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DIY Colour-Block Gift Wrapping

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DIY Colour-Block Gift Wrapping with Washi Tape Detail | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com At some point, no matter whether you’re a novice gift wrapper or a packaging master, you’re bound to find yourself short of paper or facing a box that’s bigger than any roll could cover. That’s where this stylish colour-block gift wrapping technique can be useful.

By combining two pieces of wrapping paper, you can extend the width of a sheet up to the size you need. But instead of it looking like “I didn’t have enough paper,” the use of two different colours and the addition of a feature tape makes the wrapping job look stylish and purposeful — you meant it to be like this!

Plus, colour blocking — besides being on-trend design wise — is a great way to use up all those extra leftover pieces of wrapping paper that you can’t do much else with.

When choosing which papers to combine, select colours and patterns that complement each other and the Scotch™ Expressions™ Washi Tape that you’re using. Having trouble? Start with your favourite Washi tape and use papers in the same palette.

 


 

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SKILL LEVEL: Easy

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5–15 minutes

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SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES:

Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

Scotch® Magic™ Tape

+ Scotch™ Expressions™ Washi Tape, Pine Trees

Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS:

+ Two different wrapping papers: Edo paper in Aqua and gift wrap in Peacock from The Paper Place.

+ Ribbon

+ Gift tag

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1. Attach the two papers together. Lay the two sheets of wrapping paper facedown beside each other, overlapping an inch or so along one edge. Tape them in place with several pieces of Scotch® Magic™ Tape along the seam. It’s best to use the straight, uncut edge of the paper to get the cleanest look.

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2. Add the Washi tape. Flip the paper over so it’s face up. Apply a strip of Scotch™ Expressions™ Washi Tape, Pine Trees, along the seam, taking care to keep the tape smooth and straight.

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3. Wrap your box. Using your Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors and Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape, wrap your gift. Before measuring and cutting the two-paper wrap, plan the placement of the Washi tape; I wanted mine about a third up from the bottom of the box, and parallel to the edge. Once you’ve wrapped the paper around the box, add a ribbon and gift tag to complete the look.

 

EXPERT TIP: There’s no limit to how many pieces of paper you can combine using this technique. Tape together two sheets for a clean colour-blocking look as seen here, or attach many smaller pieces together for a “quilt” of papers.

DIY Holiday Gift Tags

DIY Holiday Glitter-Tape Gift Tags | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com While I tend to go all out on wrapping a few key presents at Christmastime, for the majority of my gifts, I stick to quick-but-stylish packaging. Think the basics: paper, ribbon and a tag. Sounds boring, but choose the right elements and “plain” gifts will look just as stunning as any fancy wrapping job.

These make-ahead gift tags are a perfect example of a simple but eye-catching ingredient. Glittery tapes in graphic stripes look a bit like ornaments, and will catch and reflect twinkling lights when under the tree.

I paired my tags with a modern black paper scattered with stars (yes, I love black for Christmas!), but they would also look great with plain white, black-and-white striped or gold chevron–patterned paper.

Whip up a batch of these gift tags on a snowy afternoon, and they’ll be ready to go as you wrap your presents this holiday season.

 


 

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SKILL LEVEL: Easy

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5 minutes for one tag, or about 15 to 60 minutes for a batch of tags (depending on how many you make)

 

DIY Holiday Glitter-Tape Gift Tags | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES: + Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Red Crinkles + Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Red + Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Green Crinkles + Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Green + Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Silver Sparkles + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Silver + Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape + Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS: + White cardstock + Circle template + Fine-point permanent marker + Hole punch + Star wrapping paper from the Outer Layer + Cord or ribbon

DIY Holiday Glitter-Tape Gift Tags | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

1. Add tape to the cardstock. Add a strip of Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Red Crinkles, along one edge of a piece of white cardstock. Next to it, apply a strip of Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Red. Repeat, alternating between the two tapes until you’ve filled your sheet of cardstock.

To make the green and silver tags, repeat this step on additional sheets of cardstock: Use Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Green Crinkles, with Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Green; and pair Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Silver Sparkles, with Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Silver.

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2. Draw your gift tag shapes. Using a circle template and fine-point permanent marker, trace circles onto the taped side of the cardstock. (I made mine three-inches round.) Marking your shapes onto the front of your tag allows you to position the tape stripes exactly where you would like them to be within the circle. If you don’t have a circle template, any round object will work, such as a drinking glass or roll of masking tape.

