Join my Gift Wrapping Workshops at Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair

Join my Gift Wrapping Workshops at Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair this weekend, plus we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets for this amazing event…..read on!

hampton court

At Hampton Court Palace, after the resounding success of The recent Handmade Fairs, Kirstie is back again to inspire, impress and surprise us and to feed our hunger for all things arty, crafty, creative and handmade.  Tables of champagne, china teacups and cup cakes will accompany and sustain much perusing inside white marquees, as a vivid variety of handpicked sellers, step by step project instructors and skilled presenters give thousands of creative imaginations a treat.

 

September 15-17th  are the dates to put in your diary if you wish to have a magical time among like-minded hobby crafters.  Not only is there the wonderful experience of hearing from Kirstie, along with many, varied skilled experts but there is also the promise of extensive, high quality, crafty shopping.  Either, stock up on craft-making essentials and accessories or treat yourself to something stunning, hand-made by an expert.

jane means and kirstie allsopp

A unique collaboration.  Kirstie Allsopp has very successfully spearheaded the popular resurgence of crafting for over 5 years now and her passion, her appeal to people of all ages and her prominent position in the media have enabled her to draw so many well-known experts together so that everyone can learn from and enjoy this very hands-on event, where each person who attends has the opportunity to make something to take home.

Inspiring catering is also a must, after creative minds have crafted and also shopped themselves into exhaustion.  There are plenty of opportunities to sit and take a break with a variety of refueling snacks and drinks.  The Artisan Marketplace will also supply you with more goodies and gifts to take home.

 

Celebrations Skills Workshops will take place throughout each of the three days and my gift wrapping workshops will begin at 2.30pm each afternoon, featuring how to wrap a gift beautifully.  I will explain, step by step, how to make the presentation just as good as the item inside, and you will take your gift home.  As a regular speaker and demonstrator at trade seminars and corporate events, I am looking forward to returning to Kirstie’s The Handmade Fair very much, after enjoying the warm and friendly atmosphere of last year’s event.

giftwrapped book

 

Giftwrapped book by Jane Means

Come and find me at Stand E9…  I will be signing copies of my book, ’Giftwrapped’ at The Handmade Fair and will be happy to talk wrapping paper, ribbon, have photos taken together and enjoy a quick chit chat

Handmade Fair stand E9

Unique ribbons, raffia, luxury paper, lace, boxes, bags and more…  Displaying practical and inventive ideas to wrap up all occasions and celebrations, I am looking forward to being a part of this very special fair and to enjoying what I know will be a fabulous weekend of inspiration, fun and meeting lots of like-minded people.

 

Come to a stunning and inspiring setting.  Hampton Court Palace, home to Henry VIII, after originally being the residence of Cardinal Wolsey, evolved through Tudor, Stuart and Georgian periods of royal and architectural history and is a unique and wonderful venue for such an event.

 

Hampton Court Palace is also well-known for its yew tree maze, designed as a humorous distraction for William III, and the world famous gardens, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, are a stunning feast for the eyes.  The estate covers 750 acres in total within a loop of the River Thames and, if you make a weekend trip of your Handmade Fair visit, the palace and all its attractions are well worth exploring.

 

Located in the beautiful parkland surrounding the palace, with its white marquees, adorned with bunting and surrounded by picket fences, The Handmade Fair is a wonderful day out or weekend away and offers so many opportunities to both sellers and craft enthusiasts.

Bunting

It is also wonderful to know that Kirstie will be around, chatting, drinking tea, happily posing for photos with people and generally soaking up the fantastic atmosphere that this spectacular event creates.

 

Travel.  The palace, located in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, in Surrey, is easily accessible by train, bus and coach and there is extensive parking but it is advisable to pre-book a parking space.

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So if this sounds like your perfect day out, we are giving away 2 pairs of Admission Only Tickets for this wonderful event. Simply leave us a comment by 22.00hrs BST on Wednesday 13th September why you would like to win, and our 2 lucky winners will be revealed

For more details about ‘Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair’ log on to www.thehandmadefair.com

See you there folks x

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Using Lavender in your gift wrapping, craft projects and in the kitchen

It’s the time of the year to be gathering and harvesting our much loved garden lavender, which I love to use in my craft projects and gift wrapping. Here’s some of my favourite ideas

Lavender 3870

Image by Melanie Ward
Ribbons by Jane Means

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden with lavender, cut and gather up into bunches to be hung and dried, place onto old cooking trays and put into the airing cupboard to slowly dry.

