Steampunk Style Gift Wrapping Inspiration

I’ve always loved Vintage, Adam Ant and his slightly way out style, pre loved heirlooms and decided this blog post would be dedicated to Steampunk Style Gift Wrapping Inspiration

Steampunk is a term originating from science fiction novels and is a style that has exploded quietly over the last decade or so, to become one of the biggest, creative trends that many people have never heard of.  Having its own polite, tea sipping philosophy of looking ‘splendid’ and of giving oneself a suitable Steampunk name (such as ‘Lady Jane Crinoline’), Steampunk has gatherings and events all over the world, with our the historic city of Lincoln playing host to the largest Steampunk festival in Europe each August.

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Image courtesy of Sara Sund Berlin

Steampunk is a combination of Victorian elegance and futuristic fantasy, a mix of old and new, set in a world without electricity, where clockwork and steam power have inspired revolutionary invention and where imagination and individuality are to be admired and celebrated.

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Accessories know no limits.  There are a few iconic symbols of Steampunk that will immediately make your theme recognisable.  Goggles, cogs and gears, watch faces, keys and locks, wire springs, compass faces.  Vintage bronze keys, cogs and embellishments can be purchased very cheaply online and found at flea markets.  Any colours are appropriate for Steampunk but brass and copper, along with black and brown are classic Steampunk colours.  Lacing and buttons, as well as buckles and opulent fabrics reflect Victorian garment detailing with corsetry and crinolines in mind.

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Subtle Steampunk.  Try selecting, either, my Calligraphy Clock tissue paper, Pewter Garden tissue paper or Victorian Posy tissue paper and a coordinating cross grain ribbon or a length of wide, black lace, together with my old-fashioned luggage or eyelet tags.  Tie your multi-layer, tissue-wrapped gift with ribbon/lace and embellishments, adding your handwritten label.  Recycle vintage keys, jewelry charms or tie in old necklace chains with a pendant or pocket watch.

steampunk gift wrapping

The perfect Steampunk enthusiast’s gift could be a beautiful teacup and saucer.  Select a box of appropriate size and line generously with tissue paper.  Try wrapping the box with brown parcel paper and adding black handwritten ‘tea related’ script to the package.  My brown stitched ribbon is perfect to tie in a teaspoon to the bow and add an old-fashioned luggage label with such a greeting as… Keep being Splendid! You could really push the boat out and go for an opulent velvet ribbon with lace and feathers.

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Image courtesy of Sara Sund Berlin 

Or, what about giving a Steampunk novel (such as Frankenstein or The Difference Engine), wrapped in brown parcel paper, bound with luxurious fabric and/or lace and secured with a recycled metal buckled belt that has been cut down to size.  May I suggest a homemade, cogs and key embellished, top hat bookmark, carefully slotted into the belt.

Military Steampunk style is also a vital component of any Steampunk gathering.

Gold braid and red ribbon (see my red grosgrain ribbon) used over plain black paper or fabric, with added gold buttons, medals, compass faces or, whatever else you can track down at flea markets and in charity shops, will evoke the look of a Steampunk uniform.

 

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Image courtesy of Steampunk Corporation

Dressed for steampunk.  If you want to get really crafty and creative, use some taffeta or other lavish fabric and stitch on hooks and eyes to secure the luxurious wrapping.  Wrap generously with lace, embellished with vintage pendants, and tie in ribbons, brass chains  (small plumber’s chain is ideal) and add some leatherette strapping. I love this cuff that I found on Etsy decorated with cotton, scissors and lace.

Jonny Depp Mad Hatter

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Dressed for him.  Male Steampunk style takes many forms and lends itself beautifully to masculine gift-wrapping.  The Victorian gent, the sci-fi, gadget geek and the military type can all be complimented with pocket watches, goggles, buckles, vintage medals and metallic papers and by using bright satin handkerchiefs to tie into cravat style bows over plain paper or a more luxurious brocade fabric.  (Inexpensive tablecloths provide the perfect material).  As always, embellish as much or as little as you wish. Jonny Depp had a classic steampunk edge when he played the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.

 

Printed words.  Using a computer to quickly create your own very personalised wrapping paper designs is a great way to impress the recipient of your gift.  Here I have used definitions of Steampunk and Steampunk values as inspiration.  Wrapped with lace for her or with a buckled belt for him and with added, themed embellishments, the look is complete.

 

Lacing.  Corsetry is a poignant feature of Steampunk styling and can be a very effective way of securing your gift-wrapping too.  A selection of buttons and a long shoelace instantly achieve the Victorian look.  Try combining a plain fabric with my Victorian Posy tissue paper and add embelishments to inject steampunk style.

 

Split brass paperclips can also be used to create button detailing or assist in adding lacing your gift.  Use them on double layered/folded paper for added strength or use them on fabric.

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Narrow Grey Stitched Ribbon by Jane Means

Pleating.  This is the perfect style of wrapping (described in my book) to reflect dress detailing of the Victorian period and can be accompanied by a plethora of buttons, bows and buckles or can be kept elegantly simple with the addition of a single ribbon, embellished with a lock and key. I found these old scissors in Istanbul and accessorised a friends gift with them.

