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Gift Wrapping, With a Twist.

{Article originally published Jan 2009 – seemed fitting to share again this month!}


I am an ex-scrap-a-holic. For years I stocked up on gorgeous papers and embellishments that I had high hopes for. In fact, I had a room in our house designated to this obsession hobby. Then, after a few years off, I discovered I was hanging onto a passion that I had become un-passionate about. After getting over my sadness and realizing there are still many ways to cherish my images and memories I decided it was okay… iI would still find good use for these goodies. So some were sold, some given away, and others kept for fun projects like this one.

A few good friends introduced me to this unique way of gift wrapping.

So, without further ado, I give you gift wrapping, with a twist. It is really quite simple, and if you are a scrapper you more than likely already have everything you need. If not, it’s okay!


Supplies Needed

  • Paper: Take a trip and a coupon to your local Michaels or Joann fabric store. Find your way to their scrapbooking section and grab a few sheets of paper. The options are endless. Adorable papers will be oozing through your fingers. If you want to save on $, have the kids draw on 8×8 or 12×12 paper. What adorable gift wrapping this would make for the grandparents!
  • Adhesive: We used a double sided sticky tape. I fear a glue stick might not be strong enough.
  • Paper crimper: This is what is used to seal the ends together. Check it out here.

The Fun Stuff

You can use a 12×12 size paper for a larger gift, or make it a smaller 8×8 for a littler something special. You will however want it to be square.

  • Roll your paper so that both ends touch and make a cylinder of sorts. You will use your double sided sticky tape to adhere the two sides together.
  • Take one end and pinch it together, adhere with your tape.
  • This is the point you will want to place your gift inside. I used mine over the holidays to give a t-shirt to my father. I rolled the shirt and placed it inside. It would be great for wrapping candy or small trinkets for children.
  • Once your gift is securely inside, take the open end and pinch it together, adhering it, opposite of the direction you did the other end.
  • Lastly, add some crimping to each end. This gives it a beautifully finished look. You can even attach some yummy grosgrain ribbon or torn fabric to give it just a bit of something else.

I would love to see the unique wrapping you come up with! Have you done anything to save money this holiday season, or to simply creative that you’d like to share?

About Bree

Bree is the founder and writer of, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • Helen P

    OMGosh!!! Love this idea. I just packed up all my SBing supplies to sell but I think I will go back and grab the Cmas papers and find my crimper…I know I used to have one! Thanks you for such a great idea!

  • Marci@OvercomingBusy

    That’s crazy cute! Love it! What an extra treat to get such creative packaging!

  • Annie

    Oh my goodness that has to be one of the coolest tools. I plan to go out this week and try and find one. I will be sure to link back here when I write about how fun it is to use it. I plan to make many of my gifts and this will be a perfect way to wrap them. Can’t wait to check back and see what else you find.

  • Janet Long

    What a fabulous idea!! I have one of those rooms too . . . and have been looking for new ideas for old loves! This is a great one . . . thanks for sharing again!

  • Tammy

    This is such a cute idea! Great way to use up all that scrapbook paper laying around. :) My husband is an engineer so last year I wrapped everyone’s gifts in drawings left over from his projects. They are all b&w so I tied fun red & green ribbon around them. It was a hit & I recycled! The only problem was his mom wanted to keep all of them & told everyone not to tear the paper. LOL!

  • Kari Smith

    What a great idea Ang! I love that scrapbooking had “hybrid” qualities. and with all that gorgeous stuff it makes it even better!

  • Chris

    I’m a little slow and I apologize, but is there anyway you can show the steps with photos? I’m a little confused and need to see just what it is your explaining. LOL. Sorry!