I know it’s a little early to be talking about gift wrap ideas but I wanted to share this post with you before you guys start buying your gift wrap supplies for the holidays. Today, I’m excited to be partnering with Scotch Brand to share a few gift wrap tricks and to see if I can entice any of you creative chicas out there into entering the 2013 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest held on December 6, in New York City.
So before I jump into my little tricks, let me give you the details on the contest because the deadline to enter is this Sunday, September 22nd! This is the 17th year that Scotch has held this contest and 8 finalists will win an all expense paid trip to NYC to compete to win $10,000 and the title of the 2013 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper!
Scotch really came up with some really crazy stuff that the finalist’s had to wrap like this big remote controlled airplane that last year’s winner had to figure out how to wrap:
I’m not sure what I would have done with this airplane and I think this was pretty smart! What would you have done?
The video from last year is hysterical and shows all of the crazy things the finalist had to wrap and you can see it here. If you (or someone that you know) is interested in entering the contest, all you have to do is fill out this entry form here and upload a 3-minute video showing off your best gift wrap and gift wrapping tips. Again, the deadline is this Sunday!
I would so love it if one of you guys made it as a finalist!! If you enter, please let me know!
So in celebration of the Most Gifted Wrapper Contest, let’s jump to a few of my favorite gift wrap tricks;
Using White Gift Wrap Paper
My favorite trick and something that I do all of the time now is to use white banner paper as wrapping paper. White wrapping paper opens the door for endless possibilities and creative ways to bling out and personalize the gift and I’m always prepared for any occasion! For instance, you can do fun things like write lyrics to a song or a poem that across the white paper:
If you buy rolls of white banner paper (in the poster board section at craft stores), the paper is not glossy and you can write on the paper without it smearing! It’s also cheaper than wrapping paper and you get more of it on a roll!
You can also embellish the white paper with almost anything and it instantly makes the gift perfect for the holiday or occasion:
White paper is perfect for using all of the cool patterned tapes that are out now like this chic black and white patterned shipping tape from Scotch Brand:
Just look at all of the fabulous gift wrap possibilities with these fun tapes that Scotch/Scotch Expressions has come out with and they are perfect to layer on white wrapping paper:
By the way, you can make gift tags in an instant by using these fun tapes over index cards and cutting the size of the tags that you want:
Use What You Have Already (Recycle)
Since I use white wrapping paper for gifts, I really like to get creative with my embellishments and it makes me giddy if I can upcycle something I already have sitting in my craft bin or my junk closet. I have things like stacks of unused letter stickers that I paint with gold paint to personalize gifts or gift tags:
I also painted round garage sale stickers with gold paint to add chic gold dots to a gift:
By the way, the best gold paint on the planet is Testors Enamel and you can find it in the model car/airplane section at the craft store and it looks just like gold leaf when it’s painted on:
If you have old silk floral stems ore leaves just sitting in your junk closet collecting dust (I have bins of them!), consider spray painting them too to really create something special:
Turn Scrap Fabric into Ribbon
Another favorite trick is to make my own pretty ribbon recycling (again) scraps of fabrics using a little tape trick that keeps fabric from fraying on the edges. I use Scotch 3M Blue Tape with Edge Lock because it has the strongest hold and I place the fabric on the sticky side and I just rub over the whole thing really good with a credit card to secure and “lock” the edges. That Edge Lock is the trick to prevent fraying! When I’m done, I just cut the extra fabric away and I have an instant gorgeous ribbon:
If you have tons of extra scrap fabric, this is a great way to put it to good use!
Use Online Free Printables for Smaller Wrap Projects
There are literally thousands of awesome free printables online that you can print and wrap smaller gifts with. My favorite thing to do is to use the free monogram printables from the website Printable Monogram:
You won’t believe how many color, pattern and font designs that Printable Monogram offers for free! All you have to do is type in initials, pick your color and print! I have collected more than 500 links to the internets best free printables on my Pinterest Board here if you want to look through for more printable gift wrap ideas. Think about printing out maps too for someone moving away or someone going off to college.
Ok, so that’s about all the tricks I have up my sleeve today but I know there are a lot of you that have your own bag of wrapping tricks and if you do, think about entering the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest! If you know of a creative gift wrapper that should enter, please forward the contest link or my post to them!
This post was sponsored by Scotch Brand and all opinions expressed are entirely mine!
Have a great day friends and I’ll be back on Friday with another project!