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While I’ve shown you some of my personal tricks of the trade when it comes to gift wrapping, it’s been a while since I did a round-up on the packaging that inspires me. So many beautiful and creative ways people and wrapping gifts!
Enjoy the eye candy (and the tips I’ve included)!
Wrapping with a color theme in mind is a great way to keep the overall look cohesive but interesting.
Always keep a lookout for paper, fabric and ribbon flowers at the craft stores. They are a great way to add pizzaz to simple wrap. P.S. check the hair accessory area in store for inexpensive flowers on pin and clips too!
I love this combination of bold, graphic wrapping paper with solid colored satin ribbons. Easy elements to keep on hand for a quick gift wrap job!
Create paper buckles from decorative scrapbook paper, add ribbon and wrap! So chic for the holidays!
Creating pretty packaging has a lot to do with thinking outside the box. Here, a strip of candy buttons was used to create a bow for a gift bag and pretzels were added along with yarn to dress up a plain gift bag.
Just about anything can be used to create a beautifully wrapped gift. Keep your eyes open for bargain utensils, buttons and round containers while you’re out thrifting.
p.s. love the embellishment created from cupcake wrappers (top photo)!
Pom Poms on a stick…so adorable! A great fall wrapping idea!
For some reason I have a slew of old stamps and just have never put them to use. This great package above gives me inspiration for a unique way to seal gift wrap.
Scott Antique Market, which I attend each month has a slew of plastic vintage buckles for $1.00 or less. I love the idea of putting these to use with pretty ribbon.
Adore this wrap. Sheet music and vintage baubles which can be found at yard sales and flea markets for a song!
Another color coordinated look with solid paper and varied embellishments. The details are what count!
A truly fabulous was to turn a plain white box into a stunning package! Add buttons and ribbon!
I’ve stacked up on paper dollies (which are very inexpensive) and adore this vintage inspired gift wrap they help to create above and below!
If you’re into beautiful gift wrap like me, you’ll want to be sure and check out one of my favorite on-line paper sources, Paper Mojo. I just ordered a slew of new papers and can’t wait to get them in my hands.
I have a few gifts I’m in the process of wrapping and will share the finished looks with you on Saturday. It involves buckles, pins and clips.
Now, go wrap something beautiful!
Have you ever had a design idea pop into your head and make you excited beyond belief to give it a try?
That was the case when the idea of creating Lattice Placemats using ribbon hit me at round 3 am one morning. I couldn’t wait to get started designing my placemats so I jumped right in, went to work and turned out one of my favorite projects ever!
I’m so excited to share the how-to for this project but I must first warn you that creating these placemats is a bit time-consuming and requires your full attention, especially when using the Exacto knife. But, I promise the end result is fabulous.
Here’s what you’ll need to create these placemats:
Of course when it came to choosing ribbon for this project, I headed to my favorite ribbon company, May Arts! May Arts has such an incredible offering of ribbons in just about any color, material, width and style you can imagine. I used their FN-14, 5/8” Twill Ribbon in Red which can be purchased here.
The first step in creating your placemats is to cut four rectangular pieces out your contact paper, each measuring 14” x 18”–a pretty standard size for a placemat.
Next, take one of your pieces of contact paper and peel off the backing. Place the contact paper sticky side up on your work surface.
Take your ribbon and lay a piece along one edge of the sticky contact paper and cut to fit. Repeat on other three sides of paper, overlapping the corners. Your contact paper is now framed in ribbon.
Next, take your ribbon and run a piece diagonally down the center of the paper from the one corner to the next. Cut the ends so you have a clean edge.
Now you’ll begin creating diagonal lines across your contact paper. You can space the lines however you want but for a more intricate pattern, place the ribbon about 1” apart. Lay ribbon pieces from one side to the other.
Now lay ribbon pieces in the other direction creating a criss-cross pattern.
Once all your cross ribbons are in place, place another piece of ribbon along each side of your placemat covering up all the edges of your ribbon strips.
Press all your ribbon pieces down firmly to make sure they are stuck to the contact paper.
You’re almost done, but this next step is where you really need to concentrate. Put on some fun music, pull out your Exacto Knife and get ready to cut your paper.
To create a true lattice and open-work feel for your placemats, you are going to cut out all the pieces of contact paper between your criss-cross ribbon.
Ready, set, go!
Once all the contact paper is cut away between your ribbons, the contact paper that is left under your ribbon pieces will give your placemat just enough support and body.
