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I enjoy crafting and I enjoy giving gifts. There are only so many birthdays and holidays that I can use as motivation to make crafty gifts. I’m always looking for more crafting inspirations. I’ve found that I enjoy making small gift ideas to give as just because gifts. You know, those occasions when you just want to give someone a small celebratory gift or a pick-me-up gift or a small thank you gift or… I just find that there are many small gift occasions in my life.
These adorable shirtfront chewing gum gift ideas are easy enough to make with children, but fun enough to bring a smile to even the most discriminating adult.
My family and everyone I know enjoys chewing gum (I don’t think I even know anyone who doesn’t like to chew gum.) We always have several packs of gum around our house, in our car, in my purse, in a backpack, and I could keep going on. Gum is also a great treat that you can share with friends. There are not many other treats that are as easy (and sanitary) to share with others. I find that I’m often with coworkers, friends or even a new acquaintance when someone pulls out a pack of gum and then offers it to the rest of the group. It’s a friendly gesture and giving a small gift of a decorated pack of gum is just that much more friendly. I’ve made several of these decorated gum packs to have on hand so that I’m always ready when a small gift occasion arises. (I’m smiling just anticipating the next time I can give one of these small gifts to someone.)
Small Gift Ideas
Rectangular Gum Package – I found the new Extra® 35-stick pack of gum is perfect for this crafty gift. First, it’s a larger pack (more gum to share with more friends) so it’s a larger surface to craft on. Secondly, the recycled packaging is durable (think a firm plastic case) so it will hold up well.
Sold Color Card Stock Paper – This is a great opportunity to use up some of your paper stash. You’ll need a piece at least 3 1/8 inches by 4 1/4 inches. I chose paper that coordinated with the colors of my gum packaging.
Decorative Paper – Use up the small scraps from your paper stash.
Embellishments – You may want to add embellishments like sequins, beads and such to create your decorated shirts.
Scissors or Paper Cutter
Double Stick Tape and Craft Glue – I prefer to use double stick tape, but you can use craft glue and you’ll need it if you add small embellishments, like the sequins I used.
Trim your solid color paper to a piece that is 3 1/8 inches wide and 4 1/4 inches tall. Using the measurements below, mark the start of your diagonal cuts and the end of the cuts with a light pencil mark. Cut the two diagonal slits. Fold the flaps over to look like a shirt collar. Don’t worry too much about making these cuts. They don’t have to be perfect. You’re creating a cute craft, not dressing a queen or king. (I’m saying this mainly to my own perfectionist self.)
Draw your scarf for the ladies’ shirt and tie and pocket for the men’s shirt by freehand. Use double stick tape to add the scarf or tie and to stick down the collar flaps. Use craft glue to add sequins for button on the ladies’ shirt.
Use the edge of a pencil to lightly shade the edges of the shirt pocket. This helps make it stand out a bit more from the rest of the shirt (the pocket blends in, is barely noticeable and not worth the time cutting out that tiny embellishment if you don’t shade the edges).
You can use double stick tape to stick the shirt fronts directly to the gum packaging, but I prefer to add a band so that the shirt becomes a gum wrapper sleeve that can be removed and then slipped back onto the package. Adding the band allows you to give these small gift ideas with the intact wrapping. The recipient can remove the shirt wrapper, remove the packaging and return the shirt wrapper to the case to decorate the gum container while they are using it. This allows them to keep a happy reminder of their small gift and your affection.
Simply wrap a 1 1/2 inch wide strip around the gum case and tape the shirt front to the band edges.
The shirt gum wrapper sleeve fits over the still wrapped gum package and also over the opened gum package. Look at the durable, recycled packaging case that holds the gum. You know I’m almost as excited about repurposing that plastic case as I am about enjoying and sharing the gum. Be on the look out for an upcoming repurposed organizing craft using the Extra® 35-stick package because I’m dreaming of so many new craft ideas using it.
You can tailor (pun intended) the colors and patterns for your small gift recipient. Use favorite colors, favorite team colors, school colors or a color that coordinates with the gum packaging. You could add a bow tie, a bolo tie, a pocket square a vest or anything you that tickles your creative fancy.
Let your inner fashion designer have a grand old time decorating your ladies’ shirt gum wrapper sleeve. You could make a Peter Pan collar, add pearls, add a statement necklace, add ruffles or whatever the newest fashion trend is.
I was able to find the new Extra® 35-stick pack in the checkout line at Walmart, which makes it easy to grab on your shopping trip no matter what else you’re picking up. I found both the Extra® Gum Spearmint flavor and the Extra® Gum Polar Ice®, so of course I had to get them both. Then while I was waiting to check out, I grabbed a second package of Extra® Gum Spearmint because the durable packaging makes it perfect to keep in my purse (I deserve a small gift, too!).
Everyday is a great day to give some one a small gift. These small gift ideas are perfect for anyone and for so many gift giving situations. Who do you know who would appreciate an adorable chewing gum gift?
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I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.