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[Video] How to Wrap: Rectangles, Squares, Cylinders + Awkward Shapes

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuF8oBvUrig] Here's a look at my most recent project: a holiday gift wrapping video that I did for GEICO. While the tips aren't entirely mine, the video offers a good basic guide to any shaped gift you might come across. I did the styling and hand modelling (#secondcareer?). Thank you to the wonderful art director Kevin, videographer/editor Jason, assistant Jared and producer Jenn — it was such a fun shoot to be on!

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DIY Holiday Gift Tags

DIY Holiday Glitter-Tape Gift Tags | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com While I tend to go all out on wrapping a few key presents at Christmastime, for the majority of my gifts, I stick to quick-but-stylish packaging. Think the basics: paper, ribbon and a tag. Sounds boring, but choose the right elements and “plain” gifts will look just as stunning as any fancy wrapping job.

These make-ahead gift tags are a perfect example of a simple but eye-catching ingredient. Glittery tapes in graphic stripes look a bit like ornaments, and will catch and reflect twinkling lights when under the tree.

I paired my tags with a modern black paper scattered with stars (yes, I love black for Christmas!), but they would also look great with plain white, black-and-white striped or gold chevron–patterned paper.

Whip up a batch of these gift tags on a snowy afternoon, and they’ll be ready to go as you wrap your presents this holiday season.

 


 

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SKILL LEVEL: Easy

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5 minutes for one tag, or about 15 to 60 minutes for a batch of tags (depending on how many you make)

 

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SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES: + Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Red Crinkles + Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Red + Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Green Crinkles + Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Green + Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Silver Sparkles + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Silver + Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape + Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS: + White cardstock + Circle template + Fine-point permanent marker + Hole punch + Star wrapping paper from the Outer Layer + Cord or ribbon

DIY Holiday Glitter-Tape Gift Tags | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

1. Add tape to the cardstock. Add a strip of Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Red Crinkles, along one edge of a piece of white cardstock. Next to it, apply a strip of Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Red. Repeat, alternating between the two tapes until you’ve filled your sheet of cardstock.

To make the green and silver tags, repeat this step on additional sheets of cardstock: Use Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Green Crinkles, with Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Green; and pair Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Silver Sparkles, with Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Silver.

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2. Draw your gift tag shapes. Using a circle template and fine-point permanent marker, trace circles onto the taped side of the cardstock. (I made mine three-inches round.) Marking your shapes onto the front of your tag allows you to position the tape stripes exactly where you would like them to be within the circle. If you don’t have a circle template, any round object will work, such as a drinking glass or roll of masking tape.

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3. Cut out your gift tags. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut out each circle. Stay inside the lines so the marker won’t show on your final pieces. Next, punch a hole along the edge of each tag.

4. Wrap your gift. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut your wrapping paper to size. Wrap the paper around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape. Tie your cord around the box, add the tag and finish with a bow.

EXPERT TIP: Address your tags by writing on the back (the cardstock side), or use a permanent marker to write overtop the tape.

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How to Wrap a Wine Bottle for a Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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Invited to a friend’s or family member’s place for dinner? You’ll probably bring a bottle of wine, right? Well, forget leaving it in the store’s branded bag, or even plopping it into a gift bag — there’s a much better way to dress up this token of thanks.

For the next dinner party you attend — whether it's for Thanksgiving or another occasion — turn that bottle of wine into a true hostess gift with some thoughtful, but easy, gift wrapping.

Below I give the instructions for one of the three options shown here (centre); they’re all self-explanatory, and you can create any design you like by using your favourite tapes. How complicated your pattern is, will determine how long the project takes.

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SKILL LEVEL: Easy

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5–15 minutes

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DIY Washi Tape Wine Bottle Sleeves | Thanksgiving Hostess Gift | Corinna Wraps.wordpress.com

1. Cut the paper. Using a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat, cut the paper into a band. It should be long enough to wrap around the bottle of wine (allow about an inch of overlap), and high enough to cover the wine label.

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2. Tape the paper around the bottle. Wrap the paper band around the wine bottle and secure in place with a strip of Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape so that the seam is at the front of the bottle. First securing your paper with the Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape before adding your decorative tape design, allows you to apply the Washi tape flat and tidy, and gives you the freedom to adjust the repositionable tape as desired.

For this design, I’ve used the seam as part of the design; for the other two designs, the seam is at the back.

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3. Create your Washi tape design. Using your Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut a strip of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Yellow Gold Stars. Make it a little shorter than the height of your paper band, and cut the ends on an angle. Attach the tape over the paper seam. Next, cut a strip of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Gold Solid, the same length, but with opposite angles at the ends. Align and place it down next to your first strip of Washi tape.

