Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper


Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | With so many gifts showered upon them, brides and grooms can be forgiven for forgetting who gave them what for their shower and wedding. Even so, you can’t help but hope that yours will be one of the ones they remember. My trick (besides getting the couple a super-awesome present, of course): gift wrap it fabulously!

For example, this joyful DIY paper-curl pom-pom topper will be sure to make your gift stand out among a pile of presents. Here I went with a sunny palette of yellows and ivory, but you could use any palette you choose — like say, the wedding colours, perhaps.

If the soon-to-be-married-duo don’t remember what you got them, at least they’ll remember the wrapping!


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SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 15–30 minutes

Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | materials and tools |


+ Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

+ Scotch® GiftWrap Tape


+ Pebble Embossed Metallic Paper in White Quartz from Paper Mojo

+ Paper/cardstock in four colours (butter yellow cardstock, personal stock; textured pearlized paper, personal stock; Lemon yellow linen vellum from The Japanese Paper Place; cardstock in Quartz from The Paper Place)

+ Ribbon

+ Gift Card

+ Craft knife

+ Ruler

+ Cutting mat

+ Pencil or pen

Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | step 1: wrap your box |

1. Wrap your box. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut your wrapping paper to size. Wrap the paper around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® GiftWrap Tape. Tie your ribbon around the box, finishing with a knot (no need for a bow!).

Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | step 2: cut paper strips |

2. Cut paper strips. Using a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat, cut the papers/cardstock into strips. I used 8 1/2 x 11” sheets and cut the strips lengthwise, using the grid of the cutting mat to determine the width of the strips; you may want to experiment with different widths and lengths to find what works best for the paper you’re using and the size of pom-pom you’d like.

Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | step 3: make your curls |

3. Make your curls. Roll each paper/cardstock strip around a pencil, then slide off and pull gently to loosen the curl. Aim for a balance of tight and loose curls. The number you need will depend on how large a pom-pom you want to make.

Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | step 4: attach the paper curls |

4. Attach the paper curls. Using Scotch® GiftWrap Tape, tape the end of each curl atop your gift. Cluster the curls around the knot of the ribbon, mixing the four different papers randomly. Attach as many curls as you need to get the fullness and size you desire, placing them to hide the taped ends. To finish, tuck the card beneath the ribbon. Your gift is now ready for giving!

EXPERT TIP: For the curls, choose various weights of paper and cardstock; every kind will hold a curl differently, and the variety will help create a fuller and more interesting pom-pom.

Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | detail |

DIY Charitable Donation Wedding Favours

Charitable Donation Wedding Favours

Not everyone wants to give another chotchke or more chocolate as wedding favours, which is why making a charitable donation in honour of your guests is a thoughtful alternative. However, it's still nice to have something that your guests can have and hold at the reception, something they can keep as a souvenir of the day. That's where charitable donation cards come in.

You want to do more than just hand out slips of paper to let your guests know about the donation though. By adding some decorative paper and a bow, you can turn a basic card into a sweet gift that guests can unwrap. Here's how:

Charitable Donation Wedding Favours: Materials


  • Flat cards
  • Decorative paper
  • Twine or ribbon


Charitable Donation Wedding Favours: CutPaper

To let guests know about your altruistic gesture, print out cards with the details of the charity to which you made a donation, and include a thank you for joining you on your special day. In your choice of computer program (I use Apple’s Pages), create a document the size of your flat cards; I used 4″ x 5½″ cards. I tried smaller RSVP-size cards first, but they were too small for my printer to print on. Type in the information (here are some wording options), select a font and design your card; then print. If you’re having your wedding invitations printed professionally, you should be able to order these as part of your suite.

Next, cut your decorative paper to size. I used a natural paper with inclusions; it was given to me by someone, so I'm not 100 percent certain, but I believe it's a banana-fibre paper. My sheets were roughly 8½″ x 11″, so I was able to make one cut to get them the right size — I just cut each sheet in half lengthwise. If your flat cards and/or decorative paper are different sizes than what I've used here, you'll have to measure out what works for your favours. The decorative paper should be approximately 1″–1½″ thinner than the width of the flat card; the length should be 3 times the height of the card, minus 1"–2".

