Gift wrap ideas: crepe paper poinsettias

Hands holding small box wrapped in striped paper with a handcrafted poinsetta shaped bow

 

Would you like to add a little extra flair to your wrapped present, but don’t have a lot of time or extra budget? If so, we have a solution for you! Adding a statement piece that’s truly unique to your gift doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here at American Greetings, we came up with an easy poinsettia flower embellishment that anyone can create… no special tools or extra skill sets required! Using just a few simple items, you can decorate all of your gifts in no time!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Wrapped present
  2. Crepe paper
  3. Curling ribbon
  4. Scissors
  5. Double-sided tape
Step 1 - supplies you'll need: wrapped present, crepe paper, curling ribbon, scissors, double-sided tape

First, we’re going to take a shortcut by wrapping the curling ribbon around your gift (both side/side and up/down) and attaching it with double sided tape. This is an amazing trick because it keeps you from having to flip your package around and struggle to tie a tight knot. It also saves time and keeps your ribbon flat on both the front and the back of the package.

Step 2 illustrated with hands wrapping the curling ribbon around the gift and attaching it with double sided tape

Next, you take your crepe paper and lay it out about the length of your hand. Layer it back and forth 8 times. Don’t worry about making them perfectly even, because next you’re going to trim each end anyways.

Step 3 illustrated with hands taking a crepe paper and lay it out

Cut off the excess on each side so that your crepe paper is about 5″ long.

Step 4 - hands cutting off the excess on each side of the crepe paper

To create the flower, take two pieces at a time and pinch the sides together at the middle. Grab two more pieces and do the same thing, adding them next to the first pieces. Continue this with the rest of the crepe paper pieces.

Use the curling ribbon to tie a knot around the crepe paper at the pinched middle and cut off any extra ribbon. Then, cut the ends of the crepe paper into a point to make the petals of the flower.

Step 5 - hands using the curling ribbon to tie a knot around the crepe paper at the pinched middle and cut off any extra ribbon

Next, add the poinsettia to your gift by using double sided tape. Taping the flower onto the package will hold it in place while you trim your petals into the perfect shape.

Step 6 illustrated with hands adding poinsettia to a gift by using double sided tape and then taping the flower onto the package.

Lastly, trim your petals into a “V” shape.

Step 7 illustrated with hands trimming petals into a

There you have it — a pretty package that will have people thinking, “That’s so crafty!”

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