 

dried lavender

Purple stitched ribbon by Jane Means

Gift Wrapping

Once dry then sprinkle the aromatic dried flowers in between layers of
tissue paper before wrapping special gifts….the intrigue and joy of finding little bits of natural flower confetti will not only make an eye-catching result but smell great too

You can also look at other flowers and can incorporate them in to your wrapping. I love the delicate use of baking paper and vellum as an alternative wrapping paper

Lavender Ribbon by Jane Means

Sprigs of Lavender can be tied on to handles of gift bags. You’ll need about 20cm of ribbon to do this

 

Soap Making

Image by Sisoo

You could even have a go at making your own soap and decorating it with hessian, string and lavender. These make great gifts and wedding favours.

Lavender Bags

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Linen bags filled with lavender seeds can be tied with string or ribbon. Decorated with lavender and a buff tag, this makes an ideal gift for a neighbour or a guest who is coming to stay. You can also pop one on your pillow to help you sleep

Invitations and Stationery 

Wax Seal and LavenderImage by Melanie Ward
Wax Sealing kit by Manuscript Pen Co

Envelopes and gifts can be wax sealed with sprigs …there is no stopping us when we start thinking about gorgeous wrapping.

Baking with Lavender


You could even make your own shortbread with dried Lavender and can get the recipe from my previous blog post

ngsviewathome

Image by Wings View at Home

There are so many wonderful uses for Lavender, from helping you sleep to deterring moths in your home.

I’m a huge fan of lavender and can’t wait to visit Provence next year

Jane x

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Jane Means launches Gift Wrapping Collection in Singapore

Its been a busy few days behind the scenes and we’re delighted to announce the launch of our Gift Wrapping Collection in Singapore at Spotlight Stores

With glue guns, papers, ribbons, crafty accessories and staple guns, it’s been a busy few days styling the ‘Wrap Love’ window displays in the busy Singapura Plaza

Jane Means ribbons and wrap accessorised with Spotlight Boxes, seals and decorations

Within the first hour of products going on sale in Orchard Road, the response was overwhelming. Jane who is partly based in Singapore said “I’m delighted to be stocking one of my favourite stores which is brimming with crafts in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district”


Reversible papers are now available in store as well as online

Contrasting ribbons by Jane Means

Jane Means has been busy in her Singapore studio designing the next collection of Winter Gift Wrap soon to be launched at the store

We will keep you posted x

Jane Means at Spotlight Stores
Level 5, Singapura Plaza
68 Orchard Road
Singapore, 1 238839
(Located at the Dhoby Ghaut MRT)

Telephone 6733 9808

 

 

 

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Great Gift Wrapping Ideas for Father’s Day

I’m often asked about Gift Wrapping for the men in our life. Should you include ribbon, tie a bow and are there any colours or themes that should be followed? So read on about ‘Great gift wrapping ideas for Father’s Day’

Vintage Grey Ribbon by Jane Means

Whether you are wrapping for a Father, a loved one, husband or friend, the gents in our life also appreciate good presentation and many love those extra embellishments and thought that has gone in to the gift giving process. If you’re giving a tricky shape and have no idea how to wrap it, you could always hide it in the shed or garage and present the key tied with ribbon

Moustache Paper by dotcomgiftshop
Marble paper by Rossi
Brown Ribbon by Jane Means

For me, the main thing is thinking about the person you are giving the gift to. Are they a keen gardener, do they like wine, Is there a favourite country they like to visit or do they enjoy dealing on the stockmarket?  All of these traits can be catered for and adapted to the recipients personality

Often on my gift wrapping courses, I hear stories of gifts being wrapped in newspaper by the amateur gift givers in our family. Some of my own wrapping has included newspapers and magazines. In this project I’ve included some petit pleats and you could add some rich grosgrain ribbon if you wish.

Even if you’ve left it to the last minute and have a limited amount of resources, you can get a dramatic look by doing some recycling. Here I’ve used some used brown paper and scrunched it in to a tight ball to give a consistent crinkled effect. Teamed with some raffia, sticks and feathers this is the perfect theme for a Country gent

Another great theme is the classic understated look. This small gift has been wrapped in some Charcoal colour art paper and finished with a classic black edged grosgrain ribbon

Marbled Paper by Rossi
Twine by Clifton Nurseries
Tag by Jane Means with Calligraphy by Judy Broad

And if Dad is really not in to Ribbon… well fear not you can experiment with some coloured Twine and tie in a heartfelt tag.

