Getting Scrappy with Wrapping!
We love, love, love making prezzies feel super special here at Jungalow, evidenced by so many fun wrapping ideas we’ve shared over the years. And some exciting news, we’ve just launched our brand new eco-friendly gift wrap sets in the shop! Not only are these guys nifty ’cause of their reversible sheets featuring two of our festive signature patterns, but they’re also printed in the USA with soy-based inks on recycled & recyclable newsprint – you can even toss them in the compost bin if you’d like (we like)!!
As long as we’re being eco-minded, we thought we’d use all those little scraps ’til they’re gone! Check out a couple of our ideas for how to utilize every last piece of your gift wrap kit (which comes with 5 large sheets, 5 assorted gift tags stickers and a paper Hamsa tassel gift tag/ornament BTW).
We’ve got some fun DIY gift wrapping tutorials for you below!
First up? Wrap Your Bouquet!
Need a last-minute hostess prezzie? Go into your yard (our walk around your block) and forage some pretty greenery! Then check out the nifty GIF-y below and the instructions to see how to wrap it:
Wrap Your Bouquet:
What ya need:
- Flowers or greenery
- 1 sheet of Jungalicious gift wrap & coordinating gift tag sticker
- Ribbon or twine
- Tape (we used double-stick here)
What to do:
- Start by creating a cute lil bouquet! You can forage flowers or greenery from around your ‘hood, grab some from your local florist, or even pick up a small bunch or two from your grocery store and mix & match with those. Once you have your arrangement, it helps to secure with a rubber band or twine to keep it all in place.
- Use a large, square scrap of gift wrap (bonus points if it’s reversible!), lay down your bouquet and align the top of the flowers/greenery with the top left corner of the sheet. Your bouquet should lay diagonally across the square going from the top left corner down to the bottom right corner.
- Time to fold! Bring the bottom right corner all the way up to the middle of the bouquet and make a crease. Then, bring the top right corner and bottom left corner almost all the way to the center and crease those, too.
- Now, more folding! Bring your newly folded bottom right corner and fold that piece all the way in until it aligns with the left edge of your center fold. Add some tape (double-stick works well!) to secure it in place. You’ll then bring the newly folded bottom left corner and pull it tight until you reach the right edge of your new bouquet. Don’t forget to tape to secure it into place, too. At this point, your paper should look like a bouquet – yay!
- Then comes the ribbon! Pick & choose your fave ribbons – we went for a sage velvet layered with a natural/copper twine. Wrap it around your bouquet, leaving room to tie a knot or bow in the front, and cut accordingly. We left enough to go around the back first, then bring the pieces up toward the front & tie into a decorative knot. Either way works!
- Secure your knot or bow and cinch tightly around the bouquet stems to prevent the bouquet from slipping out. Trim the edges of the ribbon to your liking, we kept ’em pretty short & sweet for this one.
- For the finishing touch, add your jungalicious gift tag sticker and write a lil message to your homie. Now you’re all done & your bouquet is ready to go!
DIY Paper Pom Pom
Another fun, no-waste idea is to use your wrapping scraps as ribbon and a gift topper. We were mid gift wrap when we noticed a long, skinny scrap that reminded us of ribbon. Next thing you know, our new paper ribbon idea was born and we haven’t looked back since! Check out our steps below for how to create your own paper ribbon & pom pom toppers.
PAPER POM POM + RIBBON DIY:
What ya need:
- Wrapping paper or scraps (we used scraps from our reversible sheets!)
- Tape (we used double-stick here, too)
- A wrapped gift to put these on
What to do:
- First, wrap your gift! Save your scraps!
- Take a long, skinny scrap and fold in the two long edges to create your ribbon. Adhere to the gift box using double stick tape. We used two separate pieces of paper ribbon to do the criss-cross look and adhered them all at the bottom of the box.
- Now, for the pom pom! Pick a paper scrap and fold it a few times resulting in a ~5″ square shape.
- Then, hold the bottom left corner while cutting from the bottom right corner up to the top left corner making a rounded shape.
- Start cutting from the rounded edges almost all the way to the fold – this is what makes all of your pom pom shreds! (Don’t cut all the way to the edge, remember to leave a little space!)
- Once you’re finished cutting, unfold once so you have a long folded edge along the bottom and your rounded, shredded edges along the top and sides.
- Start folding the pom pom in a zig-zag pattern to make it voluminous and extra festive. When you’re finished, secure with tape. You can give the edges a little trim so that they all feel about the same length.
- The fun part – holding the base of the pom pom, shake it out to get the paper to separate and create your pom pom effect. This works wonderfully with reversible paper so that it’s patterned no matter which side it is!
- Add some tape (double-stick works best) to the bottom, and stick your pom pom to the paper ribbon! Sometimes it helps to fold the bottom of the pom pom down to make a flat edge, too. Now, you’re ready to rock & roll with your new eco-friendly gift wrap!
Got any more innovative ways to wrap with scraps? We’d love to hear ’em! Also, you can pick up the same wrapping we used right here in the shop. Happy wrapping, y’all!
Photography by Kelly Greenwood for Jungalow®.