This was a fun technique. I learned from a lady by the name of Verlie, you cut a paper stencil just like we used to do for paper snowflakes and then you trace them onto paper, this gives you a basic symmetrical shape, then you doodle from there.
Wrapping idea: Use plain red gift wrap. Draw this design in glue and then sprinkle on green glitter. (or white, blue or black paper & silver or gold glitter). OR use as inspiration for machine quilting.