Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to again take an impromptu hiatus from blogging this past week. I will hopefully be back tomorrow, but I am trying to get my laptop screen fixed, so it may be later!
Today I am showing my Merry & Bright theme-what I did for the kiddos last year.
I saw this idea in last year's Better Homes and Gardens Christmas magazine. I always have cupcake holders around, so I thought it was a perfect idea!
I love washi tape and have lots of it-it's a perfect tool for spiffing up a package!
I did this with embroidery floss and buttons I had on-hand. (I have a ridiculous embroidery floss collection from over 10 years ago)
This one is quick an easy-I punched four scallop circles and folded them in half and then taped them on baker's twine.
This is an easy package double flag banner made with baker's twine and washi tape.
I wish I had a better photo of this-it was fun, but a slightly time consuming. As you can say, this was a weirdly shaped package, so I tried to off-set the weirdness by triple wrapping it in a string scalloped circles.
This was a quick, simple one. The thick layer is scrapbook paper. Over it, I wrapped baker's twine multiple times and tied it in a simple bow.
I hope you enjoyed these gift wrap ideas and found them inspiring.
Ideas For How To Inexpensively Make Those Packages Beautiful!
Yesterday, I showed you some vintage looking ideas for wrapping gifts-here are a few more.
I found this lace at our now closed (sad face) A.C. Moore for $1 a roll! Craft stores are great for finding inexpensive ribbon. Many have a bargain bin with heavily discounted ribbon.
And yes, I have a lot of spare red buttons! Here I punched newspaper scallop circles and taped on the buttons (and yes, I gathered them back up after my family ripped them off).
Here is another doily and cross-tie design, but with silver ribbon this time.
For this one, make sure you have buttons with holes large enough to fit baker's twine.
This was an awkward gift to wrap because it was a tin of candy shaped like a Christmas tree. I decided to not fight against the shape and embellished it like a Christmas tree. I used crocheted lace tape that I had on-hand.
For this one, I made a flower with the $1 lace ribbon. I had a piece left that was too short to tie around anything, so I folded it accordion style, tied it in the middle and fanned it out to make a little flower.
Sorry for the bad-quality photo! This one is pretty self-explanatory, but that is a little piece of baker's twine tied in the button holes.
For this one, I used scrapbook paper as the first layer. Making a fanned out tie like this is easy. You just wrap the twine (or ribbon) around the package however many times you want and tie it tightly. Then, fan out the individual strands. For the flower, I punched several scalloped circles and layered them.
Stay tuned for the next two days, where I will show you my "Merry & Bright" theme for the kids.
Ideas For How To Inexpensively Make Those Packages Beautiful!
I love wrapping gifts creatively and inexpensively. To me, a wrapped package is like a blank canvas. Even though the recipient is going to rip everything off, I enjoy giving beautifully wrapped packages!
Last year, I decided to have gift wrapping themes. I know, I am crazy. But, it helped me be more efficient and keep it cheap (by not buying every cute embellishment I loved). So, I am carry on on the tradition this year.
For the next four days, I will show you last year's gifts. A lot of the items I use to decorate packages are ones I already have around the house, keeping it cheap!
My themes last year were Vintage Noel for the adults and Merry & Bright for the Kidos. So, today I will begin by showing you some Vintage Noel.
For this theme, I used plain brown packing wrap and newspaper wrapping paper and used the embellishments to add color. This is an awesome way to cut gift-wrapping costs. I bought the packing wrap at the Dollar Tree, which sells this paper year-round. I would have just used recycled newspaper, but I found this newspaper gift wrap in the dollar spot at Target, so I went with that instead.
For this gift, I did a simple cross-wrap with baker's twine and added a holly leaf, which I hand-drew onto scrapbook paper and cut out. I then cut one out in the newspaper wrap to give it some layers. For the berries, I used some red buttons I had stashed away.
For this one, I did a cross-tie with baker's twine and added fake firs and pine cones. I had these leftover from some decorating project, so I threw it in my gift wrap stash. You can certainly go into your back yard and get the real thing for free! I really like off-setting a cross-tie by placing the embellishments slightly diagonally.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. :-) Just leftover ribbon and lace!
For this one, I used leftover scrapbook paper to make the wide "ribbon." I placed a doily on top (very inexpensive and pretty!) and secured it with a a cross-tie with baker's twine. I then used leftover scrap from the newspaper wrap and punched out a scalloped circle with my punch and placed a spare button on top.
