Handmade Thursday: Gift Wrapping with Scraps

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Art & Craft, Home & Garden | 15 comments

I’ve just been too busy of late to make anything (other than a mess and a big pile of ironing to be tackled) so apologies that I have not been participating in Handmade Thursday. But to keep in the loop, today I am revisiting one of my favourite topics – gift wrapping.

My stationery fetish is already well-known, and I do buy LOTS of lovely gift wrap, but I also like to wrap gifts with other materials that may have had a different original purpose, so I thought I would show you some of those.

Vintage scarves can be picked up very cheaply in charity and second-hand shops, jumble or car boot sales, and make great wrapping – the ends can either be tied together around the gift, or secured with ribbon as I have done here (I think the ribbon originally came from a bouquet of flowers). Perfect for someone who likes vintage clothing: wearable gift wrap!

I am always picking up (and hoarding) things that I think might come in useful for gift wrapping. These free exhibition posters had been languishing in my box of wrapping materials for a while, but came in handy as wrap when I was giving a sewing-related present to a crafty friend – tied with one of the many short measuring tapes that have been gleaned over the years from Christmas crackers, and with one of my button gift-tags attached.


I bought this cut-out frieze in a Paperchase sale, knowing that I would never use it for its intended purpose (which was? I’m not really sure). It looks great wrapped around a gift that has been covered in white hand-made paper.


Finally, I keep the smallest scraps of gift-wrap, even though they might not be enough to cover a whole present, because they can be used, like the frieze above, to wrap around gifts covered in plain paper, like this scrap of Liberty-design paper around a gift covered in a sheet of white A4 printer paper!

Please pop over White Lily Green to check out the other Handmade Thursday posts. In the spirit of ‘I’ll show you mine if you show me yours’ I will be hosting my own link-up on Saturday, called ‘Show Me Your Stationery‘, for fellow stationery fiends to show their favourite bits – from paperclips to patterned notebooks, all are welcome. See you Saturday!

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15 Comments

  1. Ooooh you are so clever, I love them all, the poster and tape measure is genius (keeping that in my head for another time) your gift wrapping must be exhausting at Christmas, but very enjoyable with CD on and a glass of fizz ;0)

    • Thanks Amanda. Old sewing patterns are pretty easy to come by and cheap in charity shops, so could be used for the crafty wrapping. It does take me ages to wrap at Christmas, but I love it, so don’t mind!

  2. Wow how clever will keep in mind some of your ideas as i always try and keep bits n bobs of nice papers/ribbons that can be reused :)
    @missdaisy32

  3. Oh my goodness, Show Me Your Stationery Saturday sounds awesome! Can’t wait to perve at that :0)

    Your gift wrapping skills are legendary – you wrapped my beautiful birthday present with one of those black friezes, and to honour you, I have also kept it and we re-use it!

    Off to find some suitably showy stationery… x

    • That’s what I like to hear Liz – all for reusing wrapping. Delighted you are up for Show Me Your Stationery too – yay!

  4. I’ve always admired your giftwrapped creations on your blog and now I can say with some satisfaction that i know first-hand how lovely it is to receive one of your beautifully wrapped gifts. These are all lovely too (but mine was special!). Thanks again x

  5. Oh wow, how gorgeous, and original!!!! I am looking forward to your meme!!! :)

    Thanks for linking up!!

  6. I missed this – your presents all look gorgeous! I like the sewing pattern idea a lot too. I’ve been making origami envelopes for small gifts like jewellery recently, they look really pretty (see youtube for some how-tos)

    • Thank you! Origami envelopes sound great x

  7. I loved this post just as I loved the Liberty piece around the plain. I do this a lot and it;s a great way of using up precious bits of paper that you really love. I’ve always known it as ‘banding’.

    • Thank you for your lovely comment – and the technical term!

  8. These are absolutely beautiful! Your sewing-related gift wrapping is spot-on…love that you used a tape measure as the ribbon.

    • Thank you Charissa! Wow – I’ve just popped over to your blog, a whole blog about gift wrapping, it’s fab!

  9. Wow! I am in awe! You are soooo amazingly clever, I am absolutely pinching some of those ideas!

    Emma xx

    • hehe, pinch away Emma :) xx

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