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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Gallery Eight



Credit Card Wrap

[Extra Credit]

This wrap is a creative excursion. I wanted to see what I could do with all those fake cards that come in the mail. They are glued flat at first. Then I cut them and made an angular sculptural "bow" of cards. The outer edge of the gift is a tissue frame, with a red ribbon. The red bow is made by layering ribbon back and forth, adding a spot of glue on each pass.

Contrast: commercial trash/gift & ribbon. Red/green. Flat/dimensional.



Mummy Wrap

Irregular-Shape; No Box

I had a roll of crepe paper left over from a birthday party. I wound it around the gift until it was well covered. This makes for an amusing unwrap. I sealed both ends of the wrap with round stickers from my on-going collection of stickers

Contrast: Shiny/dull. crepe-wrinkles/bow textrues. Red/blue & green.



Collage

Three Piece Solution

This season I used a packet of Japanese paper, small squares of exqusitie paper. I wrapped the gift in white paper. I attached one square off center. I added a strip of black paper as an accent, then used one of the label flowers that came with the Japanese paper.

The design of the collage is assymetrical, repeating the rectangular forms of the box itself.

Contrast: pattern/blank white. Red, black/pastel colors.

Easy: The simplicity of the rectangular collage makes this a quick wrap.



Collage

Texture Contrast

One piece of Japanese paper. One piece of wrinkly, two-layered, irridescent mylar. A strip of black paper. All on a glossy, shopping-bag wrap.

The design of the collage is assymetrical, repeating the rectangular forms of the box itself.

Contrast: Four very different papers. Deep red/light colors.

Easy: The simplicity of the rectangular collage makes this a quick wrap.



Collage

3 Piece with Twig

This three piece collage uses one of the Japanese squares, a small scrap of wallpaper, and a twig, all attached to a scrap of Japanese wrapping paper (saved from a gift). I use twigs frequently as the "bow" of the wrap. The natural, sensual nature of the twig adds charm to the chord of materials.

Easy: This is small package, with few pieces.

Contrast: three different patters. Flat/dimensional. Angled collage/rectangular box.



Collage: Contrast Cap

2 Piece with Twig

The first piece of paper comes from a Japanese small-item shop bag. The second piece is an image of knitted yarn from a brochure. I used a twig as the "bow" of the wrap, detailing the initials in three colors of paint markers.

Easy: This is small package, with few pieces.

Contrast: two different patters. Flat/dimensional. Red/green.



Collage: Assymetry & Innovation

Wrap Mane

The wrap continues the theme of offset rectangles. A black rectangle is place off-center on a glossy shopping-bag wrap. The square label is place off-center on the black rectangle.

But before I placed the black rectangle, I attached four strips of pale blue ribbon at an angle to the box. They are the "bow".

Easy: This is small package, with few pieces.

Contrast: flat black/ shiny red. Traditional ribbon/non-traditional placement of ribbon.



Collage: Innovation

Different Materials; New Composition

I achieved a new look and feel with this wrap. It starts with a brown wrap. Then I attached black paper panels on the front and sides, leaving brown paper peeking through. This alone, pasting panels, is a new and useful wrapping tactic I will explore on later packages.

I decided to push it further by adding a veil of plastic sleeving. The first is yellow and forms the vertical band on the right. Then I added a second horizontal band in red.

The label, in bright red with gold paint marker, obeys the square composition in shape and placement

Contrast: flat/ textured.



Tissue Wrap

Beauty Grass Bow

The material that lines easter baskets is called "beauty grass." A pinch of this and a dot of hot glue makes an effective and unruly "bow" for this wrap.

Easy: The ease of tissue wrap; the speed of a beauty-grass bow.

Contrast: wrinkles/flat. Zebra stripe/flat label. Neat wrap/messy bow.

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