Hi friends! Irene here, knee-deep in presents to wrap. I鈥檓 the type of person who LOVES to wrap presents, and I am always trying new ways to spice up my gift-wrapping game. Though I love decking out my gifts, I generally don鈥檛 keep more than one or two rolls of wrapping paper on hand. Year after year, all my presents around the holiday season end up looking exactly the same. This year I鈥檓 changing things up. I say gift wrapping should be fun, but you don鈥檛 need to buy a bunch of different rolls of wrap to give your stack of presents variety. You can still making each gift unique while sticking with a few simple rolls. How, you say? The answer is with greeting cards!

We teamed up with Studio Ink to help us wrap our presents this year. I love how these cards are designed and how easily you can repurpose them (check out the Christmas tree we made with them). Their cards are so cute and witty, it鈥檚 impossible to send *all* of them away. Today, we鈥檙e using cards to cut up and decorate our presents with. This DIY is a great way to use any extra holiday cards or repurpose last year鈥檚 cards!

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Materials:

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Directions:
1. Cut out shapes in cards. You can either freehand cut your own shapes or cut out the illustrations in the cards. You鈥檙e the artist!

2. To make shapes like stars, holly or trees, use cookie cutters to trace and cut.

3. To make a bow out of cards, cut out two pointed oval shapes, two rectangle shapes and one skinny strip. Bend the oval shape so that the points touch and seal the points with glue. Make a loop with the skinny strip. Arrange bow on present and glue.

4. Arrange other shapes on presents. Get creative with it!

5. Glue cut-out shapes on presents.

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Woo hoo! Let鈥檚 get going! We started out by cutting out the illustrations in the cards, like the buildings, exclamation points and circles. Feel free to get creative with your cutouts! Cut your own abstract shapes or cut out existing shapes in the cards.

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Who says that Christmas cookie cutters only serve one purpose? Turn them into stencils and trace shapes onto your cards. Cut, cut, cut!

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All the shapes!!

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Now that we鈥檝e graduated from Cutting Cards 101, we鈥檙e going to get a tad more advanced and make a paper bow. Cut out two pointed oval shapes, two rectangle shapes and one skinny strip. Bend the oval shape so that the points touch and seal the points with glue. Make a loop with the skinny strip.

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Use glue to attach a bow to your wrapped gift.

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Arrange other shapes on presents. Get creative with your design! Glue shapes on presents.

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Ring in the holiday cheer!

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Tiny present, meet tiny tree.

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How will you use cards to decorate your presents? Share photos with us on Instagram using the hashtag #britstagram!

Author: Irene Lee
Video + DIY Production: Alonna Morrison, Ryan Shelley
DIY Production and Styling: Irene Lee
Photography: Chris Andre