How to Make Christmas Bows and Change up Your Wrapping

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Does the thought of wrapping presents for Christmas excite you (me!) or make you break out in a sweat? If you fall into the latter category or if you just want some new ideas on how to make your presents look awesome under your tree, I have some ideas for you! And of course I try to make these ideas a cost efficient as possible because who really doesn’t want to save some money around Christmas

How to Make Christmas Bows and Change up Your Wrapping

How to make Christmas bows and change up your wrapping - Splendry

For this first idea all you need is a brown paper bag!

A brown paper sack becomes beautiful gift wrapping, plus how to make Christmas bows!

Cut it along the edges until you have a flat surface.  Then wrap up your present! I was doing a book.

A brown paper sack becomes beautiful gift wrap, plus how to make Christmas bows!

Next it’s time to add a bow! I like working with wire ribbon because I think it holds better. Wrap the ribbon around the present in either direction twist it on the bottom like you see below.

How to Make Christmas Bows ribbon tying

Once you make it back to the top tie it off again.

How to Make Christmas Bows package ribbon

For the bow part you can make it as large or small as you want. Loop pieces of ribbon back and forth over each other holding in the middle until you have at least 6 loops, three on each side.

How to Make Christmas Bows bow making

Place the looped ribbon in the middle of the package on the ribbon and tie the loose pieces from the package around your ribbon loops.

How to Make Christmas Bows tutorial

How to Make Christmas Bows bow tutorial

Cut your ends to a desire length and that’s about it! I love doing these types of bows. They look so pretty!

How to Make Christmas Bows tutorial

To make the name cards for the present I got tired of just using stickers. So instead I found this Christmas paper notebook in the target dollar session and thought it would be perfect.

How to Make Christmas Bows and other wrapping ideas paper

I cut out about 2 inch strips and followed it in half and then attend it to the gifts. I loved how it turned out.

How to make Christmas bows and other Christmas wrapping ideas

Other gift wrap ideas

For this next present I went with a more natural/rustic theme. I found these thick clipboard stickers once again in the target dollar section.

How to Make Christmas Bows and other wrapping ideas tag

Do to something a little different I decide to use what I could find in my yard as my “bow”. I went out to my front yard and got some leaves from a tree. You can use anything you want. I think a pine cone or pine cone needles would be great or even magnolia leaves. I taped the leaves on to act as my “bow” on this present.

How to Make Christmas Bows and other wrapping ideas sprig

The target was killing it last time I was there (I mean lets be real I could always find cool things a target). I also found these small ornaments that I thought were adorable.  I decided to use them on a present too. Plus they only cost a couple of dollars for a whole box full.

How to Make Christmas Bows and other wrapping ideas ornaments

Then I used my holiday paper for the name tag.

How to Make Christmas Bows and other wrapping ideas ornaments 2

If all that seems too much feel free to use the simple bow. They still look pretty!

How to Make Christmas Bows and other wrapping ideas 2

I hope these simple presents give you some ideas for your own presents. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use things that wouldn’t typically be used on a present. You never know what you can find! Merry Christmas and wrapping!

Originally published November 24, 2016

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Amanda

Amanda

Amanda is a part time Physician Assistant but is a full time mom/wife with a daughter and a furbaby. She grew up in Tennessee and St. Louis but Oklahoma now feels like home. She is a lover of all things old and junk and loves to collect old items that she doesn't have room for. She enjoys traveling, watching and playing sports, and being with friends and family- so basically your typical extrovert!

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