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Creative and Expressive Arts: Giftwrapping

October 30, 2015

General Rules:

Crafts will be judged by grades.

  1.  A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected for each grade in each craft if the judge feels there is an article of enough merit to deserve the honor. State Fair entries will be determined by the judges. Champions and Reserve Champions will be selected from the honor group.
  2. Members may exhibit in more than one craft project (example: 1 exhibit in freelance, 1 exhibit in models).
  1. All items must be complete and ready for use; if a picture, it must be ready for hanging; needlecraft projects are to be ready for intended use; all other crafts are to be finished as required.
  2. Each year should be a new learning experience, therefore, more difficult exhibits should be made each year.
  3. Needlework may be placed in clear plastic bag for display.
  4. A pair or set is considered one article, i.e. mittens, slippers, salt and pepper shakers, pitcher and bowl, tablecloth and/or napkins.
  5. Projects not meeting division requirements will be lowered one ribbon grade.
  6. All crafts must have a 4-H Craft Information Card attached to the project.
  7. If multiple pieces make up the exhibit, a photograph of the complete exhibit should be attached to the exhibit so the total exhibit can be properly displayed.
  8. For safety purposes, any craft exhibit that resembles a sword, knife, or a look-a-like weapon will be judged but will not be displayed.

 Attach a completed 4-H Craft Information Card to your project.

 General rules for all divisions:

  1.  Packages are not to exceed 24 inches in any direction for any division not be accepted.
  2. Packages wrapped for exhibits should not include an article for present.
  3. Commercial paper will only be allowed in the beginner division.
  4. No food of any kind should be exhibited on/in the package.

 Beginners—(Grades 3-5)

  1. Must wrap five (5) packages during the year, not including the exhibit package. You may want to do more, put all packages wrapped on record sheet.
  2. Choose from square or rectangular shapes.
  3. Make your own simple bow using any type of ribbon, yarn or cord. It must be a self-made bow.
  4. Commercial paper is permissible.

 Intermediate—(Grades 6-8)

Must wrap eight (8) packages during the year, not including the exhibit. One half of the packages must be wrapped with paper and accessories you designed.

 Some suggestions for making wrapping paper are:

  1. Roller Painting
  2. String Pulling
  3. Dip Dyeing
  4. Potato Printing—Using a potato as a design stamp.
  5. Also, you may use fabric, felt, cut-outs, from the newspaper burlap, or any other idea you can create.
  6. In place of ribbon and bows, you might use yarn, strips of fabrics, pine cones, small articles, felt, burlap flowers, fabric flowers, etc.


Wrap one package of any shape.

 The 4-H’er must design their own wrapping paper and decorations. No pre-printed paper may be used. The exhibit need not have bows if they are not in keeping with the design. No commercial gift wrapping supplies will be allowed. Judging will be on creativity and neatness. (Package for exhibit purposes should not contain an article).

 Advanced—(Grades 9 –12)

  1.  Must wrap eight (8) packages during the year, not including the exhibit package. You may want to do more.
  2. Incorporate fancy ideas: Make box or package into a clown, animals, flowers, bells, drum, train, house, etc.
  3. Be creative and imaginative.
  4. May be assorted fabrics, scarves, etc. instead of paper.


Advanced Division exhibit should be one creative package of any shape the 4-H member chooses. This may include combined shapes for the one exhibit. Judging will be on creativity. The exhibit need not have bows if they are not in keeping with the design. No pre-printed or commercial paper may be used. Include a 4-H Exhibit Card with each package. Also, list all packages wrapped this year. (Packages wrapped for exhibit should not contain articles.)






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