Wrapping small and special

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The saying goes 'good things come in the small packages'. I'm sharing here some easy ways to wrap some small things in a special way.

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First up is surprise balls! Do you have any fond memories of surprise balls from childhood? I think I only got one once but I loved it. I was reminded of them last year when HonestlyWTF posted a nice tutorial for making them. They stood out to me as being a great way to wrap something small and special. I've created a little unravelling animation to show the fun.

These are easy to make though they do take a little time. This is a good activity to do while watching your favorite Christmas movie. Little flat-ish things work well to include in the crepe paper layers. The list is endless. Some ideas are; stickers, fortunes, hand written notes, confetti, jingle bells, or money (who doesn't like finding a surprise dollar in their pocket).

Cut standard crepe paper streamer in half for more control when wrapping. Connect multiple colors with washi tape.

Cut standard crepe paper streamer in half for more control when wrapping. Connect multiple colors with washi tape.

I could see these as being a good way to wrap a special piece of jewelry, new car keys, or an engagement ring. I wrapped a ring for my mom last year this way. The ring had a cat on it so I even included some catnip as one of the elements which revealed itself from the layers of crepe.

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Many cards come wrapped in a cellophane sleeve. You can use that as a keeper of a special gift when you add confetti. Wrap the gift first in some tissue to help distribute the weight and keep your item from falling through the confetti to the bottom of the bag. I make my confetti with multi-blade scissors. They're actually being sold at Target right now in the mens department. Marketed as a personal shredder in the "Gifts for him under $20" display. Here's a different pair. I sealed my confetti filled present with washi tape of course.

Save your cellophane bags!

Save your cellophane bags!

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You don't need holiday specific paper to wrap something special. Pair some metallic pipe cleaners or ribbon with neutral wrap to make it feel festive.

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