Add wow factor to gifts with DIY 3D gift wrap

Nov 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Pop-up wrapping paper is the perfect way to turn practical or accompanying gifts, like socks, toothbrushes and the often-forgotten pack of batteries into thoughtful masterpieces. Basic paper craft supplies and a little can-do creativity are all you'll need to add wow factor to gifts for friends and family.

Supplies:

  • Cardstock in varying colors — 12 x 12-inch sheets or larger depending on the size of your gift box
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Metal ruler
  • X-Acto utility knife
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Printer (optional)


Floral pop-up

Instructions:

1. Draw a flower shape on the center of your cardstock. (Even the simplest blooms are stunning as pop-ups!) Use pencil so visible lines can be erased afterward. Directly below your flower draw a horizontal band running side to side that attaches to the bottom petal(s) of your flower. This band will wrap the sides of your gift box and serve as the platform for your pop. Using a utility knife or scissors, cut out your flower with attached band.

2. Place your ruler on the band, so that the edge of the ruler aligns with the side that attaches to the flower. Fold the flower upward to form a 90-degree angle.

3. Add embellishments and create pop-up leaves, if desired, the same way you achieved the flower. Vary the widths of the pop-up bands for added interest.

4. Apply double-sided tape to the underside of the band and apply the pop-up onto your gift box, centering the florals on the top where you'd typically place a bow. Wrap the pop-up bands around the sides of the gift box and overlap them on the underside.


Pinwheel

Instructions:

1. Cut two 3.5-inch cardstock squares in contrasting colors.

2. Stack the 2 squares on top of one another and place ruler diagonally over the squares so that it runs from corner to opposite corner. With the X-Acto knife, create a 2-inch slit from each corner in toward the center, making sure to cut through both layers of paper. Repeat with remaining 2 corners, so that you have four 2-inch slits, 1 at each corner running in towards the center.

3. The slits created above will leave you with 2 triangle points at each corner. Turn back every other triangle and affix it to the center of the square with a dot of hot glue. Hold in place until securely fastened.

4. Draw and cut out a 1-inch organic circle out of contrasting cardstock. Using the eraser end of a pencil or X-Acto knife, form the circle around the pencil, creating a crinkled paper effect. Attach to the center of the pinwheel with a dot of hot glue to conceal the raw pinwheel edges.

5. Attach completed pinwheel to the top of your gift with double-sided tape or hot glue.

Monogram

Monogram pop-ups are created in a similar manner to floral pop-ups, but instead of drawing your objects, print out large-scale (approximately 300-point) individual letters from Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. Cut out the letters and trace the outline onto your cardstock. Refer to the floral pop-up tutorial above for instructions on adding the band and affixing to the gift box.

The end result is simple, impressive toppers to dress up gifts.

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