Wrapping paper is pretty awesome. It's pretty, it's artsy, and it's one way among others, to make the most impersonal offerings - gift cards and electronics to name a couple - seem meaningful.
When I am wrapping a large number of gifts, I usually end up with a pile of wrapping paper scraps. Instead of send those pretty pieces of paper to the recycle bin, I use them to create these little gift tube packages. They are super easy to make, so dust off your sewing machine and get ready to WOW everyone with this unique gift packaging idea.
1.Cut wrapping paper into a 7" x 6" panel. On the back of the paper (along one 6" edge), place a 5" piece of two-sided tape centred along the edge. Roll the panel into a tube shape and press the edges together.
Note: To keep your sewing machine running smoothly, do not apply tape to areas that you plan to add stitching.
2. Flatten one end of the tube and machine stitch about 1/4" along the edge. Optional: Trim the paper edge with decorative scissors.
3. Fill the tube with candy, a small toy, gift card or whatever you want to wrap. Turn the tube 90 degrees and close the top edge so that you create a triangular shape. Sew the top edge and cut with decorative scissors.
Go ahead and make these your own by adding finishing details with twine, ribbon, stickers, tags, paper bows and more.
This package would make a sweet escort card/favor at a holiday dinner party.
Packaging details: Tiffany blue solid everyday wrapping paper, baker's twine, clothespin that I stamped a name onto, gift card.
This package looks like something you would give as a secret Santa gift.
Packaging details: Red solid everyday wrapping paper, paper bow. You will be able to download the template for our holiday paper bows in the next Creative Living Magazine - due the end of this month.
Be a teacher's pet with this gift packaging inspiration.
Packaging details: Holly Jolly holiday gift wrapping paper, baker's twine, chalkboard tag with clothespin back.
I am going to make a bunch of these to use for a countdown to the holidays! Just add chalkboard stickers and number each package with a chalk marker.
These wrapping paper tube packages would be ideal for more than just the Christmas holidays ... I'm thinking Halloween, New Year's Eve, Easter, weddings!
Find more creative holiday packaging inspiration using wrapping paper on our online magazine. You'll find it here.