Gift wrapping awkward shapes with tissue

One of the main questions I am asked on my gift wrapping courses, is how to tackle the gift wrapping of awkward shapes. To many it fills them with horror yet I believe wrapping awkward shapes is easier than a square box, which is more strict with measurements.

You may have bought a shirt or scarf in a smart boutique and have wondered how they wrap it without using any tape.  They have done it so quickly that you’ve missed how they’ve done it.
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Today I’ve picked a fabric apron, and there are numerous ways you can wrap this but I’m going to share a quick and easy technique.

Firstly fold it into a nice compact square or oblong, to keep it neat I tend to fold from the edges into the centre, so you end up with no visible hems or ties.
You will need an enough tissue to go around the object and some excess tissue at both sides. I have chosen contrasting tissue  in white and burgundy.
gift wrapping awkward shapes
Fold one of the end over so it forms a decorative band. Place this band in the centre of the gift and tuck in the other edge underneath, I refer to this as wrapping backwards!

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It may also help if you initially use double sided tape to hold everything in place although it’s good if you can get in to the habit of doing this freehand with practice.   For the sides you will now tuck the decorative band underneath the object so it resembles a pillow case.

gift wrapping by Jane Means


Finally you will tuck in the remaining side in on itself so you end up with a neat finish.  You can also lightly dust the tissue with your favourite fragrance or room spray to add to the senses.  When I’m wrapping fabric items I also like to play safe and have a layer of white tissue as the base colour.
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The tissue wrapped creation then can be placed in a box, gift bag, or decorated with ribbon and embellishments.  You could also make a tissue pom pom with any remaining tissue.

Gift wrapping with tissue

 

I am also delighted to announce that I have landed a Worldwide book deal, and my hardback book ‘giftwrapped’ will be launched in November 2014, so if you love gift wrapping and want to pick up lots of techniques this is the perfect book for you.

Happy wrapping folks!

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Jane Means will be sharing her Gift Wrapping Secrets

 

Gift Wrapping Secrets

 

Those of you who’ve been on one of our Gift Wrapping Courses will have had access to our ‘Gift Wrapping Secrets’

Jane Means Gift Wrapping Courses

We’ve lots of changes going on at Jane Means HQ with a more streamlined website experience, so we will be integrating our ‘Gift Wrapping Secrets’ on to our Blog right here.  All information and products will be condensed in to one website www.janemeans.com

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We have also closed our Haberdashery Closet Ribbon Store at our Lincoln HQ, so we can make room for new online and wholesale business. Rest assured you can still order online and if you’d like any samples please give us a call on 01522 522544

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Papercraft DIY and Pinwheels

If you’re clearing out your craft room and have lots of little remnants of wrapping paper (which you’re reluctant to throw away), we have just the project for you

urple pinwheels

 

It involves a little time and patience but this papercraft DIY project is great fun, and will keep the kids happy for hours!diy papercraft

With my love for luxurious wrapping papers (I call it this addiction paperlove ), I thought I’d dedicate this post to the classic ‘Pinwheel’ and ‘Paper Fan’ and show you how to make them.

Jane Means fan box

We have been making these for years on my Gift Wrapping Workshops, and they look great when added to a box or a circular tin.

 

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Here I’ve pleated the paper before wrapping a simple box to get a really dramatic and polished effect

Jane Means craft theatre

Recently at the Country Living Fair, I wanted to create some fun projects as we have so many kids popping along, plus I wanted to bring in the recycling and Eco aspect to this

pinwheel class

 

To make a paper fan or a pinwheel, all you need is some pretty paper, a small piece of wire or cord, and double sided tape (you can also add a button if you wish)

 

 

 

If you have the time and the patience, why not make a set and make a decorative wreath out of a different collage of pinwheels?

pinwheel wreath

 

Or even a paper tree decoration? (courtesy of  www.amusestudio.com)

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And I love the pretty pastel colours used in this wedding backdrop ( Courtesy of www.thesweetestoccasion.com )

pinwheel wall

 

These pinwheel flags are the perfect accessory for kids parties, and you can also add decorative buttons for a dramatic effect,  Simply wire or stick them straight on to straws or sticks.

(Courtesy of www.papervinenz.blogspot.com )

pinwheel flags

 

Apologies my blog post has been late coming, I’m involved with a huge project which I hope I will be able to tell the world about and go public shortly…watch this space!

