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Category Archives: Gift Wrapping Ideas

Save Those Bows!


If you’ve ever shipped gifts, traveled with presents, or tried saving bows, you are probably familiar with my plight—squished bows. Sure, if the ribbon has wired edges, you can certainly fluff it back to life. But what about non-wired ribbon or if you are shipping a gift with a bow? The answer: Tissue paper and air pockets. Find our more about my secrets for saving your bows after the jump.

DIY Gift Bags: Fun with Washi Tape


If you haven’t already heard about washi tape yet, hold onto your seat! This decorative Japanese drafting tape comes in a variety of colors and designs, it’s repositionable, and it’s great for embellishing. Washi tape can be used for a plethora of things: packaging, scrapbooking, decorating, or whatever else you can think of. This tape is pretty hot stuff in the crafting world right now; give it a try!

Today, I’m showing you a few different ideas on things to do with washi tape. All you need are some plain gift bags, washi tape, and scissors. If you want to crank things up a bit, then you can use a little bit of embroidery floss. There’s no wrong way to decorate a bag—make it as simple or elaborate as you want.

DIY Embellished Gift Tags

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Store-bought gift tags are fine, but handmade gift tags can really make a Christmas present feel special. You can easily make the gift tags in this post using your favorite paper—the great thing about paper crafting is that you can adapt these ideas and use whatever paper you want. Adhesive-backed cardstock is especially nice because you can just cut and paste, minus the messy glue part.

Fun Gift Tags That Won’t Ruin Your Gift Bags

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So you have some beautiful gift bags, and you don’t want to ruin the bag with a gift tag sticker. Oh, no, no, no. How could anyone reuse the bag if there’s a half-peeled sticker on it? *Gasp* The horror!

In all seriousness, there are times when a bag is special—be it the glitter, the metallic shine, or perhaps a special design. An ordinary To/From label just won’t do, so what do you do? I’ll show you how to make a couple different tags, but if you want to use store-bought sticker labels, I’ll show you how to not stick it on the bag.

DIY Gift Bags: Cute as a Button

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Want a unique way to embellish gift bags with a personal touch? Get crafty with these basic supplies: pompoms, buttons, and string! See below for instructions on how I made a tree and some snowflakes.

I generally use hot glue for everything, but the buttons and pompoms are pretty small, which means that my little elfy fingers are likely to get burned… So I ended up using Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue. It holds the buttons/pompoms in place, and I need not worry about the buttons moving around while the glue dries. The best part is that I don’t get burned! The glue dries clear and is easy to clean up.

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