Introduction

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Decorative Packages

These packages are too pretty to tear open on Christmas morning; they’re for decorative purposes only. The birch bark bow package will last for years if properly taken care of.

Step 1

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Wrap the Box

Wrap the box in butcher paper. There are two reasons to wrap it in butcher paper. First, it will give you a solid color palette underneath the fabric; secondly, the glue and fabric will stick better to the butcher paper than to the cardboard. Wrap the box as you would a gift package and use scotch tape to secure. Then wrap the box in the burlap or muslin fabric. Wrap it as you would a gift package and use hot glue to secure.

Step 2

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Cut Bark Ribbon For the Four Sides

Measure from the top center of the box, down to the middle of each side to the bottom of the box. Cut the birch bark into four rectangular strips to those two sizes (one for the long side and one for the short side). Make it so all four pieces slightly overlap in the center of the box. Don't cover the bottom of the box, just bring the bark down the sides.

Step 3

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Secure With Staples

Add a few staples to fasten each piece of bark. The staples will be covered by the bow, so don’t worry about them showing.

Step 4

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Glue the Ribbon

Use hot glue to fasten all four sides onto the box. You may have to hold the bark down for a couple of minutes until it sets.

Step 5

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Make Bow's Loops

If you can, the night before you start this project, make the loops for the bow. Cut two pieces of bark the same size. Curl one end of each piece onto itself and hold it with a paperclip. If you let the loops sit overnight, they will hold their shape better.

Step 6

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Fasten Loops to Package

Lay the two bow piece in place. Do not fasten them down at this point, it is best to fasten the bow’s knot first.

Step 7

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Cut Inside of Loops

Cut the inside corners of the loops so they'll be able to slip into the bow’s knot.

Step 8

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Make the Bow's Knot

Remove the two bow loops from the box. Curl a piece of bark (about the same width as the bow loops) to make a cylinder shape for the knot.

Step 9

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Add the Knot

Fasten the knot to the package using staples.

Step 10

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Add Loops

Slide the loops into the knot and secure them with staples and hot glue.

Step 11

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Cut the Bow Ends

Cut out trianges in the tails of each loop as you would on a ribbon.

Step 12

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Slide the Package Under the Tree

If necessary, clean the fabric with a lint brush or pipe cleaner. Add greens and pinecones for extra color and texture.