Archive for December, 2011

Holiday Wrap #1

Friday, December 16th, 2011


This is the last Holiday Wrap post of the series. Thanks for tagging along!

Wrapped with: Magazine pages
Tied with: Twill tape
Topped with: Origami Star of David and a manila tag

Select magazine pages for their colors and themes.

Look for twill tape at your local fabric store. It will often be available in white, natural and black. If you look at a specialty store or online, you will find a large selection of colors, widths, and thicknesses. I ordered mine here.

Origami makes a great package-topper. In this case, I folded a magazine page that matches the wrap. I learned how to fold this star here. This particular project was tricky, but there are many great origami tutorials in books and online that are much simpler. The manila tag pictured here is available at most office supply stores.

See all twelve wrap ideas for 2011 here.

Holiday Wrap #2

Thursday, December 15th, 2011


Wrapped with: Brown packing paper
Tied with: Crochet doily
Topped with: Embroidered fabric

Around the holidays, as online orders start arriving at your doorstep, you may begin to accumulate the brown packing paper that often accompanies these packages. Since the paper is already wrinkled, go ahead and crumple it up even more and then smooth it out. Its surface will be covered with a nice wrinkly texture.

This crochet doily is simply attached at the back of the package with double-sided tape. You can use paper doilies in the same way.

I used two scraps of fabric as the “tag” on this package. I had no idea how to embroider, but found some simple stitches online. You can do it too! Attach the tag to the doily with a safety pin.

See all twelve wrap ideas for 2011 here.

Holiday Wrap #3

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


Wrapped with: Freezer paper
Tied with: Washi tape
Topped with: Paper and washi tape bow

Freezer paper, also known as butcher paper, is available next to the plastic bags in most grocery stores.

Have you discovered washi tape yet? The idea for this great crafting material is imported from Japan. CB2′s website shows several ways to use it to decorate packages. I used three different tapes to outline the edges of this box.

I remember my Mom showing me how to make a bow like this years ago. It’s simple and fun! I used strips of green graph paper. To add more color, I attached matching washi tape to some of the paper strips. You can see a step-by-step tutorial here and here.

See all twelve wrap ideas for 2011 here.

Holiday Wrap #4

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


Wrapped with: Hand printed paper
Tied with: Felt
Topped with: Button badges

Printing your own paper is an entire subject in and of itself. There are hundreds of possibilities! This clever idea is from Christine Schmidt’s book: Print Workshop. It’s created by wrapping string around a block of wood and stamping. To design your own wrapping paper, consider printing with stamps, attaching stickers, or printing designs from your computer.

Cut strips of felt to use as a ribbon. You can stitch the strips end-to-end to lengthen, or use double-sided tape.

Pin button badges to the felt ribbon to decorate. Try Vis a Vis wet erase markers to write a personal note on one of the buttons. The marker can be removed from a plastic surface with a damp cloth. I made the larger button myself with a tool from Badge-A-Minit. I acquired the two smaller buttons at an Etsy meetup.

See all twelve wrap ideas for 2011 here.

New Mini Planners for 2012

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


New for 2012: Pocket-size planners based on our original Droplet planner design. Every monthly spread alternates with a spread of notes pages. The covers are hand printed (with a fun technique that I plan to feature in an upcoming Gift Wrap post!). Each notebook is hand bound with linen thread. Pick one up at my Etsy shop or, If you like the page designs and want to make a larger version of this planner for yourself, find a downloadable pdf at our Droplet Etsy shop.

Holiday Wrap #5

Monday, December 12th, 2011


Wrapped with: Wall calendar
Topped with: Paper ribbon and a paper tag

Is your calendar about to expire? Reuse the images as wrapping paper!

The paper ribbon topping this package is inspired by two great ideas from Bonnie Cauble, a designer at CB2. One idea is to layer and loop strips of paper using double sided tape to stick it down at various points. This gives the ribbon dimension. The other idea is to use various hole punches to punch the top layer, revealing dots of the layer below. I added dots of gold glitter paper for a bit of pizzaz. This ribbon combines gray graph paper, a book page, gold scrapbook paper, and gold glitter paper. See more of Bonnie Cauble’s gift wrapping ideas here.

See all twelve wrap ideas for 2011 here.

Holiday Wrap #6

Sunday, December 11th, 2011


Wrapped with: Red wrapping paper
Tied with: Cotton yarn
Topped with: A cross stitched paper tag and a candy cane

This is a great basic wrapping paper from Paper Source. Find it here.

Using lots of yarn to wrap a package is a fun trend. I love the look of carelessly wrapping in both directions. Just be sure to pull the yarn snug enough that it won’t slip off. You can tie the ends together into a knot at the back, or in this case, into a little bow at the front. I discovered several great ideas like this one at M Stetson’s Etsy shop.

The cross stitched mitten tag is a great DIY project from Present & Correct. You can find full instructions here. I used matching yarn on card stock. And last but not least, wrapped candy is always fun to tuck on top of a package. Yum!

See all twelve wrap ideas for 2011 here.

Holiday Wrap #7

Saturday, December 10th, 2011


Wrapped and tied with: A cloth napkin
Topped with: A paper tag

Wrapping gifts with fabric is an art form in and of itself. The Japanese call these fabric wraps furoshiki. You can use squares of fabric, cloth napkins, and scarves as wrappers. This pretty napkin is from West Elm. I learned this method of wrapping from a book titled Wrapagami by Jennifer Playford. Follow one of her video tutorials to see how easy it is.

This card stock flower shape is made by a Fiskars punch and attached with double-sided tape.

See all twelve wrap ideas for 2011 here.

Holiday Wrap #8

Friday, December 9th, 2011


Wrapped with: Newspaper, a book page, and decorative waxed paper
Tied with: Kitchen twine
Topped with: A punched paper tag

Layer recycled papers onto a package to add interest. Start by wrapping with newspaper. Cut wide strips of various papers and wrap them around the center, starting with the widest strip and ending with the narrowest strip. Tape each strip down at the back. I found this red and white striped waxed paper at a Michaels Arts & Crafts store.

Kitchen twine is a great multi-tasker. You can use it for all kinds of projects.

There are many great punches out there. This card stock flower shape is made by a Fiskars punch. Here’s a tip: punch a hole at the top and then make a cut through the top edge of the tag to the punched hole. Gently pull open the cut portion to attach the tag. You won’t see the cut when the tag is in place.

See all twelve wrap ideas for 2011 here.

Renegade Preparations

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


Ben snapped a few photos of the action in the studio as we get ready for Renegade. I’m just finishing up some pocket calendars here. Two days left!