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.

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.

 

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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)

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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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Craft Ideas for the Fortnum and Mason Stationery Event

I’m really looking forward to being involved in the new stationery room launch at Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly next week.

fortnum and mason ribbon

Our ribbons are stocked in the store and I will be gift wrapping live in their revamped stationery room on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th April.

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As a ribbon stockist of the store i’ve already had a glimpse at their new collections and have been drooling over their Italian gift wrap… I have always been addicted to luxury stationery and have always have a good stock in the shop.
Jane Means giftwrap shop
With it being stationary week in early April I thought I would share some creative paper projects which are easy to do and great for kids too.
Rossi giftwrapping by Jane Means
Even if you don’t have a supply of gorgeous wrapping paper you can simply print your own if you have a PC. Type a message and print it out on A4 paper which is ideal for small gifts

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I’m currently involved with several exciting projects which will be out later in the year, and wanted to highlight how easy it is to add personal and creative touches to gift wrapping
DIY paper flowers
paper heart
You can easily make paper Roses by cutting a swirl out of a circle.
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Wrap it around your finger and let go and a rose will form. You can also add a small amount of blue or double sided tape to secure them
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paper flower tutorial
I’ve also cut out scalloped circles and this can be easily done by folding a square piece of paper into quarters and triangles then cutting a curve so when you open it your scalloped design is revealed
papercraft tutorial
I have layered several of these scallops on top of each other in various sizes and secured them with a button and wire
paper flowers
paper flower
Friends will love the fact that you’ve taken some thought and devised up a personal creation.  Add some of our stitched ribbon it is transformed in to a luxury gift
Jane Means papercraft ideas
paper flower decorations
With Paper Flowers you can let your mind go wild and create these fantastic masterpieces (which I found on Pinterest) with some time and patience…
paper rose wreath
paper rose ball
musical paper flowers
script paper flower wreath
If you have any other gift wrapping ideas, we’d love to hear about them in the comments box below.
For any other enquiries please email us directly at info@janemeans.co.uk
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Our hectic Christmas gift wrapping season

We are now in to the peak time of the gift wrapping calendar, and are busier than ever with our London gift wrapping services and events until Christmas

For the last few weeks we have been busy gift wrapping wicker hamper baskets for a private client in Mayfair (over 300 of them).  You can also see how to pack the perfect hamper basket in my previous blog post.

gift wrapping hamper baskets

It was wonderful to have a packed house for my gift wrapping demonstrations and workshops at the Spirit of Christmas and Country Living Fairs in London and Glasgow.

Gift wrapping masterclass

Kirstie Allsopp popped along to the Country Living Fair in London to sign copies of her new book ‘Kirstie’s Christmas Crafts’ on our stand.  We are delighted to be featured in it, and can’t wait for the TV series.

Jane Means featured in Kirstie Allsopp book

I was also involved with the ‘Get Creative’ Event at Liberty in London and spent a fun 90 minutes gift wrapping live in their window on a busy Thursday evening infront of crowds. The iconic London store stock our ribbons and I popped in several days later to run a free ribbon masterclass for customers in their magical Christmas shop on the 4th floor.

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Clifton Nurseries, another stockiest of our ribbons invited me to run a mini gift wrapping workshop in their heavenly ‘Quince Café’ in Little Venice.  We all had lots of creative fun whilst sipping fizz and getting in to the festive spirit.  I can’t wait to be back there on the evening of December 9th to do another festive event and tickets are £20

clifton event

I headed over to Kent and East Sussex to run 3 separate events in one day for Millbrook Garden Centres.  It was a race against time to reach each garden centre in time but we did it albeit tight, and it was wonderful to meet so many of you.

Selfridges gift wrapping service

We have now started our Gift Wrapping Service in Selfridges flagship store in London. You will find us in the Beauty Hall on the ground floor every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Christmas from 5-10pm.  The service is complimentary when you buy any products from the Selfridges Beauty Hall (minimum £70).

