Cool marble and cozy faux fur for a winter birthday gift.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER One of the nicest parts of weddings is all the beautiful flowers. So why not dress up your gift to the bride and groom with a few blossoms of your own? A boutonniere like this peach carnation one by my friend Tina Riddell at Living Fresh would make a fetching gift topper (I typically think of carnations as being a pretty cheesy flower, but not here!). Carrying on with the floral theme for this gift wrapping concept are an illustrated card by Rifle Paper Co. and an embossed pearlized paper, which when combined with lacy velvet ribbon creates an overall antique-style look.
THE GOODS (1) Flower Garden embossed metallic paper in Pearl Ivory, $6.59 US per 22x30" sheet, Paper Mojo. (2) Floral Congrats card, $4.50 US, Rifle Paper Co. (3) Peach carnation boutonniere, Living Fresh. (4) Velvet ribbon with crochet border (1.5"), May Arts (find retailers).
PUTTING IT TOGETHER This wrap combination is like vintage post office meets Parisian child, and every element is a treasure on its own. The Parcel Post label and Special Delivery ribbon — your "post office" elements — are both vintage, as is the spirograph-patterned gift wrap (remember making spirographs as a kid?). The red and navy cotton-linen ribbons are from France, and would look lovely wound around the box several times, along with the Special Delivery ribbon. The paper rabbit puppet — a whimsical gift topper — is by designer Furze Chan of Hong Kong. The colour palette: so French, oui?
THE GOODS (1) Vintage Dennison Parcel Post Label, $5.95 US per 14 labels (comes with 40 Air Mail labels and 3 Special Delivery labels), Swan and Shears. (2) Assemble-yourself paper rabbit puppet, $10 US, Ferse Verse. (3) Vintage Spiro Wrap from Berlin, £2.75 per sheet, Present & Correct. (4) Red and navy 3/8" cotton/linen tapes, Renaissance Ribbons, contact for retailers. (5) Special Delivery twill ribbon, $9.99 US for 10 yards, Swan and Shears.
+ Collage by Corinna vanGerwen. Images property of their respective owners
PUTTING IT TOGETHER Earlier this month I was pleased to stumble upon Nashville-based Arboreal, an eco-friendly invitation and stationery company that creates some beautiful cards and wrapping papers. I just knew I wanted to make a Packaged Goods post around one of its papers. I chose the La Boca Apricot wrapping paper from the Recoleta collection as the base for this Anthropologie-esque wedding-gift look. Add an extra-wide, white satin ribbon and top the gift with an apricot-coloured, jumbo DIY tissue flower that's as wide as the box. (The link takes you to instructions on how to make a whole vine of pom poms for a party decoration, but you need to only follow the tutorial to make one for this gift.) Then write your well wishes to the happy couple in this modern letterpress card.
THE GOODS (1) They Lived Happily Ever After card, $6 US, Sugar Paper. (2) La Boca Apricot wrapping paper [LINK ADDED], $4 US per sheet, Arboreal, click here to find retailers (
I believe this is a new product, as it's not yet showing in the [now available] Arboreal Etsy shop). (3) French double-faced satin ribbon (66 mm wide) in Moon, $99.95 US per 27.3-yard roll, Midori. (If you don't need quite that much ribbon, try Masterstroke Canada, which sells ribbon by the metre.) (4) DIY wedding pom pom, instructions on Once Wed. (If you're not into making your own, Bhldn carries 18-inch paper poms for $6 US each).
PUTTING IT TOGETHER You never want anything too frilly for Dad, which is why I thought wrapping a present in two papers would be a nice way to do something special for a Father's Day gift without getting too flashy. Diagonal navy stripes on half the gift, with a white-and-brown baubles pattern on the other half makes the package interesting even without ribbon or a topper. (Click here for instructions on how to wrap with two papers.) Instead of a card, I like this label, which was inspired by the security patterns inside of envelopes.
THE GOODS (1) Stripes gift wrap, $4 US per sheet, Fig. 2 Design Studio. (2) Baubles wrap in Peat, $8 US per 2 sheets, Pikku. (3) Security-pattern label, £4.50 per pack of 8 (4 designs), Present & Correct.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER I've always appreciated Penguin's design aesthetic so when I came across this wrapping paper, I was instantly smitten. How perfect for a voracious reader (especially if you're wrapping a stack of paperbacks). Carry on the book-loving theme with alphabet ribbon and a typewriter birthday card, then pin this I Love Words button to the bow. Overkill on the theme? Nah.
THE GOODS (1) Penguin Book Titles Wrapping Paper, $3.50 US, Paper Source. (2) Vintage Typewriter letterpress birthday card, $5.50 US, Sugar Paper. (3) I Love Words button (part of the Readers & Writers button set), $10 per set of 6, The Regional Assembly of Text. (4) Alphabet twill tape, $2.50 US for 2 yards, HumbleBoy.
+ Collage by Corinna vanGerwen. Images property of their respective companies.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER Sometimes you want to keep gift wrapping simple — some paper, some ribbon and a card. A graphic print like this yellow and grey wrap from Ink + Wit paired with a grey plaid ribbon is striking on their own, without any extra embellishments. The blossoms of this letterpress Mother's Day card stick with the same colour palette (even the silver envelope works), while the shapes of the petals and dotted stamen are reminiscent of the paper's pattern. The result: a fresh, contemporary gift for Mom.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER This wrapping concept started with an elegant yet humble wrap: a neutral Nepalese Lokta paper elevated by its subtle silver brush strokes. I think layers of silk ribbons in pink and ombré grey, tied in loose bows, would be very luxe. Next, I would create the effect of floating flowers by stringing faux cherry blossoms onto a silver cord, then tying it around the gift. (Faux blossoms are available at florist suppliers, craft stores and dollar stores. Remove the flowers from the branches and thread onto the cord.) The final touch: a porcelain magnolia blossom as a topper, secured to the centre of the silk bows.THE GOODS (1) Brush Stroke Silver On Natural Fine Paper, $5.95 US per sheet, Paper Source. (2) Richly hand-dyed silk ribbon (1") in Pearl Grey, $68 US per 40 yards, BHLDN. (3) Handspun silk ribbon (7 mm) in Blush Pink, $18 US per 10 yards, BHLDN. (4) Porcelain magnolia bloom with copper wire fastener, $10 US, BHLDN. (5) Metallic silver craft cord (2 mm), $2.19 per 15 yards, Factory Direct Craft Supply. (6) Cherry blossom silk flowers, £1.79, Decoflora.
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.