Posts Categorized: gift wrapping

DIY + gift wrapping + Projects / Thursday, 3 May 2018

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

We’re always looking for new ways to wrap presents. A gift is just that much more special when it is delivered in a pretty package, no? So when we received all these beautiful ribbons from Studio Carta, we were overwhelmed with the possibilities! If you’re not familiar with Studio Carta, you should check out their web store and browse all their beautiful ribbons and scissors. Studio Carta was the provider of the beautiful gold scissors we offered as pre-order gifts with our book! Anyways, back to the ribbon. The color options are incredible and we really wanted to highlight the lovely shades. We wrapped the packages in a muted rainbow of paper and then assigned each one a variety of similar colored ribbons. We created a simple weaving pattern on each one and the end result was so lovely! No bows necessary here!

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

If you like their ribbons as much as we do, Studio Carta is also doing a giveaway starting today. With a minimum purchase of $95+ you’ll receive a copy of Craft the Rainbow while supplies last! So pop on over to enter and find some beautiful things! Their ribbons and scissors make perfect gifts and gift wrapping. Ideal for Mother’s Day which is just around the corner! The offer is only valid starting today and ending Friday, May 4th at Midnight Eastern time.

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrapping

Materials: 

Instructions: 

  1. Decide which ribbons you want to go with each package. We chose anywhere from 3 to 7 different ribbons for each package.
  2. You’ll need two lengths of each ribbon for your weaving, one to fit all the way around the box lengthwise and the other widthwise. Cut all your ribbons accordingly.
  3. First, wrap all the ribbons around the box going one direction and tape in place on the bottom of the package.
  4. Now you’ll move onto the ribbons going perpendicular to the previous set.
  5. With the first ribbon, tape to the bottom of the box and wrap around.
  6. When you come to the top, weave the ribbons under and over the ribbons you’ve already set. Just follow the pattern: over, under, over, etc..
  7. Repeat this process with the next ribbon, but starting under instead of over: under, over, under, etc..
  8. Once you’ve complete the weaving, tape the ribbon ends to the bottom of the package like the others.

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

Photography by Jane Merritt | Designs by Rebecca Hansen | Ribbons from Studio Carta 

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Crafts + DIY + gift wrapping + paper flowers + Projects / Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014

5 ways to gift wrap for spring

5 gift wrapping ideas for spring
Spring is creeping in now (aside from yesterday’s snow) and I’m getting anxious for a new color palette and new projects. You know what this means, right? Some springy gift wrapping ideas, of course. I started this at Palm Springs for Meet Make do, but because of what happened (see here for deets) I wasn’t able to finish. Ultimately it was good because a girl needs to think thoroughly about the perfect spring wrapping.
So, I introduce to you 5 different ways to wrap a gift for spring:
1. The Spring Flower Garden Gift Topper
Flower garden spring gift wrapping
2. The Monogram/Tassel Duo Gift Topper
Monogram gold tag for a gift
3. I call this the Flower Vase Gift Topper
Make a vase on a gift
4. The Gold Daisy Gift Topper
Gold daisy gift topper for spring
5. The Confetti Gift Topper
Confetti gift topper for spring
Click below to learn how to make all these gift wrapping DIY’s! 

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DIY + gift wrapping + paper + Projects + valentine's day / Thursday, 23 Jan 2014