 

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Gift Wrapping Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day can often be a challenge.  You have to buy a suitable gift then have the additional stress of the gift wrapping.  If you’re stuck for Father’s Day Gifts and ideas, read on…

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A really special gift is to make something.  Maybe a homemade jam, marmalade or jar of fudge. Add a paper lid and some raffia, and it will look as though you’ve been to a luxurious deli!
brown stitched ribbon bottle

A favourite tipple is always a good bet, and here I have wrapped a bottle up with some tissue and yellow cellophane from my local florist (they usually sell it by the metre).

eco gift wrapping ideas

 

Herbs and foliage out of the garden look great tied in to ribbon and smell wonderful too! This is perfect for garden lovers.

Brown stitched ribbon roll

 

Here I have baked some sliced oranges and added these as a decoration with an understated Brown stitched ribbon (one of my favourite looks)

feather decorations

 

You could also pick up some feathers off rural walks, and tie them in for a country persuits theme

handmade gift bag

Newspaper is great to use, and here I have made a handmade gift bag and tied in some contrasting Sage Ribbon

pleated ft gift wrapping

I love the pastel colour of the Financial Times and it makes a great canvas. Here you could add a brown, orange or metallic ribbon for the ultimate statement, or leave it plain and understated.

wrapping with newspaper

You could also pleat the newspaper too which will instantly give it a luxury element.  You could also use a foreign newspaper, comic or old magazine as an alternative.

corporate wrapping service

Cufflinks is another great gift for dad, and here I have wrapped some gentleman’s gifts in a monochrome theme for a corporate event.

black pleated box by jane meansThis is a classic look and a favourite of luxury brands.  A plain black paper immediately gets a lift with this black and white dotty ribbon tied in a simple bow

Even if you haven’t got the time or expense to go mad for dad, just a little extra thought will make him feel super special!

 

Don’t forget that Father’s Day is on Sunday 15th June (UK)…

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Visit us at the Spirit of Summer Fair

The new London ribbon shop at Clifton Nurseries is proving very popular and we are delighted to be exhibiting alongside Clifton Nurseries at the Spirit of Summer Fair organized by House and Garden Magazine

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The 4 day fair will take place at Olympia, London from Wed 14-Sat 17 May and has hundreds of handpicked exhibitors showcasing gifts, interiors, clothing, jewellery, food and gardening.

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You will find tempting offers on ribbons and wrapping on our stand.  Clifton Nurseries have an array of bespoke gifts, gardening items and beautiful artificial flowers (many you have to do a double take as they look so realistic!).

sage green stitched ribbon

The gardening experts from Clifton Nurseries will also be offering many interesting talks in the seminar theatre during the fair.

Visit us at the Clifton Nurseries stand on D21 and for more information and tickets head over to Spirit Fairs website

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Jane Means to open London Shop at Clifton Nurseries

We’re delighted to be adding a Haberdashery Closet in the capital.  We are often mobbed at our London shows including Top Drawer, Spirit Fairs and Country Living

Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries

Haberdashery Closet at Jane Means

For years I have been asked where is your London shop, and after opening our doors in Lincoln in 2012, I always wanted the next quirky outlet to be in London, but it had to be the right place and not necessarily a permanent fixture on a busy High Street.  Last year we starting stocking our ribbons at Clifton Nurseries which is London’s Oldest Nursery over 160 years old. (Images courtesy on Flowerona)

Jane Means new shop at Clifton Nurseries

Clifton Nurseries London W9

 

It’s one of my favourite places in Central London, and you enter this hidden oasis in Little Venice with flowers, topiary, decorations, furniture and gardens.

clifton nurseries

You will also see Matthew Wilson wandering around there who is not only the presenter on the Channel 4 programme ‘The Landscape Man’ and a regular panellist on Radio 4′s Gardeners Question Time, but also the Managing Director of Clifton Nurseries. (Image courtesy of Achica Living )

Matthew Wilson

Recently I have been doing several photo shoots there and have done gift wrapping services and demonstrations in the Quince Tree Cafe there which have been very popular.

Clifton Nurseries Gift Wrapping Room

Gift wrapping event London

They have regular parties, launches and events at Clifton Nurseries, and even Jimmy Choo had an event there last year filled with celebrities.

Jane Means gift wrapping at Clifton Nurseries

Luckily I live nearby and love to pop to the cafe (a sunny conservatory surrounded by flowers) for a spot of brunch outside before the buzzing lunch crowd arrive.

quince tree cafe

The Ribbon and Wrapping Room at Clifton Nurseries will be  a pop up shop through the summer, stocked full of ribbons, haberdashery, trimmings, bespoke papers, decorations, gift boxes and bags and other gift wrapping accessories.

