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Last minute gift wrap alert

  • Published at 07:18 pm February 11th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:12 pm February 15th, 2018
Step up your gift-giving game this Valentine's Day with something a little more personal. Because, let's face it, what's on the outside does count.

HEART SHAPES

Cut out a simple shape – like a heart – to add a little glitz to your gift. You will need:
  • A small knife or x-acto knife
  • Cardstock (or business cards)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Wrapping paper
  • Cutting board
  • Secondary colour paper (or glitter scrapbook paper)
Directions: Make a template of a heart on a business card and cut it out. Then, with a pencil, use your template to trace around it all over on your wrapping paper. Use a ruler if you want them evenly spaced. With your x-acto knife, cut around one side of the heart from the top to the tip of the bottom. Fold the heart over. Tape it down and repeat the same step on all the hearts.

WASHI TAPE WRAPPING PAPER

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and guess who your new best friend is? Washi tape. Washi is traditional Japanese paper and its tape can add pops of colour and pattern to plain wrapping paper for a unique look.  You will need:
  • Washi tapes
  • Brown craft paper (or craft gift boxes)
  • Scissors
Directions: Start off by wrapping up your presents in brown craft paper. You can find this at most craft stores or even the grocery store. Use washi tapes of different colourful patterns to create any design you like. You can go with diagonal stripes that criss-cross on your package. Anything goes. Or you could also go for straight up stripes using different colours and patterns. And voila! In minutes, you can turn a bunch of plain gift boxes into an army of washi awesomeness.

THE PIXEL WEAVE

A woven design is just as pretty as a bow and twice as easy to make. You will need:
  • String for weaving (yarn, ribbon, embroidery floss and rubber bands)
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Wrapped presents or gift boxes
Directions: For the yarn wrap: Start with a piece of yarn or string and wrap it in stripes around your package. Secure it temporarily on both ends using tape (you can tie off these ends later). With your second piece of yarn, quickly wrap it around your box several times based on how many stripes you want. Cut off the yarn, and unwrap so you can start weaving. Once you’re finished, tie all the ends together on the bottom of your box and you’re done! For the paper weave: Cut out long strips and tape the first layer (the base layer) to the bottom of the package. Then, with the contrast colour, you basically do the same thing as a normal weave, but you’ll want to pull the stripes more closely together. For some of the longer strips across, you may want to add a little glue to keep things together. And there you have it – a charming union of pixels and construction paper, all wrapped up together.