3 Valentine’s Day wrapping ideas

photography by Trisha Zemp
Guys. I love wrapping gifts (can you tell?!). I just wish I actually gave gifts more often. Life’s paradox.
I made a few Valentine’s Day gift wrappings that are SO easy. Give ’em a try! First up, ombre wrapping paper…
You will need: paper (white butcher paper is fine), 3 shades of the same color (I chose red, coral bright, and coral from Design Master floral spray)
Step 1: Start at the base of the paper and spray with the darkest color first.
Step 2: Next, go with the next darkest and partially spray into the first and then to about the half way point of the paper.
Step 3: Lastly, use the lightest spray and spray partially into the second color and then nearly down to the edge of the paper. Leave a bit of the white color as the fourth color.
DONZO! So easy, right?
Next…
I was making another Valentine’s project with cupid arrows and then it dawned on me to put it into this project as well. DING! I’ve done a pinata gift wrap before but decided to mix it up by doing two layers and cutting one out to reveal the under layer.
Materials to make heart box: two shades of crepe paper (I chose red and pink), gift box, scissors, glue gun
Step 1: With the crepe going against the grain, cut a 1 1/2″ inch wide streamer with your lighter color
Step 2: Fold it in half many times.
Step 3: Cut into it about 2/3″ and about 1/4″ spaced apart.
Step 4: Now you’ll start pinata-ing the box. Start at the bottom and glue a couple of dabs of glue to hold it in place. Do one side of the box.
Step 5: With your darker color, repeat the process for making a streamer.
Step 6: Now you’ll layer the fringe on top of each other as if you were applying it onto a box, but you’re not. You’re just gluing it to itself. Make them longer than the width of the box.
Step 7: Make a template of a heart out of paper the size that you will want cut out.
Step 8: Lay it on the fringe and with an craft knife, cut around it. You’ll have to be very careful so as not to destroy the fringe. I did a light cut and then went back with the scissors.
Step 9: Once the heart shape is in tact, glue it to the box. 
Step 10: Continue wrapping the whole box with your fringe.
Step 11: To apply the arrow, simply cut a hole with your kraft knife and insert the arrow.
NOTE: I will show how to make this ombre arrow next week. STAY TUNED! 
Another easy squeazy wrapping. Takes little time.
Materials: paper (butcher is fine), package of heart doilies, spray paint of your choice, scotch tape
Step 1: Start by putting a bit of tape on all the backs of the doilies.
Step 2: Tape each one down randomly.
Step 3: Spray paint the top.
Step 4: When it’s dray, remove them one by one.
DONZo.
What do you think? Easy and fun? I hope so.
Enjoy!

Check out the Valentine’s Day gift wrap I did last year 

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christmas + DIY + gift wrapping + Projects / Thursday, 12 Dec 2013

Candycane wrapping

I’ve been dying to share this story with you, dear readers, for a few months. Audrey Ellsworth is my star intern who’s become a good friend. She puts up with a lot and I can count on her to provide brilliant ideas and practicality. It’s a fantastic mix. Her birthday was a few months ago and I was antsy to give her a print I had bought ages ago by Jenny Vorwaller called “Sitting pretty” because, well, look! 
I gave her the print and then a few hours later she sent me the photo on the right. She had recreated the painting. Spitting image, non?! This anecdote relates to candy cane gift wrap how, you ask?
Well, I needed some last minute gift wrap to put around the cardboard tube I gave her and decided to paint it candy cane stripes, of course. I thought it’d be a fun Christmas idea, especially if you need to send a care package for Christmas or if you’re giving an art print. I’m sending a mini candy cane package out to someone tomorrow, in fact (look for it on Instagram). It’s easy and fun and I bet you already have everything you need to do it.
So, what do you need exactly? This: 
I’m not even going to verbalize the directions because I think you can see how easy it is.

Fun and easy. My two favorite words.

photography by Trisha Zemp

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christmas + collaborations + DIY + gift wrapping + holiday + paper + Party + Projects / Thursday, 21 Nov 2013

5 gift topper ideas

photography by Trisha Zemp

I’ve been wanting to collaborate with my talented friend Kate Zaremba for while now (I wrote about her work ages ago–she did textile designs for Rachel Antonoff)–and finally the time is here! Kate recently launched her illustration company where she does adorable prints, wallpaper, gift wrap, cards and custom illustrations. She was kind enough to supply me with some of her brand new gift wrap and I made 5 simple gift toppers for them with all the instructions below. PLUS, we’re doing an Instagram contest where she’ll make an original design based off of YOUR inspiration. Just post a pic of your inspiration, tag it with #giftwrapinspirationcontest and follow @kathrynzaremba. The winner will be selected, Kate will design some gift wrap, and you’ll receive it as a gift. FUN huh?! Head on over to instagram for more info. Contest ends Monday, November 25th.

In the mean time, let’s make some gift toppers for her gift wrap! I made 5 of them: a perfect bow (based one one I’ve been spotting around blog town lately but can’t seem to find an original source for), holly and berries, paper pom, the pendant, the forest. Aren’t they cute? They’re so simple to make and would be easy for any holiday gift. 
For some really lame drawings that I did to show how to make them all, read full instructions below. 

I hope these drawings are sufficient. It’s more of an experiment. I can’t draw super well with my tablet so they are super childish, but hopefully they do the job. 
One thing for the bow, I sprayed two pieces of her gift wrap together so that it would be firmer. 
With the pendant, I sprayed two pieces of her paper front to back so that it would be firmer.

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