Jane Means gift wrapping at Selfridges

I am delighted to be working behind the scenes for Chanel in Bond Street in mid December.  You will also find me gift wrapping at the Ralph Lauren Fulham Road Store at a VIP charity event, and for Jack Wills and Dior just before Christmas.  This year I will have no lack of luxury stores to buy my presents from and already I am drafting my Christmas list. I just need time to wrap them!

Jane Means gift wrapping with Paul O'Grady

It’s also been an incredible season for filming and media. I appeared live on the Paul O’Grady Show on December 2nd (You can view it on ITV1 catch up).

Jane McDonald and Jane Means

I was lucky enough to be joined by Il Divo, Brendan O’Carroll and Jane McDonald and enjoyed a quick tipple at the aftershow party.

Red cotton gingham ribbon

You’ll also see me appearing on a BBC2 Christmas Programme on December 19th and I also had great fun filming with Lyndsey James for her forthcoming Craft blog in January.  The short outakes clip on Youtube is worth a watch and very funny.  I also have a Kuwait film crew popping over to film my work sometime before Christmas.

Jane Means on BBC Radio

 

I will be joining presenter Melvyn Prior on BBC Radio Lincolnshire on 11th December.  We will be discussing everything Christmas and it will no doubt be fun and chaos in the studio. I will then be heading to do a Christmas gift wrapping evening event at one of Rutlands best loved boutiques, Vanilla in Oakham.

Christmas Ribbon Jane Means

We’ve had some great press lately with features in the Observer, Times and Telegraph. Our ribbons have been featured in many magazines including Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Essentials, Woman and Home, Country Living, Prima and Bella to name a few! You will also see them in the second series of The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC2.

Jane Means Ribbons

With such a crazy season, I will have little time to celebrate Christmas myself as I don’t pop my scissors down until late on December 24th.  It will be a quick family supper and as I have worked non stop since my wedding, I will finally be heading off on honeymoon on Christmas Day for a well earned holiday!

London gift wrapping service

 

If you have any general enquiries about our Gift Wrapping Services, Events and Courses please email us at info@janemeans.co.uk or contact us

I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas and we would love to hear about your festive wrapping in our comments box below

 

 

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Gift wrapping a luxurious Christmas hamper basket

