my favorite way to wrap a gift

A beautifully wrapped gift is always a pleasure to give and makes the recipient feel extra special.

I’ve noticed an influx of gift bags lately at parties and showers and I understand why … it takes extra time and the right supplies to wrap a gift the traditional way with paper and ribbon.  A gift bag makes it so easy.

But I can assure you, this wrapping method is just as easy as those gift bags and costs just a few dollars.

It is my favorite way to wrap clothes, stuffed animals, a small stack of books – anything smallish and odd shaped.

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: gift

:: tissue paper {two large sheets}

:: roll of cellophane

:: scissors, tape

:: ribbon, stickers or gift tag for embellishing

STEP ONE: layer two pieces of tissue paper {this will make it less see-through} on top of cellophane. Cut cellophane slightly larger than tissue.

STEP TWO: roll up gift

STEP THREE: place gift upside down on the center of the tissue/cellophane and wrap up both sides, securing with tape.

STEP FOUR: tie ends with a pretty ribbon {see my favorites sources of ribbon here}

STEP FIVE: embellish

Grab a little helper to add a name with glittery alphabet stickers {found at the craft store}.

Simple, personal, and oh so cute.

And just in case you are curious about where the adorable swim suit and towel are from, here you go:

swim suit: janie & jack       |       mermaid towel: target

Happy wrapping.

18 Responses to my favorite way to wrap a gift

  1. Wynne March 23, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    I love your ideas and was wondering if you could let me know your sources for ribbons. The link does not seem to be working. Thanks!

  2. Jamie May 26, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    This is so great! I am definitely going to remember this…thanks for the tip!

  3. Crystal L. (Crafting & Rambling) May 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    What a clever (and cute) idea! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  4. Catherine at Design Editor May 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    You are officially freaking me out. This is how I wrap almost everything. I’m addicted to cellophane. I found a red candy stripe cellophane at Christmas, I was in heaven.

  5. Sunny Jane May 22, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    My mom always wrapped things like this. And I always loved it… since it looked like a giant candy:)

  6. Jen @ a place 2 call home May 22, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    This is so cute. I especially love how it looks like a piece of candy. I wanted to tell you there’s a similar bathing suit at target. I bought the pink one for my daughter, but just in case you were looking for another gift, Or one of your readers were looking for a cheaper version? Ii thought I’d pass it along. : ) http://www.target.com/s/toddler+bathing+suits

  7. Rachel May 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Very cute idea!! I have a birthday party this weekend for a sweet 2 year old girl. Definitely trying this out.

  8. Emily @ Peck Life May 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I think I am a paper nerd and always wrap gifts (just say no to bags!). Sometimes when I show up at a birthday party, i’m the only one with a wrapped present. This is a great tip! I have that same pack of tissue paper and cellophane sitting at home right now (and guess what?) ANOTHER birthday party this weekend! hehee.

  9. Christi May 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this idea! I’m always looking for creative new ways to wrap gifts!

  10. Annie May 21, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    I would love to see a post on how you package the fabulous products you create & sell! I’ve got a couple ways I enjoy, but I’m always looking for inspiration! :)

  11. Ashley May 21, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    got that suit this year for my gal from J&J – its so cute but runs pretty large in my opinion – its very baggy in her rear, but we will grow into it.

  12. Liz May 21, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    The gift wrap is darling! I love the embellishment ideas. I do tend to rely on bags, not because they are easy but because I have so many of them!! We are big proponents of reusing and because of this we have an under bed box full of bags that only seems to breed more bags. Do you have any creative ideas for using these bags in a more unique/personal way?

  13. Kristi May 21, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    I completely agree with you on the gift bags! I love wrapping gifts and making them extra special for someone :)

  14. Tara May 21, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    Such a cute idea! And that swim suit is darling.

  15. mary beth May 21, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    Huge fan of Janie and Jack and that suit is no exception! Great idea for gift wrapping odd-shaped objects…I never seem to know what to do with those .

  16. Annaleise May 21, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Love the wrapping! And I love that sweet suit! I’ve been eying it for my little girl!

  17. Tiffany A. Nelson May 21, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    I have done this style before, looks like candy. Thanks for the idea of adding the name in stickers, I have a ton of those on hand from scrapbooking days. I find them at Targets $ section too, can’t have enough. Happy Monday.

  18. Kelly at Talk of the House May 21, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    Loooove this! But man I wish you had posted this 2 days ago when I was wrapping a zillion graduation gifts. Oh well, still have 2 to go, and this will be perfect for them.
    Thanks for sharing the great idea!

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