Wrapping Things Up

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Happy Sunday, all!

It’s Christmas Eve, can you believe it? Have you gotten all those lovely gifts wrapped? If not, I’ve got a few more fantastic ideas for bumping it up a notch. First up is a quick and easy option if you have a hoard of wrapping paper (guilty as charged), DIY paper gift bags from Designer Trapped:

Super cute and can be made to any size specifications!

If you’ve got some small things, these DIY pyramid boxes from Lines Across will do the trick:

If you’ve got a card stock hoard, too, these will also help clear some out.

If you are really ambitious, though, I’d love to give or receive these adorable DIY animal boxes from Lia Griffith:

I just can’t get over how super cute they are!

Maybe you’ve got a huge roll of that brown butcher paper? This next one from Burlap and Blue is a great project for the kiddos as it entails dipping your thumbs into paint to create the light bulb shapes on the paper:

You could also theoretically use brown paper bags if you like to think green.

Finally, one more thing to be made from that wrapping paper stash is…the bow itself! This quick little tutorial from Charlet’s Website looks super easy:

This is great to know for other occasions as well.

Hopefully at least one of these have helped you get those last minute things done. Have a safe and happy holiday tomorrow, everyone!

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 


Snow, Snow, Beautiful Snow

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Happy Sunday, all!

As the name of today’s post implies, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. We’ve only gotten a couple of light dustings so far here in the Midwest and I’m ok with it snowing from the end of November right up until the new year but then I’m done! So while I’m hoping for a little more of the flakes, I’ve gathered some cool (pun intended) snow-inspired decorations for the season. First up is one large but very easy way to get your fix, shiny popsicle stick snowflakes from Making Home Base:

Silver can certainly be an option, too!

For the second option, do you happen to have some clothespins sitting around with no clothes to hang (I do but then I am a noted craft supply hoarder)? Then how about turning them into some of these lovely glittery snowflakes from Eighteen25:

Yay glitter everywhere!

Ok, so let’s say you don’t have clothespins but what about wine corks? I have a whole big bag of them from Mom and the girls that are just screaming to be turned into these cute cork snowflake ornaments from Virginia Sweet Pea:

These are getting made for everyone…I have that many corks.

So far these mostly require adult supervision but I swear I have at least one kid friendly option. This is really adorable and a great idea for any shape – glitter snowflake window clings from One Little Project:

Seriously, can’t you imagine making your own Nightmare Before Christmas window scene like this?

Finally, because the classics can’t be discounted, what about paper snowflakes you may ask? Let’s take them up a notch and make some large 3D paper snowflakes with instructions from Handimania:

There are some great ideas through the link for different kinds of paper to use!

So there we are, hopefully this will keep us both happy until the real stuff descends from the heavens. Next week is right before the big day (I can’t believe it, either) so I’ll dig up some ideas for last minute but awesome wrapping ideas.

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 

 


Boxes and Bags

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When it comes to displaying your product, finding pre-made displays and containers can be a very tricky thing sometimes. While the internet makes it easier to obtain some items from countries you couldn’t personally buy a decade ago, you often have to get creative with how you use existing products to suit your needs. While the site I found won’t fix this issue for everyone, I think it will be quite the boon to others.

This is just one example of the many, completely free, templates you can have designed in seconds at Free Template Maker. All you have to do is give it the required dimensions and in the click of a button, you’ll have a printable template to make the perfect sized counter display to put those already matted prints in.

You can even make your own custom sized handle bags if you want! Or perhaps you want something cuter like a pillow or heart shaped box? They’ve got it. You will of course need to make sure you turn scale to page off, when printing and make sure you have a large enough printer (though I’m sure print shops could help in this mater as well) so it won’t cut off. Other then that, the sky’s the limit. I’m personally thinking of having a box template printed that I can then just trace out onto poster board. That way come the holidays I can often gift wrapping to my customers. ^_^

~Nicole