DIY Gift Package : Product Review
DIY Gift Package Review
By Chris Dunmire
"UNIQUE Gift Wrapping Craft Templates Over 35 different 3D models! Create precious memories with innovative and unique Gift and Craft Templates for any occasion! Fun and versatile fun-shape box templates for any size package and for all ages."
Designed by Janlia Chong, DIY Gift Package, is a fun alternative to traditional gift packaging. This unique product comes with an assortment of packaging templates that you simply print on your inkjet or laser printer, cut out, and assemble into a unique and fun gift package. It's that easy!
I enjoy making my own homemade gifts and cards, so I decided to try Janlia's gift packaging templates for my own gift giving. The creative idea was desirable and the templates came in a variety of "difficulty" levels, so that even the most inexperienced paper crafter (me!) could ease into the fun.
How Did I Do?
These are the six multi-paged templates I put together. It's good to remember that the templates are much easier to put together after the first time, especially after you perfect your own technique and are familiar with the folds and construction. Again, I used plain colored posterboard to illustrate the basic form of the models. You can use any kind of decorative colored paper (textured or pre-designed scrapbooking paper works great for this project).
I first chose the Super Star template because it looked like the easiest model to fold. It was a simple design that was rated at a level 1 (easiest) and had minimal straight-edge cuts.
The Super Star took less than 30 minutes to put together from start to finish. I tied curling ribbon into the punched holes as a finishing touch (which also holds the package together). The finished form was great for small gifts like perfume, candy, and jewelry.
Christmas (Pine) Tree
The second template I chose was also level 1, but had a lot more precision cutting and folding to do than the Super Star.
The finished form was nice and solid, great for holding heavier items in a totally enclosed container. I added curling ribbon for a final touch, and could have easily spent more time on other decorations.
Great for girls and for tucking small books, CD's, DVD's, cosmetics, and the like inside! The top flap encloses the handbag and can be secured with tape, string, or ribbon.
The third template I chose was a higher level of difficulty and took about an hour to complete. And it was twice as large as the first two models.
The finished form came out exceptionally well. Not only could it hold larger items than the previous two, it would also make a lovely table decoration or angel sculpture to decorate.
The fish assembled into a top half and bottom half. Its roomy bowl shaped inside could hold clothing, soaps, lotions, and other items needing space.
The car was exciting to assemble, and will most definitely appeal to boys and car enthusiasts! The pop-out wheel concept allowed the car to stand freely on all four wheels.
A Creative & Fun Product
I recommend DIY Gift Package & Paper Crafts for those who enjoy putting extra effort and thought into their gift giving. You get a lot of ideas, tips, and templates for your money, and you'll save money in the long run too. The templates can be resized and used over and over!
Not only will your gift packaging be unique to your recipient, but the time you put into making it will help you reflect on the real reason for "gifting" and help you to appreciate 'the thought that counts.
Helpful Tips & Tricks
The following are some helpful tips I've compiled while assembling these models that will help you:
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