Gift wrap­ping

Paper filler for gifts: how to choose and how to do it yourself?

Paper gift filler is an inex­pen­sive and effec­tive way to make a present pre­sentable. Paper­filler is good because it does not require high costs for pro­duc­tion and raw mate­ri­als. Let’s look at how it hap­pens and find out how to choose it or do it your­self.


Paper­filler accord­ing to its func­tion­al val­ue can be divid­ed into 2 types: dec­o­ra­tive and pro­tec­tive. In vari­eties of the first type, man­u­fac­tur­ers focus on col­or and tex­ture. The sec­ond mod­i­fi­ca­tions are nec­es­sary to keep the present sta­tion­ary. Thanks to them, gifts such as a bot­tle of cognac, a glass vase or a tea pair from an antique col­lec­tion will not be bro­ken.

Paper filler, in addi­tion to giv­ing the present a high sta­tus, solves sev­er­al prob­lems, it:

  • cor­rects the posi­tion of the gift;
  • sim­pli­fies the pack­ing of the prod­uct inside the gift box;
  • allows you to replace the foam fix­a­tion of the prod­uct;
  • in the future it can be used as an ele­ment of dec­o­rat­ing the inte­ri­or of the room;
  • pro­tects the gift from the neg­a­tive effects of tem­per­a­ture changes.

Nuances of choice

To choose the tru­ly best option for gift wrap­ping, you need to con­sid­er a num­ber of fac­tors. For exam­ple, you need to build on the type of pack­ag­ing itself. Paper shav­ings can be used to fill card­board box­es, wick­er bas­kets, and even clear bags. Shred­ded paper straw is per­fect­ly com­bined with plas­tic and wood pack­ag­ing.

Ran­dom­ly cut paper tin­sel resem­bles a pile of ser­pen­tine, it can be off­set, col­or, and also design­er. The desired option is cho­sen tak­ing into account the pack­ag­ing itself and the gift. For exam­ple, cut noo­dles made of cor­ru­gat­ed paper or cor­ru­gat­ed card­board are more suit­able for some prod­ucts, in oth­er cas­es, craft dec­o­ra­tive filler is more appro­pri­ate.

When choos­ing a mate­r­i­al for fill­ing a gift, you need to pay atten­tion to the width of the cut, den­si­ty and col­or. You can com­bine col­or options with each oth­er, choos­ing relat­ed shades of the same col­or. In addi­tion, if desired, a con­trast­ing com­bi­na­tion of paper strips is also allod.

Expen­sive presents are prefer­ably dec­o­rat­ed with plain paper shav­ings.

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It is also impor­tant to take into account such an aspect as breatha­bil­i­ty. For exam­ple, craft filler does an excel­lent job of exchang­ing air, and there­fore can fill the space in a box with a gift prod­uct. In addi­tion, kraft paper cut­ting is anti-aller­gic, tear-resis­tant, and frac­ture-resis­tant. It is also great for dec­o­rat­ing large and heavy items.

Cut tis­sue paper can be used as a filler for gift box­es for clothes, shoes, cos­met­ics. It can dec­o­rate the pre­sent­ed vin­tage wine, hand­made soap, as ll as items such as leather goods. These paper strips are light­ight and come in a wide range of col­ors. In addi­tion, a thing lined with such a straw may not be afraid of a blow.

Thin paper is good for seal­ing small size gift bags.

Expert advice

In order not to doubt the choice of col­or and type of paper, you can con­sid­er a few gen­er­al­ly accept­ed rec­om­men­da­tions.

  • Strips of nat­ur­al tones (white, pas­tel) made of paper with a non-uni­form struc­ture and a high­er den­si­ty are used to fill presents with the aim of empha­siz­ing envi­ron­men­tal friend­li­ness.
  • It is bet­ter to demon­strate the cre­ativ­i­ty of the pre­sen­ta­tion with the help of bright cor­ru­gat­ed paper, for exam­ple, the col­or of lemon, green­ery, scar­let rose.
  • Fuch­sia-col­ored paper strips are con­sid­ered the best filler for per­fumes and cos­met­ics (for exam­ple, expen­sive per­fumes, hand­made soaps).
  • It is more expe­di­ent to dec­o­rate gifts of the VIP cat­e­go­ry with pas­tel-col­ored shav­ings made of high-den­si­ty elas­tic paper.
  • When you need to give a present to a new­born, the tra­di­tion­al col­or (blue for boys and pink for girls) becomes the deci­sive fac­tor in choos­ing paper tin­sel.
  • It is bet­ter to pack a bot­tle, a tube or a bou­quet using cor­ru­gat­ed paper filler with a rough sur­face.
  • Poly­silk is con­ve­nient because it can be used to fill the voids of gifts of com­plex shapes, com­ple­ment­ing the design with small dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments.

