One problem with being obsessed with gift wrapping is that I have waaay more packaging ideas than I'll ever have presents to wrap. So, to cut down on the number of empty boxes I dress up and to give my wallet a little relief (I spend hundreds of dollars on papers and ribbons every year), I thought I'd share some packaging concepts — without actually wrapping a gift. In the tradition of those outfit collages you see everywhere (like on Polyvore), I am introducing a new column: Packaged Goods, where I'll pull together a combo of complementary wrapping materials to make up a complete look for pretty parcels. I hope you like!
PUTTING IT TOGETHER This concept started with the celebratory Confetti gift wrap from Australian company Love Mae. (Go check out their site — all the wrap patterns are lovely, including some precious florals.) I thought gold-striped washi tape would further amp up the party feeling, and be an especially nice detail running along all the edges of the box. The gift-tag stamp is a fun alternative to a hang tag or card, and picks up on the hand-drawn look of the triangles on the paper. I'd stamp it in turquoise ink onto soft white sticker sheets from Paper Source (the quality and colours are nicer than the plain white sticker sheets you'll find at office supply stores, but those will work too); cut around the stamp, leaving about half a centimetre, then stick atop the gift.THE GOODS (1) Confetti wrapping paper, $3 US per sheet, Love Mae. (2) Gold Stripe Washi Tape,$4.50 US, Cu-te-ta-pe. (3) Gift tag stamp (comes as part of an Activity Kit that includes a red ink pad and blue pencil), $19.50 US, Yellow Owl Workshop. (4) ColorBox ink pad in Turquoise, $6.49, DeSerres. (5) 8.5" x 11" label sheets in Superfine Soft White, $5.95 US per package of 5 sheets, Paper Source.