Cool party favours and great goody bags

I remember as a kid, I loved going to friends parties and it was such a treat when we were presented with a goody bags (often stuffed full of sweets). Nowadays I am asked how to make wedding and party favours look fabulous, or have that last minute present I need to wrap super quick.

DIY gift bags

 

With just a few simple steps you can turn a simple paper bag into a gift wrapped creation

paper goody bags

I am often doing press launches or preparing giveaways for an event. It is usually quite last minute and I don’t have the time to be gift wrapping each pack individually.

pink party bags

With decorative paper bags you can just slot the gift or sweets inside

If you’re unsure what items to put in your goody bags, think about the recipients and have a budget in mind.  Immediately for children you may think of candy or sweets, but maybe a trip to the Pound Shop or Dollar Store will open your eyes.

 

If you are launching a new product as a business pop in a sample of what you are giving with a little bit of company information like a business card or a simple flyer.

Torie Jayne dognuts

If you’re selling something which is too expensive to give away like silver jewellery, you could always include an invitation to loan or try the product with a discount code to entice the buyer in mind, or make something edible with the same theme in mind

(I love these gluten free donuts by Torie Jayne)

block bottom paper bags

Once the item(s) inside, I tend to fold the top over neatly and secure using some Double Sided Tape

Here I have used some block bottom bags for more bulky gifts

yellow paper bags

 

Alternatively you could fold in the top corner at an angle in to the centre so it resembles an envelope shape.

Kate Landers doily bags

If you have decorative punches and scissors you could decorate the top of the bags. This is a great idea from Kate Landers Events

chevron paper bags

 

Turquoise paper chevron bags

I am a huge fan of colour and we have just got these funky chevron and stripe bags from LA.  I cannot wait to use them in my own projects and will try not to eat too many edible goodies in the process!

chevron party bags

 

Don’t forget this idea can soon be used for wedding favours and here I have done a version using some lace

paper bags and laceHere’s some more simple ideas that I have used with some ribbon remnants and decorations – Ideal from anything from Fathers Day to a last minute Valentine surprise.

monochrome paper bags

 

If you buy something in a non branded paper bag, reuse it and do a bit for the planet.

Happy Wrapping x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grab a signed copy of my new gift wrapping book ‘Giftwrapped’

We’re delighted to have taken delivery of the new book Giftwrapped, and now have our first orders coming in.

We had queues pre-ordering the gift wrapping book at the Handmade Fair last week, and have had people calling from as far away as Sweden wishing to secure a signed copy before it’s launched to the world

Jane Means book signing

 

Publication date isn’t until November 20th but you can get your very own signed copy now, and all early bird orders received by October 7th will be personally ‘giftwrapped’ by my own fair hands. I thought it would be a nice extra touch seeing as that is the title!

 

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You’ll also be entitled to a 10% discount on our website at www.janemeans.com

Just enter promo code bkb14 at checkout to get it for the special price of £18

giftwrapped books copy

Every copy will be signed and I’m also very happy to write a small personal message (do be warned that I am on the road running Gift Wrapping Courses and shows from mid October until Christmas so there may be a little wait during this period).

 

gift wrapping expert

I feel totally blessed for the endeless support I’ve had whilst writing my first book and would love to hear any comments from those of you who’ve ordered a first copy of Giftwrapped.

 

choc amor lancashire

This is a dream come true and although I have aching hands from the book signings, I am smiling non stop!

Happy reading.

Jane x

 

Order your signed copy of Giftwrapped now

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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.
gift wrapping

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!

gift wrapping challenge

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.
gift wrapping tissue wrapping

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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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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