Wax Seals with Bakers Twine and Ribbon

In my gift wrapping career there is one particular trend that I have always been fond of and that is good old Brown Paper.  I love it so much that I have based my whole ribbon collection around it and find the subtle brown colour a great canvas to work from.  Brown Kraft Paper is inexpensive and can be found in your local Post Office

bakers twine box

Here I’ve decided to wrap my gift in brown paper and mix in some old fashioned Bakers Twine as an alternative to ribbon, and love the red and white candy stripe

bakers twine craft project

 

With the twine I have wrapped it around the box at various angles, and have tied the two ends in the centre of the box

brown box

 

Many years ago I bought a wax seal kit from the shop ‘Past Times’ yet never really knew what to do with it except seal envelopes the old fashioned way.

brown paper parcel and bakers twine

 

To get the effect you light the end of the wax stick and wait for the wax to melt (it’s a bit like lighting a candle and waiting for it to drip).  When the wax starts to melt you need to position the stick above where you want the wax feature

bakers twine

 

Once you’ve got a good ‘blob’ of wax, I give it around 10 seconds to mature then push a decorative stamp in it (you can also stamp it in some coloured ink before you push down to give it an extra dimension)

wax seal

 

With my project, I’ve cut the 2 ends short after tying them and the wax seal covers them nicely.  This is a great idea if children or adults have a habit of opening their presents early!

Bakers Twine step by step tutorial

Bakers Twine is extremely popular and if you can’t find any, use a thin garden string or twine as an alternative

music paper

 

Recently I wrapped this small gift in old fashioned music script for a pianist, and the red wax seal gave it an additional aged look

gift wrapping

I also used this hand printed calligraphy paper by Polly O’Connor which I totally love with the gold features

ribbon wax seal collage

 

I wanted to go for a subtle ribbon to highlight the wax feature, and chose a narrow light grey stitched ribbon from our collection

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You can buy wax seals from upmarket stationery shops and from luxury department stores such as Fortnum and Mason.  As an alternative you can always add a dried rosebud on your gift with a glue gun or Copydex, and this is a great idea for wedding favours too.

Enjoy x

 

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Dyeing your own ribbon

For many years when my clothes have started to look a bit shabby, I have popped them in the washing machine with a sachet of machine dye and have been delighted with the results.

beetroot balls

I have often looked at black coffee, black tea and beetroot juice and thought I would take the plunge this week and have a go at dyeing ribbons the natural way.  I particularly love beetroot in salads and usually use the juice to make a vinaigrette.  This time I had my eye on the juice for something else….a natural dye!

white stitched ribbon

 

So I picked a white stitched ribbon from the shelves of the Haberdashery Closet and wanted to see if it worked, and if so what shade of pink I would be left with?

beetroot bowl

 

I placed the ribbon in the beetroot juice and left it for about an hour to work its wonders.  I’m sure if I had left it overnight, I would have ended up with a richer shade, however curiosity got the better of me!

pink stitched ribbon curl

 

I was really pleased with the soft shade of pink that appeared and the vintage tone works so well with lace and delicate papers

pink ribbon spool

 

When the ribbon has dried you can wind the length of ribbon around a vintage style wooden bobbin and secured with a pin for another day

pink gift wrapping

 

With wedding season in full force, I decided to wrap a small gift adding pleats in the paper and customising it with lace

If you have any other great ingredients for dyeing fabrics and ribbons please pop a comment below!

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