And if you really are struggling to buy something for Dad, have a think of his favourite tipple, maybe buy a DVD of his birth year, or treat him to a trip out fishing, golfing or visiting a favourite landmark (dads often value time with their children more than gifts themselves)

Although Fathers Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June

Happy Gifting folks!

 

 

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Perfectly gift wrapped wedding cakes and favours to take home

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this blog post ‘Perfectly gift wrapped wedding cakes and favours to take home’ as our shoots have been swarming with homemade biscuits, yummy cakes and calorie ridden treats. We’ve all been there, enjoying a wedding with a lavish meal, only to find that we are too full to eat any of the cake, so you ask if you can have a gift wrapped wedding cake slice and favours to take home (we’ve all done it!)

wedding cake

 

Cake and Props by Lyndsey James, Ribbon by Jane Means

…It is time for guests to leave the party with their traditional piece of wedding, birthday, christening or celebration cake.  This departure will not be enhanced for anyone by being handed a parcel of soggy serviette.  However, there are many creative ways to send your guests happily on their way with a piece of cake perfectly wrapped.

 

Folded paper plate baskets.
Simple, inexpensive paper plates, available in so many colours and designs, can be easily cut, folded and secured to make a high-sided basket in no more than 5 minutes.  Tie a pretty ribbon around the basket’s edge and finish off with a bow and possibly attach a personal message with a paperclip.

Pink green ribbon

 

Pistachio and Pink Ribbon by Jane Means Paper plates by Meri Meri

Wrapped in a layer of greaseproof paper first, each piece of cake can then be wrapped in a colour co-ordinated, paper napkin and tucked inside the basket for safe carriage home.

paper tablecloth gift wrapping

Gift wrapping by Jane Means

Plastic glasses or beaker wrapped in cellophane or napkins.
A variety of shapes and sizes of plastic beaker and goblet are available and they come in varying transparent shades of clear, pink, blue and many other colours.  Disposable plastic cups can also be used.  With the portion of cake inside the cup, a large piece of cellophane can safely wrap the entire package and be tied tightly with colourful ribbon, leaving a frothy explosion of cellophane at the top.

killner jar

Kilner jar by Lakeland. Ribbon by Jane Means

jar of wedding cake

 

Image by NellieBellie

Glass Jars filled with cake.
These jars can be bought in every conceivable size and, for those with a celebration cake consisting of many cupcakes, small, chunky kilner jars can be perfect to house each cake.  With ribbon around the neck of the airtight jar, the cake is safe to take home in its own little presentation pack.  The addition of a handmade tag also provides a personal touch. Guests will also be able to re use the jars for storing biscuits etc.

 

Lace wedding favour bags

White lace bags, tags and ribbon by Jane Means.  Calligraphy by Judy Broad

Decorated mini bags.
My clear plastic, white lace print bags would be perfect as a pretty and simple solution. Tuck the cake into the plastic bag, fold over and secure the top of the bag and attach a (ruffle) bow for a neat, compact package. Alternatively you can secure with some ribbon (check out my YouTube tutorial to learn how to tie the perfect bow)

cakes

Ribbon sets by Jane Means

Boxed simplicity.
It is possible to buy cake portion boxes but what about making triangular cake slice shaped origami boxes yourself?  I will be preparing online tutorials at a later date to demonstrate a variety of very useful decorative origami projects.

Origami may look fiddly at first but with a little patience and practice, it is possible to achieve such beautiful, handmade, inexpensive designs, which are bound to draw comment and curiosity.

 

wedding cake box

Box: Stylists own, Paper by Fox and Lark, Ribbon and Tags by Jane Means, Calligraphy by Judy Broad

A gift box.
Take a simple, small box and dress it up like as a gift.  It’s purpose may be merely to contain a slice of cake to take home, but it can be a beautiful miniature presentation with a coloured tissue paper lining, a ribbon around the coloured body of the box and an embellished lid.  Coloured crafting jewels, origami or artificial flowers, spike bows, ruffle bows or your preferred applied accessories.  Have fun and make it a gift to your guests.

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Image courtesy of Bloved Blog 

Remember:  Wrap your cake portions in greaseproof paper.

