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In Love :: Wrap it Up

1.  tag + twine set  by knot and bow  2.  ceramic gift tags  by catherine reece  3.  gift wrap kit  by toodles noodles  4.  gift wrap trim  by metro cottage  5.  I heart you stamp  by creatiate  6.  black glitter heart stickers  by inkkit  7.  valentine's gift wrap  by lala grace

1. tag + twine set by knot and bow  2. ceramic gift tags by catherine reece  3. gift wrap kit by toodles noodles  4. gift wrap trim by metro cottage  5. I heart you stamp by creatiate  6. black glitter heart stickers by inkkit  7. valentine's gift wrap by lala grace

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we are focusing on our theme of In Love. Now's the time to find your special someone a gift, but don't forget the presentation!  A beautifully wrapped gift makes it even more exciting for the receiver.  Who doesn't love unwrapping a beautiful present?

I've picked out some really amazing handmade paper + add a few stickers or cool hot pink pom garland and end with a sweet little gift tag. How can they not fall in love with you or at least the packaging? For more handmade favorites browse our gift guide.

  Don't forget to think handmade when shopping for your Valentine.

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DIY: How to wrap a gift with Toodles Noodles

If you are like me, my gift wrapping skills are not that great, I usually settle for a nice bag to put my presents in. Lucky for us the talented Liora, who designs and makes her own gift wrap, shares her amazing gift wrapping skills with us. Just follow along step by step below.

a sampling of gift wrap designed by Liora for her shop  Toodles Noodles .   confetti ,  follow the arrow ,  new zealand flora

a sampling of gift wrap designed by Liora for her shop Toodles Noodles.

confetti, follow the arrow, new zealand flora

Gift Wrapping 101:

1. Pick out your paper. Liora used her confetti, follow the arrow and New Zealand floral paper for this DIY.

2. A pair of scissors

3. Gift tags

4. tape

5. ribbon or twine

6. imagination and patience and maybe some music for inspiration

confetti  paper tutorial

confetti paper tutorial

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To make this package stand out Liora created an extra fold on top. A perfect place to put your gift tag.

To make this package stand out Liora created an extra fold on top. A perfect place to put your gift tag.

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The finished product. Add your ribbon and a gift tag and you have a package almost too pretty to open!

The finished product. Add your ribbon and a gift tag and you have a package almost too pretty to open!

With her New Zealand flora paper tutorial, Liora added a pop of color, by adding a red piece of fabric on top of the paper.

new zealand flora tutorial: see the steps below on how to make your gift stand out

new zealand flora tutorial: see the steps below on how to make your gift stand out

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just add a fun  gift tag  with some ribbon or twine and show off your gift wrapping skills

just add a fun gift tag with some ribbon or twine and show off your gift wrapping skills

Follow the Arrow:

This tutorial is my favorite. I am a big fan of this playful pattern and check out the whole gift wrap kit here. Those fun arrows on top are cupcake toppers.

Follow the Arrow  tutorial
use an extra strip of paper to create a place holder for your gift tags and adornments

use an extra strip of paper to create a place holder for your gift tags and adornments

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add your cupcake toppers by creating a notch in the paper for showing them off

add your cupcake toppers by creating a notch in the paper for showing them off

You may not want to open up these packages. They just look too good!

You may not want to open up these packages. They just look too good!

Now you should be a gift wrapping expert. With some fun paper, some cool accessories and a bit of imagination you can create packages that really stand out.  

A big thanks to Liora for sharing her wrapping skills. If you love her paper she also has lots of other goodies in her shop: tote bags, tea towels, note cards and more. She also has a fun blog.

Your finished product. Now you are an official expert gift wrapper. Show them off!

Your finished product. Now you are an official expert gift wrapper. Show them off!

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DIY | Create your holiday packaging with Creatiate

It's that time of year again. Where you gather up all your purchases and start wrapping them up.  One way to really make them your own is to create your own custom wrapping paper and gift tags. Sarah Kathryn of Creatiate shares how she designed her own packaging with plain paper and stamps from her shop.

the tools you will need to design your own wrapping paper and gift tags

the tools you will need to design your own wrapping paper and gift tags

What you will need:

1. brown or white craft paper- I found some from knot and bow

2.baker's twine- from the stationery room

3.parcel gift tags- from Inkkit

4.washi tape- from paper and present

5. stamps, ink and acrylic backing can all be found in Sarah Kathryn's store- Creatiate She has a variety of stamps for any occasion and also does custom designs!

6. craft scissors- hopefully you have some at home

There are lots of stores on Etsy where you can shop for supplies, but this should get you started in the right direction.

 

a bow and merry christmas stamps with red ink creates a festive design

a bow and merry christmas stamps with red ink creates a festive design

The finished product. Hand stamped paper and gift tags. Add some baker's twine and you have beautifully packaged gifts.

The finished product. Hand stamped paper and gift tags. Add some baker's twine and you have beautifully packaged gifts.

Now that you have all the items you need to create your personalized paper and gift tags. Here are the steps to get your there.

1. Roll out a sheet of paper and make sure you have it completely flat.

2. Choose your ink color and stamps.

3. Go with a simple repeating pattern or mix it up!

4. Get out your tags and stamp them in coordinating colors.

5. Tape your gifts with a fun washi tape to add a splash of color and 

then use colorful baker's twine to tie the gift tag to the package.

6. Admire your hard work!

Now step back and admire your handiwork. 

Now step back and admire your handiwork. 

Handmade gifts are wonderful, but handmade packaging makes them even more special. They were made with love and care by you!  
A big thanks to Sarah Kathryn for sharing her beautiful packaging ideas.

Remember you can make your own packaging with the tools above and don't forget to check out Creatiate for some awesome stamps to get you started on creating your own gift wrap!

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