Gift Wrap: Air Plant

October 10, 2018

Filed Under : Gift Wrap + Packaging

I love see-through wrapping paper, but it’s often times bypassed because the whole point of wrapping something up is to conceal what is underneath. I have purchased multiple sheets of such paper and even over here (where wrapping things is a weekly event) it collects dust too.

But let me tell you a secret. If you find yourself a box that’s pretty enough to not wrap, then wrap it anyways with the see-through paper. The layered effect is absolutely glorious!

Things to grab:
• The usuals: scissors, double sided tape
• See-through wrapping paper
I found this lace style one at Paper Source years ago.
• Pretty box
I chose cream colored handmade boxes with a gold glitter polka dot pattern. If you look closely enough, you’ll see the glitter popping out underneath the wrapping paper. So cool.
Metallic green line ribbon
• Small air plant
Can be sourced at most local nursery or even online. Mine are from Etsy.

After your present is wrapped and tied up with a bow, simply slide your air plant either underneath the ribbon, or if it’s too fluffy, add a dap of non-toxic washable glue to get it to stay. It won’t harm the plant and will wash away as needed.

New Shop Launch Sale!

September 27, 2018

Filed Under : Giveaways + Specials

I have recently launched a brand new shop and I’m doing a limited time launch sale over there. The sale is site-wide so yes, that does mean that items such as my silk ribbon are also included in the sale! This is a rare moment so don’t delay!


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And on Tuesday, I will randomly refund five orders that are placed during this time. How’s that for an extra bonus?

Gift Wrap: Birthday Animals (Dinosaurs)

September 26, 2018

Filed Under : Gift Wrap + Packaging

We were heading to a birthday party for one of Henry’s friends, and last minute, I decided that it was high time I took photos for the blog. Originally, I wasn’t perfectly content with how this wrapped gift turned out, but I’m glad that I made myself snap some photos anyways because looking at it now, it definitely has my heart. I’m thinking it’s all in that dinosaur wrapping paper.

I had already purchased the wrapping paper at Home Goods, and used that as the sole inspiration for this. The party animals (dinosaurs in this case) were rocking their party hats and holding balloons—and they were just asking for a balloon topper.

Things to grab:
• The usuals: scissors, glue, double sided tape
• Party animal gift wrap
If you have a second box to wrap like I did, glitter gift wrap was my first choice for a companion.
• Colored cardstock in five different colors
• Sturdy wire
I didn’t have any on hand, so I swapped this out for some small rose gold paper clips and bent them into the shape I needed.
• 1″ wide square piece of rigid foam, about half an inch tall
• Metallic wired tinsel fringe ribbon

To start, get your gift(s) wrapped up, stacked if needed, and tied up with the ribbon. I’m not a huge fan of wired ribbons, but I opted for a wired style this time around to create fun loops to help the balloons look more perky. Set that aside.

I used a laser cutter to make my paper balloons, but if your tool is a pair of scissors, it can be easily done using a template that you pre-make yourself or search for on the internet. Once your balloons are cut out, poke a hole towards the bottom of each one and slip a wire through (or straightened paper clips like I did). Fold the top end of the wire over and then twist around to secure. I had to use pliers for this as I was using stiff paper clips. My balloons flopped over anyways after doing this since I couldn’t successfully twist snugly enough, so I added a dap of glue where the wire and paper met.

Glue your small foam piece under the ribbon bow, then simply poke the balloons into it. The foam keeps the balloons from falling over, but can be unsightly if it’s too big. If it doesn’t tuck away neatly enough, try painting it the same color as the wrapping paper or making it smaller.

Done!