Cheap But Elegant Gift Wrap the Old Fashioned Way




About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.

Baking cookies is a rewarding thing to do this time of the year. The house is filled with wonderful aromas that draws family members into the kitchen.  I usually try to bake when I am the only one home, because if I am not watching  someone walks by,  snatches up the bounty and out the door they go.  Many of us are cutting back on the amount we will be spending this year.  In the next few pages you will see how plain butter cookies can be kicked up a few notches with some cheap wrapping paper, a tiny clothes pin, buttons, and Jute. Please follow me  . . .  . .  

Step 1: What You Will Need

This Instructable is about how to wrap plain homemade cookies.

Cookies outside wrapping:
  • 1 Batch of fresh baked ( not frosted ) sugar or butter cookies. Please read foot note. 
  • Wax paper
  • Jute
  • Tape 
  • Scissors
  • Miniature clothes pin
  • Various sizes of buttons
  • Glue

Please note: This type of wrapping can be done for any light weight gift.  

Step 2: Jute Tie

  • Estimate how long you need the jute tie to wrap around the center of the gift.
  • Make a slip knot in the jute.
  • Pull  the loop open large enough to go over the puff at the top.
  • Set aside until we wrap the gift. 

Step 3: Wax Paper

  • Roll out the wax paper allowing plenty to make the top portion ( puff ).  I cut mine slightly short at 20 inches.
  • Place the gift in the center of the wax paper. 
  • Fold one long edge of the wax paper over the gift top and tape the wax paper to the top of the gift.
  • Fold the remaining long edge of the wax paper over the gift top and turn it under 1 inch for a nice edge.
  • Tape the wax paper to the top of the gift.
  • Gently pull up the sides.
  • Carefully pull the wax paper to the center of the gift arranging the ends to form the puff.
  • Slip the jute over the puff at the top and pull the jute strands.
  • Tie the strands into a bow.
  • Glue several buttons on the clothes pin
  • Clip the clothes pin to the center of the jute bow.

Step 4: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

I love the look of wax paper wrapping.  It reminds me of simpler times, when people had to be creative around the holiday season.  I will be posting more Instructables in the next few days so please stop in again soon.

Thank you for stopping by and do have a wonderful holiday season!



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    sunshiineM.C. Langer

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for speaking up! I am happy to send them viral! Hope you have milk! Oh yeah I will post more later to send you! Sunshiine

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for commenting! Hope your staying warm. We had snow today! Everything is so pretty.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    That's great; I'm happy for you. I'm also happy to have no snow here yet. :-) We were a little traumatized by the Halloween snow storm.