DIY Your Holidays

When it comes to giving gifts, it’s the thought that counts. But that doesn’t mean the wrapping can’t shine.

“People love a handmade gift. Who doesn’t want to get something that you put your own time and energy and creativity behind,” said Laura Petrungaro, Shift Supervisor at the Naperville Paper Source.

To help give people some new ideas, the Naperville Public Library held a series of holiday craft classes.

“It’s really not hard to make something look like you’ve put a little bit of extra effort in, even though it was very simple to do with materials that are simple to get ahold of,” said Shannon McGregor, Adult Services Librarian at Nichols Library.

Some of their tips to spruce up your packages include, using recycled materials as your paper, putting the present in a unique container or adding cut out letters or pictures to plain wrapping paper.

McGregor explains, “I just like to tailor it to the person that you’re making it for, their personality something that will feel special for them.”

To add sparkle to the tag, the creative minds at paper source have some quick tricks.

Petrungaro demonstrates, “I am going to be embossing using a rubber stamp, and dip it in the Versamark ink, get it all full of ink, and then I’m going to place it straight down on my tag, apply a little pressure, lift straight up and my image is now on the tag. I’m going to sprinkle embossing powder all over the image and that powder’s going to stick to where the ink is.”

Then, apply heat and the embossing powder will become a permanent raised image.

Next add some decorative tape and a piece of string so the tag can be attached to a present.

“If you are really a beginner and you want to do something just a little extra you can actually purchase boxed cards and add embellish with glitter or embossing right over the card,” said Petrungaro.

Another easy project you can make is holiday place cards. Simply add a piece of decorative tape to the bottom of cardstock and use a nice pen to write the names.

“There’s just the satisfaction of knowing you actually created something. Whether its something little and just an embellishment, or creating something from scratch, it’s all about being creative,” said Petrungaro.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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