It’s the night before Christmas and this creature should not be stirring but alas, here I am wrapping last-minute gifts and of course I ran out of holiday gift wrapping paper. No worries, with a roll of craft paper and a sewing machine, I whipped up these cute little paper gift bags — perfect for anything that will fit into a gift bag! What’s great about these is you can customize the size to the gift and you can use any type of paper — newspaper would look awesome too!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Craft paper or newspaper
- Sewing machine
- Hole punch
- Pinking shears
Here’s how you do it:
- Cut a section of paper to accommodate the gift it will hold.
- Then fold the paper in half and using a sewing machine, run a seam up either side.
- Using a pinking shears, cut a decorative edge where the opening of the bag will be.
- Make a flap (like an envelope) by folding over the top edge of the bag.
- Using a hole punch, make two holes directly through the folded over flap. This step allows you to insert the twig which will act as the seal for the gift bag.
- Adorn with a gift tag, like my men’s necktie holiday tags (follow these instructions) and your done!
It’s easy, original and fast! Happy Holidays crafters!!!!
My friend Kate made yarn pom poms for a wreath (and her cat Fable) and I thought I’d try the same technique but use bailing twine instead to make flowers. I love bailing twine – it’s inexpensive, a roll of it goes a long way, and I use it in a lot of my projects.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bailing twine
- Florist wire
- Your fingers
Here’s how ya do it:
- Loosely wrap twine around four fingers starting with your forefinger to your pinky finger. Wrap the twine around your four fingers about 25 times.
- Remove the twine from your fingers and twist florist wire in the middle of the flower to bind the center of the flower.
- Cut the looped ends with a scissor.
- Now simply fluff up the flower to the perfect shape and cut the flower to the desired size.
I hot glued mine to the ends of twigs but there are countless creative uses for these beauties. Have fun, and happy crafting!
Posted in Centerpiece, DIY, Random
Tagged Baler Twine Flowers, centerpieces, Craft Blogger, crafts, DIY, Gift Wrapping Ideas, Projects Using Twine, Unusual Centerpieces, vases, vintage
Here’s a super easy and super fun project for the whole family! Transform empty mint tins into stylish little keepsake boxes perfect for storing your favorite beach treasures and special trinkets. Or you can tuck tiny little treasure maps inside for a really fun children’s party game. Their uses are endless!
Here’s how you do it. Paint the lids with Liquitex Glossies high-gloss acrylic enamel. You can find the paint at your local craft store or on-line at Dick Blick. After the paint dries, glue your favorite beach finds or other special baubles to the lids using non-toxic and waterproof, Gorilla Glue, also found at craft stores.
Posted in Crafts, DIY, Gifts
Tagged Craft Blogger, crafts, Crafts for the whole family, DIY, E-6000 Glue Uses, Gift Wrapping Ideas, Keepsake Tins, Liquitex Glossies Paint, Repurposed Mint Tins, Repurposed Tins, Treasure Map Containers, Unique Gifts
I love the challenge of cooking up unique ways to wrap gifts. By using ordinary items in extraordinary ways, you too can transform your Father’s Day gifts into something he’ll never forget.
To start, my go-to wrapping paper is all-purpose masking paper which you can buy at the hardware store. It’s inexpensive and you get tons on a roll. And colored twine which I picked up at the craft store.
Use your imagination and your options are endless! Starting from the top left I used, wine corks, burnt out light bulbs, a vintage pin, an outdoor faucet handle, and coin wrappers.
To finish off the packages, I scanned vintage photos to make gift tags. Happy crafting and happy Father’s Day!
If you’re in need of a quick gift idea for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or just need a cool hostess gift. Then you’ve come to the right blog. Wrap some old book pages around a mason jar, secure it with twine, add grocery store flowers and you’re done! Mind you, I don’t go around destroying books, however, the pages I used were from an out-of-date encyclopedia that I annihilated when I was a child. Naughty, naughty.
Happy Mother’s Day, happy Sunday, AND happy day-after-your birthday Andrew!
Posted in Gifts, Holidays
Tagged Book Page Ideas, Crafting with Book Pages, DIY, florists, Gift Wrapping Ideas, Gifts, Grocery Store Flowers, Hostess Gifts, Mason Jars, Unique Mother's Day Gifts, Vintage Encyclopedia Projects