Gift wrapping room London W9

We will also be offering complimentary gift wrapping services on selective days, and be hosting several events during the summer months.

Jane Means London pop up shop

Having worked as a florist, we will be in our element surrounded by flowers and Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries will be opening it’s doors on April 25th and will be open from 11am-3pm every Thursday to Sunday throughout the summer.

Jane Means London Shop

We are also looking for some friendly part time staff to cover this opportunity and would love to hear from you if you’re interested in joining us. Just email us at info@janemeans.co.uk  (Please do not use the comments box or contact Clifton Nurseries)

London ribbon shop

We will keep you updated with events, sale days and news about our exciting London pop up shop through our Facebook Page and Twitter and look forward to seeing you there!

 

Jane Means Ribbons London Shop

Even if you’re visiting the capital and need to escape from the hustle and bustle, this is the perfect place to escape to stock up on ribbons and flowers and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea with your favourite book!

Afternoon Tea at Clifton Nurseries

Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas, London W9 2PH, United Kingdom. Phone: 020 7289 6851.
If you have any queries please contact us at info@janemeans.co.u

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Visit the Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

Clifton Nurseries quince tree cafe

Quince Tree Shop at Clifton Nurseries

Quince tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

 

 

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Craft Ideas for the Fortnum and Mason Stationery Event

I’m really looking forward to being involved in the new stationery room launch at Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly next week.

fortnum and mason ribbon

Our ribbons are stocked in the store and I will be gift wrapping live in their revamped stationery room on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th April.

pin wheels

As a ribbon stockist of the store i’ve already had a glimpse at their new collections and have been drooling over their Italian gift wrap… I have always been addicted to luxury stationery and have always have a good stock in the shop.
Jane Means giftwrap shop
With it being stationary week in early April I thought I would share some creative paper projects which are easy to do and great for kids too.
Rossi giftwrapping by Jane Means
Even if you don’t have a supply of gorgeous wrapping paper you can simply print your own if you have a PC. Type a message and print it out on A4 paper which is ideal for small gifts

papercraft

I’m currently involved with several exciting projects which will be out later in the year, and wanted to highlight how easy it is to add personal and creative touches to gift wrapping
DIY paper flowers
paper heart
You can easily make paper Roses by cutting a swirl out of a circle.
 paper swirl
Wrap it around your finger and let go and a rose will form. You can also add a small amount of blue or double sided tape to secure them
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paper flower tutorial
I’ve also cut out scalloped circles and this can be easily done by folding a square piece of paper into quarters and triangles then cutting a curve so when you open it your scalloped design is revealed
papercraft tutorial
I have layered several of these scallops on top of each other in various sizes and secured them with a button and wire
paper flowers
paper flower
Friends will love the fact that you’ve taken some thought and devised up a personal creation.  Add some of our stitched ribbon it is transformed in to a luxury gift
Jane Means papercraft ideas
paper flower decorations
With Paper Flowers you can let your mind go wild and create these fantastic masterpieces (which I found on Pinterest) with some time and patience…
paper rose wreath
paper rose ball
musical paper flowers
script paper flower wreath
If you have any other gift wrapping ideas, we’d love to hear about them in the comments box below.
For any other enquiries please email us directly at info@janemeans.co.uk
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Mother’s Day Wrapping Event at Clifton Nurseries

 

One of my favourite haunts is Clifton Nurseries close to the Little Venice Canals in the heart of London.

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Despite being in Central London, you feel like you’re tucked away in a unique oasis and it’s been a hidden gem since the mid 19th century.

plant gift wrapping

Last week I was there doing a photo shoot and had to wrap some plants, which ended up being sold very quickly afterwards, so it made sense to squeeze in a quick wrapping service in time for Mother’s Day.

plant wrapping event

The Spring Gift Wrapping Event will be taking place on Friday 28th March from 11am-2pm, just prior to Mothering Sunday.

Clifton nurseries rose

Whether it’s a Miniature Rose or a French Lavender for a birthday, Mothers Day or a housewarming present, your plants will be complimentary wrapped while you wait.

plant wrapping

The gift wrapping service will be from 11am – 2pm so you can enjoy a coffee with friends or lunch in the buzzing Quince Tree Cafe on site, whilst your wrapping is being done (I can recommend their cakes and biscuits!)

quince tree cafe

Quice Tree Cafe

Even if you don’t make the event, this hidden gem is definitely worth a visit!