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3. Cut out your gift tags. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut out each circle. Stay inside the lines so the marker won’t show on your final pieces. Next, punch a hole along the edge of each tag.

4. Wrap your gift. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut your wrapping paper to size. Wrap the paper around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape. Tie your cord around the box, add the tag and finish with a bow.

EXPERT TIP: Address your tags by writing on the back (the cardstock side), or use a permanent marker to write overtop the tape.

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How to Wrap a Wine Bottle for a Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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Invited to a friend’s or family member’s place for dinner? You’ll probably bring a bottle of wine, right? Well, forget leaving it in the store’s branded bag, or even plopping it into a gift bag — there’s a much better way to dress up this token of thanks.

For the next dinner party you attend — whether it's for Thanksgiving or another occasion — turn that bottle of wine into a true hostess gift with some thoughtful, but easy, gift wrapping.

Below I give the instructions for one of the three options shown here (centre); they’re all self-explanatory, and you can create any design you like by using your favourite tapes. How complicated your pattern is, will determine how long the project takes.

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SKILL LEVEL: Easy

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5–15 minutes

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DIY Washi Tape Wine Bottle Sleeves | Thanksgiving Hostess Gift | Corinna Wraps.wordpress.com

1. Cut the paper. Using a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat, cut the paper into a band. It should be long enough to wrap around the bottle of wine (allow about an inch of overlap), and high enough to cover the wine label.

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2. Tape the paper around the bottle. Wrap the paper band around the wine bottle and secure in place with a strip of Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape so that the seam is at the front of the bottle. First securing your paper with the Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape before adding your decorative tape design, allows you to apply the Washi tape flat and tidy, and gives you the freedom to adjust the repositionable tape as desired.

For this design, I’ve used the seam as part of the design; for the other two designs, the seam is at the back.

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3. Create your Washi tape design. Using your Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut a strip of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Yellow Gold Stars. Make it a little shorter than the height of your paper band, and cut the ends on an angle. Attach the tape over the paper seam. Next, cut a strip of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Gold Solid, the same length, but with opposite angles at the ends. Align and place it down next to your first strip of Washi tape.

For the kraft paper wrapping, I added three strips of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape all the way around the bottle: from top, Zig Zag, Yellow Gold Stars, then Gold Solid. For the black and white striped wrapping, I added two vertical strips of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape: Zig Zag and Gold Solid.

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4. Add your message. Remove the adhesive letters from their backing and attach to the paper band. In this case, I chose to write “Thank You” in black letters. If you want your letters straight but have trouble aligning them, mark a guiding line with a pencil and ruler. Or, for a more casual look, handwrite your message.

For the black and white striped wrapping, I wrote “Cheers” in gold letters. I did not add a message to the kraft paper wrapping.

EXPERT TIP: Choose colours that coordinate with the cap and any neck band or other labelling that won’t be covered up by your wrapping.

DIY Confetti-Dot Wrapping Paper

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DIY Confetti-dot gift wrapping for a kid's birthday | overhead | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com I’m not a big fan of most wrapping paper created for kids. Emblazoned with trademarked characters from movies and television shows, I find them all rather tacky. Typically I will opt for bold colours and fun patterns — something kids will like but that is not an assault on my own aesthetic sensibilities.

This vibrant DIY wrapping paper made using a colourful combination of tapes is a perfect solution. The half-and-half dot looks more complicated to create than they are and add extra fun to the confetti pattern. It’s like a party! Read on for the full tutorial.

 


 

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SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 30–60 minutes

DIY Confetti-dot gift wrapping for a kid's birthday | materials and tools | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES + Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Pink Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Blue Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Green Solid + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Pink + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Medium Blue

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS + Scissors + Matte white wrapping paper from The Paper Place + Parchment paper + 3/4" circle punch + 1" circle punch + Ribbon

 

1. Wrap your box. Cut your paper to size, then wrap it around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape.

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2. Make the dots. Apply a strip of Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Blue Solid, to the parchment paper. Take a strip of another colour — Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue - tape it to the parchment paper, slightly overlapping the first strip - the overlap will help the two pieces stay together when you remove the tape from the parchment paper. Repeat with all the colour and pattern combinations you’d like to include.

