Entries in packaging (8)



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.

For more pretty packaging ideas, look here.

* This project is in partnership with Daniel Wellington. 



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.



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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I love paper punches. And although I tend to use my circle paper punches the most, I love this Martha Stewart doily lace deep edge punch. I've used it in the past to make paper chains, but this time I decided to use it as a band around a package. 


1. Martha Stewart doily lace deep edge punch

2. White paper

3. Tape adhesive (this Scotch ATG adhesive applicator is my all-time favorite)


1. Punch out several doily laces, depending on size of package.

2. Adhere tape on ends of doily lace and wrap around package. If you need to connect several doily lace punches, keep adhering tapes on the ends of the paper punches.