Place decorative paper face down, then centre the printed card face up atop it. I eyeballed it, but if you have trouble with this, measure and mark your placement first. Next, fold up the bottom, then the top of the decorative paper to wrap the card. If you're using a heavier-stock paper, you may want to measure, score and fold the paper before wrapping it around the card; the paper I used is almost tissue-like and was easy to fold without doing so.

Cut your twine approximately 4 times the height of the flat card. Tie in a bow around the card wrapped in decorative paper, then trim ends to length. If you have trouble keeping the paper in place as you tie the twine around it, use a small piece of double-sided tape or a Glue Dot to keep the paper in place.

Repeat for each favour. Put the favours at each place setting for the dinner, or place in a decorative vessel at the entrance to the reception, near the seating cards or guest book.

Charitable Donation Wedding Favours, closeup

ASSEMBLY TIP When you're making hundreds, or even just dozens of charitable donation favours, make it easier on yourself by enlisting some friends to help out. Set up an assembly line where each person does one part — one person does all the cutting, another the folding and a third the bow-tying.


Gift Wrap Roundup: Wedding Love


Wedding Month on the Corinna Wraps blogWhether you buy off the registry or off-list, wrap your gift for the bride and groom in one of these 24 standout papers and they may actually remember what you gave them. Wedding Wrapping Papers: Antique Style

ANTIQUE STYLE LEFT Rossi's Manuscript Prints Sonata, $2.99 US per sheet, Paper Mojo. CENTRE Peonies, Caskata, find retailers. RIGHT Special Occasion Wishes, $4 US per sheet, Luxe Paperie.

Wedding Wrapping Papers: Fancy Flourish

FANCY FLOURISH LEFT Kraft White Flourish 100-percent recycled, $2.50 US per sheet, Paper Source. CENTRE Needlepoint FSC-certified and recycled, $3.75 US per sheet, Elum. RIGHT Gold Swirls on Cream handcrafted in India, $4.95 US per sheet, Paper Source.

Wedding wrapping papers: Flora

SWEET FLORA LEFT Kozo Tissue Hanabi, $13 per sheet, The Paper Place. CENTRE Metal Leaf Print Wild Roses in Silver and White on 100 percent recycled cotton, $7.65 US per sheet, Paper Mojo. RIGHT Nepalese Lokta Bean White on Natural, $4.95 US per sheet, Paper Source.

Wedding wrapping papers: Something Blue

SOMETHING BLUE LEFT Empress in Sky/metallic bronze FSC-certified and recycled, $3.75 US per sheet, Elum. CENTRE Tiffany Silver Damask Italian, $4 US per sheet, Luxe Paperie. RIGHT Something Blue, $3.25 US per 2 sheets, French Paper Co.

Wedding wrapping papers: Art Deco

ART DECO LEFT Hand-silkscreened Basketweave in Cream, $4.49 US per sheet, Paper Mojo. CENTRE Embossed Fern in White Quartz, $5.75 US per sheet, Paper Mojo. RIGHT Handmade White/Gold Nami 100 percent recycled cotton, $49.95 US per 10 sheets, Midori.

Wedding wrapping papers: Graphic Arts

GRAPHIC ARTS LEFT Xs and Os recycled with soy ink, Eieio, find retailers. CENTRE Nepalese Lama Li Handmade Gold Stripes on Natural White, $8 US per sheet, Kate's Paperie. RIGHT Japanese hand-silkscreened checkered Chiyogami 555, $16 per sheet, The Paper Place.

Wedding wrapping papers: Feathers And Wings

FEATHERS + WINGS LEFT Feathers on Silver foil, $5.25 US per roll, Papyrus. CENTRE Butterfly Swarm silver on cream, $5.25 US per sheet, The Paper Studio. RIGHT Japanese hand-silkscreened cranes Chiyogami 330, $16 per sheet, The Paper Place.

