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4-H Creative and Expressive Arts: Giftwrapping Project

October 23, 2019

Giftwrapping is a fun and interesting project that gives youth the chance to be creative in wrapping a gift for a friend. They have to log different occasions that they have wrapped gifts and then wrap one to exhibit at the fair. 

Level 1 (grades 3-5)

Level 2 (grades 6-8)

                                                                         Level 3 (grades 9-12)




No manual; however, a Lake County record sheet must be completed (attached below)

**Only a Lake County Record Sheet is needed**

General Exhibit Requirements

Record Sheet Required (No Manual)

  1. Wrap nine packages using a variety of papers and trims, ribbons and types of bows. Record all nine on your record sheet. Use new techniques and/or materials each year.
  2. Exhibit a wrapped package. For all divisions (except Level 3) the package wrapped for exhibit should contain a small bag of sand or dirt that will help weigh the package down and make it easier to display.
  3. Tape a card with the occasion, gender and age of recipient on package, in addition to the Lake County 4-H exhibit label.

Level Requirements 

Level 1 (grades 3-5), choose one:

  1. Wrap one square, rectangular or flat box (maximum 18” in any direction) using any pre-printed commercial wrapping paper. Use a bow either self-made or purchased.
  2. Wrap one cylinder shaped object (maximum 18” in any direction) in any material. Be creative.

Level 2 (grades 6-8), choose one:

  1. Wrap one square, rectangular or flat box (maximum 24” in any direction) using purchased or self-decorated paper. Wrap bottom and lid separately. The box must contain tissue and the judge must be able to open the box. Bows are to be self-made using one material.
  2. Wrap an irregular-shaped box or tin (max 24”) using pre-printed paper. Bows are to be self-made.

Level 3 (grades 9-12), choose one:

  1. Wrap one irregular-shaped object (e.g. heart, circle, diamond, octagon) using non-traditional materials. Bows are to be self-made.
  2. Decorate the actual gift. For example, a wedding cake made of white towels which are the actual present. Use your imagination.


Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!

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