Clifton Nurseries Ltd, 5A, Clifton Villas, London, W9 2PH
0207 289 6851

Monday to Saturday – 09:00 to 18:00
Every Sunday (Except Easter Sunday, Closed by Law): 11:00 to 17:00

Mothers Day Gift Wrapping Service

 

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Our Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale is back

On April 29th, the Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale will be making a comeback in Braceborough Village Hall near Stamford from 4-8pm.  Last year my close friend Sarah Milne and I raised over £2000 for Three Counties Dog Rescue at the inaugural event which was opened by TV presenter Catherine Gee.

Jane Means with Sarah Milne and Catherine Gee

After numerous requests we’ve decided to squeeze the event in our busy schedule (doing our bit for Charity) and hope you can join us.

speaking labrador video

 

We hope that you like our new YouTube advert featuring a speaking labrador called Margo!  This year we have an actress opening the doors so read on…

 

Boutique Charity Sale

We all have a few clothes in our wardrobe which hardly get worn, and this is a chance to donate your pre loved frocks to our charity dress event.

Vintage dress sale

Sponsored by Country Living Magazine Fairs, it is a boutique experience with a buzzing atmosphere, good quality clothes at a bargain price, delicious refreshments, with free entry and parking.  This year we are delighted that Karen Westwood is opening our event and the actress has appeared on Spooks, Dr Who and Monarch of the Glen to name a few.

karen westwood actress

 

Clothes

Last year many people picked up bargains including a few designer finds like a Reiss Dress for £8, Armani Jeans for £5 and a Jaeger Jacket for £15.

Barkmad Charity Event

We priced items low to sell, and offered a complimentary gift wrapping service with purchases wrapped in scented tissue.

Barkmad Afternoon Tea

 

Clients loved the shopping experience and stayed to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea for under £5.  It was a huge success with so much support, with customers even coming from Yorkshire and Buckinghamshire to snap up bargains.

pink paper carrier bags

 

With the event only a couple of months away, we are asking for any High Street pre loved ladies clothes to be donated.  These can be dropped off at the following locations or collected locally nearer the time.

We are also looking for more drop off points within Lincolnshire so please let us know if you can help and we will gladly promote you in return!.

Bracebridge Heath: The Haberdashery Closet

Lincoln (Central): Frankeys Estate Agents

Lincoln (Bailgate): Yvonne Bell at Bailgate Hair and Beauty

Stamford: Sly Dress Agency

Bourne: Leonard Interiors

Spilsby: Honeybun Shop and Tearoom

Sleaford  TBA

used clothes wanted charity sale

We can email a PDF version of our poster but if you would like any leaflets or any further information please contact 01522 522544

Twitter #BarkMad

Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale 2014

 

 

 

 

 

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Valentine Shortbread Biscuits

You may be struggling to find the perfect present for your loved one (beautifully gift wrapped of course) or may not have the pennies to splash out on something expensive, so i’ve devised a little something for your loved one.  Biscuits!

Jane means Pink Gingham

There’s nothing I love more than a homemade biscuit with a cup of builders tea (in a china cup of course) so here’s an easy recipe.  Homemade biscuits are always a favourite and these shortbread hearts can be packaged beautifully so it looks as though it has come out of a chic deli in Paris or Milan.

cup of tea

Your loved one will love the fact that you have spent a little time making something personal.  You can also add nuts and some finely chopped fruit such as strawberries to add a flush of colour.

wholesale gingham ribbon

Ingredients:

4oz Butter
2oz Sugar
6oz Plain Flour

 

Pre heat the Oven to 190C or Gas Mark 5
Beat the sugar and butter until silky smooth
Add the flower to make a smooth paste
Roll to around 1cm thick and cut in to hearts with a cutter (Lakeland have a great set)

Pop on a baking tray (you can sprinkle some sugar if you wish)
Bake in the oven until golden brown (approx 20mins) then pop on a wire rack to cool

 

If you have some leftover strawberries these could be added with whipped cream to make a great dessert or tea treat

Sophie Conran pink plate heart

They could be served on a gorgeous pink heart plate from Sophie Conran 

 

If you’re short of time you can buy macaroons and flowers or buy some heart shaped biscuits, and serve you’re loved one a pot of tea in bed before work.

Sophie Conran Portmerion Plate

I managed to pick up a wonderful cake stand and have threaded through some pink gingham ribbon.   After our photoshoot we naturally had to have a well deserved tea break…with biscuits.

wholesale gingham ribbons

 

 

If you have any lovely biscuit recipes we’d love to hear from you… Enjoy!

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