Birthday Project | Hand Lettered Gift Wrap & Origami Bows with Tombow

Hello, everyone! Today I'm going to show you how to make a couple of different things. Hand lettered, custom gift wrap and origami bows. I think this project can be used for any sort of gift giving occasion, whether it be anniversaries, Christmas, weddings, mother's day...anything! But today I am focusing on the theme of birthdays! Everyone has one and I think this would be something very personal and special to make for someone's birthday.

Here are the things you will need!

  1. A roll of white kraft paper
  2. Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set, I used four from the  10 Bright Set
  3. Tape for holding down the paper & tape to wrap the present with
  4. Cutting board
  5. Scissors/Exacto Knife
  6. Pencil & Eraser
  7. Origami Paper
  8. Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive / Tombow Mono Removable Adhesive

First up, the origami bow! For this particular bow, I found a great tutorial by Paper Kawaii. Just make sure when you're making the center part of the bow not to freak out and quit. Take something small and pointy, like a pencil, and make the point easier to fold. Trust me. This will save you a lot of frustration. 

I'm going to take you to the end of the tutorial when you're gluing everything in place. Once you're bow looks something like this, you'll need to bust out the glue!

For this project, I am using the Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive. This little guys is great for controlling where you want your adhesive to go without getting it EVERYWHERE. This glue was designed for people like me. The messy people. Not only does it have great control, but it is seriously permanent. I guess that's why it's in the name. ;)

Here we have what will be the bottom two ribbons coming off the bottom of the bow. I used the adhesive along the edges and down this center seam, where we will be cutting later.

I also like to use some adhesive on the tips of the bow you stick into the center square. It'll keep it in place and ensure cuteness!

Below I have made a few different bows in different colors and sizes. As long as you start with a square piece of paper, you can make whatever size bow you want!

On to the gift wrap (my favorite) part! Tape down your paper and grab your Tombow Dual Brush Pens! I chose the purples and pinks for this specific project. I suggest starting in the center of your paper because that's the part you'll be seeing most once you wrap the present, and it makes it easier to fill in all the white space this way. 

I started with the thicker brush side. I use this side of these pens pretty much everyday. I LOVE this tip because it makes calligraphy so easy. My best tip for hand lettering is to press down very lightly on the up strokes and press down harder for your downstrokes. 

Note: This project is about putting your own personality on paper. Don't feel like everything has to be perfect. The fact that you are writing with your own hands on someone's gift wrap to give to them is going above and beyond and will be so personal and heartfelt that a few natural imperfections won't even be thought of. YOU BE YOU! :)

To get in the smaller corners, I like to use the smaller tip with a funky mix of capital and lowercase letters. Just because!

You can choose to use whatever words you like for this project, that's the beauty of it! I was using words like: birthday, friends & family, good times, streamers, balloons...anything birthday! But to make it more personal, you can customize your gift wrap with their name, inside jokes, or the theme of whatever party or celebration you're going to. I have also added some fun swirls and swashes for fun.

Note: Swirls and swashes make for good calligraphy practice!

Up next, cut up some strips of your origami paper in various thicknesses and colors. These will be your ribbons! I just cut them free-hand with scissors, but if you want to use an Exacto knife to ensure evenness, go right ahead!

Now go ahead and wrap your present!

Here, you can see a couple different examples of custom, hand lettered paper. I did one in all pink, one in all purple, and a couple with the two mixed together!

If you aren't so confident with your gluing abilities, I highly recommend using this Tombow Mono Removable Adhesive. You can easily remove whatever you're gluing so you don't have to worry about any mess ups!

I use it here for the ribbons below, since I didn't perfectly cut out my paper. Once you know where you want to place them, you can go back and use the Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive to make sure it doesn't go anywhere.

I made one too many bows, so I but the little one on the biggest! I used the Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive to stick them together and on top of the ribbon.

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Lastly, I've added a little name tag and you're done!

Here are all four of my presents all together! I hope you get to try this out the next time you have to give a gift. It's makes the giving experience so much more personal and special. Please make sure to tag me (@pfirnberg) if you make this! I wanna see what you guys come up with. Also please feel free to comment and let me know if you like this project and if you would like to see more!

I also made a video tutorial about this project! Check it out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this and have a great rest of your day!

Thanks for reading & stay beautiful.