Wedding wrapping papers: Textured

FINE TEXTURES LEFT Embossed Pebbles Silver, $6.75 US per sheet, Hollander's. CENTRE Embossed Crocodile Pearly Soft White, $7.50 US per sheet, Hollader's. RIGHT Handmade Open Circle in White, $24.50 per sheet, Kate's Paperie.

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Packaged Goods: An Apricot Wedding Gift


Packaged Goods: An Apricot Wedding Gift Wedding Month on the Corinna Wraps blogPUTTING IT TOGETHER Earlier this month I was pleased to stumble upon Nashville-based Arboreal, an eco-friendly invitation and stationery company that creates some beautiful cards and wrapping papers. I just knew I wanted to make a Packaged Goods post around one of its papers. I chose the La Boca Apricot wrapping paper from the Recoleta collection as the base for this Anthropologie-esque wedding-gift look. Add an extra-wide, white satin ribbon and top the gift with an apricot-coloured, jumbo DIY tissue flower that's as wide as the box. (The link takes you to instructions on how to make a whole vine of pom poms for a party decoration, but you need to only follow the tutorial to make one for this gift.) Then write your well wishes to the happy couple in this modern letterpress card.

THE GOODS (1) They Lived Happily Ever After card, $6 US, Sugar Paper. (2) La Boca Apricot wrapping paper [LINK ADDED], $4 US per sheet, Arboreal, click here to find retailers (I believe this is a new product, as it's not yet showing in the [now available] Arboreal Etsy shop). (3) French double-faced satin ribbon (66 mm wide) in Moon, $99.95 US per 27.3-yard roll, Midori. (If you don't need quite that much ribbon, try Masterstroke Canada, which sells ribbon by the metre.) (4) DIY wedding pom pom, instructions on Once Wed. (If you're not into making your own, Bhldn carries 18-inch paper poms for $6 US each).

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Do You Wrap Bridal Shower Gifts in White?


Bright Heart's and Stripes Bridal Shower gift Wedding Month on the Corinna Wraps blogI just want to quickly share with you a gift I wrapped for my friend's bridal shower earlier this month. She's full of life, energy and fun, and white wedding-themed wrapping paper just didn't seem like the right way to go for her shower gift. (I wasn't the only one who thought so — there was very little white paper at the shower.)

Instead of white or silver, I used some brightly striped paper and some ribbons with paper hearts attached to the ends, which was inspired by her wedding invitation. Inside, I used tissue paper in the same colours and added confetti. The bride-to-be said the gift was so much fun to open — exactly the response I was hoping for!

I'm curious: How many of you stick to white/silver when wrapping wedding shower gifts, and who goes for more colour?

P.S. — I'd like to give a little shout out to one of my workshop students, who generously gave me the striped paper. When she moved into her place, she found several rolls of wrapping paper left by the former owners, who had also owned a store. These rolls aren't your average rolls — they're massive, with hundreds of metres of paper on each one. I honestly wouldn't have to buy wrapping paper for the rest of my life, but of course we know that won't happen. Thank you H.!


+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen

Spring Workshops at Harbourfront Centre

Centrepiece with table number floral pick

If you're in the Toronto area and ready for spring (and I mean real spring, not this fake spring we've been having all winter), sign up for one of my upcoming workshops at Harbourfront Centre. Give yourself something to look forward to.

On April 21, I'm doing a full-day workshop on how to make an ethereal paper wreath from Japanese watermark tissue. It's a really simple project that looks stunning hung in a window. And it makes a nice gift as well.

And on May 12, I'll be teaching my Paper & Petals workshop, in which I'll show you tons of ways you can combine decorative papers with flowers to create beautiful gifts as well as centrepieces for your home or for events (attention brides!). You'll learn how to wrap bouquets from the corner store so they look as if they came from a high-end florist (a great budget-conious gift for Mother's Day), plus you'll get to make your own paper medallion floral pick like the one shown in the photo above.

To sign up, visit the Harbourfront Centre website.