Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

There is just something about wrapping gifts. I love spending time creating the perfect gift wrap and making each package perfect for the person who will receive it. It just makes me happy! Not to mention,  I love seeing all those pretty packages under the tree. When I get started with wrapping gifts I like to collect everything I have, check my inventory, and go from there. I like to make a list of a few extra things every year that I can add to my ever growing gift wrap collection. Someday I want a space dedicated to gift wrapping!  In general I like to stick with neutral wrapping paper: solid colors, white, black and of course.. the classic brown butcher paper (that one is my favorite). That way year round, I have gift wrap for every occasion and I never have to worry about giving a birthday gift wrapped in Christmas paper… yada yada yada. SO, check what you have, use what you’ve got, and pick a few new things to add to your wrapping stash. A few of my favorite gift accessories are: doilies, feathers, twine, stamps and tags. It’s all about the “accessories” ladies!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

First up.

TAGS:

I love using my silhouette for tags, especially around the holidays when I need to make them in bulk. I usually make enough tags to last me through the rest of the year all in one sitting!

I have purchased a few gift tag designs from Silhouette online. To find the online store open the silhouette program, click “File”, then click “Purchase Online…”. A few of my favorite tag designs include: 5 Piece Gift Tag Set & 4 Piece Gift Tag Set. I have also created a few of my own designs as well! They are simple. The 4 small tags in the picture below are simple to create. Drag a rectangular box, double click on the right side of the rectangle, and drag the right side in to create that v shape! Then add a circle to complete the tag! You can also save your own designs so you can reuse them in the future! The other two tags below are from the 5 Piece Gift Tag Set.

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Set up your page, and cut your tags! I usually fill an entire page to get the most out of every sheet of paper. This is just an example so I only cut a few tags.

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

If you want to add designs to the tags with different paper here is how I like to do it. Use the same template and size of tag when determining the size of your extra designs. This way you will be able to see just how big to make them!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Once you have them sized properly delete the tags, leaving you with just the extra designs.

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Move the designs around till you fill the page and can fit as many as possible!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Then cut away! I am always amazed at the tiny details the silhouette can cut. Forget scissors! I could never make these by hand!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Then you have some beautiful little designs to add to your tags!! The crossed arrows were done by the trace tool in silhouette design, I found that image in my clip art and traced it! The feathers and owl can be found on the silhouette online store. Flowing Feather, Feather Set, and the adorable Owl Cutout. You can search the online store for just about anything, and the best part is.. the designs are only .50 cents!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Use a glue stick that dries clear, and attach the designs to your tags! I like to place a piece of paper over the top once I have placed the designs on the tag, and rub on top of the paper to make sure the entire design is well attached to the tag, then any extra glue sticks to the paper, not my fingers and it doesn’t get smeared.

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

There are so many fun design options! These are just a small few I have created with my silhouette!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

To make your little tags a bit more fancy (totally optional) you can add a brad!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Then write a cute little message to finish it off!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Next accessory..

STAMPS

If you have stamps, then great. I searched the stores and could not find a simple shape stamp anywhere! All the stamps were $4-10 a piece anyway! I decided to just create my own, for .97 cents! YES!!! All you need is a couple erasers, something to trace and an exacto knife!

Trace, or draw the shapes with a pen onto your erasers.

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Using the exacto knife cut the design! Now, the only part that needs to be perfect is the top of the stamp. Who cares what the side and back look like, you won’t be inking them anyway ;)

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

I love stamping black and brown butcher paper with a white stamp, or a white paper with a black stamp. You can create so many fun designs!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

I just created a polk-a-dot pattern, it takes some practice, so try on a piece of scrap paper first. Then when you are ready, cut the paper to fit the present you are wrapping, and get stamping! Let the ink dry completely before wrapping the present, so you don’t smear the ink!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Gift wrap #1 includes:

Hand stamped polk-a-dot paper

Gold doily – Found online or at your local party stores. The one below came from Zurchers

Gold twine – Found at Hobby Lobby by the embroidery floss, or another option online

Tag – Cut by the silhouette, customized by you!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Gift Wrap #2 includes:

Spritz striped brown butcher paper gift wrap – Found at Target

Black and white twine – Hobby Lobby or Online

Designer tape – Found at Target or search amazon for “washi tape”

Tag – Cut by the silhouette, customized by you!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

Gift wrap #3 includes:

Spritz striped brown butcher paper gift wrap – Found at Target

Black and white twine – Hobby Lobby or Online

Gold doily – Found online or at you local party stores, the one below came from Zurchers

Tag – Cut by the silhouette, customized by you!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

And there you have it! A few easy ways to make a gift extra special!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

What are some of your favorite gift wrapping secrets?

Happy Holidays!

Perfect gift wrap and accessories

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COMMENTS
  1. December 5th, 2012 at 7:14 am
    Missy says:
    So pretty! I don't care what is inside - I just want one of those presents! Fun ideas Lara...thanks!
  2. December 5th, 2012 at 7:23 am
    Nicolette says:
    Too cute! I've been needing to up my wrapping game; thanks for the ideas!
  3. December 5th, 2012 at 10:03 am
    Bobbi says:
    I would LOVE to receive a gift packaged like that. Off to find some butcher paper! YAY!
  4. December 5th, 2012 at 10:50 am
    Runt says:
    I love wrapping gifts too but I have to admit that I'm not very good at it.
  5. December 5th, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    Heather Lynne says:
    I love this!
    and I love gift wrapping :)
    Oh man, I need to get out my Cricut & see if I have a cartridge that will do tags!
  6. December 5th, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    carrian says:
    Love this!! I'm all about the sweet gift wrapping
  7. December 5th, 2012 at 10:22 pm
    Caley says:
    Goodness these packages are beautiful. I wouldn't want to open it and mess it up! :) Thanks for sharing these secrets!
  8. December 6th, 2012 at 2:59 pm
    Stephanie says:
    Love the polka dot & striped brown paper - too cute! I had no idea that elmers made a craft bond glue - So thanks for that tidbit... you really do learn something new every day (-:
  9. December 7th, 2012 at 9:58 am
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:
    Aaaahhhhh! I need some of your creative juices! My best gift wrapping secret is to make sure there are no holes...Sad, I know.
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