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
How to Make a Paper Poinsettia Flower - Craft Supplies

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.

Curling Ribbon

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.

Crepe Paper Poinsettias Tutorial

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

Poinsettias Tutorial-How to Cut 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 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.

DIY Poinsettias Petals

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.

Attaching Poinsettia Bow to Gift

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

Trim Poinsettias Flower Petals

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

You did it!

Still need some extra help? Watch our full video tutorial: How to Make Crepe Paper Poinsettias

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