Entries in diy packaging (13)



Package No.3 from The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages is inspired by my love of beautiful ribbon. My favorite ribbon is from Studio Carta, an amazing design studio run by Angela Liguori. If you love ribbon and packaging goods you you need to check out their online shop

Angela sent me some of her products and I immediately fell in love with Studio Carta's Tight Weave Cotton Ribbon. It has a beautiful texture and comes in a wide array of colors. I chose to use the Tight Weave Cotton Ribbon in Iron for this project, which is the perfect charcoal grey. 

Although any packaging with a simple ribbon tied around it is perfect in my book, for this project I wanted to personalize the ribbon with a message using a rolling alphabet stamp and a pigment ink pad. This method of stamping ribbon would also be ideal for personalizing party or wedding favors.


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I had so much fun designing packaging ideas for The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages. I hope you find some inspiration and incorporate some of the ideas in to your own holiday packaging. Package No.1 was inspired by a walk I took with my boys. We found a sidewalk sprinkled with gold gingko leaves and my boys wanted to collect leaves and dry and press them at home. After several days underneath some of my heaviest books we had beautiful flat gingko leaves in the perfect shade of yellow. For this packaging project you can incorporate any type of leaf, just take a walk around the block and see what you find!


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I am excited to share with you a project I worked on for MarthaStewart.com. In case you have not checked out the new MarthaStewart.com, you should because it is filled with clever and beautiful craft projects and recipes. They asked four bloggers to use the Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch to make some Pretty Punched Paper projects. I used the Circle-Edge Punch and the Eyelet Doily punch cartridge to create some fun packaging projects (you know how I love packaging!). I love the contrast between the delicate nature the paper doilies and the bold colors. You can read more about my Scalloped-Circle Gift Wrap projects here.

Photograph 1 & 3 by Bryan Gardner / Photograph 2 by Bonnie Tsang



One of the things I miss about living in the States (besides really good burgers, fries, and pies) are office supply stores. Although we have nice office supplies here in Korea, the selection is not as extensive as what you would find at your local Staples or Office Depot. Nonetheless, I always seem to come across an office supply goody that is perfect for packaging.

I found these plastic color letter index stickers and thought they could be used to personalize a gift. (I cannot find these exact stickers online, but these stickers would do the trick.) Spell out the recipient's name or write out a fun message.

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My favorite nine-and-a-half-year-old boy is turning the BIG 1-0 at the end of the month. I ordered this gift last month and my kind friends hand delivered it from Portland when they were visiting us over spring break. I wrapped the two boxes with kraft paper and created a "ribbon" effect using textured bookbinding tape. I love using bookbinding tape as an alternative to ribbon on my packages. I couldn't find the exact bookbinding tape online since I bought it here in Busan, but you could use linen hinging tape or gaffers tape. I finished off the gift with a label I designed using the pretty lettering font Bombshell Pro. (I may or may not be able to spend hours perusing fonts.) Appah has a big surprise in store for J that is sure to make his 10th birthday the best one yet (more details soon)!



I made this mini balloon gift topper for J & j's 12 year old friend's birthday gift. I think almost everything mini is cute. I have a stash of water balloons in my studio and thought it would be fun to blow one up and stick it on a gift. Since water balloons are small, they make the perfect tiny balloon. 

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