 

Anything can be Steampunked, from a person’s style, to a musical instrument or a hi-tech gadget and from a motorbike to a hat or a book cover.  When it comes to wrapping a gift in a Steampunk style, a little background knowledge and a creative imagination are all you need and I hope these ideas have inspired you.

Steampunk Festival Lincoln

 

Image Courtesy of Visit Lincoln

You could even visit the Largest Steampunk Festival in historic Lincoln from August 26-29th.  You can join in the fun in the Cathedral Quarter with plenty of events. More details at Visit Lincoln

Have fun!

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Wrapping a Wedding Gift and making it stand out on the present table

With Summer here and your close friends tying the knot, it’s your chance to be Wrapping a Wedding Gift and making it stand out, making the special couple feel rewarded. Even if you’re giving money or a voucher, we can make your gift look fabulous on the present table.

Arranging a wedding can be a joy but it also involves a lot of hard work, coordinating, planning and organising.  Each bride is the proverbial graceful swan, paddling away like crazy, to ensure that everything appears perfect.  Extensive effort is invested in colour schemes, dress designs, fabrics, flowers, table arrangements, stationery designs, favours, photography, menus, venues and honeymoon plans, to list but a few ‘things to do’….

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As a guest, turning up beautifully turned out is a courteous duty to your, no doubt, immaculately polished hosts and, after you have been invited to share this precious and poignant moment in their lives, to observe, dine and celebrate, it is a wonderful gesture to, not merely give a considered gift but to present or, indeed, have delivered, a perfectly and elegantly embellished feast for the eyes, in the form of a thoughtfully wrapped and individually outstanding present.

The bride will appreciate such a wonderful gesture, as she has, no doubt, spent many months, at the very least, considering every last detail of every last minute of this very special occasion.

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Salmon Ribbon by Jane Means

Your gift may not be the most expensive or flamboyant but it can be remembered for being the most perfectly packaged and for being the gift the happy couple least wanted to open because the wrapping was so utterly charming.

Sometimes it all comes down to the intricate detailing and sometimes simplicity stands out…

 

pleated wedding gift

 

Narrow grey ribbon by Jane Means

Japanese Pleating.
Just as pin-tucked, fine silk pleating adds detailed embellishment to an elegant wedding gown, once mastered, this simple paper-folding technique adds intriguing intricacy and individuality to your wrapped wedding gift.  If the bride’s colour choices are known, carefully selected papers and ribbons can also compliment her colour scheme.

 

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Papers by Fox and Lark
Sage Ribbon by Jane Means

Joining Papers.
Just as the happy couple will be joining their hands in marriage, two contrasting papers can be used to wrap their wedding gift.  Cover the join with a good quality ribbon, tied in a bow, that may secure two small rings (curtain rings look effective, fresh or dried flowers or, if it is appropriate, a pendant in the shape of a cross.

 

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Champagne.
A very special bottle of wine or good quality champagne makes a lovely wedding gift but many people tie a tag to the neck of the bottle and stop there.  We can do much better than that!  With contrasting tissue papers, shiny cellophane, ribbon and the accessories of sparkly confetti or flower stems, a bottle can become an ornamental vase of a gift.  A generous helping of confetti between the tissue paper and cellophane adds real sparkle to your champagne!

 

map gift wrapping

 

Fern Stripe Ribbon by Jane Means

Theming.
Perhaps the happy couple are adventurous travellers and a more personalised gift wrapping style would really appeal to them… Do you know where they are going on their honeymoon?  If so, use a map of that destination to wrap your gift, ribbons of that country’s flag and a card-backed photograph or postcard of the location as a gift tag.

 

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Boxed simplicity.
Simple boxes are perfect to be dressed for a wedding celebration.  With wedding veil net wrapped around and secured with a bunch of faux roses, an ornate broach or adapted hairclip or piece of jewelry, they look dramatic and yet are very quick to wrap.  A generous, soft lining of contrasting tissue paper also adds a little richness to whatever delights lie inside the box.

 

Jane Means gift wrapping

 

Glitter Paper by Marshalls

For the bride who loves bling!  Wrapping your gift in sumptuous velvet will immediately make it stand out from the crowd.  Jewel colours of emerald green, amethyst purple or ruby red will add to the drama and, tied with a matching metallic edged, wide wire ribbon bow and dressed with lots of wired cut glass and metallic beads, your gift will have glamour and beg for the spotlight. I also love to wrap wedding gifts in bling paper and this glitter one was a remnant from Christmas. With a rich embellishment added your gift will look a million dollars.

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Romantic silk, pink and pearls.  A parcel presented, wrapped in light pink silk in combination with a pretty floral, pleated paper, tied with darker pink ribbon and entwined and draped with strings of pretty bridal pearls will look innocent and sweet.  Remnants of fabric can be purchased cheaply and make great wrapping for many occasions.  Add a sprig of pink and cream flowers to this gift box for extra femininity and romance. You can even use a paper tablecloth and netting as I have done here.

marbled paper

 

 

Rossi Marbled Paper by Jane Means

This luxurious Rossi marbled paper is perfectly suited to a wedding gift’s presentation.  The rich texture and variegated colours of this Italian, handmade and unique paper can be complimented with green or pink ribbon. This is a great look for a Winter wedding too.

