When it comes to gift wrapping simplicity can easily become breathtakingly fancy. A little sprig of ribbon and a cute tag can be all that’s needed to add that extra touch.
These small tags are made with cuts from old photos glued onto photocopied butterfly images. The gift, a vintage set of fabric swatches is wrapped and tied with pieces of raffia ribbon. While tiny clothespin clips attach the tags to the raffia bow.
March is National Craft Month. It’s also host to all St. Patrick’s day fun. So it’s only fitting to offer a project dedicated to crafting for this festive holiday.
This St. Patrick’s themed 2.5×3.5 inch Button Card holds 4 vintage buttons sewn directly onto the card. We digitally formatted the layout for the button card using one of our free St. Patrick’s Day images . Then printed it using the finest setting on our printer and quality cream colored card stock (used for Professional Business Presentations). Lastly, using a scalloped edge scissors we cut the outline of the card, inked the edges and spritzed the entire card with walnut ink to age the piece and stitched on 4 random buttons.
Now it’s time to give it away.
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It’s always fun to give a gift someone will treasure. But we often forget the greatest treasure is not just the gift but the giver. Set the stage to create cherished treasures and simply elegant gifts. Make your presentation unique to you and the recipient. After all a gift is an expression of your heart to them. So the little personal touches make all the difference.
A quick and easy extra touch can include making a Tussie Mussie (cone) and filling with dried or silk flowers. In this instance I draped a handmade soldered glass pendant on a silver tone ball chain through the Tussie Mussie before adding the flowers. It’s easy to remove since the bottom is open and the piece can be pulled right out.
Now, traditionally the Tussie Mussie was made of metal and was filled with a tiny bouquet of flowers and ribbons. But we’re making our’s out of paper.
Step one: gather your supplies
- a round cake decoration doily or “papier/paper doily”
- a piece of white cardstock papier/paper
- a pencil
- a pair of scissors
- a round object that fits inside the circumference of the doily
Step Two- Trace the outline of the round object, we’re using a small dessert bowl, on a white sheet of cardstock papier/paper. Then cut out the circle
Step Three- Glue the circle to the paper doily back side. You can determine which side is the back by noticing the embossed pattern. The embossing raises a small portion or lines of the paper to form an image. On one side of the doily it will pop out. On the opposite side it will sink in. Attach the cardstock circle to the side where the embossing sinks in-the back side.
Step Four- Roll the paper doily into a cone so that the embossed pattern sticks out and the circle cut from the white cardstock is in the interior of the cone/funnel shape. Glue down the overlapped edge
Step Five- fill with goodies
- If there are no paper doilies available try using a piece of vintage or patterned/scrapbook paper cut with decorative scissors into a circle. Use the same roll forming technique to create the funnel shape.
- If you’d like to make a metal Tussie Mussie use a thin sheet of copper or brass. Using tin snips or really tough scissors (Cutco makes a great pair) carefully cut the circle and form into the cone. Use rivets or epoxy glue to bind the overlap edge.
- Soak a fabric doily into watered-down white glue. From a piece of cardstock or thin chipboard cut a circle the same size as the fabric doily and form the funnel shape. Then place the fabric doily over the paper cone rolling it just like you would the paper doily. Let the fabric dry. It will harden into the cone shape and will be ready for it’s bouquet.