There is nothing more I love at Christmas than to receive a wicker hamper packed with speciality foods and luxury wine.  It is a perfect gift for anyone and can be made bespoke with personalised presents.
fortnum and mason hamper
Fortnum and Mason are renowned for their hampers, which are filled with gourmet biscuits, speciality teas, crackers, petty fours, and wine and Champagne.
I remember as a child when my parents received one, and they still use the branded hamper to this day for blanket storage (Wicker hampers are particularly good for this as fabrics are able to breathe).
Fortnum and Mason Hamper
Hamper baskets come in different shapes and sizes, and the most popular ones are with a box and lid.  I love this style as it makes a great storage box once you’ve consumed the contents.  We wrap lots of hampers for clients and these by far are the favourite.
There are many variations of hamper boxes on the market including your wicker hamper through to boxes made with card, wood and leather (prices vary considerably).
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It is a good idea to choose your packaging first as there are limited options when buying hampers and boxes. If you are giving hampers away at Christmas do by your supplies and gift wrapping early as suppliers may run out of stock.
There are several basket makers in the UK who could also make a bespoke size and shape for you.  You will also find some great baskets on Ebay
Once you have chosen your box or basket it is time to fill it.   You will need some padding such as shred, foam peanuts, tissue and Cellophane.
hamper filling
I always line it first with cellophane then add the tissue on top.  You can also sprinkle pot pourri in the basket (think of Rowan Atkinson in ‘Love Actually’) or lightly spray the tissue with a winter fragrance (M+S do some great ones for £5)
Dried rosebuds for weddings
Bear in mind that if you have bought lots of products they may not all fit in, so it’s a good idea to have a practice run using your own groceries before you go shopping.
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Once you have chosen your products, look at the whole range and imagine them in layers.  I tend to segregate them in to piles of robust, medium and fragile
Pack the heaviest and rigid items at the bottom such as bottles, ensuring they or packed tight (or there is plenty of padding between them) and the label is showing.
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You will then start layering the products and filling the hamper.  Play safe and wrap breakable jars and bottles with bubble wrap (they can have an additional layer of tissue or be wrapped in a thick fabric to make them look more elegant). It would be a disaster if anything breaks in transit.
Delicate items such as Pannetone, crackers and mince pies should be placed at the very top to avoid them being crushed.
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To add extra luxury to the hamper, line it with a rich metallic tissue such as this gold one. I fold the sides in to a slightly narrow width so placement is easy. It gives a polished interior finish.
Once you have completed the layering process of your products, Close the lid and add your written and decorations. If you have any spare space at the sides pad it well with tissue.
pleated box by jane means
Finishing detailing is really important so in this one I have pleated the paper whilst wrapping a box of biscuits to give that luxurious effect. When I am gift wrapping for Dior, we always do this pleating process with tissue and add it to the top of the bag (The French term is called ‘applice’).
carved angel jam
I also add paper lids and decorations to jars, and love the luxury range of chutneys and Jams from Carved Angel (Their Christmas Puddings were voted ‘The Best’ by the Times and they are always mobbed at the Country Living Fair)
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Large gaps in your hamper can soon be filled with Pannetone or Christmas Crackers.  If you have any small spaces they can be filled with candy canes or small bags of festive treats. You can buy these from luxury outlets such as Daylesford or Fortnum and Mason although you can get a cheaper alternative  from Aldi or Lidl
If your hamper is heavy it is a good idea to add some bricks, wooden blocks or rolls of ribbon under the corners so you can access the underneath easily with your ribbon.
dior hamper basket
If you are packing a hamper  that is open with or without a handle,  it is a good idea to have the smaller items at the back. I packed this luxury hamper for the Dior in Paris and had to get the balance right. In the gaps I made some handmade ribbon roses to highlight the floral theme.
We have gift wrapped many hampers for clients and one note of advice is don’t rush. The interior needs to be the focal point and you want the wow factor to happen when the lid is opened.  I hope this helps your Christmas hamper project and I would love to see any photos on our Twitter or Facebook Page.
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Christmas Gift Wrapping Projects

Christmas was very exciting this year with lots of new clients and projects, with some booking a year in advance!
Late November I did a gift wrapping service for Ralph Lauren at their Bond Street flagship store, and ended up spending some of my wages on Christmas presents during their Charity evening.
Their windows were a Christmas wonderland with crowds gathering outside to admire the reindeer in a magical scene.
December then kicked off with a gift wrapping demonstration at Liberty in Regent Street, and I was delighted how many people popped by including bloggers, journalists and radio producers.
Celia Lacy provided live blogging at the event and it was a huge online success too. It was such a treat to be surrounded by gazing customers, sparkly decorations, bowls of ribbons and crates of fine wine!
We then headed up to Selfridges in Manchester to do a gift wrapping event in the Trafford Centre.
I was transfixed by the ballerinas dancing in front of us.
It was then back down to London for the team to tackle 170 books for the Guardian Newspaper.  We certainly didn’t need the gym that day!
With a very short lunch, stiff necks and sore hands we managed to finish the job in a day to meet the tight deadline.
At the end of a hectic week we then joined Selfridges and Clarins to do gift wrapping events in Central London.
This year I noticed how many gifts from Sisley were bought and loved using their luxury papers and stylish ribbons.
The Clarins counter was inundated with customers grabbing gift hampers and it certainly proved that good presentation sells.
Another fun job was gift wrapping 100 bottles of Bollinger champagne for a new client in Soho. I was dubious about the Black Christmas packaging, however it looked stylish and the client was delighted.
I also did a gift wrapping demonstration at Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly, although by mid December there were very few of our ribbons left in the store which proved a challenge!
After a quick trip up to join BBC Lincolnshire in the studio to talk about Christmas gift wrapping ideas, I then headed over to Paris to finish my last job of the season! (Read my next blog on this)
With so much work I ended up working 14 hour days, but loved every minute. Luckily through the year, I had been making handmade envelopes which proved very helpful as everyone received vouchers this year!
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