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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

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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.

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Dinosaur Ribbon Just Right for a Child's Gift

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Dinosaur ribbon gift Many times when buying ribbons and papers (some of which you can see in My Wrap Stash posts), I don’t have a specific purpose for them. I purchase what I like when I see it, and hoard it away until a time when it’s just the right thing for a specific present.

That’s what happened in the case of this graphic dinosaur ribbon. I bought a few yards of it about a year ago, not knowing whose gift it would adorn, but knowing that I just had to have it. When it came time to wrap a present for a friend’s child, I finally had a reason to pull out the dinosaurs.

This is how I wrap many of my gifts: start with one element and build the look around that. With the dinosaur ribbon as my jumping off point, the next task was to find paper and embellishments to match.

I try to use up the materials I have in my studio as much as possible (with my buying habits, I have to!). This can limit my choices, but it's often how one ends up with a more interesting end result, as it forces you to be creative and try combinations you may not have considered otherwise.

I started by trying to find a paper from my piles to coordinate with the ribbon, but I wasn’t having any luck, so moved on to my boxes of stickers and labels. In them was one of a collection of Angela Adams–designed labels, with a psychedelic orange and blue pattern that worked with the ribbon. After adding a gold monogram sticker (the first letter of the child’s name), the only thing left was to find paper to complete the look. In the end, I settled on plain kraft paper. It works well, but looking back I wonder if a glossy white or another tone of blue might have popped more.

Regardless, I think the final result was suitably kid appropriate without being tacky. I know the father loved it!

Sources*: Dinosaur ribbon, Sussman’s (Toronto). Angela Adams label, Chronicle Books. Gold monogram sticker (part of complete alphabet set), Staples.

+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen
* Items might not currently be available.

This Week on Pinterest

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This Week on Pinterest, March 22, 2013 A selection of gift wrapping ideas and inspiration, as discovered on Pinterest.

How to cover a box with paper. By Helena on Craft and Creativity. Re-covering old boxes with pretty paper is a great way to reuse packaging for gift giving, but getting tidy corners isn't easy; this post shows you how.

Paper carrots. By Jordan Ferney on Oh Happy Day. A quick and easy DIY for packaging Easter sweets.

Custom gift boxes. By Melanie Blodgett on You Are My Fave. A plain box + iron-on transfer paper = bold typographic gift containers (and they take only five minutes to make). Full tutorial.

"Color Me" gift wrap. By Rachel on Lines Across. Among Rachel's three interactive gift wrapping ideas for kids is this "Color Me" wrap, where the paper is plain and the topper is a set of crayons — you know, so the kids can decorate their own wrap before opening the present. Be sure to click through to see Rachel's other two brilliant ideas.

+ Bubble-wrap–printed paper. By Alisa Burke. Wrap bubble wrap around a cardboard tube, roll in paint, then roll onto paper to create a polkadot pattern.

+ Paperwhite bulbs wrapped in vintage hankies. By Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry on Julep. I think it's the charming vintage handkerchief that makes this host gift so special.

+ DIY air-plant wedding favour. By Debra Norton of Vintage Paper Parade on Weddingbells. I've seen lots of air-plant favour and place card ideas online, but I really like how Debra put this one together.

Visit my Gift Wrap and Packaging Pinterest board for more ideas.

My 5-minute Wrapping Job

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White gift bag with pink tissue paper and pom-poms This past weekend we were invited at the very last minute to a 6-year-old's birthday party. It was so last minute, in fact, that we had to buy a gift on our way to the party, with a small detour to my house so I could wrap it.

What you see above are the results. I grabbed a plain white bag, mixed two colours of pink tissue and tied on a few pom-poms. I wanted to share this story with you for two reasons:

First, to show that if you keep a good selection of basic materials on hand, you can be prepared for any event. Stock up on plain gift bags (white and kraft paper should be enough) in a variety of sizes, and have a selection of tissue papers in various colours.

Second, I wanted to point out that you don't always have to use expensive, fancy papers to make a pretty package. I'm certain the bag was less than a dollar, and I never pay more than $2 for a package of tissue paper.

Of course, what makes the gift extra fun are the pom-poms, which I happened to have lying around from an abandoned craft project. But just as fun would have been a faux flower, a small toy or a large sticker. Even a big pink bow would have worked.