Entries in diy gift wrapping (18)

Friday
Dec202013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGES NO.12

Package No.12 of The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages was inspired by my love of paper crafts. Paper globes are a fun paper craft that are typically used for decoration. I’ve been making paper globes for years, you can see some of the different ways I have used paper globes in the past (as Christmas decorations & even as a bowl, Halloween decorations & pumpkins, party decorations).

I love making handmade gift toppers that the gift recipient can keep as a little memento so I thought making mini paper globes to adorn packages would be fun. This holiday paper globe gift topper has a little “Tis The Season To Be Jolly” message, but you can personalize your paper globe with the recipient’s name or a special message. Try handwriting a message with pretty metallic pens or use a printer to print your message with your favorite colors.

Paper brads come in a variety of sizes so you can make the paper globe gift topper different sizes. They also come in different colors as well as silver, gold, and bronze finishes.

I like to use lightweight card stock, which gives the paper globe a nice sturdy framework, but is not too thick that it makes it difficult to work with. 

 

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Thursday
Dec192013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGE NO.11

Package No.11 of The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages was inspired by my love of stitching on paper. One of my favorite ways to achieve texture and simple details in my packaging is pairing thread and paper. Although I like the ease of using a sewing machine, you can also use a needle and thread. The patterns can be simple or ornate and you can use one color or multiple colors of thread.

Another way to add texture to your packaging is to create little pleats by creasing the paper in uniform (or non-uniform) folds. You can use tape adhesive to secure the pleats, but I love adding stitching to the pleats.

Although I love the simplicity of the stitching on kraft paper, I added a little felt gift tag to Package No.11. This was my first time printing on felt and I’m hooked! The best felt to use for this project is lightweight stiff acrylic felt, something with minimal texture so that it will feed through the printer with ease.

 

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Tuesday
Dec172013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGES NO.10

Package No.10 of The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages was inspired by my love of simple layers. Although I like to layer different papers when creating handmade packaging, I also love the look of layering fabric or cotton ribbon with paper. 

Package No. 10 combines both cotton ribbon and paper in a simple and sweet holiday package. An alternative to hand stamping cotton ribbon (Package No.3) is to print out paper gift bands and adhere them to cotton ribbon. 

And if you like the idea of personalizing ribbon, check out the Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kits, it is on my wish list!

 

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Friday
Dec132013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGES NO.9

We are now three-fourths of the way through The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages, which means Christmas is right around the corner so I hope you have started thinking about how you will be packaging your gifts. If packages could be related then I would say Package No.9 is the cousin to Package No.8

Continuing with the theme of a neutral box and simple ribbon or twine with a mini embellishment, I painted dots on a small gold jingle bell. A ball stylus embossing tool is the perfect tool for making small dots. Some embossing tools have balls on both ends so you can make two different size dots. I dipped the embossing tool in some acrylic paint and turned the jingle bell into a dotty jingle bell.

I inserted a wooden skewer in the loop of the jingle bell to hold the bell still while painting on it. You can prop the skewer inside a mug to let it dry. I like the subtle white dots on gold, but feel free to paint bright dots for an extra pop of color. 

 

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Thursday
Dec122013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGES NO.8

When we lived in Korea five years ago it was almost impossible to find Christmas decorations for sale. But last year they actually sold fake Christmas trees (real Christmas trees are still impossible to find) and some holiday decorations. This year there was even more holiday decor and trinkets available at our local shops. 

When I spotted some small ornaments I scooped them up knowing they would be perfect for holiday packaging. Mini versions of everything is always sweeter in my book and mini ball ornaments are no exception. 

Add a letter sticker to the ornament and it becomes a personalized gift tag. And after the recipient opens the gift they are sure to keep the sweet personalized mini ornament.

 

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Wednesday
Dec112013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGES NO.7

Package No.7 of The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages was inspired by my love of small details and texture. My craft and packaging supply stash is full of neutral and basic supplies, like kraft boxes and twill tape. You can add a bit of detail to the box or twill tape to make it a special package.

For Package No.7 I used a sewing machine and red cotton thread to add a zig-zag design to the twill tape. It only takes a few minutes to complete this project. If you want to plan ahead, create yards of stitched twill tape and use it for future packaging projects.

 

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