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This Week on Pinterest

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This Week on Pinterest, Feb. 15, 2013 A selection of gift wrapping ideas and inspiration, as discovered on Pinterest.

+ DIY metallic paper bag. By  Rebecca on A Daily Something. Spray-paint a paper bag, roll over the top and use as a gift bag.

+ DIY cut-out heart wrapping paper. By Brittany Watson Jepsen on The House That Lars Built. This wrapping paper DIY was inspired by Martha Stewart, but I think Brittany does a much better job of it.

+ Hand-lettered wrapping paper. By Victoria Hudgins on A Subtle Revelry. The key to making this paper is using the right writing implement (something thick like the chalk shown, or a thick marker) and doing your best handwriting.

+ Salt dough gift tags. On The Cheese Thief. A modern take on a classic DIY, these tags utilize letter stamps and cut-outs.

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

10 Ways to Wrap Cookies

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cookies Cookie WeekLike many people, I am totally addicted to Pinterest. Since I've been spending a lot of time on the site, I've found tons of ideas on how to wrap cookies and holiday baking for sharing with friends and family. Here are a few of my favourite ways to package cookies, as found on Pinterest:

  1. Patterned-paper backings for clear treat bags.From Middle Passages.
  2. DIY paper envelopes for single cookies.From Martha Stewart.
  3. Cookie tins made from Pringles cans.From A Thousand Words.
  4. Cookies in a glass tube.From Whole Foods Market (no instructions; image only).
  5. Pink paper bag with a message written on it.From The Yvestown Blog.
  6. As miniature cakes in clear boxes.From Martha Stewart.
  7. Sewn up in wax paper bags.
  8. As buttons, stacked and threaded onto ribbon.
  9. Individually wrapped in cellophane bags and labelled with custom stickers.From Everyday Occasions.
  10. Paper CD envelopes.From Better Homes and Gardens.
Photo via Flickr by yurilong.
 

You Don't Have to Use Wrapping Paper

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I was speaking with a paper retailer recently who was lamenting the fact that so many people walk into her store looking for gift wrap and leave when they don't find it. While she usually carries only a limited selection of standard wrapping paper, her store is full of gorgeous specialty papers from all around the world — places like Japan, Nepal and Brazil.

Many people get stuck on the idea that to wrap a gift, one needs to use wrapping paper. But I encourage you to explore the options beyond those glossy rolls and patterned sheets. Part of the reason why my wrapping style stands out is because most of the time I don't use traditional wrapping paper; I select nonstandard materials like imported papers, sewing trims and unusual decorations. For example, the gift above is wrapped in wallpaper (the grey plaid) and a burger basket liner (the yellow stripes). (For instructions on how to wrap with two papers like in the photo, read this post.)

So, to inspire you to look beyond the usual rolls of gift wrap, here are 19 other papers you can use for wrapping:

  1. Kraft paper
  2. Wallpaper
  3. Imported decorative papers
  4. Handmade papers
  5. Paper bags
  6. Newspaper and newsprint
  7. Posters
  8. Tissue
  9. Parchment paper
  10. Wax paper
  11. Scrapbooking paper
  12. Magazine pages
  13. Photocopied photos or other images
  14. Cloth or fabric
  15. Cellophane
  16. Crepe paper
  17. Origami paper
  18. Architectural blueprints
  19. Maps
Are there other types of paper you use?

3 Ways to Wrap Cookies

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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.

Shopping: romanticPINK

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If you're looking for something cute and sweet in which to wrap your next batch of homemade cookies, look no further than Etsy shop romanticPINK. Featuring supplies from Korea, romanticPINK carries pretty rubber stamps, templates to make your own envelopes, and lots of adorable stickers and decorative tapes. But it is the shop's selection of food wrap that is the real draw. From printed wax paper and cellophane envelopes to patterned twist ties and labels in every shape and colour, you're sure to find something to make your home-baked treats look even more delicious.

Above: Patterned wax paper in White Lettering (left), $2.80 US/20 sheets, and Strawberry and Pink Rose (right), $4.30 US/20 sheets each.

Gingham Check Twist Ties (left), $3.80 US/package of 45, Green and White Check paper bags (top right), $3.60 US/ package of 10, Classic File Folder Label stickers (bottom right), $4.99 US/4 sheets.