Pinterest Picks: DIY Clay Projects, Jingle Bell Embellishments + More

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

1. Glitter gift tags with gold bells and a bit of greenery. By Lindsay Stephenson on the Little House Blog. A wonderful elegantly simple combo. The glitter tape, gold bells (love!) and hang tags are all from Lindsay's shop, The Penny Paper Co., where she offers a really nice selection of refined gift wrapping supplies, including tags, ribbon and more.

2. Jumbo star label. From Blank. Add a single extra-large star sticker to a plainly-wrapped gift and voila! The stickers (approx. 2 1/2") are available in five colours in packages of 10 from Blank.

3. DIY clay gift tags. By Tristan B. on Besotted. There are tons of variations of DIY clay tags floating around the internet; these are some of my favourites. Tristan used her custom Besotted Brand stamps to emboss the air-dry clay.

4. Jingle bell wreath topper. By Shauna Oberg on Satori Design for Living. A DIY ornament that makes for the perfect Christmas gift topper with a lovely sound.

+ Double-banded favour boxes. On the Smitten on Paper blog. Two strips of paper turn a plain favour box into a chic gift.

+ Clay bunting gift topper. By Maria on Scandi Home. Another way to use air-dry clay: make your own tiny shapes, then paint them for a graphic embellishment.

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

+ Photos courtesy their respective owners.

Friday Find: A Glam Box for Luxe Gifts


Glitter boxes from Creative Bag

I adore glitter. What I don't like is the way it gets all over the freakin' place. Not a problem with these sparkling, chocolate-brown gift boxes — the glitter doesn't rub off. Not one bit. Seriously. Chocolate Diamonds cylinder gift boxes (5" x 5½"), $2.70 each, Creative Bag.

+ Image courtesy Creative Bag

My Wrap Stash: Deals at Target, Dollarama & Creative Bag


Over the last month, I've scored some sweet deals on wrapping supplies: Tissue paper and glassine bags from Creative Bag

From Creative Bag, I got small glassine bags, $0.20 for a package of 10 (that's two cents each!); and tissue paper in multi-coloured zig-zags, army green, and wide black-and-white stripes, $0.99 each.

Blue box, purple glitter bag and pink gift tags from Creative Bag

Also from Creative Bag: blue gift box, $1.45; purple glitter gift bag (and the glitter doesn't come off all over the place!), $0.95; pink gift tags, $1 for a package of 10.

Paper roses from Dollarama

At Dollarama, I found these sweet blue paper roses, which have an adhesive backing to them, for $1.

Grosgrain ribbon from Dollarama

Also at Dollarama, I found a selection of spring-coloured grosgrain ribbons, $1 per roll (the wider width has 12 feet on each roll; the thinner width, 15 feet).

Tissue paper from Target

And on our first trip to a Canadian Target location, I picked up four packages of fun-patterned tissue paper for $0.99 each...

Wrapping paper from Target well as three rolls of wrapping paper. Two of the rolls were $2.99 each and one roll was $4.49, though I don't recall which was which.

+ Photography and styling by Corinna vanGerwen

Holiday Wrap-Up Pt. 3: My Wrap Stash, Christmas Haul


Most of the time, wrapping materials get used up on the outside of presents, but lucky me, I found a few supplies under the tree this Christmas, including these treasures: BakersTwine_gridTape

A dozen rolls of coloured bakers twine and a roll of grid-patterned fabric tape.


Four fun little fuzzy tufts, with adhesive backings so I can attach them easily to gifts.


Glitter tape in black and aqua, velvet ribbon in lavender on a vintage-style wooden spool, and soft blue tissue (the colour is more unusual than it looks here).


Tiny brass scissors, a clear acrylic tape dispenser, and patterned cellophane tape in polka dots and lace.

Lucky me! Can't wait to use them all!

This Week on Pinterest


Pinterest Logo+ Wooden treat boxes. By Melanie Blodgett on You Are My Fave. Stick-on letters and paint make for very cool, modern boxes. + DIY personalized ribbon. By Ashley Rose on Whimseybox. Stamps + fabric ink + ribbon = monogrammed ribbon.

+ Rosemary sprig gift decorations. By Laurie Kaiser. A refreshing way to decorate a gift — little sprigs of rosemary attached to the top of a gift in a grid pattern. And be sure to check out Laurie's Pinterest board and Tumblr for lots more inspiring gift wrapping.

+ Personalized gift cards. By Shaleah on the Gold Jellybean. Some kraft paper, a gold pen, and you can wrap that gift card to look fabulous (and not like you picked it up at the last minute).

+ Glitter gift tags. By Lauren on A Fabulous Fete. Lauren uses glitter and double-sided tape instead of glue (smart) to make these tags. Of course, you could also use glitter tape and cut down on the mess even more.

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

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.

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.

Small Gift, Big Card


Most of the time I use a gift tag – or no tag at all – when I give a present, but every so often a card is necessary. Either because the occasion calls for it (like a wedding) or maybe I just have more to say. But when the gift is smaller than the card, it can be hard to keep the pair from getting separated.

That's when a cellophane bag can come in handy. Put both the card and the present inside, and tie with a ribbon. The card and gift stay together, and you can still see the pretty wrapping.

Even Kids Deserve Pretty Presents


I understand why people might hesitate to spend money on wrapping a gift for a child, or even put in the effort to make a present look beautiful, since kids tend to tear into gifts pretty quickly.

This present is for my cousin's daughter, who just turned one. It's unlikely she'll notice the wrapping, and her big sister will probably "help" her unwrap the gift. But I think the parents will appreciate it, and I think it's important to show children they deserve pretty things too.

The wrapping isn't complicated and it was inexpensive, but it's fun and bright, and perfectly suited for the celebration of a first birthday.