To create a lid for the box, do the same
as above, only instead of folding the edges to the point of the cross,
fold them slightly outward so the lid will be larger than the bottom.
colourful pages from glossies. Cut out letters from the glossy and
paste them on top. (For example, letters that join to form messages
like "Season’s greetings" or "Happy Divali").
If you have some
small cane baskets lying unused in the house, dress them up in
leftover wrapping paper or stick colourful satin or lacy cloth
around them. Tie a ribbon or some lace around the rim and you have a
fancy gift basket ready!
Use brown paper bag
and stamp it with interesting patterns! Cut one of the seams of a
brown paper bag, then cut around the bottom to form a flap. Turn it
inside out and prepare to paint!
Simple items at home can be converted into imaginative wrappings for Divali or wedding gifts
Put poster colour in
a dish, cut a kitchen sponge (with a pair of scissors) into a fun
shape (a star, tree, flower, etc.)
Dip the sponge in the
paint, wipe off excess and dab it on the brown paper bag to make
You can clean out the
sponge and use another colour of paint... what about two different
shapes? You can use a piece of coloured yarn for a ribbon! Or you can
sprinkle glitter over the wet painted paper for extra pizzazz.
Instead of painting
patterns on brown paper bags, you can use brown sheets or butter
paper. Repeat the process of making imprints with sponge cut into
various shapes. You can involve kids in the creative process and use
innovations. Make them dip pieces of ladyfinger (cut from the top)
in paint and form patterns on the brown paper. Or they can simply
dip their hands into the paint and you can have wrapping paper with
tiny hands embossed on it.
If you want
something more solid to wrap your festival gifts in, convert old
tins or coke cans into gift packs. For this you’ll need an old tin
or can, wrapping or coloured glazed paper, tape or fevicol.
Wash the can/tin and
dry it thoroughly. Wrap can in wrapping/glazed paper and tuck excess
down into can and tape or stick the excess inside. Cover the lid also
with coloured paper, stick edges and top with a bow or satin ribbon.
Paint the outside of
the shoe box with the desired colour. Let the paint dry. Cut out the
picture or scene on the front of several greeting cards. Arrange the
pictures or scenes on the sides and top of the shoe box to cover as
much of it as possible. You can also try to create scenes with the
pictures. Glue them into place and let the glue dry completely.
glue, paint over the box to seal it. You should use approximately 1
part glue to 1 part water. Apply two to three coats, making sure each
coat dries completely before adding the next.
There is another
way to reuse brown paper bags for giving gifts. take a brown paper
bag and fold the top down twice (inside), making it like a hem.
Punch two holes on each side in the hem for the handles. Some bags
have store names on them. Cover that area by cutting old wrapping
papers into geometric patterns or in the shape of diyas. Paste them
on different areas of the bag. So, remember, don't throw away paper,
even after opening gifts. You can recycle it in so many ways.
(Compiled by Chetna