I used the following pairs:

+ Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Pastel Blue Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Techno Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Green Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Medium Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green and Medium Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green and Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Pink Solid

I also included dots of solid Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and solid Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue.

Once you have your strips of tape prepared, position the 3/4” circle punch so each tape fills half the circle; punch a hole. Repeat using both the 3/4” and 1” circle punches until you have enough dots to cover your wrapped gift.

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3. Apply the dots to the paper. Gently remove the parchment paper from the back of your first dot and stick to your wrapped gift (Begin peeling up from the tape that is underneath, so the two halves stay together). I applied my dots in a loose, random arrangement, mixing colours, patterns and sizes.

4. Add the final touches. Once you’ve finished sticking on the dots and are happy with the design, tie a ribbon around the gift and attach a gift tag.

EXPERT TIP: Choose a white or light coloured paper in which to wrap your gift. It will allow the colours of the tape to pop.

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Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper

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Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com With so many gifts showered upon them, brides and grooms can be forgiven for forgetting who gave them what for their shower and wedding. Even so, you can’t help but hope that yours will be one of the ones they remember. My trick (besides getting the couple a super-awesome present, of course): gift wrap it fabulously!

For example, this joyful DIY paper-curl pom-pom topper will be sure to make your gift stand out among a pile of presents. Here I went with a sunny palette of yellows and ivory, but you could use any palette you choose — like say, the wedding colours, perhaps.

If the soon-to-be-married-duo don’t remember what you got them, at least they’ll remember the wrapping!

 


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SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 15–30 minutes

Wedding Shower Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper-Curl Pom-Pom Gift Topper | materials and tools | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES

+ Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

+ Scotch® GiftWrap Tape

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS

+ Pebble Embossed Metallic Paper in White Quartz from Paper Mojo

+ Paper/cardstock in four colours (butter yellow cardstock, personal stock; textured pearlized paper, personal stock; Lemon yellow linen vellum from The Japanese Paper Place; cardstock in Quartz from The Paper Place)

+ Ribbon

+ Gift Card

+ Craft knife

+ Ruler

+ Cutting mat

+ Pencil or pen

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1. Wrap your box. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut your wrapping paper to size. Wrap the paper around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® GiftWrap Tape. Tie your ribbon around the box, finishing with a knot (no need for a bow!).

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2. Cut paper strips. Using a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat, cut the papers/cardstock into strips. I used 8 1/2 x 11” sheets and cut the strips lengthwise, using the grid of the cutting mat to determine the width of the strips; you may want to experiment with different widths and lengths to find what works best for the paper you’re using and the size of pom-pom you’d like.

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3. Make your curls. Roll each paper/cardstock strip around a pencil, then slide off and pull gently to loosen the curl. Aim for a balance of tight and loose curls. The number you need will depend on how large a pom-pom you want to make.

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4. Attach the paper curls. Using Scotch® GiftWrap Tape, tape the end of each curl atop your gift. Cluster the curls around the knot of the ribbon, mixing the four different papers randomly. Attach as many curls as you need to get the fullness and size you desire, placing them to hide the taped ends. To finish, tuck the card beneath the ribbon. Your gift is now ready for giving!

EXPERT TIP: For the curls, choose various weights of paper and cardstock; every kind will hold a curl differently, and the variety will help create a fuller and more interesting pom-pom.

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5 Colourful Ways to Wrap Presents

To celebrate the first hints of spring (which can't get here fast enough, as far as I'm concerned), here's a rainbow of bright gift wrapping ideas from the Corinna Wraps archives. Click the links to read more.

1. DIY seed packets made from your favourite wrapping paper are a sweet way to share seeds from your own garden and make great gifts for garden lovers, Mother's Day or hostess gifts.

2. A clear box shows off coloured wood-fibre grass fill. With Easter around the corner, it's a good time to find colourful basket fills at the dollar store.

3. Shizen Design handmade papers are silkscreened in lush colours.

4. DIY gift tags made using food colouring — a good craft to do while you have your Easter egg decorating supplies out.

5. DIY stencilled treat bag — try with an Easter message and fill with sweets.

 

Pinterest Picks: Free Printables, Subtle Valentines + More

A selection of gift wrapping ideas, inspiration and products, as discovered on Pinterest.  

