Category Archives: Gift Wrap + Packaging

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.


Gift Wrap: Woven Sparkle

December 8, 2016

Filed Under : Gift Wrap + Packaging - Paper Projects

woven glitter gold gift wrap // ANASTASIA MARIE

Weaving ribbon together can create quite the timeless wrapped gift. For todays’ gift wrap idea, it’s perfect for the holidays. Whether it’s a Christmas present or a winter birthday, sparkle can never go wrong this time of year! Here’s what you need to re-create this look (click on the links below to source items):

Gift box
Gold kraft wrapping paper
Open-weave wired ribbon
Gold glitter velvet ribbon
Gold center stripe ribbon
Ivory cotton string

Double-sided tape

Start by wrapping your boxed gift with your wrapping paper, using the double-sided tape to secure the flaps. Next, wrap the open-weave ribbon around the box across the longest length. Tie the two ends together in the back using the cotton string.

Then start weaving! Use the gold glitter velvet to weave through the middle portion of the open-weave ribbon. Tie the two ends in the back with a small knot. Repeat with the gold center striper ribbon on the two outer portions of the open-weave ribbon and knot those as well in the back. If you’d like, you can tie on a mini burlap tag to finish it off.

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Gift Them Memories with Artifact Uprising

November 3, 2016

Filed Under : Gift Wrap + Packaging - Paper Projects - Personal

I published a post earlier this week with a gift wrap idea, well, here’s the continuation of that.

wrapping with cork // anastasia marie

I’ve teamed up with Artifact Uprising again to bring you this post. Artifact Uprising has recently released the most adorable cork + brass stand to host your square prints and I’m here to gush all about it. I gifted one to my mama earlier this week along with a set of square prints of Henry growing up. I put dates on the back of each print so she can always know when the photo was taken. What I love most about square prints and the little stands that coordinate with them is your ability to swap out prints whenever you feel like it, no hassle. Whether it’s your favorite quote or a memorable snap, my bookshelf is happier with such a stand.

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My parents are undergoing a massive overhaul in their home right now, renovating just about everything on the first floor. Changing things up does make the space you spent years in making memories look very different, but my mama was so excited to unwrap the stand and square prints, adding that it was the perfect touch she needed to keep up with all that “something new” in their space, yet timeless memories of what has already happened there in order to make it a home. Let’s just say my home is enjoying the benefits of this cork + brass stand too.

artifact uprising cork stand and prints // anastasia marie

Gift Wrap: Vintage Flair

November 1, 2016

Filed Under : Gift Wrap + Packaging - Paper Projects

vintage flair gift wrap // anastasia marie

I’ll always be a fan of handmade paper. It could be because of its inconsistencies and unique features that make it one of a kind — and one of a kind is always good to gift. It could be because both sides of the paper are usable and therefore, wonderful to help coordinate stacked gifts without letting on that you used the same sheet. Let’s just say that handmade paper is a win-win. To recreate this look, here’s what you need:

Gift box
Handmade vintage style wrapping paper, double-sided
Antique bronze washi tape
Silk ribbon (I used 1/4″ champagne)
Round cork tag
Mini square gold foil card
Mini square glassine envelope

Double-sided tape

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First, wrap the larger gift with the wrapping paper, using the more patterned side. Wrap the smaller gift with the opposite side. This helps keep the gifts coordinated with the same color scheme, but adds some depth. Secure the flaps with double-sided tape and place washi tape over the seams.

Stack the gifts and tie down with silk ribbon. I chose to do four loops for a tad bit more extravagance. Secure the cork tag. Lastly, slip your mini card into the envelope, seal with washi tape, and slide under the silk ribbon. Done!

PS: come back on Thursday to see what was inside this wrapped gift!

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Gift Wrap: Stack ‘Em High

August 23, 2016

Filed Under : Gift Wrap + Packaging - Paper Projects

pastel blue + ivory + gold gift wrap // via Anastasia Marie

You just might find this series of wrapped gifts familiar. Yup, that’s because I’ve been slowing blogging them over the last couple months. You can find links to each separate one below.

Wrapping gifts is such a thrill for me, but I’m also a fan of coordinating. This set of wrapped packages was for a friend’s baby shower and you’ll find elements that each gift shares: confetti and color scheme. The confetti was either on the wrapping paper, in the form of sequins, or cut from tissue paper.

Are you a fan of coordinating your stack of gifts? I do it every time. Seriously.

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Links to each gift wrap idea (from top to bottom):
One: Simple Sequins
Two: Tissue Confetti
Three: Cascading Sequins
Four: Get Glittered