This is my second Fun Find Friday dealing with gift wrap, so you probably think I’m obsessed with wrapping gifts, but really that’s not the case. In fact, I actually don’t truly enjoy wrapping, so I’m always looking for ways to make it more interesting and fun. My mother-in-law is the “master wrapper” so I have a lot to live up to. Here is my latest trick: create a pocket from the wrapping paper to tuck the card into. I can never find a cute way to attach cards to a package and I hate taping them, so this is the perfect little trick and it’s really SO simple. Here are some pictures to explain the process:
Today’s is a do-it-yourself gift bow. There’s something about springtime because as I look at the calendar it seems as though we have a birthday party every weekend from now until eternity. Now, I love me some parties- they give me an excuse to shop, so I’m not complaining! But I will say that I despise spending money on gift wrapping. It’s such a rip! You budget for a gift, but then you throw in the wrapping paper, bow, tissue paper, box and card and next thing you know you’ve spent an extra $10. Well, I’m here to help you with one of those things: the bow. I learned this trick around Christmas and used it for many of our gifts. I can’t tell you how many people commented on my little trick. I just knew I had to share it with you (please forgive my horrible pictures). Here are the steps:
1. Grab a scrap piece of wrapping paper (preferably a strip somewhere around 5″x8″) and a pair of scissors.
2. Fold the strip in half hamburger style (that’s the Kindergarten teacher coming out).
3. Cut 1/2″ slits starting at the “open” side of the paper, leaving about 1/2″ uncut near the fold.
4. Zoop (for lack of a better term, that’s what my mom called it) the paper with a pair of scissors until curled. Make sure the designed side of the wrapping paper is showing on the outside of the curl.
5. Fold the folded end up twice — does that make any sense?
7. Tape your bow on the gift.