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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.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Inspiration on Pinterest

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Finished your holiday shopping yet? Yeah, me neither. (Sick of everyone asking that question? Yeah, me too.)

Once you are done and you get to start the fun part — the gift wrapping! — don't forget that you'll find tons of inspiration not just here on the Corinna Wraps blog, but also by following me on Pinterest.

I've created a new Christmas Gift Wrapping board just for the season, plus there's my extensive Gift Wrap and Packaging board. If you're fond of kraft paper, check out my Brown Paper Packages board. And if you have wine or home-baked goodies to wrap, you'll want to peruse my Food & Drink Gift Wrapping & Packaging board for ideas on how to make a nice presentation.

I'll be pinning lots over the next couple of weeks, so check back often!

Pinterest Picks: Gold Leaf Gift Tags, Sewn Pillow Boxes + More

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

1. Calendars wrapped in glassine, secured with washi tape. From Satsuma Press. One simple strip of tape is such a nice detail.

2. Boxed rice cakes. Photo by Genevieve A. via Flickr. I love how precious these rice cakes are, packaged individually and then lined up in a box. I'm totally stealing this idea.

3. DIY machine-embroidered pillow boxes. By Lova Blåvarg on Sweet Paul. To be honest, I don't know if I'd be capable of making these (such detailed sewing!), but I love the sketchy result.

4. DIY gold leaf gift tags. By Lauren on the Thrifty Ginger. I'd recommend using cardstock instead of paper for these.

5. DIY bird favour box. By Maxine of Tulle Box Designs on Wedding Chicks. Personalize a plain truffle box with a shape punch and foil paper.

Visit my Gift Wrap and Packaging 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.

Pinterest Picks: DIY Bunny Pouch, Snowflake Gift Toppers + More

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

1. Blue Stanton Gift Wrapping Cart. From The Home Depot. If you're serious about gift wrapping, You have to have a wrapping station. This cart has a spot for everything and would look very nice in the corner of a craft room.

2. Yarn and stars gift wrapping. By Manuela on Pink Frilly Handmade. I've always loved yarn as a substitute for ribbon. Paired with polka dots and stars as it is here gives it even more homespun charm.

3. Drawstring bags. From Between the Lines. While these particular bags are no longer available on the Between the Lines Etsy Shop, if you like to sew, you could easily whip up your own version. I just love the black and white pattern combo.

4. Bunny Pouch. By Merrilee on Mer Mag. Download the template and you can make your own crazy adorable reusable felt bunny pouches. (These are seriously up there with cute cat photos for me.)

5. Patterned paper bags. From Petra Boase at Not on the High Street. Love the mix of bag and washi tape patterns and colours.

6. DIY paper snowflake gift toppers. By Silvia on Giochi di Carta. Add some three-dimensionality to paper snowflakes by doing an accordion fold and all of a sudden they're not your kid's craft project anymore.

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

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.

Pinterest Picks: How to Wrap Cash, DIY Wrapping Paper + More

A selection of gift wrapping ideas and inspiration, as discovered on Pinterest. NOTE: I've decided to rename the This Week On Pinterest column to Pinterest Picks, among other reasons because, well, the column doesn't appear every week. What hasn't changed is the incredible roundup of inspiring gift wrapping ideas and fun projects as discovered — and repinned to my Gift Wrap and Packaging board — on Pinterest.

1. Engineer prints as wrapping paper. By Annie Diamond on Most Lovely Things. For less than $5 US, Annie ordered engineer prints from Staples to use as high-impact personalized wrapping paper. (Also check out Annie's brilliant photo gift tags, made using wallet-size photos and a tag punch.)

2. 13 gifts wrapped in fun and simple ways. By Jessie Senese on the Shop Sweet Lulu blog. Owner of awesome party supply source Shop Sweet Lulu, Jessie put some serious thought into wrapping cash for her daughter on her 13th birthday (no plain envelope and card here!). All part of an elaborate treasure hunt, each box has minimal and simple wrapping that is purely charming.

3. Packaged homegrown chilies. By Nerissa Goco and Peter Hoang on The New Domestic blog. Kraft paper, string and ink-jet labels. Basic yet smart-looking.

