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Pinterest Logo+ DIY wrapping paper using rolling pins and craft foam. By Sofie Sausser on EcoSalon. I've used craft foam to make my own stamps before, but the idea of applying it to a rolling pin is ingenious. Wish I'd thought of that. + A gift basket lined with olive leaves. From Marie-Claire Idées as seen on Parisian Party. The gifts look so chic nestles among leaves. This idea could work well with other types of greenery too.

+ Breakfast host gift. By Jenny Hobick on Everyday Occasions. Be sure to click through to Jenny's site, where you'll see this fabulous idea for a basket filled with banana bread and honey butter, but also lots more beautifully packaged host gifts.

+ Polka dot gift box. On Martha Stewart Weddings. Punch some holes in a box, line it with coloured paper. Simple and sweet.


Packaged Goods: Pastel Confetti with Gold Stripes


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! Pastel confetti paper with gold-striped tape

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.

This Week on Pinterest

Pinterest Logo * Alphabet magnets to spell out the recipient's name on a gift. By Denise Sharp on d. Sharp Journal. Denise hid a metal ruler under the paper so the colourful, magnetic letters stay in place yet can still be moved around — a magic trick perfect for young children. * DIY tag-shaped stamps. By Ez on Creature Comforts. 

* Envelopes made from paper doilies. By design.mein.

* Felt envelopes. By Gail of Probably Actually on Clever Charlotte. Gail uses an envelope template to make tiny, reusable envelopes with button closures.

This Week on Pinterest, Feb. 3

Pinterest Logo* Folded-paper treat bags. A simple way to make patterned gift bags without a lot of cutting and gluing. A great option for customizing wedding or party favours. By Emily on Not So Idle Hands. Find the full how-to tutorial on Not So Idle Hands. * Valentine gift tag using washi tape and a rolling alphabet stamp. By Heather on WhipperBerry. The tag is just a small part of the packaging for some heart-shaped doughnuts on WhipperBerry.

* Canelé cake favours wrapped in tissue and string. Beautifully simple. By Chelsea Fuss on Project Wedding.

* DIY lace wrapping paper. Scan, photo edit, print, wrap! From Martha Stewart.