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

gift wrapping Courses

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.


Purple pleated boxPurple pleated box

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)


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…

brown raf jar sm


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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