Tuesday, May 7, 2013

All Wrapped Up!

Mother's Day is just days away ... graduation ceremonies are commencing! Each an occasion where you like to offer a thoughtful gift.  A remembrance to mark the day and the special person you are honoring.  And I have always felt that when giving a gift, presentation is as equally as important as what lies underneath the wrapping.  Need a suggestion?

With a little time and creativity you can create your own custom gift wrap!  This was how I presented a picture frame to my son's girlfriend.. of course, with his handsome picture inside!!

Kraft paper, paint, paint pen, buttons and twine.  Simple and fun!
However, let me give you some hints on wrapping.. a few touches in the details makes a world of difference.

Creasing gives a sharp edge, creating the look of a  professionally wrapped package.  To do this, run your fingers on the edge of the box using your thumb and index finger.  Extend that crease all the way to the very edge of the paper and place a small bit of tape in the center of the box to hold down this one side.

Wrap around the rest the paper.  You have made sure to cut the sheet of paper long enough so that it extends one inch over the edge. Fold under this one inch, giving a sharp crease, of course.  What you are accomplishing is to have the fold be on the edge of the box, not in the center.  Use double-sided tape or a tape runner and press both pieces together.

Finish wrapping the ends of the box the way you normally would making sure that the flaps do not extend up and over the package. Voila!  Now you have a flat surface with all edges having been  crisply creased.

Now onto the fun part!  For this present, I used the following....

And to outline the circles, I used a paint pen.

Circles painted in green.... outlined in white.. and a bright, vintage button in the center!  Wrapped in brown twine and there you have it.  A present from the heart... made with love!

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  1. This is adorable packaging! I love wrapping gifts and this is definitely one I will have to try!


  2. Cute, cute, cute!! My youngest granddaughter collects buttons, so this is perfect for her. I have used this kind of paper for wrapping occasionally, since the 70s, when I was young and poor!! I would cut open paper grocery bags, turn them inside out and iron out the creases, before I wrapped the gift. It was really fun and original! Thanks for the great ideas!

  3. Kadee! This is so stinking cute! I love custom wrapping paper and you've made it so simple. I'll be purchasing a roll of brown kraft paper this weekend.

  4. That is so clever, I love the buttons. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Such a special gift for a special person....very thoughtful and creative wrapping!


  6. Hi Kadee, this is so darling. I love it and the one of a kind style. I love using brown craft wrapping paper too. You are so creative.
    Have a nice evening.

  7. Lovely gift and the wrapping is just as lovely as the gift from your heart. My mother was such a wonderful gift wrapper and that is where I learned how to wrap a really nice clean edge and ends. Very similar to yours. Thank you for reminding us to wrap the gift as nicely as possible. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

  8. What a beautifully wrapped gift! It's all in the details. :)

  9. What a cute idea! You did a great job on this! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Have a great day, Nicole

  10. Brown paper packages, tied up with strings - these are a few of my favorite things...I hope my Mom doesn't read your blog, because I'm heading to the post office with some VERY inadequately wrapped gifts of my own. At least I could've painted the bubble wrap! Seriously - this is such a pretty package. OK, NEXT time! Have a wonderful day, Kadee - you're gonna' make someone very happy with that beautiful wrap and the gift inside.

  11. That is the cutest wrapping paper I have ever seen! You really go over and beyond. I am usually pretty happy if I get the gift done before mother's day, let alone wrap it up all fancy. You rock, my friend... :)

    Happy Wednesday!!

    hugs xx
    Crystelle Boutique

  12. Kadee, this is so cute! I'm just loving the colors and the buttons. Nothing says how much someone means than to make them something personal like this. So adorable!

  13. Kadee, if it wasn't for your handsome son I would say your wrap is better than the gift. So thoughtful and wow just artsy and special. One lucky girl....

  14. WAAAY cute!
    Do you find that it is hard to keep the Kraft paper taped with regular scotch tape?

    1. Lynn.... I actually use double sided tape as I feel that works the best. Plus, you don't want to see exposed regular tape as it detracts from the clean feel. Your friendly perfectionist signing off now! LOL

  15. Cute as a button...tee hee!!! Such a creative way to package a gift, a gift of love all the way around!
    Thanks soooo much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  16. Kadee, this present is almost too cute to open. Love the whimsey of the circles with the fun buttons. Great idea to use the two sided tape. I crease my edges, but have never folded them inside. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. This is so cute! I've never been great with package wrapping...you inspire me to try!

  18. Thank you for your good wishes as kindness.Darling and creative wrapping.

  19. This looks so lovely... I will be trying to do this wrapping for my Mums birthday in June. xx

  20. I love spending a little time to make something special. Even the string gives a nice touch. I may just wrap something up for myself! heehee! I have 4 grown sons and I'm a blessed mother!

  21. Just adorable! Love the buttons. Thanks for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesday. Have a great week!


  22. This is so cute...thanks for sharing! This would be perfect to link up to my "Create It Thursday" post here! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-1.html

  23. I love nothing more than a fabulous "presentation"...this is darling. Tanya's told me how wonderful your blog is - glad I've found you, too. Happy Mother's Day - Carole

  24. Morning Kadee,
    I agree, I love to get and to give gifts that look beautiful, it is like a gift within a gift. This was a darling gift wrap idea, so cute...........and bet the recipient really loved it, especially with what it had inside.

    Happy Mother's Day to you!
    Blessings, Nellie

  25. This is so cute. I've had your blog open for days now, waiting to have a chance to sit down and look at it. I love the whole thing. It's nice to meet you. New follower!

  26. I love how you just made it look so easy. I know it's not...but it is beautiful. :-)

  27. What a beautifully wrapped gift! I'm really precise in my wrapping too. I've never heard of tape runner, I'll have to look for that on my next trip to lithe craft store, thanks for the tip. Your newest follower, Laura

  28. Adorable packaging Kadee! You have created such a lovely presentation.

  29. Thank you so much for linking with me. Angela at HickoryTrail

  30. Yes...I can say that your gift wrapping is out of this world CUTE!!! Love how you wrapped my gift. Hop over, I posted about my winnings. Thanks again, I love my frame.


  31. That beautiful! I wrap presents in brown paper (my hubs still doesn't get it!). I love it! And, to his amusement, I use burlap (horror!) for ribbon. However, yours is a little more creative than I usually manage!

  32. Aww... that is so cute! Such a cutely wrapped gift!!
    - Anjana @ http://happyandharried.wordpress.com/