I think after writing this blog post we now need to indulge in a bit of Afternoon Tea

Jane x

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Jane Means launching new products at Pulse Trade Show, London

Pulse is the UK’s ultimate boutique trade event for inspiring new gifts, modern living and fashion and Jane Means will be there next week to launch new wholesale products to the industry

 

As well as our British made Reversible gift wrap, we will be launching our new ribbon cubes which make the ideal gift for craft addicts and are perfect for the bottom drawer.


At the show we will be offering a trade minimum order for £50 which is perfect for a small business or a cottage industry. Wholesale orders can also be placed online so if you have a business or require a large order, please Contact Us

 

We look forward to catching up with our existing suppliers and meeting new customers and you can find us at Stand M24

The trade show will be held at Olympia on May 14-16th

Venue:
Olympia London
Hammersmith Road
Kensington
London
W14 8UX

Nearest tube: Kensington Olympia

Opening Times:

Sunday 14 May 2017          09.30-18.00
Monday 15 May 2017          09.30-18.00
Tuesday 16 May 2017        09.30-17.00

 

If you’re coming to Pulse, please pop by and say hello to us. We’re stand M24

For more details and for registering please head to the Pulse website

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10 Creative ideas using reversible Gift Wrap

So many ideas with just one sheet of gift wrap…

Gift Wrap by Jane Means

When you think of gift wrap you automatically think of wrapping paper for presents, however there’s a myriad of projects and ideas that you an do with you sheet of gift wrapping paper, especially if it’s reversible (mine are). Having just designed my first collection of papers, I thought I’d share 10 creative ideas using reversible gift wrap

Papercraft continues to be a huge trend and we are surrounded with an abundance of lanterns, pom poms and pinwheels. All which can be made with your own fair hands

 

Colonial Grey Giftwrap by Jane Means

Pinwheels can easily be made by pleating a square of paper. I love to wire a bead or button and add to the centre for an additional decoration. On hot summer days these can be glued on to a wooden stick (you’ll always find these in your favourite coffee house) and transformed in to a fan

  1. Cards and Envelopes

Image courtesy of Ramblecraft

Cards can easily be made by adding a decorative page of gift wrap on to a piece of card, securing it in place with some ribbon or double sided tape. Do be warned that you are not allowed to sell these unless the designer of the gift wrap has authorized the use. I also love to line envelopes too

  1.  Decoupage

Image courtesy of diybastelideen

This is a wonderful way to decorate a photo frame, plantpot, a tray, waste paper bin, a storage box, or even some clothes pegs. Intricte details can be cut out and glued on to item and sealed with layers of clear varnish.

  1. Cones for kids

Colonial Grey Gift Wrap by Jane Means

Sweets for childrens parties can be placed in to homemade cones. Cut a triangle of reversible paper and stick 2 sides together with double sided tape. You can decorate the top with lace or ribbon, or seal the whole cone

 

  1. Cake band or decorative cups

Decorate a cake or paper cups with a band of pretty paper and secure with double sided tape and ribbon. It will look so gorgeous that you wont want to eat it

 

  1. Paper Lampshade

We love this Origami shade.  Image courtesy of Postris

Image by Rosie’s Vintage Lampshades

Lampshades can be given a new lease of life with a piece of decorative paper and some spray adhesive. You can also trim the edges with some ribbon or ric rac for that additional eye catching feature. Do be careful not to catch the shades with the hot bulbs or leave them unattended.

 

  1. DIY Pillow boxes

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Handmade pillow boxes can easily be made by adding paper on to a cardboard tube with spray adhesive. Fold in the 2 sides after you’ve placed your gift inside and add ribbon

  1. Origami Lanterns

Pretty little lanterns and decorative creations can be made by following a few steps. I love to check out the Japanese blogs for Origami tutorials and ideas

 

  1. Paper flowers

These are hugely popular and I love to see a wall or backdrop full of these beautiful decorations.
Petals can easily be curved by using a pencil.


Colonial Grey paper by Jane Means
I also love these Japanese pleated flowers and will be covering this tutorial in a future blog post and in our Handmade Decorations workshops in Singapore

  1. Paper bunting

Image courtesy of La Mia Casa

Bunting can easily be made by cutting triangles out of a sheet of paper and adding them on to a length of ribbon with glue. You could also use patterned scissors for a scalloped detail. If you’ve got a sewing machine try stitching hearts together.

