When wrapping our bear hats and another gift for the birthday party we attended last weekend, I needed a way to tie together two different packages.
I wrapped the clothes we gave Rob's 1-year-old relative in the same red polka-dotted wrapping paper I made Milou's party hat out of. I have a thing for polka dots.
I put the birthday boy's hat in a gift bag, though, but wanted a way to indicate that they went together. I was all out of ribbon, so I googled for a way to make some sort of adornment out of wrapping paper.
I found this tutorial, which involves a quick process of folding a rectangle of wrapping paper, cutting fringe-like pieces into it and then curling them with scissors. (Click the link for much more specific instructions.)
I did not know you could curl wrapping paper like ribbon, but it seems like valuable knowledge.
Anyway, the tutorial tells you to tape your homemade bow to the package, but I figured I could use it as a pom-pom on the gift bag, as well.
I was right - I just taped the uncut edge near the top of the bag and flufffed the wrapping-paper curls to make it seem pom-pom-y. This seems like an easy and inexpensive way to make a gift more festive - I can't wait to use it more in the future.