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    Posted on Dec 13, 2012

    Craft Wars: Two Unexpected Ways To Wrap Gifts

    Make your gifts look totally unique this year with things you probably already have lying around.

    Here's the thing about wrapping gifts — if you make them look really cool, it doesn't really matter what's inside. Here are two inspired ways to prettify your presents this year.

    First up, Caroline from Salsa Pie adorns packages with pom-poms.

    Here's what she did.

    You'll need the following supplies. Brown Kraft paper, scissors, clear tape, a hot glue gun, white pom-poms, and white yarn.

    First, simply wrap your gift in the brown paper.

    Tie white yarn around your gift as you normally would. Tie a bow, then snip off the excess yarn once you tie a knot.

    Continue to tie the yarn around the gift. Make sure that each time you make a cross, you do so in another area on the gift. (You could also do this continuously without stopping and cutting if you use a long piece of yarn.)

    Next, add pom-poms. Use a very small dab of hot glue to different cross sections of the yarn or along the lines of the yarn. There are no rules here, so just use your eye and go for it.

    That's all there is to it!

    Next up, Christine from On My Honor came up with a house-silhouette wrapping technique.

    You can turn your gifts into mini artworks too. Here's how she did it...

    Gather your supplies. You'll need brown paper bags, white paper, scissors, an X-Acto knife, glue stick, and tape.

    Wrap your gifts with the brown paper bag.

    Cut out your house silhouettes. A big square with a triangle on top for the house, and little squares for the windows. See how the rooftops end in a flat edge? That's important because you're going to accordion fold!

    Using your house template as a guide, cut a strip of white paper that's as tall as the template and as long as your package. Line up the house and make your first fold. Align the edge of the white paper on both sides with the straight edge of the rooftop. Fold back and forth, accordion style, until the entire white paper has been folded.

    Using your house template as a guide, cut around the outline. Make sure not to cut the folded edges along the flat parts of the rooftop. Cut out the windows with your X-Acto knife and punch out the windowpanes.

    Unfold your paper. Apply glue to the back of the house silhouette and adhere it to your package.

    Now, you can stop there, or you can embellish a bit with glitter, paint, and colored paper. All done!

    Which gift-wrap idea is your fave?

    Let us know in the comments!

    Pippa Armbrester is a quilt maker and designer. Follow her adventures in quilting and life on her website.

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