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We are now halfway through The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages and I hope you are finding some holiday packaging inspiration. Many of my ideas for designs come from looking around my environment and the same is true for my packaging ideas. Package No.6 was inspired by this cute little street sign in my neighborhood. Although the street sign has two signs that are horizontal on a pole, I thought having two tags hinged with a paper brad would be a fun twist.

Kraft, black, and white are always a classic color combination and I used a bright red paper brad to add a pop of color. If you want even more color try pairing the gift tags with bright gift wrap or adding a bright ribbon for a pretty pop of color.


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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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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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On to Package No.2 of The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages! Two of my favorite things in the world are food and packaging. So it is probably no surprise that one of my favorite things to do is peruse the aisles of our local restaurant supply store for packaging inspiration. You can find so many things useful for wrapping gifts like food containers, waxed paper, and random food packaging products. I discovered the eco clamshell food containers years ago (and even used to sell them in my online shop) and love to use them to package sweet treats as well as regular gifts. They have a nice texture and are available in white or natural colors as well as a variety of sizes and shapes. If you don't have a restaurant supply store nearby also check out baking supply stores or online (here or here).

This is a simple packaging product that has an organic and minimal aesthetic with the textured food container, kraft gift tag, natural twine, and clear embossed label. I already mentioned my love of Dymo label makers and this is a perfect example of how you can use it to create beautiful packages.


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I love office supplies and I really miss perusing the aisles of our local office supply stores back in the States. So many of my essential craft supplies are actually office supplies, like my beloved Dymo label makers. Did you know Dymo introduced their personal and office label makers back in 1958? In the 1990s the company invented electronic label makers and the rest is history.

I had a electronic label maker for years and used it religiously to label all sorts of things in my studio. But before our move to Korea almost two years ago I make a drastic purge of my studio and our home. I realized I hadn't used the electronic label maker in years and decided to give it to my friend who is a teacher. But I did pack our two trusty Dymo label makers since the boys and I love to use them. Once we moved to Korea I added a third Dymo label maker to our collection (the font is slightly different, which of course was my justification for the purchase).

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