What you will need to do this is a glue stick, scissors, a few different kinds of ribbon, and wrapping paper. I found it to be easier if you have paper that comes in a set, so they go together, but this is not necessary. You can be creative and use any assortment of paper that you think looks pretty. The glue stick I used is this one: Elmers All Purpose Glue Stick
I used a ruler for the lines and plain typing paper for the pattern. This is the result:
Luckily, I happened to have two colors of the same wrapping paper, which I think happened to make this pattern particularly pretty. After gluing on the tree, I cut out the red circles out of red paper scraps and glued them on in the center of the snowflakes. I think it came out really cute! I used this idea to make the same tree design on a another gift, only in a different way. This time I just used a ruler and pencil to trace out the pattern on the back of the paper before cutting.
Sometimes I use the patterns on paper as a base for a design. Like the one below, I made with the same paper as on the left hand tree on the package above.
I saw the ornament shape of the pattern on the gift wrap, and I decided to go with it. First I cut them out, then I snipped a few pieces of ribbon for hangers and glued them together.
You don't really have to get fancy, sometimes a more plain design fits the package or gift wrap more, like the one below. Simple geometric shapes make for an interesting design, especially if your background paper is a more busy design like my HO HO HO paper.
I know that some of you are probably thinking, why should I go to all that trouble and work for something that is going to be ripped to pieces and destroyed? Well, I look at it like an ice sculpture. It's beautiful while it lasts, but it just isn't meant to last forever. :)
Have a Happy, Merry, and Joyous Christmas!