Six tips for creative gift wrapping

Hallmark artist Katie Larson has the right idea about getting gift wrapping done: Do it with friends! She threw a gift-wrapping bash and not only got her own wrapping done, but gathered some tips from the best in the trade to help the rest of us. Thanks, Katie!

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A few of us were able to get together to spend some time wrapping our holiday gifts. Everyone had a different approach to the way they wrapped, but they each turned out special and unique. A gift can be wrapped as simply or as complex as you want, and it doesn’t have to be expensive to be creative. Below are a few tips to help get you started on your own one-of-a-kind holiday wrapping.

WRAPPING1. Don’t forget a few basic supplies: scissors, tape, paper/gift wrap, and/or gift bags.

POM_TAG_WRAP2. Use ribbon, string, yarn or decorative tape to wrap your gift. This is an easy and affordable way to add something special to your gift.

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3. As an alternate to traditional ribbon bows, try fabric or paper bows, pom-poms, paper cut snowflakes, or extra sprigs from your Christmas tree.

4. Wrapping is all about paper and folding, so try incorporating origami on top of your gift. It’s a nice handmade touch, and makes a great ornament after the gift is unwrapped.

STAMPING_WRAP5. Use stamps, paint, or pens and markers to draw decorative patterns to create your own wrapping paper.

6. As an alternative to wrapping your gifts, try decorating your own paper bags. Personalize them by adding a monogram, or symbols of things the recipient likes. Add an attachment or ribbon to the handle to make it extra special. You can reuse these bags for upcoming years, too!

There are a lot of ways to wrap your gifts, so do what feels best for you!

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We would love to see how you’re wrapping your presents this holiday. Tag us in your Instagram photos (@think.make.share) and use the hashtag #sharehallmark. You can check out your local Hallmark store to find the gift wrap and wrapping accessories shown below.

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All photography by Jane Kortright

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  1. 12.1.15 | Reply
    Judy rutter wrote:

    The wrapping ideas are great but I’m very disappointed in Hallmark this year. I tried to buy a candle holder for my advent candles. None of the stores in Kingwood or surrounding area had one. They had Hanakka candles & menora’s but not Christian holders. I guess Hallmark in Texas doesn’t believe anymore