+ Striped goodie bags. On Martha Stewart Weddings. A golden handwritten message on black and white striped paper bags — so simple yet so much impact.

+ DIY pop-up peekaboo photo wrap. By By Brittany Watson Jepsen on The House that Lars Built. Remember the heart cutout wrapping paper Brittany made, which I featured on Corinna Wraps back in February? She's used a similar technique to cut pop-up circles with family photos peeking through.

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

+ Photos courtesy their respective owners.

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This Week on Pinterest, March 22, 2013 A selection of gift wrapping ideas and inspiration, as discovered on Pinterest.

How to cover a box with paper. By Helena on Craft and Creativity. Re-covering old boxes with pretty paper is a great way to reuse packaging for gift giving, but getting tidy corners isn't easy; this post shows you how.

Paper carrots. By Jordan Ferney on Oh Happy Day. A quick and easy DIY for packaging Easter sweets.

Custom gift boxes. By Melanie Blodgett on You Are My Fave. A plain box + iron-on transfer paper = bold typographic gift containers (and they take only five minutes to make). Full tutorial.

"Color Me" gift wrap. By Rachel on Lines Across. Among Rachel's three interactive gift wrapping ideas for kids is this "Color Me" wrap, where the paper is plain and the topper is a set of crayons — you know, so the kids can decorate their own wrap before opening the present. Be sure to click through to see Rachel's other two brilliant ideas.

+ Bubble-wrap–printed paper. By Alisa Burke. Wrap bubble wrap around a cardboard tube, roll in paint, then roll onto paper to create a polkadot pattern.

+ Paperwhite bulbs wrapped in vintage hankies. By Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry on Julep. I think it's the charming vintage handkerchief that makes this host gift so special.

+ DIY air-plant wedding favour. By Debra Norton of Vintage Paper Parade on Weddingbells. I've seen lots of air-plant favour and place card ideas online, but I really like how Debra put this one together.

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

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This Week on Pinterest, March 1, 2013Nicely packaged homemade boiled apple cider syrup. By Erin Boyle on Reading My Tea Leaves. Everything about this blog post is scrumptious — the packaging, the recipe and the photography. (Image courtesy of Reading My Tea Leaves)

+ Chalkboard gift tags. By Lia Griffith on Ellinée. Click through to Ellinée for the free download of these gift tags.

+ Gifts wrapped with wax seals and string. By Joanna on Liebesbotschaft.

Coloured hot glue "wax" seal adornment. By Shane Powers on Martha Stewart Living's the Crafts Dept. Similar concept as above, different look. Brown paper, string and a "wax" seal — wine bottles wrapped with old-world appeal.

+ Men's tie gift topper. By Amy Atlas on Sweet Designs. A little piece of ribbon cut and tied just right looks like a miniature men's tie.

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

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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.

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Pinterest Logo+ Wooden treat boxes. By Melanie Blodgett on You Are My Fave. Stick-on letters and paint make for very cool, modern boxes. + DIY personalized ribbon. By Ashley Rose on Whimseybox. Stamps + fabric ink + ribbon = monogrammed ribbon.

+ Rosemary sprig gift decorations. By Laurie Kaiser. A refreshing way to decorate a gift — little sprigs of rosemary attached to the top of a gift in a grid pattern. And be sure to check out Laurie's Pinterest board and Tumblr for lots more inspiring gift wrapping.

+ Personalized gift cards. By Shaleah on the Gold Jellybean. Some kraft paper, a gold pen, and you can wrap that gift card to look fabulous (and not like you picked it up at the last minute).

+ Glitter gift tags. By Lauren on A Fabulous Fete. Lauren uses glitter and double-sided tape instead of glue (smart) to make these tags. Of course, you could also use glitter tape and cut down on the mess even more.

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

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Pinterest Logo+ Mountain gift tags. By Claire on Fellow Fellow. A free download. + Minitree advent. By Julie Manwaring of Flourish & Whim on Oh Happy Day. They show you a whole advent calendar here, but using mini trees to decorate holiday gifts would be just as cute.

+ Boxes decorated with washi tape. By Helena on Craft and Creativity. Helena uses washi tape and fabric to cover plain paper boxes; the DIY is easy, and the results are fabulous.