When you need to buy paper filler for gift wrap­ping, it is impor­tant to pay atten­tion to the cut­ting width and den­si­ty. These fac­tors will deter­mine the dec­o­ra­tive­ness of the mate­r­i­al and the lev­el of splen­dor. For exam­ple, the width of the cut chips can be 1.5, 2.5 and 3 mm. As for the den­si­ty, the tech­ni­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics will depend on it: the high­er it is, the less vol­ume it will take.

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The reg­u­lar type has a den­si­ty of 80 g/m2, craft paper, like papyrus, is slight­ly thick­er. Their den­si­ty index is from 15 to 17 g / m2. Design­er cut­ting is the dens­est — its den­si­ty val­ue is 120 g / m2. To take to fill a box or oth­er con­tain­er, you need an option for rea­sons of prac­ti­cal­i­ty or dec­o­ra­tive­ness. For exam­ple, if you need to pro­vide a reli­able fas­ten­ing, the den­si­ty must be high.


The unique­ness of our own pro­duc­tion of paper filler is the fact that the paper pieces can be giv­en dif­fer­ent shapes. It is tra­di­tion­al­ly pos­si­ble to cut the paper into 3 mm wide strips using parch­ment paper. This width is enough, as wider stripes will look rough, visu­al­ly igh­ing down the design of the gift.

Cor­ru­gat­ed paper or craft sheets can be used as cut­ting mate­r­i­al. Some­one uses an ordi­nary news­pa­per or even dec­o­ra­tive nap­kins as a filler. In order for the strips to be even, depend­ing on the size of the orig­i­nal sheet, they act in two ways: they draw the sheet into strips 3 mm wide or cre­ate a tem­plate of the desired for­mat, and then print the sheet and cut it into strips.

You can cut paper not only with ordi­nary scis­sors: beau­ti­ful paper rib­bons are obtained when chips are cre­at­ed with scis­sors with a curly edge. Often, the fin­ished chips are sup­ple­ment­ed with foil or thin spi­ral rain. In addi­tion, it can be sup­ple­ment­ed with sisal or aba­ca filler, mesh for flor bou­quets.

The cut with organ­za, which is laid on the base of the box, looks beau­ti­ful.

You can make a filler with a fig­ured hole punch. Today, such items allow you to dec­o­rate any gift, sim­ply by prepar­ing a large num­ber of iden­ti­cal fig­ures. For exam­ple, it can be a vari­ety of hearts, but­ter­flies, flors, bears. The con­ve­nience of this man­u­fac­tur­ing method is the fact that you do not need to cut out every detail, and this saves time. In addi­tion, the qual­i­ty of cut­ting will be quite high.

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In order for the straw to look beau­ti­ful and uni­form, for its man­u­fac­ture you need to take paper, in which both sides are made in the same col­or. If you do not want to cut it with scis­sors, you can use a cler­i­cal knife and a met­al ruler for mak­ing. In this case, mark­ings are made, the paper is placed on the sub­strate and, after set­ting the ruler, they are drawn along the line with a knife, cut­ting the sheet into sep­a­rate tapes.

For the man­u­fac­ture of paper filler, you can buy sheets of A3 for­mat. After cut­ting, it is nec­es­sary to slight­ly crush the result­ing rib­bons, after which they are placed on the bot­tom, and then the voids left after the gift is placed are filled.

How to apply?

The unique­ness of the do-it-your­self paper filler is the com­pat­i­bil­i­ty of straws and decor. For exam­ple, you can cut paper, slight­ly wrin­kle it, fill in the voids in the box with it and dec­o­rate with bright ele­ments obtained using a fig­ured hole punch. For exam­ple, kraft paper straws, cou­pled with bright scar­let hearts or white open­work but­ter­flies, will look beau­ti­ful.

If desired, you can dec­o­rate the gift with sets in bright pack­ages. For exam­ple, they look very nice togeth­er with craft paper straws. The same straw can be sup­ple­ment­ed with pine cones, which will cre­ate a spe­cial mood when mak­ing a New Year’s present.

For a loved one, you can make a filler with hearts scat­tered on craft or newsprint.

What­ev­er gift is inside the box, it will look beau­ti­ful and expen­sive with such a filler.

Dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments are best made from thick­er paper or dou­ble-sided card­board. Such a decor will not wrin­kle, and there­fore a gift with a filler will look aes­thet­i­cal­ly attrac­tive. You can use thin coat­ed card­board, stamp­ing beau­ti­ful fig­ures out of it. It is bet­ter to take larg­er hole punch­es for such hand­made: this way the dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments will look more beau­ti­ful. For exam­ple, depend­ing on the vari­ety, the size of the form can be from 2 to 4.5 cm.