Using horse clipart to create a personalized gift box or gift bag can really give your horse lover gift the unique and personal touch you’re looking for. And in most cases, you can make it cheaper than you could buy anything that comes close to it.
When you’ve selected a horse gift that is just perfect for your horse fan, but you need a way to make it a little more personal and add that little extra flair that makes your gift stand out from all the rest, try designing your own horsey gift box or gift bag.
A gift bag or box is especially great for items like horse t-shirts and horse jewelry But if you can find the right size box or bag for your horse lover gift, using horse clipart or horse pictures gives you the ability to put a fantastic wrap on any gift.
Let’s start with the gift box. First you need to find a box that’s the right fit for your gift. If you have a small item, say a small box for jewelry, I recommend you place that container in a larger one, like a shoebox. Just crumple some tissure paper, or use green Easter grass (after all, horses do LOVE grass) to fill the empty space in the box. This will add a little mystery to your gift as well, because they would never guess jewelry in a shoebox.
Okay, you have your box. Now let’s choose the wrapping material. You have to decide if you want simple or fancy or something in between. For simple, you could start with brown butcher block paper, or my personal favorite, a brown paper grocery sack. For the grocery sack, just cut down one side and along the bottom to open it up. When you wrap the box, just make sure the inside of the bag is showing. (I always used grocery sacks for all of my daughter’s school book covers. She loved them because she could decorate them any way she wanted.)
If you’re looking for something a little fancier, just use some shiny single color wrapping paper. Stripes or a simple design on the paper would work as well. It just depends on your taste.
Once you’ve selected your wrapping material, you need to wrap your gift box and lid seperately. This allows you to show off your creativity here as well. Select a different color for the top and bottom. Use brown paper grocery sack on the bottom and choose some shiny colored wrapping paper for the lid. Use stripes or polka dots on the bottom with a plain color lid. Use your imagination and come up with your own unique combination.
Now we’re ready for the horsey part. I’ll list a couple of options here, but I’m sure you’ll come up with some great ones of your own. You could find some magazine horse pictures or pictures from an old horse calendar. Cut out a larger one for the lid, and samller pictures to go around the sides of your gift box. Then just glue them in place.
The other option is to use horse clipart. There are some great sites online that allow you to copy their horse clipart for free, as long as it’s not for commercial purposes. Here are some of those places:
Now that you’ve selected the horse clipart you want to use, let’s print it out and start decorating. I like to use cardstock for sturdiness, and you also have a choice of colors as well. You’ll find everything from horse pictures to pencil drawings to horse silhouettes as you look through the choices of horse clipart. If you want a simple outline on colored cardstock, simply print out the desired shape, cut it out and use it as a pattern on the cardstock in the color of your choice.
Your goal here is to place one or two horses on the lid, and several “going around” the sides of your gift box. A striking example would be to wrap the lid in shiny black wrapping paper, and the bottom in white shiny paper.
Choose a silhoette for your horse clipart, and print out enough to go around the outside of your gift box on white cardstock (these will be black since they are silhoettes).
Cut out your horse figures and glue them to the outside of the bottom box on your shiny white paper. (*Special note here: make sure you allow room for your lid when gluing on your horses…you don’t want the lid to cover their heads.)
Save one to use as a pattern, and trace one or two onto white cardstock, depending on the size of your box lid. Cut these out and glue them on top of the box lid.
You now have a beautiful gift box with white horses prancing across a black background for your lid, and black horses prancing around a white background for your bottom.
You could substitute the shiny wrapping paper (if it’s a good quality heavy paper) for the cardstock to create a REALLY striking effect.
Of course, you can customize your gift box with your own personal preference of horse clipart, colors, styles, etc. Get really creative, and add glitter glue around the edges of your horse clipart cutouts or to make other designs on the box. Don’t forget to make a matching tag out of cardstock using your pattern.
For the gift bag, you use the same ideas and supplies, but you apply them to a bag instead of a box. You have lots of choices here as well. You can use a plain, unmarked brown grocery sack or a plain or designer gift bag from the dollar store. You can find different sizes of plain bags with “rope” handles in your local craft store or online at places like Oriental Trading Co. Your choice may come down to what you have immediate access to, but you can make any bag look great in no time.
You will need your horse clipart for this project as well. If you are going to glue the images to the outside of the bag, I would use paper instead of cardstock for your horse clipart, so they are flexible and move with your bag. Construction paper is a great choice if you want a solid color. If you are looking for a little more pizzaz, trace your clipart pattern on some brightly designed wrapping paper, cut it out and glue it on a plain color or brown bag.
For another twist on this same idea, trace a larger pattern on the front and back of the bag and cut it out. Now take the material of your choice…tissue paper, construction paper, wrapping paper, etc., and cut a section that is several inches larger than your cutout all the way around. Glue this section to the inside of your bag for a whole different effect.
Using glitter glue around the edges of patterns and cutouts really adds the finishing touch for your gift bag. And don’t forget your matching tag!
Now that you have some great ideas for your package, if you’re looking for more gift ideas to add to it, be sure to trot around Horse Lover Gift Ideas Central for some inspiration.
We’ll be adding more ideas for personalizing your horse gift from time to time. If you have some great ideas of your own that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you. Just jump on over to our Contact Us page and visit our Gift Idea Round-up Corral.
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