Sunday, December 4, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Wrap it Up for Christmas

It's Gift Giving Season and the time when we often spend more time and thought on our Gift Wrapping, so this month, the Creation Station Design Team are focusing on just that, with Wrap it Up for Christmas. 

If you've hopped on over from the very talented Dena Rekow at the Creativity Cave, then you'll have already seen some fabulous inspiration, well I hope you'll enjoy what I now have to share with you. 

NOTE: Sadly right now, there appears to be something wrong with the posting of Dena's blog post, so you may want to hop back to see Denita Wright's creation instead, to keep the hop going. Hopefully Dena will manage to get this sorted in due course.

Sometimes wrapping difficult presents can be an issue and although this particular project requires a relatively small present, the concept is the same if you were to use wrapping paper or, as I have here, a 12" x 12" piece of Designer Series Paper. 

I love this particular pattern and believe it looks quite striking coupled with the Real Red Ribbon, which has now been reduced in price. 

Instructions to make a Gift Bag from a sheet of patterned paper

1. To make this simple gift bag, take a full size sheet of DSP and adhere it into a tube, before flattening it down (ensuring the join is to the middle) and creating a bottom flap, which will be the depth of the bag. 

2. You then need to open up the base flap, flattening down one side at a time, to create a triangle to the side.

3. Repeat step 2 to the other side, before folding up the bottom flap and placing some double sided tape on it (here I have used Red Sticky Strip so that you can see it). Now fold down the opposite side to create the base. 

4. Open the bag and give it some volume before filling it. 

5. Fold over the top edge and now create two punched holes. To help line these up, you might like this little tip. 

TIP: Take a long scrap of cardstock. Place it along the top edge of the bag and punch your first pole through the bag and cardstock scrap. Remembering which is the side and top, flip it over to the opposite side, pairing up the side and top again, before punching the second hole, through that of the last one in the cardstock. You should now have holes with equal distance from the sides and top for you to thread your ribbon through.

I then made these cute Candy Cane Gift Tags to attach to the front of my present. I had seen something similar last year on Pintrest and had to create something similar.

I love how you can add not only a gift tag, but a stick of candy to the gift at the same time.

I hope you have enjoyed what I have shared with you today and you'll find some inspiration from it for your Christmas gift giving this year. You'll find many of the items that I have used in the End of Year Sale, so 

Hop on over to see what the lovely Sara Levin has in store for you and enjoy the rest of the hop. 


Back to Dena Rekow      Forwards to Sara Levin

With temporary issues with Dena's blog post going live, you may want to hop back to see Denita Wright's post to help keep the hop going. 

Thanks for hoping by


  1. Your gift bag is the perfect way to use some of my designer paper!

  2. Gorgeous Mikaela. A fabulous way to use a full sheet of DSP, and a wonderful tip re: punching holes. How cute are your Candy Cane tags? CUTE! Lovely creations. D ♡