1. Soap packaging. From Humunuku Shoppe (item no longer available). I love the idea of covering one entire side of a gift with a label.

2. Graphic-patterned chocolate- and salmon-coloured wrapping paper set. From Froh & Frau. This colour and pattern combo are super on trend these days.

3. Kraft, black and gold paper goods. From The Stationery Boutique. With Valentine motifs like hearts and arrows, you don't need pink or red.

4. DIY doughnut Valentines with free downloadable printable gift tags. By Gabrielle Blair on Design Mom. Instead of chocolate, why not give doughnuts for Valentine's Day this year?

5. Valentine envelopes/treat bags (free downloadable printable). By Kristen on Ella Claire. Vintage romantic charm.

Visit my Gift Wrap and Packaging Pinterest board for more ideas.

DIY Seed Packets Make a Cheerful Gift

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DIY Seed Packets | Corinna Wraps There’s nothing more exciting than seeing something you planted, tended to and cared for grow into lush greenery and beautiful blooms. Why not spread the sense of accomplishment by sharing seeds from your garden? These DIY packets turn a handful of seeds into a precious gift, perfect for sharing with other gardeners, as a hostess gift or even as a wedding favour. (And if you have no seeds from your own garden to share, it's also an awfully nice way to repackage store-bought seeds.)

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Materials + Tools

+ Wrapping paper + Seed package or small envelope + Utility knife (optional) + Scissors + Cardboard or cardstock + Pencil + Ruler + Bone folder (available at craft supply stores) + Glue stick + Computer and printer (optional) + Seeds + Hole punch + Ribbon

How To

DIY Seed Packets (step 1) | Corinna Wraps

1. Start by making a template. Carefully take apart an existing seed packet or a small envelope, opening it up completely and keeping tabs intact. If you have trouble separating the tabs, try gently sliding a utility knife between the layers of paper. Remove any hanging, torn pieces so you have a smooth outer edge. Next, trace the package onto thin cardboard or a heavy cardstock. Cut it out using scissors or a utility knife. (You may want to use a ruler to redraw any crooked lines before cutting out the shape.) Mark on the cardboard where the packet folds are. You will be able to use this template over an over again, any time you’d like to make a new batch of seed packets.

2. Trace around the cardboard template with a pencil onto the back of your wrapping paper, then cut out. Centre larger patterns so the part you like best will appear on the front of the packet; keep in mind where the label will go.

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3. Using a ruler and bone folder, score, then fold the paper following the fold of the original packet. Next, glue the side and bottom flaps down.

4. As you wait for the glue on the packet to dry, print your labels. I used an address label template and word processing software to print the seed type and planting instructions onto 1” x 2 5/8” labels. You can also handwrite your labels, if you prefer.

DIY Seed Packets (steps 4 & 5) | Corinna Wraps

5. Assemble your packet: Stick a printed label onto the front of the packet, then fill with seeds and glue down the final flap. Allow glue to dry.

DIY Seed Packets (step 5) | Corinna Wraps

6. Punch two holes near the top; thread a ribbon through the holes and tie a bow.

7. Repeat as needed!

DIY Seed Packet (gift idea) | Corinna Wraps

Project tips

+ Gift wrap, scrapbook paper and pieces of wallpaper are all great paper options for this project. Choose a smallish pattern that will show well over the limited surface area of the seed packet.

+ I found lovely pink address labels at a specialty paper store, but plain white from an office supply store will work, too. If you’d like to include more detailed sowing instructions or a garden-inspired quote, use larger labels.

+ Packaging idea: For a gift, pair your DIY seed packets with seedling pots, or with a bouquet of fresh flowers of the same variety cut from your garden.

+ Project and photography by Corinna vanGerwen

Jewelry Gift Box Makeover

Gift box makeover When you’re giving someone a necklace as a gift, you want the box it comes in to be just as special as the jewelry. But sometimes the box from the store is damaged, dirty or simply has a tacky image or logo on top — even if you wrap it, the recipient will still see the ugliness when they open it. To prevent that, give the box a simple makeover by covering the top in pretty paper. Add a coordinating insert to prevent the necklace from sliding around inside, and you have a gift box they’ll treasure.

