Animal Inspired Ribbon and Gift Wrapping Ideas

For many, the best ideas and inspiration comes from their beloved pets, so I’ve decided to dedicate a blog post to Animal inspired ribbon and gift wrapping ideas. Whether you have dogs, cats, horses or chickens we have some great ideas lined up.

cat and dog ribbons

I’ve always been surrounded by animals being a farmers daughter and designed a controversial pet ribbon collection back in 2012. Sadly it was copied by our British manufacturer and is still talked about

Ros shiers paper

Image courtesy of Ros Shiers

Even at a young age I gave my dog birthday presents, and locals thought we were barking mad when we had a doggy fancy dress birthday party for owners at their muts.

margo dog present

My late labrador Margo couldn’t resist being a Gift Wrapping assistant and loved course days where she would be wandering around the studio

Anyone who is crafty is always looking for new and creative ways to make their gifts, from the present itself all the way to the finishing touches of the wrapping paper and ribbons. When picking out the gift-wrap and choosing the design of the packaging, it’s always good to keep the recipient’s personality in mind. For example, if your father is a car enthusiast, you can personalise the present with a ‘car design’ wrapping paper and a wide black paper band to make it look like a road. It’s all about knowing your audience.

dog box copy

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If the recipient is a child, a fun theme to incorporate into gift-wrapping is animal shapes. Rather than using paper with dogs and cats on them, incorporate your origami skills into the gift to mimic animal silhouettes. Children love presents from the get go, but taking the time to add something special on the outside of the gifts will give them more joy than a toy that’s simply been placed in a gift bag. You can find DIY animal wrapping ideas on Pinterest and various blogs, though if you’re looking for a tutorial easy enough to get your kids involved in wrapping a friend’s birthday present, Mr. Printables makes use of white paper so that toddlers can paint the paper according to the animals they prefer.
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cat dog box copy

Another great animal box design you can experiment with is a gift box that locks the paper in with ears as tabs. As shown on Line Across, this gift-wrap is reusable and just as fun to put together as the previous wrapping idea.


jane means for scotchtape


Image courtesy of Scotchtape

Despite these DIY wrapping ideas seeming like they only work for kids, they can actually be applied to anyone who loves animals, or that is generally young at heart. With so many adults fascinated with brands like Hello Kitty and playing games with cute and cuddly themes, lots of people will appreciate a person putting in the effort to make the gift’s presentation as adorable as the example shown above.

We also love these gifts for our beloved pets…

BHS wreath

Dog Bones Wreath by BHS


cat present


Image courtesy of Pinterest


I just love these Pet Portraits that I found on Not On The High Street

Image courtesy of Barley and Bayley

junk jewels


How about these vibrant watches for cat lovers?

Image Courtesy of Junk Jewels

chicken egg company


And how about these cute little egg covers, perfect for an Easter party or pastel decor?

Image courtesy of notonthehighstreet



On a final note I’m enjoying a few days hidden away in Cornwall designing my new collections and have been enjoying the company of a friends beloved Parsons Terrier called Archie…


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Press Release: Jane Means IP issue with Berisfords Ribbons


 Original Dog Cat ribbons by Jane Means

Award winning ACID member Jane Means is a ribbon designer and wrapping design expert and used to use a supplier named Berisfords.  She was very disturbed to discover that Berisfords had produced and were selling what could only be said to be a remarkably similar ribbon product.  After correspondence from ACID Affiliate Lawyers McDaniel & Co., Berisfords agreed to give an undertaking and pay £893.26.

berisfords dog cat ribbon


Niall Head-Rapson said, “Often a simple letter before action can achieve a result and in this case, whilst not admitting liability, Berisfords have agreed not to produce this ribbon design further and paid Jane Means’ costs.


Following the payment, Jane Means said, “I have spent many years building up my name and reputation as a ribbon designer and I am pleased that this matter has been concluded. I will do anything necessary to protect my signature designs”.


Dids Macdonald, ACID’s CEO said, “It is good that Berisfords responded positively to Jane Means’s IP claim and that the matter has been resolved without the need to take further legal action”.

A personal note from Jane…

” We have a very good relationship with suppliers, and you trust your manufacturers with your artwork. I was very shocked that Berisfords an established company who I’ve had a long standing relationship with, and given plenty of repeat business to over the years, would do this.  It’s poor behaviour to copy others and I would’ve hoped this could have been resolved so we could’ve continued working together but how can I work with a company who I don’t trust?”

And finally…

Berisfords vintage stitched ribbon copy

“I would like to thank those of you for your endless messages of support which have meant so much during this case, and welcome any comments”

ACID Press Release






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Pet ribbon collection for Liberty

I was over the moon when Liberty decided to stock my ribbons a few months ago.  The flagship store is a must visit when in London and their haberdashery department on the 4th floor is second to none.   They loved my idea about producing some animal themed ribbons so the design process started using real animals belonging to friends and family.

Real animals were used including Milly a beloved black labrador belonging to my father.

The collection’s been made in Britain and the ribbons are available online and wholesale.

We even got friends dogs having fun on the shoot including Padmay.

A reindeer design in both baby blue and red has been created in time for Christmas.


And we loved what one of our bloggers Kat Weatherall did with the ribbon, making some gourmet dog treats and tying it around a vintage style jar.  They look delicious!

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