So I figured, I am up...let me post those packaging ideas. And I think this may be the last one of the season. I am almost sad. I still might have some gift ideas to share but wondering if I will have time to blog about them. We shall see. I also wanted to apologize for not visiting and writing to a lot of you! I always like to reply to comments but I also want to see my children too. :) So know that after the holidays I should be back to my old blogging self, peeking in on you and saying hello with my emails.
I also hope to be doing some new things in the new year...like featuring some of you lovely bloggers and your projects. And maybe getting around to that Etsy shop I talk about but never get going on. Oh the possibilities of a new year. I think I am late night rambling...let's get on with it...
First up is one of my all time craft loves...yarn. I love working with it and you know what? I don't knit or crochet even a little bit. But I wish I did. This happy yarn flower is made just like a pom pom but you don't give it a haircut. Just wrap the yarn around spread fingers about 30 times. Slide the wrapped yarn off your fingers and tie a knot around the middle. Then kind of fluff out the loops and hot glue a fabric button to the center.
How much do I adore this Rudolph-esqe Bag?
I guess it depicts Rudolph all grown up after the bullying and problem years.
I found some clip art I liked and using image editing software, I made the image a silhouette, played with the color balance and saturation (I liked this color blue), and added tiny little polka dots. I then sized, printed and cut it out and glued it to a simple white bag. Since I don't have a fancy schmancy cutting machine (I hope, I hope, I hope it will be under the tree), I went old school.
Scissors. I am talking scissors, friends.
You can even print out the image on your bag. Just set your printer to the bags dimensions and print. My cheapo printer won't let me. Boo.
To embellish, I used a red button for the nose and tied the top closed with some red ribbon. The doily is used as a filler and when punching a hole in the bag, I punched the bag and doily together and threaded the ribbon through both to keep the doily from sliding inside the bag. Perfect for reindeer feed or fun little snacks.I think this one is my favorite. I covered this one with red and white cupcake liners using a glue stick. EASY PEASY! To flatten them, I used a warm iron and spritzed them with water to prevent burning them. I love how they are randomly placed to look like big, fancy polka dots! The tie is a blue, felt ribbon.
pom pom tie using blue baker's twine that was needle threaded with mini pom poms. The lollipop is made from the blue twine as well. To make the lollipop, I cut a 2 inch circle from card stock with a paper punch and spiraled the twine from the center while securing it with glue. After it dried, I glued the circle to an actual lollipop stick.
cracker style wrapped package is actually a paper towel roll! A great way to wrap smaller items and keep 'em guessing! Think candy, small toys, kitchen utensils, scarves, ties, jewelry, and CRAFT SUPPLIES! I just wrapped the tube with tissue paper and tied off each end with yarn filling the ends with the shredded filler. Three little pom poms sit happily on top. :)
I have a thing for pockets and putting them on a gift is a little unexpected but oh so fun! It is perfect for shirt boxes. I wrapped an extra piece of wrapping paper around the box while folding it in half to strengthen it. Using double sided tape, I attached a ribbon to the top of the pocket. The pocket is great for cards or other embellishments like this sparkly snowflake.
The festive, mini bunting wrapped around the top is made from baker's twine, red felt, craft lace, and tissue paper. I showed this to you before but not on an actual package. A perfect finish!
Merry Christmas and Happy Hugs my friends!