Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wrap yourself silly! Gift wrapping Ideas....Real Milwaukee!!!


I am not going to lie....I have become sorta kinda addicted to gift wrapping this Christmas!  When the  producer at Fox 6 asked me to do a gift wrapping segment I jumped at the chance.  Why?  Not because I am an expert gift wrapper, but because my friend Nellie is!!  I knew if she could just get the boxes wrapped for me I could do the decorating.  We made quite the team last week as we wrapped and decorated while the children ran wild sat nicely and played and read books ;) 

I am not sure I can really do a tutorial on gift wrap as the pictures really speak for themselves.  What I can do for you is tell you exactly what I used for each gift so you can duplicate the look yourself! I am looking for things to wrap now....I am just loving it!! 

Ok, a few tips for wrapping your actual box/gift.  I used kraft wrapping paper that I found at Hobby Lobby 50% off.  There is quite a bit on the roll.  I wrapped our 7 kid's gifts using two rolls (about 25 gifts...some larger boxes some smaller).  If you want super clean edges and no tape showing like we did, you need to use double sided tape.  You can purchase that at basically any store.  I got a super cool double sided tape dispenser at The Container Store.  It was SO very easy to use and saved us a lot of time by not having to stop and rip tape.  Another great trick to produce a professional wrapped gift is to crease crease crease your edges.  Fold carefully and use your finger or something thicker to get a good crease.  Cut away any excess paper so your gift doesn't become bulky.  At the end of the day, take your time.  You will get better with each box you wrap, trust me!!!  It's amazing how great the gift can look with just taking an extra 5 minutes.  Ok, let's get to the gifts!  

Supplies:  Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, lace ($1 section at Target), bakers twine, clothes pin with a piece of washi tap on it, scrapbook paper for the large background and bow, small pom pom and tag.  You can download the paper bow template for FREE HERE!
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, sequence strand ($1 section at Target),  thin white rope (Michael's), bakers twine, Flag pennant strand (Michael's).  
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, while ribbon (Hobby Lobby), red twine ($1 section at Target), Chalkboard label ($1 section at Target), Red felt (cut to make flower or use a pre-made flower), hot glue to attach flower, chalk pen ($1 section at Target).
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, permanent marker. 

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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, gray ribbon (World Market clearance section), red button,  bakers twine, gift tag.
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, red twine ($1 section at Target), twine (Menards), ornament, candy cane, permanent marker.
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, twine (Menards), Tree clothespins ($1 section at Target), pre cut letters ($1 section at Michael's).
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, pom pom maker, yarn, tag.  
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, lace ($1 section at Target), Fabric (twist to make flower...see tutorial HERE from previous REAL MILWAUKEE segment), Star (Michael's), optional metal stamps to stamp name-could use regular ink stamps as well ).
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, fabric washi tape ($1 section at Target), flag pennant banner (Michael's), permanent marker. 
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, glitter ribbon (Hobby Lobby), bakers twine, pine cone, pin branch, chalkboard tag ($1 section at Target), chalk pen.
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, bakers twine, star stamp, letter stamps, embossing stamp pad, while embossing powder, hair dryer or heat gun. 
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, fabric, chalkboard label ($1 section at target), chalk pen.
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, patterned wrapping paper, bakers twine, chalk board tree clothespin ($1 section at Target).
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, twine, bakers twine, fabric scraps, felt, needle and embroidery floss to make "G" hang tag).
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Supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, double sided tape, Burlap (Hobby Lobby), Glitter polka dot ribbon (Michael's), curly bow (Marshall's), card board "A" (Hobby Lobby), spray paint (for the letter), hot glue to attach letter to gift. 
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Supplies: Fabric, bakers twine, chalkboard clothespin tree ($1 section at target), chalk pen. 
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Supplies: Kraft Wrapping paper, double sided tape, burlap (Hobby Lobby), Fabric, thin white twine (Michael's), Merry & Bright ($1 section at Michael's), white paint, circle sponge brush to make polka dots. 

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The possibilities are endless with wrapping!  The best part is, you can take any of the idea from above and customize the gifts to your style and crafting ability!  Change out the scrapbook paper or fabric for any time of the  year!!!  

I also did some wrapping for my friend's in my Mom's group and customized the wrapping to what they like (or what I thought of when I think/pray for them).  I get most of every craft supply I own and use in the $1 bins at the local craft stores and Target (of course!)  You can make things very classy with just a few extra minutes of time to get creative!  I have to go find more things to wrap now!!  Happy wrapping!!  




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