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DIY Frosty Ice-Cube Wrapping Paper

ice cube wrapping paper When it comes to making your own wrapping paper, stamping is the obvious method of choice — it allows you to easily create a repeating pattern. But what if you could make the project even easier? How about no stamp at all?

With this DIY wrapping paper, you need only two things: plain paper and a few colored ink pads. I chose two blues and a white for a frosty ice-cube look. The paper should be something matte/uncoated so the ink won’t smudge off (I used a Japanese Sumi-e roll).

And then you just stamp the ink pads directly onto the paper for a graphic pattern of coloured blocks. Here I created patterns of angled bricks on one sheet and a straight grid for the second gift, but a herringbone tile pattern would also look amazing.

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MATERIALS + TOOLS + Paper + Colored ink pads


1. Protect your work surface and lay your paper out flat. Place your first ink pad facedown on the paper, then press down. Different ink pads will require different amounts of pressure to get nice ink coverage. Test out each ink pad on scrap paper to get a sense of what works best.

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2. Align your second ink pad, using the edges of the container base to get it approximately straight. I went for a rough approximation to emphasize the handmade look; draw pencil lines as guides if you want a more exact pattern.

3. Repeat, using your different ink pads. Go for a random pattern, as I did, or be more systematic by alternating colours.

4. Let dry, then use to wrap all your winter gifts.

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How To Wrap a Roll of Cookies

How To Wrap a Roll of Cookies | It’s baking season! And while I am the furthest thing from being a baker, I could spend forever dreaming up ways to package cookies.

Like this idea of wrapping cookies in a roll. Typically, it’s a traditional way to package shortbread, but it will work well for any sliced or flat, round cookies. How many you should include in a roll will depend on the size of cookie; you’ll want to experiment to find the optimum number.

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+ Wax or parchment paper + Wrapping paper + Ribbon + Stick-on label + Scissors + Circle punch (I used 1 1/4” round) + Clear tape + Double-sided tape + Marker


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1. Cut a piece of wax paper; the size will depend on the size of your cookies and how many you’d like to include in one roll. (Refer to the image above as a guide to how much paper to use in relation to the size of your cookies.) Line up a stack of cookies and place it on its side diagonally atop the waxed paper.

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2. Holding the cookies in place, fold the bottom corner of the waxed paper up and over the stack, tucking it underneath as you roll the paper around the cookies. Tape the top corner in place.

Now I should mention that this step sounds a lot easier than it is: First, it took me several attempts to roll the cookies without having them slide everywhere. You have to wrap the waxed paper snug enough to hold the cookies in place, but not so tight as to push them into a slant. The second difficulty was getting the tape to stick to the waxed paper; I tried a few different clear tapes until I found one that held enough to get me through the next few steps.

3. Cut off the excess waxed paper from either end of the roll, then fold in the ends and tape in place.

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4. Cut a piece of wrapping paper: It should be as wide as the roll of cookies, plus the height of the roll; and long enough to wrap around the roll with two or three inches of overlap. Fold over the short edge of the paper to get a straight line, attach a piece of double-sided tape, and then wrap the paper around the cookie roll.

5. Using a circle punch, cut two circles of wrapping paper and apply double-sided tape to the back of each. Fold in the wrapping paper ends of the roll, then attach a circle to each end.

You now have your basic wrapped roll of cookies, which you can decorate as you wish.

6. To get the look shown here, fold a length of ribbon in half, wrap it around the roll, and thread the ends through the loop. Fold back the ends and attach a label to hold the ribbon in place.

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How to Prepare a Poster for Gift Wrapping

How to wrap a poster -2 I think posters make great gifts. In general, most people don't have enough art on their walls; and while original art can be out of many people's budgets, posters are always affordable. (I picked up this silkscreened  freshwater fish poster from Smash)

Ideally, you would get a poster framed before gifting it, but if you don't, you're still going to have to protect it somehow. One option is to roll up the poster and put it in a mailing tube. The second way is to leave it flat; it ends up being a larger gift, which can be so much fun to open.

Now, obviously wrapping a piece of paper — which is what a poster is — is not easy. To make it easier, and to keep the poster safe, place it between two large pieces of cardboard. (Cardboard boxes are a great source, or buy large sheets from an art supply store.)

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Using a ruler and utility knife, first cut the cardboard to size, making it two to four inches larger than the poster on all sides. Depending on the size of your poster and your cardboard, you may have to attach two pieces of cardboard together to create a larger piece.

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Once you have your two pieces, sandwich your poster between them, then tape the cardboard together on all sides. You're poster is now ready for wrapping.

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What to Do When You Run Out of Wrapping Paper

Run out of wrapping paper

I’m going to start by saying that first of all, this shouldn’t happen. Measure your paper properly to begin with and you won’t find your box peeking from beneath the gift wrap at the sides. However, sometimes even the best of us run out of paper. My advice is usually to start over with a new sheet, but sometimes this isn’t possible. Maybe the box is too big for the width of the roll. Maybe you’re in a rush and don’t have time to start again. Or maybe you just don’t want to waste the paper. Whatever the reason, sometimes you need to make up for shortcomings. Now, the goal here is to make your present look as polished and professional as it would if you had had enough paper. You want to make hiding the remainder of the box look purposeful. In this case, it’s all about shape.

What to do if you run out of wrapping paper

Cut a circle large enough to cover the gap. Use a circular object as your template and trace around it with pencil onto the back of a scrap of wrapping paper — either the same paper as what you’ve wrapped the box in, or a complementary colour or pattern. Once cut, attach a few pieces of double-sided tape to the back of the circle. Centre on the end of the gift, over the gap, then stick down. Do the same on both ends, even if only one end shows the box. Your final result will look like an extra-large seal or sticker. Everyone will think you meant for the present to look that way. It’s all about turning a mistake into a finishing touch.

