Entries in diy packaging (13)



I love how repackaging a gift with a few simple materials can create a visually appealing treat for the recipient. Although I think pretty packaging is not limited to a season or special occasion, I know many of you will start thinking about wrapping holiday gifts in the coming weeks. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some simple packaging ideas, that will hopefully inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to gift wrapping. 

While opening up a box provides an element of surprise to the recipient, I love using translucent vellum paper in my packaging projects. To reflect the minimal and clean aesthetic of this Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady watch in Rose Gold, I created a simple wood veneer gift tag, inspired by a project in my book, Pretty Packages. I attached the watch to a piece of kraft cardstock, using a punch and twine, and created a vellum sleeve that the watch slides into. I painted the corner of the wood veneer gift tag, using washi tape and acrylic paint, and added a letter sticker with the first initial of the recipient. Wrap the gift tag around the package with some twine and you are ready to give your friend or loved one a pretty little package.

The kind folks at Daniel Wellington are offering 15% off all watches to SALLYJSHIM readers. Just use the discount code "sallyjshim", valid until January 1, 2016.

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* This project is in partnership with Daniel Wellington. 



Many of the projects from my book, Pretty Packages: 45 Creative-Gift Wrapping Projects, can be used for party favors. One cute and simple project from the book is the Washi Tape Glassine Bag. With just a few materials you can transform plain glassine bags into party favors or little thank you gifts. Fill them up with candy, confetti, or a small gift. 

The color and pattern combinations are endless thanks to the wide variety of washi tape out there. I love the idea of selecting a color palette and mixing up the patterns and solid colored washi tapes so that each bag is unique. Cute Tape is my favorite online resource for washi tape. You can find the exclusive Thank You Washi Tape Glassine Bag tutorial I created for Chronicle Books Blog here. And if you would like your own THANK YOU stickers you can download them below.


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Kraft paper and twill tape are one of my favorite packaging combinations. The other day I found some cute polka dot kraft paper and thought it would be perfect to wrap up a little thank you gift. I wrapped the bottom box but the top two boxes did not have square corners to I adhered them together with tape adhesive and wrapped a band of paper around the box instead of fussing with the tricky corners. I then tied white twill tape around the gifts and and added a little thank you label.

If you don't have any polka dot kraft paper in your stash you can always go the DIY route and make your own by stamping on dots or adding dotty stickers.



It is birthday season at Casa Shim and we also have quite a few friends who share April birthdays. Here is a simple birthday package for a sweet little three-year old. Kraft paper always creates the perfect base for a package. Add a simple and colorful Happy Birthday label along with three stripes of washi tape and you are good to go!



Package No.5 from The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages was inspired by my love of personalizing gifts and edible treats. There are many mediums you can use when creating personalized gift tags, such as paper, fabric, and clay, but why not use a sweet treat like a caramel? I don't know anyone who wouldn't love to receive a personalized letter gift tag made of candy.

For this letter gift tag I used a piece of caramel and a mini letter cookie cutter, but you can use any semi-hard chewy candy. Just make sure to have extra candies as somehow they tend to disappear while you are making the letter tags, or at least they do when I'm making them.

For this package I cut out the first letter of the recipient's name, but you could cut out all the letters to spell out a person's name.


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I'm wrapping up the week (yes, pun intended) with Package No.4 from The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages. This packaging project was inspired by my love of handmade caramels. I don't know anyone who doesn't love unwrapping the waxed paper around a chewy caramel. I love the simplicity of this packaging with the waxed paper wrapping and the twisted ends.

The packaging has a natural look to it, incorporating unbleached waxed paper and natural twine. I designed Happy Holidays and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry gift labels to add the final touch to this package.

You don't have to limit this packaging idea to food items, roll up t-shirts, socks, or whatever you are giving to your friends and loved ones this year and wrap it up in some waxed paper.


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