For this one, I tied a several-layered cross-tie with baker's twine and tied on some vintage-rustic bells, leftover from a craft project.
Here's another several-layered cross-tie. I added white berries to this one that I had leftover from decorating my mantle. Again, I off-set the cross-tie by tying the embellishment on diagonally.
For this one I punched out a scallop circle from the newspaper wrap scraps. Over it, I tied two simple lines of baker's twine in different colors and added spare buttons.
I hope this inspires your gift-wrapping and gives you some inexpensive ideas.
Due to the craziness that is my life right now, I am taking this week off from blogging. Yes, blogging is just a hobby for me and not a job, but I need to take an intentional week off. :-)
But, be sure to come back next week because it will be a fun "Wrap It Up" week, where I will share fun, inexpensive ways to wrap gifts. To me, a wrapped package is like a blank canvas. My sister thinks I'm nuts ("But it all gets torn off and thrown away!"), but in my defense, it makes me happy to give a prettily wrapped gift AND I always try to find inexpensive ways to use things I already have or that do not cost much!
This technique is SO EASY, you will want to do it to commemorate every year! All you need is:
A printer and computer
A pencil, chopstick, or some other long, skinny
A sheet of vellum paper (Vellum paper is a wax-like paper sold in the scrapbook section. Hobby Lobby sells them by the sheet in size 8.5x11)
First, print your photo in wallet-size on the vellum paper. You can insert vellum paper into your printer like standard printer and print as normal.
Next, cut the photo out. Pull the silver/gold top off of the ornament. Roll the two ends of the photo into the middle of the paper to make it small enough to fit into the top of the ornament. Stick the photo into the ornament. The vellum will bounce back and make the photo uncurl. Use the pencil/chopstick to completely straighten out sides.
That's it! This will allow you to put the photo inside completely straight with no creases.
I know, I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Oh well-today I am showing you a Christmas ornament I made last year for Cupcake's first Christmas!
My two favorite ideas on Pinterest were a photo ornament and a handprint ornament, so I thought, Why not do both?! I used a glass ball ornament, so one side contains her handprint and one side contains her photo and I wrote her name and the year in between.
So, this craft will come in two parts. Today, I will share with you how to get your baby's handprint on an ornament without it looking wonky. Tomorrow, I will share with you how to insert a photo neatly into the ornament.
We've all seen the Pinterest Perfect photo of the handprint ornament, like this one from Babytalk Bungalow (my original inspiration).
You may have also seen or experienced a hilarious fail, like this one from Craft Fail.
Don't feel bad-it's easy to do! Babies and paint just don't mix. When you place a ball-like object in a baby's hand, their tendency is to curl up their fingers, so if you paint a baby's hand and attempt to stamp it on the ornament, disaster will ensue!
I know because I did it. Actually, I failed twice. Here, you can see Cupcake knew it would be a disaster before I did.
But, I don't give up easily! I highly recommend doing this with glitter paint. It will probably work with regular paint, but your baby's actual print may be lost (though you will have the basic size and shape, so it works).
What you will need to capture your little angel's handprint perfectly is:
Before you begin, wipe the ornament clean with glass cleaner and make sure it is dry.
First, brush a medium coat of glue onto baby's hand with brush-use just enough to make a nice print, not too much or too little. Then press the hand carefully onto the ornament. Rolling the ornament onto the hand works well. The reason this will not smudge like paint is because it is sticky, causing the ornament to stick into place on your baby's hand. Also, it is much more forgiving than paint. If you mess up, you can wash it off and try again. If it smudges a little, you can correct it with the second step.
Clean baby's hand! You have time-the glue won't dry that fast.
Next, you're going to fill in the glue handprint with glitter paint. Squirt out some glitter paint onto a paper or other disposable object. Dab the brush into the paint and then dab it onto the glue handprint-dabbing will allow you to carefully fill in the handprint while keeping the original print in tact. I do not have a super steady hand and this worked well for me. Continue to dab until handprint is completely filled in.
Allow it to dry and that's it! The great thing about this technique is that it allows you to have a colorful, glittery handprint, but you can still see details of the baby's actual print through the glitter.
It's so easy, I did it three times and made some for the grandparents as well!
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post, where I explain how to insert a photo into a glass ornament.
I am April, a woman in process who longs to know Christ deeply. I am a creator, wife, mom, missionary, adventure-seeker, lover of beautiful things, and a kid at heart. Here I share my creations and the beautiful things in which I delight. Hope you enjoy your visit!