the gifted blog
Later today I’ll be going on a short trip to visit my mom and before I started packing my own suitcase, I packed up a little gift for her.
And it’s so coincidental because today I received a quick note from a blogger that I admire, Charissa, author of The Gifted Blog. She told me she had featured one of my previous gift wrapping projects. Her blog is a constant source of inspiration for clever and lovely ways to adorn presents.
So after I wrapped my mom’s gift in my own signature paper envelope style wrapping, I decided to dedicate this post to The Gifted Blog for the never ending stream of ideas for inspired gift wrapping. Thank you Charissa!
Don’t tell my mom, but the package contains a pretty pair of earrings that I know she’ll love. And I think she’ll like the wrapping too. This style of gift wrap is suitable for anything that’s rather small and not too bulky or heavy.
If you’d like to try it for yourself, here are some easy instructions, although I suspect the photo above is rather self descriptive.
First, start with a single sheet of decorative paper. My go-to source is the Sundance jewelry catalog.
I trimmed about 1 inch from both of the long sides then folded it into lopsided thirds, with the lower third slightly larger then the top portion. This is the basis for the envelope shape.
Next we’ll adhere the edges of the outside edges of the lower section with a quick stripe of glue and cut a free-form decorative trim for the envelope flap (the upper portion).
Next let’s punch holes around the edge for our tie-ribbon. We’ll need 8 holes. 3 along each side and 2 more along the bottom edge. The top hole on each side should punch through all three layers of paper. This will allow the tie ribbon to secure the flap. Insert your ribbon of choice, with the leading edge headed down the upper right hole, as shown, leaving the envelope flap free. Next thread the end of the ribbon up through the hole below it and proceed around the envelope, clockwise.
Finally, thread the two ends of your tie ribbon up through the holes in the envelope flap.
The only thing left to do is place your gift inside, close the flap and tie a bow with the two ends of your ribbon across the top of the envelope flap.
How totally easy is that? Takes less than 5 minutes and it’s so much more economical (not to mention eco-friendly) than purchasing yet another gift bag.
Thank you for reading today! I’ll be joining you again when I return from my visit. Take care