?

Hank hendricks said...

I love getting wrapping gifts...i do same with Gift Card envelopes when i put gift card into it.

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