"Quality over quantity" has become more and more my mantra when it comes to gift giving. I am running out of space for bins and bins of cheap toys and household gadgets that don't fit in my cabinets and inexpensive clothes that wear out quickly and force me to decide if I should donate them after one month of ownership ... and I really don't want to deal with the clutter and cleaning that tags along with all that stuff!
When considering quality over quantity for gifts, quality often requires more thought and results in far less quantity. It also results in far more appreciation by the gift recipient and enjoyment of giving by you! Part of that enjoyment can be from having the time to wrap each gift more carefully and specially for a person. You'll have the time because your're not wrapping piles, only a beautiful, carefully chosen selection of gifts. There is a ton of inspiration on Pinterest. I'm sharing what I came up with this year. I hope you and your wrapping crew have as much fun with this as we did!
Click through or watch the slideshow of some of the gifts I had fun wrapping this year:
Here's a little how-to ...
Start with the yarn you like, I find inexpensive yarn works better than higher-quality yarn. The inexpensive yarn has more "grab" and less slipping when you work with it. It also creates fluffier pom-poms.
The supplies you'll need are yarn, feathers, hot-glue and scissors.
Here's a little video of me wrapping the yarn around four fingers. The fewer fingers you wrap results in a smaller pom-pom. If you want to make a really large pom-pom, use a wide piece of cardboard.
Trim a piece of yarn about 10" long, lay it out. Slip the wound yarn off your fingers and lay it on the 10" piece of yarn and tie securely.
Once tied, slip scissors blade into loops and cut on both sides. If you want a shorter strands, trim them.
Now you have a pom-pom made. Have your hot-glue and package ready. Wrap the package with yarn as many times as you'd like. Tie off in back and trim excess yarn from tie. Leave the strands spread apart in interesting patterns or scrunch together to make a solid band, tie in front if you'd like to angle the strands in (see below.)
At the spot where you'd like your feathers and pom-pom, place a dime-size amount (more or less) of hot-glue under the yarn. Poke ends of feathers into glue and arrange quickly. Put a little more hot glue on top and secure the pom-pom. Trim up strands if desired. Some packages I wrapped looked great with the longer strands, some didn't. Do whatever looks good to you!
Ideas I had, but didn't use, are monotone colors, natural-colored feathers, lightly patterned paper, anything could work. Options are endless. This packaging design would be amazing for birthday gifts and other gifts. My kids had a great time "helping" too!
Post any questions in the comments, I'm happy to answer. Also let us know any ideas you may have or ways you'd do this wrapping differently.
Feel free to watch our full video of making a pom pom ribbon. Have fun and be creative!