Materials + Tools

+ Jewelry gift box with cotton batting inside + Cardstock + Decorative paper + Pencil + Ruler + Craft knife and/or scissors + Hole punch + Glue stick + Ribbon

Gift box makeover: Step 1

How To

1. Cut the cardstock to fit inside the box. The easiest way to do this is to start by tracing around the box with a pencil, then measure the thickness of the box walls and subtract that amount on all sides of the rectangle you just drew. Use a ruler and pencil to draw your new, smaller rectangle, then cut using a craft knife (or scissors) and a ruler. You may need to trim the cardstock further until it fits.

2. Punch two holes about 1/4 inch in from the top edge of the cardstock. (Measure and mark first with a pencil to ensure they’re even.) If the chain of the necklace is especially fine, consider using a 1/8-inch hole punch. Next, snip from the edge to each hole to create a slot.

3. Thread the chain of the necklace through the two holes, then place the card in the gift box, adjusting the position of the necklace as needed.

Gift box makeover: step 4

4. Similarly to what you’ve done with the cardstock in Step 1, cut the decorative paper to fit the box top. First trace the box, then cut slightly smaller so the paper doesn’t fold over the edges (trim as necessary). The handmade paper I used has a nice deckle edge along one side, so I kept that as a feature instead of cutting it off.

Gift box makeover: step 5

5. Glue the paper to the box top. The best glue for this is glue stick, as white glue or anything with more water in it will cause the paper to bubble.

6. Close the box and tie with a complementary ribbon. Your necklace is now ready for gift giving!

 

+ Necklace by Logan A. Wilson + Papers from The Japanese Paper Place + Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen

Give the Gift of a DIY Kit

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DIY embroidery kit gift If there’s someone in your life who likes to make things, why not give them a present that includes all the materials they need for a craft project? This way, the pleasure of receiving a gift can last longer than the time it takes to open it.

The kit could be for any type of craft: If they like scrapbooking, assemble a collection of stickers and embellishements. Stamping — try a few stamps, ink pads and some blank cards to create designs. For quilters, put together a package of coordinating fat quarters with a few essential tools. The options are limited only by your imagination.

Whatever the craft, the trick to assembling a DIY kit that doesn’t just look like a bunch of materials thrown together is to package it all nicely.

For example, shown here is an embroidery kit that includes a selection of threads, a hoop and some plain white children’s T-shirts on which to embroider some designs. The T-shirts are rolled and line the bottom of the box, with the threads laid out in a rainbow on top; on top of it all lies a hoop.

As you purchase the materials to go into your kit, consider how they’ll all work together. How will they look together and how will they fit together in the package? For example, I selected the thread colours specifically to look nice together. And select a box or other container that fits it all and perhaps even complements the theme (you may want to do this first so you know how much space you need to fill).

Whoever the lucky recipient is, they’ll be sure to appreciate the thought you put into bringing it all together.

 
+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen

Blog Anniversary! Top 5 Posts of All Time

Well, waddaya know? Another year of writing the Corinna Wraps blog has gone by. Today the blog turns three! To celebrate, here are the five most popular posts of all time:

Military-Inspired Stencilled Birthday Paper

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Happy Birthday Stencil My husband knows me well. One day he came home with a package of letter stencils for me. I think he picked them up from Staples or somewhere. The stencils are nothing fancy — your standard cardboard cut-out letters for making utilitarian signage. But they’re exactly the type of item I love to store away for making things.

And when it came time to wrap a present for my husband, naturally I pulled out the stencils.

What I made was a quick and easy military-inspired paper — a perfect complement to what was going inside the package. (You’ll have to check back on Monday to find out what it was. Yeah, I’m a tease.)

Stencil on Butcher Paper (in progress)

To make, first I cut the paper to size and roughly wrapped it around the gift to figure out placement of my stencilled message. Next, I lined up the letters to spell out  Happy Birthday. The stencil set comes with only one of each letter, so first I did “HAP” then “PY.” The slightly off-kilter alignment suited the look I was going for, but if you want your letters to line up straighter, use a ruler and pencil to mark out your placement. I then taped the letters in place with washi tape (which doesn’t tear up the paper if you remove it gently enough) and used a small ink pad to “paint” inside the stencil (place the ink pad face-down directly onto the paper).

Once dry, the paper was ready for wrapping!

Stencil on Butcher Paper

Curious to know what’s inside the package? Check back on Monday to find out!