So, was I right? Wasn’t this project one to get really excited about. I love how my placemats turned out and can’t wait to use them at my next dinner party!
p.s. Lay the placemats end to end and you can use them as a runner too!
The holidays are only a few months away so now is a great time to craft placemats for yourself or make a few as gifts!
Hop on over to the May Arts shop and pick out your ribbon. All May Arts ribbons can be purchased on Amazon… just type May Arts Ribbon and the style code into the search box to find your ribbon. Or, find a retailer here!
Did you do anything crafty this weekend??
I’ve been in a crafting mood lately as you could tell from the ribbon placemats blogged about yesterday. One of my favorite things to make are handmade cards. I’ve been crafting cards for years and am trying new techniques to make my designs special. This time around I pulled my sewing machine into the action.
Check out the Gifts Galore Card I literally stitched together!
Here’s the how-to on making this card.
Now the fun begins!
To give my card a finished look, I lined the inside front with a piece of decorative paper, covering up the stitch lines.
Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my latest craft project. I’ll be back tomorrow with another DIY project!
Stop by the ConfettiStyle Etsy shop to se more of my handmade pieces!
Last Saturday, I was watching one of my favorite design shows, The High Low Project with one of my favorite designers, Sabrina Soto and saw this Jonathan Adler Mod Love pillow used in the high-end version of the nursery she designed for a young couple. I was immediately smitten with the pillow until I researched it on-line and found out that it cost $175.00.
Here’s the pillow if you didn’t see the show or aren’t familiar with it.
While I love me some Jonathan Adler, I just couldn’t bite on that price so I decided to create my own version of it.
Here’s my pillow which when it was all said and done only cost me $8.00! WhooHoo!
Gather the following supplies:
You’ll need three different colors/styles. This is what I used:
The How To:
First, create the ribbon border around the edge of your pillow using you’re the grosgrain circle ribbon. Adhere it with your hot glue.
Cut 3 pieces of yellow ribbon—9” and 3 pieces 6”. Following the layout in the photo, lay the three long pieces vertically towards the left edge of the pillow and glue in place. Lay the small pieces horizontally and glue in place.
Have you knocked off any designer pieces lately?
One of the things I told in my 2012 blog goals post was that I wanted to share with you my love of ribbon and creative and unique ways to gift wrap. We’ll today is the first installment of Ribbon Love and I’m not only sharing with you fun Valentines gift wrap ideas, but also my favorite source for beautiful ribbons, May Arts Ribbon Company.
May Arts is a US based company offering a vast array (thousands) of ribbons in every material, color and style you can imagine. Up until now, May Arts has been available to the trade only, but I’m excited to announce that all of May Arts ribbons are now available to the public on their exclusive May Arts Amazon shop.
Yeah! That means that now you too can buy beautiful ribbon from my favorite ribbon source and share in my ribbon love!
Red Twill Chevron Stripe–available in other colors too!
3″ Satin Ribbon–available in a range of colors and widths!
Grosgrain Leopard Print–What fun!
Fuzzy Pom Pom Ribbon–available in a range of colors
Net Ribbon–such fun to wrap with.
Reversible Satin Ribbon–available in a range of colors and widths! This is one of my favorite ribbons to wrap with.
Presentation is everything and beautiful wrapping makes a gift even more special.
I folded and pleated the paper for this gift and then tied on a beautiful satin ribbon in a red and white diamond print. A red glittered clothes pin holds a white die-cut tag I glued red dots to.
After wrapping my box in red paper, I placed a die cut note card on each end of the box and laced the two together with red and white cotton ribbon. (side view of the notecard above).
To create this look, I layered pink and red paint chip cards on top of each other and wrapped them around the box. I used a white lace ribbon, paper mache heart and pink floral tag to finish the look.
Material Source:All ribbon from May Arts Red Gift Wrap from Ikea–You may only find it available during certain times of the year but they carry a good selection of solid colored gift wrap. Die Cut notecards, paper mache heart, pink floral tags and red glitter clothespins from Micheals (all in the $1.00 or 2/$3.00 section–whoopee!) Paint chips–Home Depot (free)
If you’re looking to get a little crafty this weekend, here is a quick craft project I’ve put together showcasing some of the wonderful ribbons from May Arts and an everyday placemat.
Bamboo Placemat + Ribbon = Stylish Notecard Holder
For instructions, head here and get your craft on!