Many years ago, pre-blog, I had gotten my aunt’s name for Christmas. After asking around I was told that she was super into reading on her Kindle. Since I am also a Kindle fanatic I knew a gift card would be a great thing to get. So I went all over town trying to find said Kindle gift card. Apparently everybody was a Kindle fanatic that year. I couldn’t find a card anywhere.
So I tried to think of something else to give her but I kept coming up short. I mean, I was pretty happy with my first idea and I was being stubborn. And then, the day before I was to leave for my sister’s place for Christmas, I found one. At the hardware store of all places. Score!
Not wanting to just toss it in a card, I sat in my office and thought and thought about how to package it. In the end, I sewed it inside of some brown paper on my sewing machine and I though the results were awesome!
For this project you will need:
- Kraft paper OR Kraft Cardstock (in scrapbooking sections)
- Sewing machine (I LOVE mine and it has lots of fancy stitches for just over a hundred bucks!)
- Thread your color theme
- Star shaped Silhouette cut file (not necessary but helpful)
- glue runner
Cut out one star or other shape from your craft paper or cardstock. FYI – I went cardstock because I wanted a sharp, definite star shape.
Apply glue to just a bit of the front side of the card and smack into the center of your shape. DO NOT put glue where the magnetic strip is or the pin code on the back!
Run your glue all around the inside of the star shape…
Put onto another piece of brown paper and trim out.
Use any stitch you please to close up. I get these nifty stitches out of my Brother Project Runway Edition machine (I don’t even watch the show, though :)
If you want to be really fancy, you can sew the name in the center and then add in the gift card. Stitch up just the same as for the other!
Whether you go simple with just an edge around or fancier with names and crazy stitches, the effect is still the same…
A gift card, the gift sometimes seen as being impersonal, seems less so when time is taken to carefully wrap it! Now, this fall, Rachel of Lines Across launched Let’s Wrap Stuff, a website devoted to all things gift wrap related. To celebrate its launch, Rachel challenged me and a select group of talented bloggers to come up with a creative gift wrap idea using plain kraft paper. Who doesn’t love brown paper packages tied up with string? Check out all 24 creative kraft paper gift wrap ideas below.
1. Pom Pom Ice Cream Cone Gift Wrap by Let’s Wrap Stuff
2. Embroidered Wrapping Paper by Lines Across
3. Holiday Lights Gift Wrap by Burlap and Blue
4. Printable DIY Watercolor Gift Tags by Dawn Nicole
5. Chalkboard Painted Wrapping Paper by The Winthrop Chronicles
6. Let it Snow Neighbor Gift Printable by Ginger Snap Crafts
7. Upcycled Cardboard Gift Tags 3 Ways by Eat. Sleep. Make.
8. Kraft Paper Gift Card Envelope Printables by Delia Creates
9. Make + Give Christmas Tree Gift Topper by Make and Tell
10. DIY Wrench Wrapping Paper by Maker Mama
11. DIY Stamped Trees Gift Wrap by Shaken Together Life
12. Brown Paper Packages by Delineate Your Dwelling
13. Yarn Tassel Gift Wrap 2 Ways by Hands Occupied
14. Holiday Writing with Washi Tape by Club Chica Circle
15. Glitter-Dipped Gift Tags by The Thinking Closet
16. Coffee Container Christmas Gift Tags by Simply Kelly Designs
17. Gift Wrapping Ideas by C.R.A.F.T.
18. Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by Making Home Base
19. Sewn Brown Paper Gift Card Gift Giving by Dream a Little Bigger
20. Chalkboard Gift Tag & Ornament by Tried and True
21. Easy Holly Ornament Gift Tag by Rae Gun Ramblings
22. Printable Hand-Lettered Christmas Tags by Persia Lou
23. Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas by Eighteen25
24. Washi Tape Christmas Tree Gift Card Box by That’s What Che Said