Gift Wrapping and DIY Craft Projects for Halloween

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If you’re heading off to any Halloween parties this season, here’s a really clever decorating idea.  I have chosen some Orange tissue. To add depth and luxury to the gift wrapping, I have pleated the wrap and you can find out how to do this on page 48 of my new book Giftwrapped 

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I decided to mix two ribbons together, a black stitched grosgrain and a narrow saffron stitched ribbon.  These can be stuck together using Double Sided tape.

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To add some extra fun I found a tub of plastic toy spiders and these are great.  They are inexpensive and can be tied on with ribbon or added in to a hamper. If you have a basket of sweets for trick or treaters these too can be added as an extra decoration.

rolls of orange tissue

For Halloween it’s a good idea to make some easy decorations with tissue. (You will love our tissue as it’s not in packs but rolled so you get crisp sheets without any creases)

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To decorate your home or party you can make some tissue pom poms.  They are quick, easy and inexpensive and I have just used a single sheet of tissue to make the pom pom above. Find out how to make your own DIY Tissue Pom Pom right here on my blog.

The orange stripe paper bags also make great favour bags or for bagging up sweets for trick or treat callers

 

 

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Here I have made my own gift bags with wallpaper and teamed it with some rich copper wired ribbon and dried orange slices, perfect for Autumn gifts.

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Give simple brown paper boxes some jazz by adding lengths of  vibrant orange ric rac.  This will look great teamed with a black paper too.

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Finally here’s the chance to win a pack of our very own British made 1″ wide Halloween ribbon. Just leave us a Halloween comment in the box below telling us what you would use the ribbon for (we love hearing your ideas!)

The winner will be chosen on Tuesday 28th October

Good luck folks x

 

ps. On my next blog post I will be sharing photos of my forthcoming giftwrapped book launch in London for the industry and press.
Don’t forget you can grab your own pre publication signed copy with a 10% promo code (see my previous blog post).

 

 

 

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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?

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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 )

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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 )

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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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Making a handy ribbon dispenser box

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I’m always having trouble keeping my craft room tidy, and one thing I often struggle with is storing loose rolls of ribbon, which easily get tangled if you don’t pin them

 

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I’m going to show you a really inexpensive and neat idea for ribbon storage and show you how to make a ribbon dispenser box.  This DIY craft project will take you less than 10 minutes

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You will need a box made of thin card. A good place to get these is from a cake shop or bakery, plus a ruler and hole punch (which I bought from Staples),  and a scrap piece of paper.  Calculate your measurements on your scrap paper and punch out the holes. This will ensure that your measurements are correct and you don’t punch unwanted holes straight in to the box.  Through the holes on the scrap paper, mark the cake box with pencil

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Punch the holes out of the cake box ensuring they are straight and measured correctly (Here I have done a straight line in pencil so it looks neat)

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Remove any pins from your rolls of ribbon, and one by one thread the ribbon ends through the holes. To make it easier cut your ribbon at angles

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Keep adding your ribbons until the box is full but don’t over fill it as the rolls won’t be able to rotate (your ribbons need to move easily inside the box)

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Close the box up and cut all of the ribbon ends at a slight angle (if you haven’t done so already) as this will stop them from fraying.  You could also have several boxes and colour coordinate them

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Boxes can also be stacked on top of each other in a cupboard and this makes great space saving storage.  It’s also a great way of recycling unwanted boxes, and a good way of supporting your local cake shop even if you’re on a diet!

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