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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How to Attractively Wrap a Gift with a Bow

Whether there is a special occasion or not, it just feels good to be giving gifts to our relatives and friends. Aside from making them feel loved, it also gives us a satisfying feeling since we made other people happy. So if you are the type of person who enjoys giving gifts, here is a guest post about gift with bows from one of our writer friends.

If gift-giving is an art form, then wrapping a gift might be the frame on that piece of art. Just as a great painting needs the right frame, the perfect gift also needs the right wrapping, and no matter how much or how little you spent on your gift, your wrapping can make it look like you spent a fortune.

Read on to discover how to attractively wrap a gift with a bow!

Boxed Gift

If your gift is in a box, that makes the wrapping easier. You don’t have to be an expert with paper and ribbons in order to decorate a box, but you should take a moment to think through your design.

For example, you might choose a simple, single-color wrapping paper — or even brown paper wrapping — and then use a bright and colorful bow to make the decoration pop. Alternatively, use paper with a geometric design or a personalized message and keep the bow to a single color. Of course, since you’re using a box, you can eliminate the paper altogether and let the bow say it all for the most focused impact.

Bagged Gift

Many people prefer to use a gift bag. They are convenient and come in all sizes, colors, and patterns. When using a gift bag, you have a couple of options in terms of a bow. You can tie the bag handles together with ribbon and run them along a blade edge to make them curl or tie the ribbon ends together to create a simple bow.

If your gift bag is a sack without handles, then tie the sack opening with pretty ribbons and tie the ends into bows. Or, for extra secrecy, roll the top enough so you can staple it closed, and then add a fun and easy pre-made bow.

Just a Bow

Some gifts don’t fit in bags or boxes — think car, jet ski, bicycle, or puppy. In that case, you’re going to want a bow that matches the awesomeness of the gift. With any living creature, be careful that the bow doesn’t interfere with movement and make sure the puppy (or kitten or guinea pig) can’t eat the bow because that would be a disaster. A simple collar wrapped with ribbon might be your best bet or you can attach a bow to the leash. Just remember, safety first!

If you’re giving a car as a gift, look online for an oversized bow with a magnet that attaches to the hood of the car. These bows run around $40, but can be worth it to complete the impact of giving such a dramatic gift. Since the bow attaches magnetically, you can use it over and over.


Whether you’re going to a birthday party, a bridal shower, a bar mitzvah, or a retirement party, make sure your gift-wrapping decorations embrace the party theme.

You can find pre-made bows in all the colors of the rainbow and decorated with hearts, polka, dots, stripes, and geometric patterns. You can also make your own bow using a pretty and unique floral ribbon.

Your Personality

Sometimes the gift you’re giving won’t show off much of your personality, but the wrapping still can. For instance, if you picked an item off a wedding registry because it’s the exact vacuum cleaner or place setting the bride and groom wanted, but it doesn’t reflect anything about you or your relationship with the couple, you can use the wrapping to show off your individuality. Incorporate hearts or stars or specific colors that are meaningful to you.

Remember that the gift is for the recipient and should be something he or she will love. If, for whatever reason, the gift doesn’t reflect enough of you, then make sure the wrapping does. You may become your family’s go-to person for gift-wrapping.

Author Bio:
Roy Cunningham is a Los Angeles based blogger with a particular interest in using crafts to add individuality to celebrations and gifts. He’s also an avid hiker, coffee drinker, and dog rescuer.


Friday, November 1, 2013

DIY Craft: Crayon Leaf Art Gift Wrap

Autumn looks lovely for me because falling leaves are perfect for crafts. But we do not have autumn in our country, only dried leaves. I actually wonder how autumn would look like. I can only see them in movies and in pictures and I like how the colors of the leaves turn out to be. I am a leaf lover. I even have a leaf collection before. I don't know what happened to them since we kept on transferring from one house to another.

I'd love to share with you a leaf art that I had been doing since I was a kid. But this time, I used it as a gift wrapper. What makes this beautiful is the personal touch it has because you will make your own wrapper. It is easy to do. Just get a leaf you like or you can even get different kinds of leaves and place them under a paper. Then use crayons to color on the paper. You will see that the veins of the leaves will be traced on the paper. Use different colors so it will look lovely.

After making the crayon leaf art on paper, you can now use it to wrap your gift. Be creative with your design. I tied two rafia strings horizontally and vertically then I used a dry leaf and some potpourri instead of a ribbon.  This is a unique way to wrap your gift and would be perfect for fall themed gift. Well you can actually use this for any occasion you can think of.

While looking for leaves, I found a heart-shaped leaf. You know how I love hearts and so I used it to make another leaf art I also loved doing. I use pastels for this one. I trace the shape of the leaf and then using my fingers, I would scatter the pastel out of the shape to make it appear like glittering or something. You can use this to make your card or tag to pair with the fall themed gift wrapping we have above.

We hope you enjoyed what I shared with you today! 

This post is part of the Sharing is Caring Thanksgiving Blog Hop hosted by Life With Lovebugs, The Jenny Evolution and, Chicken Scratch NY!

All of the blogs listed below are sharing Thanksgiving or Fall themed posts as part of this event, so click on one or all of the links below to find some great recipes, tutorials, crafts and more!