Elmer’s Holiday #GlueNGlitter | Wax Paper Bow Tutorial & Giveaway

This is it friends… it's our Super Bowl, our World Series… Christmas is the most important day of the year for packaging fanatics like myself.  We only have a few days left to gather supplies and make our plans to create our gift wrap masterpieces. I've gone a little manic and thought I would share a few DIY gift wrapping ideas like how to make a wax paper bow…

The other day I headed to Wal-Mart to restock my arsenal of Elmer's products to help accomplish the gift wrapping challenge. You can follow my Google+ shopping trip here to get the entire play-by-play of the trip.  Here are a few of the items that I needed to accomplish the task…

I'm in love with the Elmer's Glue Spots, they are so convenient and easy to use. A new favorite is the CraftBond Quick Dry Glue Pen… this is not your old school room Elmer's.  I was was really impressed with it's performance. I also added the Elmer's Double Stick Tape, X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors & Elmer's Foam Mounting Tape. With my arsenal re-stocked and ready to go, it's time to start working on this years gift wrapping…


I tend to stick with basic, neutral wrapping paper choosing to dress up the package with fun design elements.  I wrapped my boxes with a basic brown paper using the Elmer's double stick tape…



I find that making sure that your lines are crisp and clean makes for an even better presentation.  The fact that you can use the double sided tape means that you won't even see the tape! Once the box is wrapped now the fun begins. With this box I wrapped a simple piece of fabric around the box and secured it with the double sided tape, then wrapped it with some cotton yarn. I made some pom-poms with the cotton yard and glued it to a stick with the Elmer's Quick Dry Glue Pen…


It's a simple yet stunning presentation.  I also added a basic key tag that you can find at any office supply store for the gift tag.

My next gift, I used a non-traditional wax paper bow…

Here's how to make one…


I take four sheets of wax paper cut roughly into 12×12 squares. Layer on top of each other and then fold back and forth like a fan and then tie in the center with a bit of string our twine…

Decide what size you want the bow to be and then trim the ends accordingly.  For this box I rounded the tips with the X-ACTO Precision Tip scissors to create a flower like appearance…


Then, gently start to pull apart the different layers of the flower…


Fluff it up to your liking and then use some Elmer's Glue Spots to affix it to your package…

Aren't they fun?  Click here if you would like to learn how to make the fabric bow as well.

Let's just say I am loving this time of year.  It's so fun to shop for your friends and loved ones and then bring home those trinkets and wrap them up with your love. Elmer's and Wal-Mart make that so easy to do just that!!

Click on the image above for a chance to win the entire Elmer's wall at Wal-mart!!  That is an fabulous prize pack to get you in the mood for some holiday packaging love!!

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #ElmersHoliday #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias all projects and opinions are my own.


  1. 1

    Oh my heck, Heather…how beautiful! I want a present from you…there doesn’t even have to be anything in the box…just a gift-wrapped package…these are so wonderful! I love the pom poms on the little twig…gorgeous. Merry Christmas, sweet face!

  2. 2

    How lovely! I would never of thought of making flowers with wax paper but it totally works!

  3. 3

    The wax paper flowers/bows are beautiful!!

  4. 4

    Hi Heather,
    I bet that no one wants to open your gifts! If they are that wonderful on the outside I can only imagine how terrific the actual gift is!!
    Merry Christmas!

  5. 5

    All your packages are so pretty! If I give you chocolate, will you come and wrap mine? :)

  6. 6

    I’m learning that crafting allows me more creativity and pride in the finished product.

  7. 7

    I am in love with the wax paper bow! Pinned it & my 10 yr old daughter is going to try some today!

  8. 8

    These look great but first things first… I can’t wrap worth a darn so what are the odds of a tuorial of that too? You did a great job

  9. 9

    I love your wrapping! And those poms poms? Oh my!

  10. 10

    Love them all Heather! Your presents are so pretty that I wouldn’t even need to open them. I’d just sit one on my desk and smile every time I looked at it. You have mad skills!

  11. 11

    Okay, so this is my favorite wrapping I’ve seen ALL SEASON long! You did a great job! And the wax paper…genius!

  12. 12

    Loooooove to know what brown paper you use??!!!!

  13. 13

    So-so pretty. I linked to you in my blog, hope thats ok. http://crafterlifebyme.blogspot.se/2012/10/the-christmas-series-2-wrapping.html

    love, Isabella

  14. 14

    Nice ideas here… esp paired with the brown wrapper…

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    Loved this waxed paper bow. And so easy, except for satisfying yourself as to petal placement. What I did with mine was to lightly spray with an opaline glitter glue on each side…the operative word is “lightly”. I sprayed each side of the paper before making, but afterword decided a light spray after making would work just as well. Thanks much for a great idea…sean.

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    Waxed paper bows great idea! I sprayed lightly with an opaline spray glitter glue…made it super special and so easy. Thanks much for a great idea…sean.

  17. 17

    I love this idea. I can’t wait to try it. I’m always looking for fun news ways to decorate gifts.

  18. 18

    What a lovely post and site!! So excited to find it! I will be back often! I featured one of your pictures and a link to your blog on my Facebook Page, Mindful Shopper. Would love it if you stopped by the page (https://www.facebook.com/MindfulShopper) and website (http://mindful-shopper.com/) to say “Hi”!

    Wishing you Happy Holidays!

    Amy Kelsch
    Mindful Shopper

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    Hi Heather! I absolutely adore that striped kraft paper – I've been looking for some everywhere!! Where did you find yours?

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    Laura Hendrickson says:

    Hi Heather! Love this concept! I know it's been awhile since this post, but could you tell me where you got the light striped kraft paper? I've been looking for some like it FOREVER, and all I can find it just plain kraft paper.


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