Gift wrap and greeting cards

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Black Friday sales have been going on for what, two months now? Some people are already bragging online that their Christmas shopping is done. Now is the time to wrap those presents and sign the Christmas cards. We’ve spent hours on YouTube (we can do that when it’s “for work”) looking for some of the best easy-to-follow videos. We know how busy this season is, so we focused on the “wow factor” that makes your family and friends feel very appreciated without requiring a lot of extra time. No special tools or skills are required beyond scissors, double-sided tape, patience, and perhaps forgetting some old packing habits.

Gift wrap with diagonal layers. It’s hard to believe this was made with a single sheet of wrapping paper. Just fold and tuck, then slip your Christmas card into one of the folds.

Gift wrap with horizontal layers. An alternative to the design above, this content creator uses double-sided tape (as well as several exact measurements) for a cleaner look.

Gift wrapping big gifts. This Japanese method for wrapping paper has been a favorite of ours for years. The corner fold allows you to wrap a gift using less paper, which comes in handy when the paper available is just a little too small for the box. It also gives an incredibly clean look since the edges of the paper line up with the edges of the box. You will also find information on how to make gift bags and wrapping paper bows.

Wrap a gift with a ribbon carry handle. It’s prettier than a gift bag and more unique!

Gift box of crackers. This firecracker-like box is perfect if you have a small gift to wrap or party favors and will grab the recipient’s attention. (No explosives are used.)

Explosion box. This is the most time-consuming project on this list, but watch the reaction of the gift recipient as they open layers of boxes and treats. No explosives, just gravity. Alternatively, you can try this explosion box that uses a sheet of card stock, and instead of treats, it’s filled with old family photos. If you’re up for the challenge, you can also do a six-sided explosion box.

Gift card holder. Gift cards are increasingly popular at Christmas. Make a gift card holder out of wrapping paper.

Gift card presentation box. This presentation box is similar to an explosion box but with a single layer and a center stand.

Pop-up card for gift cards. If you want to send a gift card or cash, you’ll want something flatter than the presentation box above. For a more advanced project, this pop-up card can display a photo or contain a card with double-sided tape.

Pop-up Christmas tree card. As we take the greeting cards into the third dimension, how about wishing someone a Merry Christmas with a pop-up Christmas tree. This would be a fun project with kids.

Twist lock greeting card. Is it 3 greeting cards in 1? To show creativity!

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Mika R. Pyle