Enjoy being creative with your gift wrap folks, and do share your ideas with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #janemeans x

 

 

 

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Luxury Gift Wrapping Sets by Jane Means up for grabs

We are so excited that our wrap has finally been launched and have some Luxury Gift Wrapping Sets by Jane Means up for grabs at a snippet of the price

For a limited time, our bespoke sets which are worth £40 will be available for £25 including postage and colours include Pink Peony, Plantation Green, Vintage Lilac and Colonial Grey.

Designed by Jane Means herself she says “To see my first collection of wrap is wonderful after being behind the scenes of my design studio for several months. I’m delighted it’s not only made in the UK, but you can do so many different styles of gift wrapping with it”

Colonial Grey Gift Wrap by Jane Means

As well as 4 sheets of reversible wrap, you’ll be treated to 40 metres of contrasting ribbon, 30 gift tags and 2 rolls of double sided tape. Perfect for the bottom drawer, the collection will have your wrapping sorted for the rest of the year.

The design led wrap will be rolled out in to stores and is now available wholesale.

Pink Peony Gift Wrap by Jane Means

We’d love to see your creations so do tag us in using #janemeans to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter 

Happy Wrapping x

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Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas with Magazines and Newspapers

I often hear funny stories about about cheap and cheerful gift wrapping often using newspaper on our gift wrapping courses, , so I thought I’d show you some creative gift wrapping ideas with magazines and newspapers.

In an age where we are trying to reuse and recycle, using some glamorous pages of your favourite glossy magazine will add that touch of couture to your gift wrapping

Narrow Red Ribbon by Jane Means

Teamed with a red ribbon made in to a flower, the gifts will dazzle. I love to choose vibrant colours and trend led pages as a backdrop

Red Ribbon by Jane Means

Another great look is the classic monochrome, which is classic, timeless and perfect for any genre. Black and White pages can receive an instant eye catching lift with a vibrant ribbon such as fuchsia pink or red

Even Newspapers can look great teamed with accessories. I love to use coloured pages such as the Financial Times. In this project I have introduced lots of small pleats to add a feature (it also helps disguise the gift underneath as newspaper is often see through)

Sage Ribbon by Jane Means

You could impress even more by making a handmade gift bag. As newspaper is a very thin paper to use, I’ve also added a thin card to add stability and definition. Decorated with a doily and some green ribbon this gift bag looks too good to open (I cover this project in my book ‘Giftwrapped)

Image courtesy of Pinterest

You could even make your own paper flowers out of newspaper. All you need is scissors, glue and patience (a cup of tea on the side always helps)

Image by The Penny Hoarder

So next time you think about turfing out your magazines and newspapers, have a rifle through for your favourite pages first and upcycle them in to a wrapped creation or crafty masterpiece

Happy Wrapping! x

 

 

 

 

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Jane Means to launch gift wrapping courses at Burghley House in Summer 2017

Despite running our gift wrapping courses for 18 years we’ve some exciting news…

Jane Means is to launch gift wrapping courses at the iconic Burghley House

 

History

Burghley House is a grand sixteenth century house, with its park laid out by Capability Brown. The Elizabethan estate is home to the Cecil Family and is regarded as one of Britain’s best non-royal palaces, a prodigy house built for Elizabeth I’s Lord High Treasurer, Lord Burghley.

Located in Stamford, Lincolnshire it is on the border of Northamptonshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire, with the centre of Peterborough only 10 miles away

Ribbon by Jane Means
Gift Wrap by Chocolate Envelope, Paperchase and dotcomgiftshop

The gift wrapping courses at Burghley House will start in the summer of 2017 with the inaugural course taking place on Friday 16th June. We’d love you to join us for this wonderful day out learning skills for life in a beautiful setting. Early Bird Places are available but do book early to avoid disappointment as these places get snapped up quickly.

Our gift wrapping courses

On our gift wrapping course, you’ll be greeted with morning refreshments and during the day you’ll be learning hands on how to wrap any shape, how to tie the perfect bow and pick up lots of tips and inspiration. You’ll enjoy lunch at Burghley House and can also grab a signed copy of Jane’s book giftwrapped and buy lots of ribbons and wrap at the end of the day at discounted prices.

Jane Means will also be exhibiting at the Burghley Horse Trials in September plus the gift wrapping expert will be running a further course in October, for those wishing to practice their skills in time for Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you there

Jane and team x

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