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Pinterest Picks: DIY Clay Projects, Jingle Bell Embellishments + More

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

1. Glitter gift tags with gold bells and a bit of greenery. By Lindsay Stephenson on the Little House Blog. A wonderful elegantly simple combo. The glitter tape, gold bells (love!) and hang tags are all from Lindsay's shop, The Penny Paper Co., where she offers a really nice selection of refined gift wrapping supplies, including tags, ribbon and more.

2. Jumbo star label. From Blank. Add a single extra-large star sticker to a plainly-wrapped gift and voila! The stickers (approx. 2 1/2") are available in five colours in packages of 10 from Blank.

3. DIY clay gift tags. By Tristan B. on Besotted. There are tons of variations of DIY clay tags floating around the internet; these are some of my favourites. Tristan used her custom Besotted Brand stamps to emboss the air-dry clay.

4. Jingle bell wreath topper. By Shauna Oberg on Satori Design for Living. A DIY ornament that makes for the perfect Christmas gift topper with a lovely sound.

+ Double-banded favour boxes. On the Smitten on Paper blog. Two strips of paper turn a plain favour box into a chic gift.

+ Clay bunting gift topper. By Maria on Scandi Home. Another way to use air-dry clay: make your own tiny shapes, then paint them for a graphic embellishment.

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

+ Photos courtesy their respective owners.

Friday Find: Gold Striped Wrapping Paper

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gold bandeau striped wrapping paper from luxe paperie Wedding Month on the Corinna Wraps blogEven if you'd like to stick with traditional cream and gold for a wedding present, why not expand beyond florals and go for a mod stripe? Angled in various directions, these stripes make for a dynamic design. Gold Bandeau Eco-Luxe handmade 100 percent cotton paper, $5 US per 21" x 29" sheet, Luxe Paperie.

Packaged Goods: Pastel Confetti with Gold Stripes

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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.