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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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Tuesday
Dec102013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGES NO.6

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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Monday
Dec092013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGES NO.5

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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Friday
Dec062013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGES NO.4

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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