This impressive DIY art deco–style gift box is worth the effort.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
14. Duck glitter roll in pink, $7.49 US, Duck Brand.
15. Nature Baby Panda washi tape, Masté.
16. White acorns paper tape, $3 US, That Washi Tape Girl.
17. Japanese Ninja washi tape, Masté.
18. Scotch Expressions Zig Zag washi tape, $4.51, Staples. (Disclosure: Scotch Brand Canada is a client of mine; however, this is not a paid link.)
I'm not very good at picking out gifts for nine-year-old girls (I leave that job to my sister); however, I think I'm pretty good at wrapping them. The girl whom this gift was for is into competitive figure skating, so I used that as inspiration for the wrapping.
The bag/box is one that I've held on to from an H&M (maybe Urban Outfitters?) purchase a few years ago. The dots simultaneously remind me of falling snowflakes and the sequins of figure-skating costumes sparkling under the spotlights.
To embellish the gift, I used a couple of feathers and a strip of glitter tape. The neon gift tag adds just the right bit of discordant ugly.
And while the nine-year-old didn't spend much time admiring the wrapping before tearing into it, I was very happy with the results. Score 10 in my books.
While the price tag of this tape dispenser is a hefty £120, its stunning style is right up there too. Cast concrete and spun copper are as utilitarian as the desk item, yet so freakin' gorgeous. Can one fall in love with a tape dispenser? Akita tape dispenser, £120, Plant & Moss.
Stationery and paper goods company Nancy & Betty have just launched its collection for 2013, and among the new items in the line is this precocious tape, emblazoned with the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The biggest word you've ever heard is the perfect silly message for when, well, no other word will do. (Oh, and if you just have to listen to the song, here's the clip from Marry Poppins. My apologies for getting it stuck in your head.) Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sticky tape, £5.95, Nancy & Betty.
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:
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!
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!
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.
Patterned tapes are everywhere these days, and they offer a quick way to dress up packages, envelopes or gift tags. This Bloom vinyl tape, $11.50/66m roll, is designed by UK jewellery designer Joanna Rutter.
Wrapping gifts can get awkward when you're hunting under papers and ribbons for the tape. Keep your adhesive in view with this extra tall Anything tape dispenser, $40 US each, from See Jane Work. (I especially like the yellow.)