For the kraft paper wrapping, I added three strips of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape all the way around the bottle: from top, Zig Zag, Yellow Gold Stars, then Gold Solid. For the black and white striped wrapping, I added two vertical strips of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape: Zig Zag and Gold Solid.

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4. Add your message. Remove the adhesive letters from their backing and attach to the paper band. In this case, I chose to write “Thank You” in black letters. If you want your letters straight but have trouble aligning them, mark a guiding line with a pencil and ruler. Or, for a more casual look, handwrite your message.

For the black and white striped wrapping, I wrote “Cheers” in gold letters. I did not add a message to the kraft paper wrapping.

EXPERT TIP: Choose colours that coordinate with the cap and any neck band or other labelling that won’t be covered up by your wrapping.

DIY Confetti-Dot Wrapping Paper

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DIY Confetti-dot gift wrapping for a kid's birthday | overhead | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com I’m not a big fan of most wrapping paper created for kids. Emblazoned with trademarked characters from movies and television shows, I find them all rather tacky. Typically I will opt for bold colours and fun patterns — something kids will like but that is not an assault on my own aesthetic sensibilities.

This vibrant DIY wrapping paper made using a colourful combination of tapes is a perfect solution. The half-and-half dot looks more complicated to create than they are and add extra fun to the confetti pattern. It’s like a party! Read on for the full tutorial.

 


 

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SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 30–60 minutes

DIY Confetti-dot gift wrapping for a kid's birthday | materials and tools | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES + Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Pink Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Blue Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Green Solid + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Pink + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Medium Blue

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS + Scissors + Matte white wrapping paper from The Paper Place + Parchment paper + 3/4" circle punch + 1" circle punch + Ribbon

 

1. Wrap your box. Cut your paper to size, then wrap it around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape.

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2. Make the dots. Apply a strip of Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Blue Solid, to the parchment paper. Take a strip of another colour — Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue - tape it to the parchment paper, slightly overlapping the first strip - the overlap will help the two pieces stay together when you remove the tape from the parchment paper. Repeat with all the colour and pattern combinations you’d like to include.

I used the following pairs:

+ Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Pastel Blue Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Techno Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Green Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Medium Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green and Medium Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green and Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Pink Solid

I also included dots of solid Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and solid Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue.

Once you have your strips of tape prepared, position the 3/4” circle punch so each tape fills half the circle; punch a hole. Repeat using both the 3/4” and 1” circle punches until you have enough dots to cover your wrapped gift.

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3. Apply the dots to the paper. Gently remove the parchment paper from the back of your first dot and stick to your wrapped gift (Begin peeling up from the tape that is underneath, so the two halves stay together). I applied my dots in a loose, random arrangement, mixing colours, patterns and sizes.

4. Add the final touches. Once you’ve finished sticking on the dots and are happy with the design, tie a ribbon around the gift and attach a gift tag.

EXPERT TIP: Choose a white or light coloured paper in which to wrap your gift. It will allow the colours of the tape to pop.

DIY Confetti-dot gift wrapping for a kid's birthday | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

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

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Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com 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

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SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES

+ Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

+ Scotch® GiftWrap Tape

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS

+ 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

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This Week on Pinterest, Feb. 10

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It seems to be all about paint this week! Here are three DIY projects I pinned that each use paint to create gift containers.

* Spray-painted cookie tins: turn those tacky tins into stylish ones with a bit of paint. By Cynthia Shaffer. I'd be inclined to leave the tins just a plain colour, without adding the extra decorations. Maybe just tie ribbon around them.

* DIY glitter gift bag. This time paint dresses up a plain muslin bag. By Jenny of Hank + Hunt on The Sweetest Occasion blog. Also includes instructions on how to switch out the bag tie if you don't like the colour the bag comes with.

* Cigar boxes as gift boxes. By the bbbcraft sisters on Design*Sponge. Here they dressed them up in red paint for Valentine's, but even plain, I think cigar boxes make a nice gift container.

This Week on Pinterest, Feb. 3

Pinterest Logo* Folded-paper treat bags. A simple way to make patterned gift bags without a lot of cutting and gluing. A great option for customizing wedding or party favours. By Emily on Not So Idle Hands. Find the full how-to tutorial on Not So Idle Hands. * Valentine gift tag using washi tape and a rolling alphabet stamp. By Heather on WhipperBerry. The tag is just a small part of the packaging for some heart-shaped doughnuts on WhipperBerry.

* Canelé cake favours wrapped in tissue and string. Beautifully simple. By Chelsea Fuss on Project Wedding.

* DIY lace wrapping paper. Scan, photo edit, print, wrap! From Martha Stewart.