Holiday Wrap-Up Pt. 2: A Mad Hatter Tea Set


Mad Hatter Gift Tag For Christmas this year, my sister gave me a set of classic white tea cups and saucers. Almost better than the gift was how she wrapped them.

First, she wrapped seven of the eight sets in a box, as per a usual gift; but the eighth set she wrapped separately, securing it to the top of the box. This meant I had to unwrap only one set and the rest stayed securely packaged in their box (smartly marked with a Fragile label) until the Christmas-morning chaos was over and I could unpack them in the kitchen.

Even better though, was the handmade gift tag my sister created to go along with the gift. Sewn from two layers of wool felt, she made a Mad Hatter–esque top hat, complete with a style/price label (on the back of which was the To/From tag for the gift). Brilliant.

This Week on Pinterest

Pinterest LogoMy, my, it's been a bit since I did a This Week on Pinterest post. The ideas have piled up, so this week is really more like "The Last Few Weeks on Pinterest." A glut of wrapping ideas. + Bow tutorial. By Jenn Dove on Dove Art Studios. An easy and quick-to-make fluffy bow.

+ Maritime knot accent. From Paper Source's P.S. blog. This nautical ribbon alternative would make nice Father's Day wrapping.

+ Customize washi tape. From the Omiyage blog. A neat trick to getting a custom printed message onto washi tape. [Keep an eye out for my guest post on the Omiyage blog coming up — Marisa at Omiyage sent me a Fun With Neon Crafty Grab Bag that I'll be wrapping some gifts with.]

+ Make your own gift bags. By Helena on Craft and Creativity. Tutorial includes a free PDF template download.

+ DIY felt boxes. By Jessica Jones on How About Orange. Love these. Need to find some stiffened felt so I can make a whole bunch...

+ Diaper pin as topper. From Pigeon Pear. Kraft paper, black grosgrain ribbon and a diaper pin — the most elegant baby-gift wrapping I have ever seen.

+ Taffy wrapped in floral origami. By Chelsea Fuss on Frolic. Fast and easy to make. A great party or wedding favour.

+ Ribbon-scraps bow. By Lisa Storms. Don't throw away those ribbon ends you cut off; make another bow.

+ Hole-punched gift tag. By Erin Ozer on the Knot & Bow blog. Spell out a name with a hole punch. Genius.

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.