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December 19, 2011

Red & Aqua Gift Wrap Ideas

Hey sweet people! I wanted to share this post of blue and red packaging ideas I did last week over at The Shabby Creek Cottage. I wanted to repost it for you before Christmas got here and you had everything wrapped already! I am for reals just getting in the door (time check: 12:21 am) from Christmas shopping.  Wow. I am the most last minute ever...I think I broke a personal record for procrastination.

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 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.
I love the whimsy of this white spray painted cookie tin.  Here, I used a cupcake liner again in the center. It is wrapped with a 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.
This cutie topper is made from shredded paper filler! Again, I used a 2 inch circle of card stock as the base.  I attached double sided tape and in a sunburst formation, began attaching the strips of paper to form a circle. Once full, I trimmed it, glued it to a 4 inch doily and topped it off with a button.
This 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!


  1. You are amazing! Where you find the time is amazing! To
    Come up
    With all these creative ideas! Wow :)
    Maybe some day i will
    Attempt. For now, I'm
    Lucky to get
    Wrapped! ;)

  2. Wow! Cutest ideas ever,Jessica! I think the shreded paper/doily button one is my fav!

    Well, I think someone with your mad skills should def have a cutter machine thingy AND a great printer!

    Thanks for fitting in this post in the midst of your flurry! ♥

  3. these are BEYOND gorgeous - thanks for sharing your creative how-tos! What program did you use to create you deer silhouette & how? I'd love to be able to use that process! xoxox

  4. i wrapped every last package last night. i used regular wrapping paper. i didn't even put bows on. i'll probably add a few once i put them under the tree on Christmas Eve. someday i aspire to wrap gifts like these. who would want to open them and wreck the amazing wrap job?? you amaze me!

  5. No one should have to unwrap these beautifully wrapped packages...they are wonderful!

  6. I ADORE all your packaging! Its so fun and festive! I finished all mine saturday, and Im proud of myself for thinking out of the box {and thanks to your ideas} I have some uniquely wrapped gifts. Did I mention Aqua/Red colors are starting to become my new favorites ever? Love them!!

  7. I love it all! I just shared it on my FB page!

    Merry Christmas my friend!

  8. Wow! They couldn't be any cuter! LOVE this color scheme too! You are amazing! ;)

  9. Such great color combination, and one I honestly wouldn't have tried. But now, you bet I'm going to! I really really love the idea of the pocket. I love all the things, but that one was kinda unexpected and I am smitten!

  10. I need to get myself on your Gift Giving List.. Oh wait... I think I say that EVERY time... :) So lovely...

  11. very very very cute, i love all of these ideas - red and aqua are one of my favorite color combos. :) happy monday!

  12. So very pretty! You never cease to amaze me with your pretty packaging ideas! I have loved them all :) Thanks for taking the time in sharing them with all of us! I know how long it can take sometimes to write a post and you do an amazing time all the TIME! Just wanted to let u know your appreciated my sweet friend :) xoxo

  13. That white flower with the paper filler? Brilliant! And The cupcake liners as fancy polka dots? Geez, girl, you are so creative! Thanks for the ideas! I LOVE to wrap stuff nice and pretty, especially around the holidays, and I'm doing a red and white theme this year, so you have completely inspired me here! Thanks!

  14. oh my dear friend -- this collection is so absolutely positively fabulous! when i saw it first on the shabby creek i near fell over! i don't know how you do it but with each and every post you create it is more spectacular than the last -- how is that POSSIBLE!!!! : ) you just rock at EVERYTHING : ) sending you and yours tons of holiday hugs!!! : )

  15. Stopping in to wish you and your family the most joyous Christmas! Love all your wrapping and trims! I really need that reindeer!

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  17. I have to tell you: I. LOVE. YOU. Or at least your writing style... and your craftiness... and your "like-me-ness" in general. Hope you don't think I'm a weirdo now, because I just decided to follow you fer realz, scissors and all. :-P (I don't have a fancy cutting machine, either.)

  18. I am just loving your blog...I am going to add you to my bloglist!!


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