Wrapping a gift without tape…

My sweet mom and sister, hosted a hometown bridal shower for me a few weekends ago. 
For their hostess gifts I purchased each of them a picture frame. 

A Family frame for my mom. A Sisters frame for Kayli. 

Then, the morning of the shower while getting everything ready to leave I realized… 
I didn’t have any TAPE to wrap their frames!!

Not to worry! There is ANOTHER way. Especially for a crafter in a hurry! 🙂
Apologies for the poor photo quality. A crafter in a hurry also has no time to get out the camera… 
So phone pics it is! 🙂

My materials
My method for wrapping a gift without tape calls for…
Pretty tissue paper
Glue stick

All materials a handy crafter will most likely have lying around! 
(Let’s face it though… if you’re that handy, you’ll have remembered to buy tape. 😉

Wrap the gift in the pretty tissue paper like usual. 
Except… Use the glue stick along the inside edge of the paper to adhere it to itself. 
Instead of TAPE obviously. 😉

Make sure you press firmly down over the glued paper to make sure it sticks. 
(Please don’t glue it to your gift…. What? It had to be said… 🙂

Fold the ends of your tissue paper into two corners and firmly glue those to the main part of the gift as well. 
Again, just like wrapping a gift normally… Except with glue!

Once you’ve finished gluing the wrapping paper, tie up your gift in a pretty, matching ribbon! 
The ribbon helps hold it all together in case any glue happens to come undone. And it looks nice!

I curled the ends of the ribbon with my scissors and viola! 
A lovely wrapped gift… Minus the tape! 🙂

You can stick a sweet thank you card underneath the bow if you want extra brownie points… 
FYI! ðŸ™‚

P.S. I’m linking this monumental idea ðŸ™‚ to these fun linky parties!!! 
And many of the others listed on our linky party page

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  1. this is way cool, i love it. so creative!!!

  2. Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy says:

    So good to know! I am always losing my tape. I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  3. melody-mae says:

    congrats on being blog of the month on ftlob. I already follow you so I am following you on twitter! 🙂 Big congrats to you, you so deserve the shout outs!!

  4. Jess@Balancing The Dream says:

    Great wrapping tips!! I have never thought to use chapstick!! Thanks for giving me the idea!! C'mas will be so much easier this year! 🙂

  5. Just this... Alice says:

    Great solution to that little problem. I think I will try that next time my grandson uses up all my tape playing. I have struggled with trying to hold the paper closed and tieing ribbon around the package to keep it closed. Now thanks to you I have an alternative solution.

  6. What a fantastic idea!

  7. Crystal says:

    How smart!

    Sharing a link to this with my Facebook readers. 🙂