A simple gift can be made so much more special with a bit of presentation. So instead of reaching for a standard gift bag, try some of these quick, easy and very pretty wrapping ideas — the thoughtfulness will surely be appreciated.
1. Cupcake liner flower topper
Use left over cupcake liners to create little florettes by stacking several liners together and using a pipe cleaner to fasten them together. Get a step by step tutorial here. If you only have white cupcake liners at home, you can easily add a punch of colour to them with a bit of food colouring. Just dip the cupcake liners into a bowl with the food colouring and water and let them dry before you use them.
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2. Washi tape
Use various coloured or patterned tapes to create striped patterns on either a basic white box or over plain wrapping or kraft paper. It only takes a few minutes and adds a bit of pizazz and colour to your gift wrap.
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3. Polka dot wrap
I love the cheerful polka dot effect of using basic stickers on kraf paper. You can personalize this effect by picking the recipient’s favourite colour or perhaps the theme colour of the event if there is one. Visit your local office or art supply store for stickers.
4. Letter magnets
Make a kid feel extra special with their own personalized gift wrap. All you need are letter magnets and double-sided tape to spell their name on to a plain box or paper wrapping. Bonus: the letter magnets double as a second gift to enjoy on their refrigerator later.
5. Write it out
This super easy-to-do gift wrap will add the sweetest touch to your present. To create this beautiful effect, all you need is plain white or kraft paper and liquid pen or fineliner. I suggest using metallic ink, bright colours or white ink. Then write out a lovely saying or a special message to the recipient. Tip: Practise handwriting a few times before you take pen to wrapping paper.
6. Toothpick flag
This playful piece adds a bit of charm to a simple gift wrap. You can make the flag using starched fabric (click here for instructions) or take a bit of washi tape, fold over and use scissors to snip ends. Tip: these cute flags make great toppers for cakes and party food too.