Hobbies: Feather gift box wraps things up elegantly

Dena Fishbein
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Scrapbook paper is great for scrapbooking, of course, but it can also be used for so many other projects. This project was inspired by my good friend, Brenda Walton. She is always bringing me delightful gifts that are wrapped to perfection — the wrapping is just as pretty as the gift itself. Scrapbooking paper remnants and little embellishments go a long way in creating a lovely little gift box that will take your gift giving to a new level.


Scrapbooking paper (mix and match)


Glue or double-sided tape

Baker’s string

A pencil

A small gift box


1. Pick out two or more coordinating patterns of scrapbooking paper. Measure your box and cut out pieces of the paper to cover all of its sides. Use glue or double-sided tape to secure the paper to the box.

2. On the back of a different pattern of scrapbooking paper, loosely draw a feather and cut it out. Use your scissors to fringe the edges of your feather, making many small cuts along both sides. These cuts should be very close together and should stop before the center of your feather. You may bend, ruffle or spread the fringe to add character to your feather.

3. When your box and feather are complete, place the feather on top of your box. Wrap a piece of twine around the box several times and tie it in a bow.

I love the way my feathers came out, but you can get creative and add other elements from nature. Paper butterflies with glitter on their wings or a 3D paper flower would be a great addition. The scrapbooking paper we used for this project is from my Embellish by Dena Collection from Darice.

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at denadesigns.com.