The solution to when you run out of wrapping paper

How to Make your Gift Like a Party in Less than a Minute


Neon Wrap: Confetti inside the box When wrapping a gift, keep the celebration going by sprinkling confetti between the layers of tissue inside the box. When the recipient opens their present, they'll be greeted with an explosion of excitement. It's like unwrapping a party!

This image first appeared on the Omiyage Blog in a post about gift wrapping with neon.

+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen

A Foolproof Way to Choose a Colour Palette for Your Gift Wrapping


Analogous Colour Gift Wrapping If you have trouble figuring out what colours go with each other when choosing gift wrap, use the colour wheel as your guide. More specifically, choose an analogous colour scheme. Start with one colour, then stick to the colours next to it on the colour wheel. For example, orange wrapping paper, yellow ribbon and  a red gift tag.

Holiday Wrapping Video with Indigo


[youtube] Finally! I am very excited to share with you a project that has been in the works since the summer: a gift wrapping video I did for Indigo! In it, I show you how to wrap one of my favourite gifts for the holidays: a tower of books.

And no, I'm not just saying that for the camera; I have been known to give my mom a stack of several books for Christmas. My parents are retired, which means my mother — having always been a voracious reader — consumes even more books than she ever has. To keep costs down, I usually shop remainder tables for inexpensive titles.

For a little bonus material, visit the Indigo website, where you'll also find more of my holiday wrapping tips (scroll down). [UPDATE: link no longer features this content]

Let me know what you think in the comments, and please like, share and tweet!

3 Ways to Wrap Cookies


My sister does a lot of baking, and she makes more than she could ever eat all by herself. So she treats her coworkers, friends and family (lucky me!) to tasty sweets every now and then.

The thing is, standard resealable baggies are pretty dull and boring. My sister was looking for a nice way to transport cookies that looked good but not too fussy – these aren't gifts, after all.

So, Sis, this one's for you: Three pretty-but-easy ways to wrap cookies for sharing. (Thanks for helping me bake these tasty triple chocolate ones, by the way!)

1. Cellophane Bag

Instead of a plastic baggie, use a cellophane bag and tie it with a nice ribbon. I used satin ribbon here, but velvet, grosgrain or organdy would look lovely too – any beautiful ribbon you like would work. You can find packages of cellophane favour bags at dollar stores, usually in the party decorations aisle. If you have trouble holding the bag closed and tying the ribbon tight enough at the same time, cinch the bag with a twist-tie first, then tie the ribbon over it.

2. Paper Bag

Available from the grocery store, brown paper lunch bags are another option for transporting treats. After filling the bag with cookies, fold the top down and seal with a sticker. Use a decorative seal or pretty sticker, or write the type of cookie on an adhesive label. If your cookies are a little greasy, wrap them in wax paper before placing in the bag so they don't leave oil marks on the paper.

3. Gift Box

A decorative, cardboard gift box will protect more delicate cookies. A 4"-square box (as shown here) is a good size in most cases, but you can find boxes in many sizes to suit your needs. Gift and paper stores often carry nicely patterned boxes, online retailers such as Creative Bag have a good selection, or a place like Uline sells plain ones in bulk.

Before putting your cookies in the box, line it with wax paper. You can fold a sheet of wax paper to line the box, or use two cut strips like I did for a tidier package.

For a 4"-square box, each strip should be a smidgen less than 4" wide and approximately 19" long. The strips need to be long enough to line the sides and bottom of the box, with enough to overlap atop the cookies. To determine how long your strips of wax paper should be for any size box, measure around the box, then add a few inches to allow for overlap.

For example, strip 1 should be the same width of the box, and be long enough to line the box from front to back, with overlap. The width of strip 2 should be the same as the depth of the box (from front to back) and be long enough to line the box from side to side, with overlap.

For an extra touch, cut your wax paper with pinking shears, a scallop-edged rotary cutter or other decorative scissors.

Once your wax paper is cut, place one strip so it lines the box from front to back, and the second strip so it runs from side to side. The strips should cross each other on the bottom, like a "+" sign.

Fill the box with cookies and fold the flaps of wax paper over them. Close the box and seal with a sticker or label. You're now ready to impress your friends and coworkers with yummy, beautifully wrapped treats!

A small note about freshness: None of these three solutions will keep the cookies as fresh as a resealable bag. If you are concerned that the cookies might not get eaten right away and you want to ensure they stay fresh, opt for a decorative tin instead.

1 Paper, 2 Ways: Yellow Stripes


Paired with a yellow-and-white ribbon that picks up on the striped pattern of the paper, this gift is all sunshine and lemon drops...

...while a grey plaid and monogram make the stripes more masculine, like a tailored suit. (See below for how-to instructions.)

About the paper: The yellow striped paper is actually burger basket liners that I picked up for sale last fall from Crate & Barrel. Unfortunately they're only 12" square, so it limits the size of gift one can wrap in it. The grey plaid paper is a piece of Graham & Brown wallpaper; the pattern is Audrey in Charcoal.

How To: Two-Paper Gift Wrap
  1. Wrap the box in the first paper.
  2. Cut the second paper to fit around 1/3–1/2 of the box, with enough to fold over the end. Make sure you have a straight line along the edge that will be on the front of the box. If you can't cut a straight line, fold the edge.
  3. Stick a piece of double-sided tape along the centre of your straight edge. Place your wrapped box facedown so 1/3–1/2 sits on the second paper. The tape will hold the paper in place on the front.
  4. Wrap the second paper as usual, around the one end of the box.
  5. For the monogram, type a letter in your choice of font into a word document on your computer, then print it onto card-stock. Cut out the letter (I used a 1 1/4" hole punch), and attach to the front of the gift using a glue stick.