Garland gift wrapping ideas

Going hand-in-hand with my post from a couple of weeks ago about ideas on how to decorate gifts wrapped in recycled paper bags, today’s post is full of ideas on using garlands and twine to decorate your gifts.

1. Rainbow Hearts gift wrap

What you’ll need:

Step 1: Using this downloadable PDF heart template (or any heart), cut as many as you want out of your cardstock.

Step 2: Sew them together with about 4 stitches in between each heart.


Step 3: Lay the hearts out on your wrapped package, so you can figure out what you want them to look like before you stick them down.

Step 4: Using your adhesive, stick the hearts down in the location you want them.

2. Rainbow banner gift wrap

What you’ll need:

Step 1: Using your decorative ribbon or twine, wrap it around your wrapped package several times and secure in the back with tape.

Step 2: Using this downloadable PDF template, cut out as many banners as you want out of your cardstock and fold in half like below.

Step 3: Using your adhesive, stick it to one interior side of each of the banner pieces.

Step 4: Do a general layout of the banner pieces along your ribbon, and then press both sides together to secure them.

3. Twine wrapped gift wrap

What you’ll need:

  • Wrapping paper – I’ve had a giant roll of this map wrapping paper for years, but here’s the same pattern online in a flat sheet
  • Scissors
  • Gift wrapping tape
  • Twine
  • Gift tag – I’ve had the ones I use for years, but something like this would work well

Step 1: Tape the end of the twine to the back of the wrapped gift.

Step 2: Wrap the twine around a few times (I did 6 times) and then secure in the back with tape.

Step 3: Figure out the length of twine needed to wrap around once in the opposite direction.

Step 4: Cut enough pieces that length to wrap around the package the same amount of times (6 in my case).

Step 5: Weave the first piece through the twine and secure in the back. Repeat, weaving the twine in the opposite order until all twine pieces create a lattice on the front and the ends are secured in the back.

4. Simple baby gift wrap

What you’ll need:

This one’s so simple I didn’t actually take any photos of the process. Just take a piece of twine and secure it in the back of your wrapped gift. Clip however many onesies you want and then secure them down with adhesive. That’s it!

5. Name garland gift wrap

What you’ll need:

  • Paper bag or solid gift wrap
  • Scissors
  • Gift wrapping tape
  • Double sided tape, glue or an adhesive applicator (I use Tombow brand)
  • Striped twine
  • Patterned scrap book paper
  • Marker of some sort (I used a Sharpie)

Check out the tutorial here.

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