I almost never have any standard ready gift wrapping paper at my home as I like to experiment with different gift wrapping styles. I mainly use simple white or brown paper as the base to wrap the gift. I then add-on different elements using whatever material I have on hand to create something unique.
I recently created a candle gift wrap for a five-year old’s birthday present. The idea is simple and easy to do. I first covered the gift in plain white paper. I glued a rectangular piece of blue crepe paper on top of the front of the gift. I then cut out shiny, pink rectangular strips from an old magazine (the advertisements in most magazines have a variety of colours you can cut out and use) and interspersed them with strips of a black and white decorative tape. For the candles flames in the gift wrap, I cut out yellow and orange pieces of paper from an old magazine (you’d be surprised at the different ways you can use the glossy colourful paper from old magazines).
To finish it, I added a brown gift tag, tied up in twine. And voila, the candle gift wrap was ready. It works really well for small kids.