Updating and Reusing
1. Gift wrap.
Plain paper can be stamped or printed. It can also be left plain to allow twine, ribbon or other embellishments to visually pop. The comics from a newspaper can be used as a wrap. You can even embellish pre-purchased wrapping paper. Look at what you have to wrap gifts in. How can you change it to make it unique to you or your recipient?
NOTE: You can order pre-made gift wrap and other items with your design. This is not included in the badge program, but I wanted to make you aware of the option.
Start with containers like a previously used jewelry box or even a cleaned out frosting container. Recycle them by adding a little bit of decoration. A jewelry gift box will look different with the box top wrapped so it doesn’t match the bottom. Find a previously used container and recycle it.
3. Gift bags.
A plain gift bag (whether you purchase one or make your own) can be personalized with photos of the giver and / or receiver. Stickers or stamps can be used to decorate it as well. Take a plain gift bag and adjust it according to your own tastes.
Sometimes you just want to send a card. Don’t just buy one and write someone’s name on it. From specialty lettering to unique artwork, there are numerous ways to make an envelope pop with your own personality. Experiment with ways to improve the look of an envelope.
Use fabric to wrap around a gift and tie with string. Add a tag. Simple and you can personalize the fabric to your recipient. Try wrapping a gift with a piece of fabric, bandanna, handkerchief, etc.
Bows aren’t the only way to embellish a package. Tags, paper flowers, branches, twine, ribbons, photos . . . well, the list can go on and on. Try making your own embellishments for your gift.
7. Make your own.
I’ve wrapped gifts with duct tape, used personal hygiene boxes so it looks like that’s the gift, stuffed t-shirts into paper towel rolls and more. Make your own creative gift wrap / box from materials you have around your house.
Templates for Making Your Own
8. Pillow box.
Pillow boxes allow you to slide in a gift that might be odd shaped. Try making a pillow box.
9. Gift card holders.
Gift cards are popular. Not only can you find templates, but you can also find printables that have a design already on them. Explore the possibilities of different gift card holders you might use.
You might think boxes are a standard item. There are so many different sizes and configurations that you’ll need to keep a list. Of course, all boxes aren’t “boxy.” You can find boxes that look like birdhouses, pieces of pie and more. Explore templates for “boxes.”
11. Cards and envelopes.
It’s easy to find templates for cards and envelopes online. You can make your own by taking apart an envelope or card. Even make oddly-shaped matching cards and envelopes are not difficult once you’re used to making matching sets. Check out a few of these. Would you be interested in putting in the time to make a unique card and matching envelope?
NOTE: You can also go to the next step and provide unique cards and envelopes as a gift.
You can find all sorts of templates for tags. You can also outline your cookie cutters or use a punch. Explore templates for tags. If you can’t find one you like, explore other alternatives to tag making.
Sites to Explore
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