These craft projects are all about pretty and imaginative packaging
for presents and adding decorative touches to gifts.
Come back in the coming weeks and months for other projects!
Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have
some crafting fun!
Easy Jar Lid Covers - Turn any jar into something
special with a jar lid cover you can quickly make from paper. Make a
cover for that special homemade jelly or a recycled jar you fill
with a treat. Anyone will be delighted to receive a gift with a
handsome lid cover.
Origami Flying Bird
Friday Fun - A bow isn't the only
way to top off a gift package. All it takes is a square of paper and
a few folds to make an origami bird to decorate your present.
The flying bird has fewer folds than most origami birds. This makes it an ideal origami
craft project for beginning folders and children.
French Door Sticker Gift Tags - A sticker and a rectangular
strip of paper or cardstock are all it takes to make these unique
bifold tags. These gift tags are quick and easy to make, while
allowing for your creativity. There's plenty of room inside the tag
to add a special message or even a photograph.
Miniature Frame Gift Tags -
Make these very special gift tags / gift enclosures by framing clip-art,
small photos or pictures cut from wrapping paper and magazines. This is
an easy way to personalize any gift!
Paper Medallions - Make paper medallions to decorate
gift packages. The medallions are a nice alternative to bows and
ribbon, and when made from foil add extra elegance to your present.
There are three different medallion designs, each with two sizes. Use
each size alone or make them with contrasting colors and layer the
two sizes together.
Gift Tags from Recycled Cards
Friday Fun - Recycle greeting
cards and paper scraps into fun and unique gift tags. The whole
family can join in on the cutting and pasting to make these special
additions to your holiday gifts. The tags can even be grouped into
packages for sale at a Christmas bazaar or for a fundraiser.
Easy Gift Bags - Learn how easy it is to make
reusable gift bags from wrapping paper. With this simple technique bags can be
fashioned in just the right size for your gift in a matter of minutes.
Snowman and Angel Suncatcher Ornaments
- Make these special snowman and angel shaped Christmas ornaments
that have translucent centers, or the super simple waxed
alternative, as decorations for your packages. For other holidays
check out Valentine Suncatchers,
Envelopes to Make - See how easy it is to make a custom
envelope for a little gift tag or your handmade cards. The envelope can be made
from white or colored paper, and can be decorated to match your card
Friday Fun - Make strawberries
to embellish your gifts! These delicious looking berries are made from
walnuts in the shell that are painted red. This is a quick and easy
project that both kids and adults will have fun doing!
Envelope - Have fun making these delightful envelopes with
half-moon flaps that fold like petals. Spring and Easter designs are
included in the project. Use these envelopes as a gift wrap for small
gifts or to store keepsakes.
Rectangular Box -
Make a rectangular box with lid, also called a shirt box, in a variety
of sizes and depths. This is a very versatile box that can be used to
package about any gift. Instructions
are given for drafting a box pattern/template for any size rectangular
Friday Fun - Make cute little bugs to
decorate a gift. They are molded in plastic
spoons using plaster of Paris. This craft is great for Valentine's
Day and any gift-giving occasion. Children of all ages, even as
young as two, will enjoy making these love bugs as pins or magnets.
- Not only does every child love stickers, but stickers are also an easy way to decorate and personalize
any gift or card. Make them up in advance for a variety of holidays
and occasions to have on hand!
Tissue Paper Painting
- Make colorful
tissue paper with this super easy technique. The painted tissue
paper may be used to wrap packages, to cover box lids, line
envelopes, and in greeting cards, suncatchers, collages, and much
Little Gift Boxes - An easy to make cube shaped
box with three choices of printable patterns - quick to make in full color, a black and white version for kids to color, or a plain
template to unleash your creativity.
Friday Fun - See how easy it
is to make paper flowers. It requires no patterns and uses simple
materials. Use the flowers to decorate your gift packages. You could
make a bouquet to give as a gift!