Tag Archives: Giftwrapping

Giftwrapping: Handpainted Manila Paper with Bookmark and Buttons

I wrapped this gift in haste so except for the handpainted wrapper, this was really very easy and quick to do.

Wrapper: Since I do not have a plain green wrapper big enough to cover my big box, I painted a sheet of Manila paper and sprinkled some green glitter glue over it.

Gift Tag: A Hallmark bookmark that I tied to the gift using an elastic gold thread. This was the tricky part since it took me maybe eight (8) times to tie, untie and re-tie the ribbon before I got satisfied with its look. I even had to knot it twice to keep it from slipping.

Accent: Buttons in various shapes and in pink, green and yellow color scheme to compliment the bookmark.


Giftwrapping: Manila Paper Wrapper with a Handmade Gift Tag of Quilled Yellow Flowers


Wrapper:  Plain Manila Paper.  

Gift Tag: Everything about this is recycled. The gift tag is from a scrap of a Hallmark Scrapbooking Accessory label while the abaca rope was from the product label of a pair of Lee jeans.

Main Accent: Quilled yellow flower. I simply rolled a strip of golden-yellow quilling paper around the tip of a marker, slid them off then pinched both ends. I then folded a strip of shredded light yellow paper into four parts then glued them to one end. I made six of these to make 2 flowers with 3 petals each.

Here’s a close-up:


Giftwrapping: Recycled Plastic Bags and Lay’s Potato Chips Packaging as Wrappers

Now that I’m not so busy with Christmas preparations, attending Christmas parties and anything Yuletide-season related, I will share how I wrapped my Christmas gifts for friends and colleagues.

I have long stopped buying giftwrappers (unless I use them as sheets or cut-outs for scrapbooking or cardmaking) and prefer recycling whatever’s at hand.  And since  I have a lot of plastic shopping bags, I decided to utilize them to help save Mother Earth.


The above is the front portion of the plastic bag from my favorite craft store.  The back portion is not printed at all so it makes a good wrapper.  For small gifts with no boxes, I’ve learned that it makes sense to put them inside an empty toilet paper roll and wrap them candy-style.  The resulting wrapped gifts look like this:


So as to differentiate both gifts, I used different ribbons: recycled plain red ribbon and in true Yuletide color scheme, red and green yarn.  The gift tags are from my supply way back in 2009.

Here’s another gift wrapped using the back portion of a Healthy Options plastic bag.  The letters J and B were traced using a red Sharpie pen on a lettering set.  Craft-punch Christmas trees were then added as an accent.

Lastly, for my plastic-wrapped gifts, there’s this.


The wrapper is again the back portion of a Healthy Options plastic bag.  The dotted and lined borders are recycled wrapping paper.  The gift tag is handmade with a shoelace-like ribbon for its borders.  The letter F foam letter is the recipient’s first name that I colored with green Crayola Flip-Top marker.  I finished this off by scattering green metallic stars around the letter F.

These gifts are wrapped using the back portion of Lay’s Potato Chips packaging.  This is actually from last year’s batch of Yuletide gifts that I never got to post.


These actually make a good substitute for metallic paper, which is very expensive.  As accents, I used a gold ribbon, metallic blue stars, and craft-punch snowflake from a recycled blue metallic paper.  The gift tags are store-bought.


Here’s another one.  The gift tag is from Hallmark and I just added a blue metallic ribbon over it.


For those who want to use such a wrapper, please make sure to thoroughly wash each prior to use.

Giftwrapping: Raffia Ribbon on a Handmade Gift Tag with Letter Cut-outs


Wrapper: plain pink cartolina.

Gift Tag: plain white folder piece cut into a circle and colored blue using Crayola crayon in cerulean. It was then coated with Leeho Glitter Glue in light blue. The recipient’s name was from colorful letter cut-outs from a magazine. The gift tag was ribboned on the gift box using pink raffia.

Accent: craft-punch flowers in blue, dotted light pink.