Beautifully wrapped gifts are somehow just more special, aren’t they? I remember when I was a young teenager how my mother wished our gifts under the tree had a little more flair than the curling ribbon and stuck on bows the budget allowed. That year I saved up my babysitting money and bought beautiful shiny ribbons and premium wrapping papers and wrapped all the presents for our family so under the tree sparkled with gorgeous gifts. That was my present to my mom that year, and she was totally thrilled. As is her way, those ribbons and bows were recycled and enjoyed for many Christmases.
But the truth is, you don’t have to save up your money to buy pricey supplies. There are tons of ways to spruce up packages that cost just pennies! I’m a big fan of paper flowers, and am a little in love with these paper poinsettias I used to wrap up a few gifts from Shutterfly.
How to Make a Paper Poinsettia
The flower pieces do take some time to cut out; its’ a good sit-in-front-of-the-TV project.
Paper Poinsettia Materials:
- Poinsettia templates:
- Letter sized cardstock in your choice of colors
- Pearls or gold beads for flower centers
- Hot glue
Print both pages of the free printable poinsettia template onto your cardstock, and cut out the shapes.
Using a bone folder (or something with a sharp point that won’t cut paper) score each one of the petals you’ve cut out.
Bend each of the petals in half. This will give your flowers some dimension.
From here, we’re just going to be stacking up our petals at angles to each other. First I stack them in pairs, large with large, small with small. Use a small dot in the center of each piece to stick them together.
Then layer each of the pair sets and glue them together, so you end up with lots of petals on your poinsettia. Still large pairs to large pairs and small pairs to small pairs.
Glue the group of small petals to the group of large petals.
Now we’re going to make the centers! Put a dot of hot glue in the center of your poinsettia.
Pour your beads over top of the bubble of glue and press them in to form a mound. Sweep away the excess beads. Next we’ll wrap up a present with one of our poinsettias!
Wrapping Super Cool Gifts with Paper Poinsettias
The custom wrapping paper I used was a total surprise. I ordered it from Shutterfly, not thinking that it was going to be so wonderful. The kids went crazy for their photos on the paper, and the paper-o-file in me totally delighted in its quality feel. And it looks pretty neat, too.
To use the poinsettias, after I wrapped my gift, I banded the box with ribbon. I added the paper poinsettias to the box with a little hot glue.
Be sure to visit Shutterfly for more great gift ideas!