Valentine's

Pinterest Picks: Valentine's Day Edition

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

1. Printable Army-Man Valentine. By Liz on Love and Marriage and a Baby Carriage. It's nice to see a Valentine that isn't all pink, red and hearts.

2. DIY Arrow Treat Bags. By Erin Lepperd on Style Me Pretty. A nice idea for homebaked treats.

3. DIY Stitched Gift Box. By Camilla Fabbri on Family Chic. I love the heart, but also love the idea of stitching any pattern onto a box top. Imagine XOX for Valentine's Day, or colourful circles for another occasion. And if you're super skilled at embroidery, you could make an amazing design.

4. Printable Valentine's Day gift tags. By Bre on Bre Purposed. Of course, nothing says you can't use these tags for non-Valentine gifts.

5. Printable Valentine's Day wrapping paper. From For the Makers on The Source. Four cute patterns: tiny heart gift wrap, painted brick gift wrap, matchstick gift wrap (my fave) and sugarpie gift wrap.

Visit my Valentine's Gift Wrapping board on Pinterest for more ideas.

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.

5 Valentine's Day Wrapping Goodies that I Adore

Whether you're wrapping a special gift for your sweetheart, handing out sweet treats, or making your own Valentine's cards, here are five packaging goodies for all the people you love.

1. Metallic lose-weave cotton ribbon (15 mm) in Fuchsia with Gold,  $9 US per 3 yards, Studio Carta.

2. Gold hearts glassine treat bags, $5.50 per package of 12, Letter C Design.

3. Set of three heart rubber stamps, $40 US (also available individually), Paper Pastries.

4. Wolf Howling Hearts greeting card, $4.50 US, Lark Press.

5. Italian hand-marbled paper (20" x 28"), $12 per sheet, Luxe Paperie.

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.

Find of the Day: Argyle Ribbon

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Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Friday Find goes daily, with a love-themed wrapping treat every day until the 14th. Red and pink argyle ribbon from Ribbons and Bows Oh My!

If hearts aren't your thing, perhaps a posh argyle in a Valentine's Day palette? High Style Argyle ribbon in red/pink, starting at $2.55 US per 5 yards, Ribbons and Bows Oh My!

Find of the Day: Hugs & Kisses Gift Tag

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Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Friday Find goes daily, with a love-themed wrapping treat every day until the 14th. Hugs and Kisses letterpress gift tag in black, by Farmwood Press

Printed in black with a grey envelope, there's nothing that screams Valentine's about this letterpress gift tag, well, except the affectionate message, of course. Hugs & Kisses letterpress gift tag (also available in pink and red), $4 US, Farmwood Press.

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.

Find of the Day: Retro Valentine's Cards Wrapping Paper

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Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Friday Find goes daily, with a love-themed wrapping treat every day until the 14th. Retro Valentine's Cards gift wrap from Cavallini

This wrapping paper features a collage of retro Valentine's cards, some of which I'm pretty sure I handed out in grade school. From Cavallini & Co.

Find of the Day: Heart-in-a-Jar Bag

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Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Friday Find goes daily, with a love-themed wrapping treat every day until the 14th. heart-in-a-jar cloth bag from We Love Citrus

Give more than a card this Valentine's; like, how about a little cloth bag such as this one filled with cinnamon hearts? Heart cloth bag with drawstring closure (4x6"), $10 US, We Love Citrus.

Find of the Day: Valentine's Animals Gift Wrap

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Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Friday Find goes daily, with a love-themed wrapping treat every day until the 14th. Valentine's Animals Gift Wrap from Paper Source

This adorable, retro-style paper is the sweetest wrapping for wee little loved ones. Each animal is partly made up of a heart. Valentine's Animals gift wrap, $2.50 US per sheet, Paper Source.

Find of the Day: Heart Envelopes

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Leading up to Valentine's Day, the Friday Find goes daily, with a love-themed wrapping treat every day until the 14th. Sweet Hearts Envelopes from Omiyage

These patterned envelopes reminds me of my childhood, of drawing hearts with pencil crayons over and over. Pop  a little love note or a tiny gift inside and seal with a kiss. Sweet Hearts envelopes (7 5/8" x 3 7/16"), $2.50 per set of 5 various colours, Omiyage.

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.

Valentine's Wrapping & Crafting Giveaway from 3M Canada

Valentine's Wrapping and Crafting Giveaway from 3M

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

3M Canada has generously offered a prize package of Scotch Brand tapes, adhesives and scissors for one lucky reader of the Corinna Wraps blog! The package includes tons of tape and amazing scissors for making cards and wrapping presents for Valentine's Day.

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3M Canada Scotch Brand Valentine's Giveaway prize packageThe value of the package is approximately $60 Canadian MSRP and includes:

  • Scotch Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser: Super convenient for gift wrapping, it fits right onto your hand so your hands are free to do the wrapping, not wrestling with tape.
  • Scotch Pop-Up Tape Deskgrip Dispenser: Another hands-free alternative that comes in handy when gift wrapping. [One of my personal favourites.]
  • 2 rolls of Scotch Vellum Tape: Maybe a handmade card with delicate paper is in the cards this Valentine's Day? If it is, this tape will come in handy!
  • 1 tube of Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive: Valentine's Day craft project anyone? Whether it's a scrapbooking project or a seriously fancy gift wrapping job, this quick-dry adhesive will make it stick.
  • 2 rolls of Scotch Gift Wrap Tape: Tried and true, the satin finish makes this infamous gift wrap tape nearly disappear on most wrapping paper.
  • 2 rolls of Scotch Double Sided Tape: Seriously handy, just around the house or for gift wrapping. [This is my go-to tape for gift wrapping.]
  • A pair of Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors: Titanium scissors that'll snip your gift wrap and ribbon so beautifully, you won't want to share them with anyone else in your household. [I have a pair of these scissors — they cut like butter.]
  • A pair of Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Non-Stick Scissors: Titanium non-stick scissors for when you're cutting tape, or are in other "sticky" situations.

**Apologies to readers living outside of the Great White North; this giveaway is open only to Canadian Residents.**

Giveaway ends midnight EST, Jan. 29, 2012. The winner will be chosen by random draw and will be announced on this blog on Jan. 31, 2012.