A Quick and Easy Gift for the First Day of School

Hello makers! It’s Aida here from Life and Paper Crafting. After a fun summer, going back to school is a day I look forward to—seeing friends, making new ones and of course, a stash of new supplies in the school bag are some of the reasons why I love this time of the year. Kids of all ages love markers or coloring pens and never seem to have enough. I’ve got a quick and easy gift wrap holder for markers or pens, and it can be used for other small items as well. For more ideas, check out our 15 Ways To Conquer The First Day Of School blog for more useful tutorials!

Tip: Look at how different the same wrap can look just by changing the patterns of paper and colors of cardstock! I promise this will be fun—are you ready?


From the Stars set, die-cut one large Star out of dark pink cardstock. Die-cut one medium Star out of silver glitter cardstock. Die-cut one small Star out of light pink cardstock.

Layer the Stars. Adhere them together with small pieces of a Foam Adhesive Sheet to give the layered Stars a 3-D look.

Cut a 3" x 8" piece of patterned paper.

Wrap your pens or markers with the trimmed patterned paper, making sure they are tightly secure. Adhere the two ends of the paper together, and staple the folds.

Die-cut the word Shine from the Pondering Words set out of a strip of yellow cardstock. Adhere silver glitter cardstock behind the word. Cut both ends of the yellow strip to make a banner.

Adhere the layered Stars to the top of the wrapped patterned paper, and adhere the yellow banner to the layered Stars.

That’s all there is to making this gift wrap holder! It’s a fun and quick project when you’re short on time. Thank you for coming by, and here’s wishing our kids a wonderful time as they head back to school!

By Aida Haron

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