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

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Pinterest Logo + DIY paper-roll organizer. By Caroline Armelle on Armelle. Wooden dowels + metal hooks = a smart storage solution for wrapping paper rolls. Caroline has hung hers on the inside of a closet door, making good use of usually unused space. + DIY fabric feathers. By Ez of Creature Comforts on 100 Layer Cake. Would make for cool gift toppers.

+ Thyme mini wreath around a bottle of wine. From Traditional Home, as seen on Haus Design. The scent would be wonderful.

+ Paper pouf bow. By Jeffery Ruddell, as seen on All Things Paper. Made from lots of thin strips and very flowerlike, like a spider mum.

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

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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.


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Pinterest Logo+ Bags from envelopes and tape. By Jessica Jones on How About Orange. Tutorial. + Doily flower wraps. By Chelsea Fuss on Papermash. White paper doilies layered over kraft paper make for a sweet way to wrap flowers.

+ Kraft paper stamped in white using a hand carved stamp. On Geninne's Art Blog.

+ Clay leaf gift tags. By Jo Newman on Jo's Loft. Tutorial.


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Gold-leaf gift tags, The Happy Home Pinterest Logo+ Gold-leaf gift tags (above). By Belinda on The Happy Home. Use double-sided tape and gold leaf to make these edgy, graphic gift tags.

+ Partial puzzle as gift topper. By Hilda Grahnat. Love the look of this. Assemble part of a puzzle with a nice image, then tuck under the bow atop a gift. There are no instructions here, but I would recommend taping the back of the puzzle so the pieces don't fall apart in transport. Or even use a sticker label to turn it into a gift tag. A great use for old puzzles that are missing pieces.

+ DIY hand-lettered gift box. By Aimee Strickland of madeinthefold on The Sweetest Occasion. The white handwriting across the whole top of the box takes place of both wrapping paper and gift tag.

+ Metallic papers with natural toppers. On Southern Living. The combination of metallic papers with natural toppers — bear grass, seeded eucalyptus flowers, elaeagnus leaves, and cotton bolls — is trés luxe. Very stunning.

+ DIY fabric-covered box. By Auksė on Sheepy Me. A very easy way to cover a box with fabric (no messy glue) — click through for instructions. Just remember to iron your fabric first.

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

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Reversed Junk-Mail Envelopes by EcoMonster Pinterest Logo+ Reversed junk-mail envelopes (above). By Eco_Monster on Flickr. This is one of those brilliant ideas I wish I had thought of myself. Cut open a junk-mail envelope, refold it so the security pattern shows on the outside, then tape back together with washi tape. It's not only eco smart, the results look pretty neat too. Would be a great way to package a gift of concert tickets.

+ Yeah! note card set. By Ship & Shape on Poppytalk. How fun would it be to wrap a present in the style of these enthusiastic note cards? Wrap your gift in a plain paper, then stencil, paint or write a fun message across the top in big, colourful letters.

+ White box with a blush band and string. By Fanciful Designs. This is how Fanciful Designs packages it's stunning Petal Pink Drusy Ring of crystals (I want!).

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Pinterest Logo+ Repurpose kids art as wrapping paper. From Martha Stewart. Coincidently, I was at a wedding shower last week and one of the guests did this. It looked great. + Pink plush heart, gold cord and kraft paper. By That'll be Fine on Etsy. Whether you buy the pink, plush heart pin by That'll Be Fine or make it yourself, what I love is how shop owner Lindsey Balbierz styled the shot, putting the pin on a kraft-paper wrapped gift with gold cord.

+ DIY gift-card holder. By Katie on Lemon Jitters. A free downloadable template.

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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.

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Pinterest Logo * Fresh flowers as gift toppers. By Stephanie Brubaker on StephModo. I love the simplicity of attaching the flowers to the gifts with a few pieces of washi tape.

* Little town wrapping paper. By Happy F&B via the Present & Correct blog. Stickers and wrapping paper transform gifts into little buildings.

* DIY pattern-covered notebooks. By Bri Emery on Design Love Fest. This is a great project for using up wrapping paper scraps, or for those pieces that are just too pretty to give away.