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Two DIY projects and a smart wrapping tip for you this week:

* DIY neon-dotted wrapping paper. By Chelsea Fuss on Project Wedding. Cover kraft paper with neon dot stickers from the office supply store (full instructions on Project Wedding). Simple, quick and dramatic.

* Upcycled toilet-paper tubes as pillow boxes. By Jessica Christman on Factory Direct Craft. Cover tubes with decorative paper and fold in the ends.

* Built-in card pocket. From Martha Stewart Living. Before wrapping a gift, fold the paper to create a pocket for the card, so it doesn't get separated from the present.

Glitter-Dot Box


Glitter-Dot Box, detail In last week's No-Glue, No-Sew, 3D Paper Dot Garland post, you may have noticed the glitter-dot box sitting on the shelf beneath the DIY party decorations. To make it, I took some of the leftover dots from the garland and stuck them in a random pattern onto a kraft cardboard box. Stickers are a really fast and easy way to dress up a plain box.

I used a 1 1/4" circle punch to cut the dots from a sheet of adhesive glitter paper (found in the craft section of the dollar store). If you want to place the dots over the edges like I did, put the gift in the box first; otherwise you can attach the stickers to the box before assembling.

Glitter-Dot Box with cat

P.S. There are still spots in my Cookie Exchange & Packaging workshop next Wednesday. If you're in the Toronto area and love baking, bring a batch of cookies and learn how to package them in lots of pretty ways. Visit The Paper Place website for more details or call 416-703-0089 to register.

Friday Find: Martha Stewart Home Office Supplies


Martha Stewart Office Supplies Martha's done it again, bringing her signature style to a line of Martha Stewart brand home office goodies available at Staples. I always love shopping office supply stores for interesting wrapping materials like labels, and now I'm going to have even more fun. I couldn't choose just one of Martha's products to show you, so here's a selection of my faves for gift wrapping (there is so much more, though, so go take a look!).

FOR GIFT TAGS & LABELS: (1) Medium paper tags, $2.99 per package of 12 assorted colours; (4) brown kraft labels 72429, $3.99 per package of 36; (5) ElastiNote tag, $4.99 per package of 6; (6) chalkboard labels 72413, $5.99 per package of 6; (8) textured oval labels 72443 in Eggshell with Blue Border, $3.99 per package of 12.

AS GIFT BOXES: (2) Stack+Fit shagreen small Item Holder with lid (12-1/2"W x 2-1/2"D x 1-7/8”H), $8.99; (7) Stack+Fit shagreen small box with lid (4-3/4”W x 4-1/4”D x 1-3/4”H), $5.99.

IN PLACE OF RIBBON: (3) Fabric elastic bands in blue and grey, $3.99 per package of 2.

This Week on Pinterest, Feb. 10

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It seems to be all about paint this week! Here are three DIY projects I pinned that each use paint to create gift containers.

* Spray-painted cookie tins: turn those tacky tins into stylish ones with a bit of paint. By Cynthia Shaffer. I'd be inclined to leave the tins just a plain colour, without adding the extra decorations. Maybe just tie ribbon around them.

* DIY glitter gift bag. This time paint dresses up a plain muslin bag. By Jenny of Hank + Hunt on The Sweetest Occasion blog. Also includes instructions on how to switch out the bag tie if you don't like the colour the bag comes with.

* Cigar boxes as gift boxes. By the bbbcraft sisters on Design*Sponge. Here they dressed them up in red paint for Valentine's, but even plain, I think cigar boxes make a nice gift container.

The Holiday Parties Begin


As I mentioned on Monday, I'm in full holiday mode. Have been for a while, and obviously it's a time of year I enjoy — people tend to question my obsession with wrapping a little less! Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Chapters Indigo holiday preview event, and I thought I'd share two quick-hit wrapping ideas that it inspired.

Animal Hair Boxes from Chapters Indigo

As those of you who follow me on Twitter may already know, I love love love these Luxe boxes. Put your gift inside and tie a ribbon around the box, and you're done. At $30 for the small, it's not a cheap wrapping solution, but for that perfect person, the box becomes part of the gift.

Antler Bottle Opener at Chapters Indigo

Also spotted: this supercool antler-shaped bottle opener. Imagine it as a chic gift topper for a six-pack or book all about beer. With a ribbon tied through it, the recipient wouldn't know until he untied the bow that it was functional and not just a neat decoration.

Friday Find: Toile Cupcake Box


Wouldn't a cupcake nestled in this toile box make for a delicious wedding- or baby-shower favour? The inner tray will keep baked goods from getting smooshed, while the window allows guests to see the tempting treat. $6.50 US, from Williams-Sonoma.

Wrap on the Web: Wooden Box, Photo Tags & Paper Flowers


A roundup of pretty packages and wrapping ideas from the web:

* Custom box from Unearthen: Los Angeles designer Gia Bahm packages her jewellery creations in beautiful wooden boxes tied in velvet ribbon.

* DIY photo tags on Sweet Paul Blog: Print a photo of the person you're giving a gift to, then cut the photo into a tag shape, using a tag hole punch or scissors.

* Paper flowers from The Green Vase: These handcrafted paper flowers are phenomenal. How pretty would this camellia look atop a gift?