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Friday, December 23, 2011

Some very last minute gift wrap ideas....

PhotobucketHere are some last minute  gift wrapping ideas for a small box, a big bow and some gift can use these ideas all year round or immediately for Hanukkah and Christmas!

Gather up some paper towel or toilet paper rolls and misc. card board and you have material for tags and small boxes
Thanks to my mom for always having crafty supplies on hand this paper tube box lives on . These are  decorated  with wall paper, measuring tape, book pages and a paper bag. I used a fiskar punch to punch out the heart and multiple scallop punches stacked for the flower. I glue gunned a button in the middle of it. Just push in the ends of the tube to close the box. You can put jewelry, candy or money in the box.
I save card board and make gift tags out it. I grabbed some wine box dividers at Trader  Joes. They are perfect  for this.

Here are the repurposed gift tags from the card board heading to the recycling bin. I die cut the medium one using a Sizxix Big Shot machine and die. The small tags were punched with a fiskar punch and the large one was just cut with a scissor and I stamped a "to" and "from" on it. I added some twine, thread and yarn and they are ready to put on a package!
 Next up is a short tutorial about how to make a paper flower for gift boxes  from  coffee filers. I bought mine at the dollar store and there is enough in the packages to make about 20 bows.  Start out by folding a single filter in half and then in half again three more times. 
Once you have the folded filter you can choose how to cut the tip of the "flower".   I am showing a pointed shaped and a more rounded tip. Both look great. I usually use 5-6 filters per flower.

These are the results of cutting a pointed petal and a rounded petal. After cutting five or six of desired design take a glue stick and put glue in the center not touching the petals. Stack your filters on top of each other. When you get to the last one put a little glue in the center and "fluff up the flower.  You can add a stamen with book pages (or yarn, fringe)  cut into strips and glue gun to the center. If you have time you can also dye the filter in tea, onions, even beets for color. Boil water and drop in the filters and chosen "dye". Beware you will have to air dry them and they will be all over your kitchen. I am going for the white for now. Or buy the recyled filters that are a brown color. I haven't spotted any of those at the $ store yet.  Have fun!  Off to wrap my last minute packages!!


  1. It looks like an apple pie container. I love the idea and design!

  2. We have a lot of paper tube box in our storage room. I think I can create more giveaways if I use those.

  3. It doesn't even look like a last minute idea. The design looks well prepared and its presentation is of high degree. The one that will receive a present that was wrap this way will have no idea that this was done in a short span of time.

  4. Great show of resourcefulness. Who would thought that paper towel rolls can be used to make nice gift boxes. Thanks to this, I won't have to throw my used cardboard, I will use them for the same purpose.

  5. Nice designs! Now I have an idea of what to do with all the boxes we get after our appliances got delivered. Something to do with the kids, too!

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    1. Thank you for our comment. I have been so busy with my work and helping my parents that as you can see I have not posted regularly. But I am am always making things out of repurposed materials.

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