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Ribbons by Jane Means

Plain brown paper dressed up for the occasion with grosgrain ribbon, and a bouquet of (artificial) flowers, proves that it is the ‘little black dress’ of the gift-wrapping world.  It may be simple, but, with the appropriate accessorizing, it works for any occasion.

Floral gift wrapping

 

Ribbon by Paperchase
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One step beyond, you could even tie in fresh flowers such as hydrangeas on the day for that dramatic rich look

Whatever you give to the Bride and Groom, with a little thought and effort it will make them feel really special on their Wedding Day.

We’d love to hear from you if you’ve been creative with your gift wrapping too!

 

 

 

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10 inspirational gift wrapping ideas for Dads Birthday or Fathers Day

No matter how humble the gift, dads know it is the thought that counts and so I have put together a selection of gift wrapping ideas for Dads Birthday and Fathers Day , suitable for the wide range of dads out there.

ribbon key

 

Vintage Grey Ribbon by Jane Means

Why not inject a little humour and mystery into your dad’s day by neatly wrapping his very own garden shed key in a small box.  His real gift will be wrapped and hidden inside the shed but he will have to engage in a little treasure hunt to find it!  An ideal method for the gift of gardening gloves, DIY items or, perhaps, in the shed, you have hidden a batch of dad’s favourite homemade cookies, placed in a jar, perfectly tied with beautiful ribbon in dad’s favourite colour…

Fathers Day gift wrapping

 

Brown and Orange Ribbon by Jane Means

For the dad who loves being surrounded by nature, a natural look, with hints of the countryside can be easily achieved by using traditional, rustic-looking brown paper, always a favourite of mine, and accessorizing with budding twigs, feathers, herbs or wheat.  Using herbs will also give a wonderful country garden scent to your gift

wax seal gift wrapping

 

Wax Seal by Manuscript Company          Narrow Slate Grey Stitched Ribbon by Jane Means

Dads really appreciate presents that have a personalized or signature element to them and so, for the ‘city gent’ dad, what about using the Financial Times as wrapping paper, add a formal looking ribbon and complete your smart wrapping by adding a wax seal for a very sophisticated look.

Hamper gift wrapping

 

True, plants and contents from Clifton Nurseries

Who does not love to receive a hamper full of goodies?!  Make your dad feel special with a mini-hamper packed full of tempting treats and, perhaps, his favourite tipple.  In a simple rustic basket, wrapped with raffia or ribbon and, by tying in wooden cutlery, a napkin or a bottle opener, your dad may not have to leave his chair for many happy hours on Father’s Day!  Sitting on a ruffled bed of tissue paper, olive or preserve filled jars and bags of delicious fudge or chocolates can be tied with ribbon, whilst further specifically selected surprises lurk beneath, making dad feel pampered.

 

Rossi paper

 

Paper by Rossi

For many dads, cars are a favourite topic of conversation and this beautifully coloured and elegant ‘car design’ wrapping paper by Rossi is ideal to wrap a car enthusiast’s Father’s Day gift!  A wide black paper band wrapped around the box provides a road and the addition of a small car model, preferably dad’s favourite, adds the personal touch.  When in doubt, a red sports car usually does the trick!   A nice new bottle of car shampoo could be the perfect accompaniment to such packaging and would also provide dad with something to do too!

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There are lots of DIY enthusiasts out there and dads who prize their ever-increasing collection of tools would, no doubt, appreciate the time taken to create a personalized ribbon with tiny nuts and bolts attached.  Combined with brown wrapping paper and, with small wrenches, spanners or screwdrivers tied securely into the bow, the perfect gift inside would be a super-duper shiny new tool for dad’s collection

Randomly scattering and colour- copied, traditional playing cards can produce a very striking,  black, white and red design, which many poker, gin rummy and bridge playing dads alike would appreciate.   Matching with black and red ribbons and using a paper-backed playing card as a gift tag produces a personally themed and very attractive gift box.  The king of hearts might be a good card to ‘play’ as the gift tag for Father’s Day.

map gift wrapping

 

Petrol Blue Stitched Ribbon by Jane Means – Vintage Maps bought at Portobello Market, London

For the dad who travels with work or simply loves to travel, using old or photocopied maps for wrapping paper and gift tags produces a very personalized gift.  Choose a map featuring a country or city that is special to your dad and, for extra detail, select a ribbon bearing the colours of that country’s flag.  The map may bring back shared memories of a family holiday,  be of a place you know your dad longs to visit or, perhaps, the gift inside is evocative of that country’s culture…

The well-groomed dads, who love the feel of a crisp, white shirt and a good suit might like their Father’s Day present wrapped in glossy editorial pages, depicting smart, fashionable menswear.   Select a ribbon that compliments your improvised wrapping paper and replace the bow with a Windsor knot to add a ‘dad-approved’ smartness to the way his gift is ‘tied’!  If I may be so bold, ties of red, purple and shades of blue are considered to be the most positive colours to wear…

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Burgundy Ribbon by Jane Means – Music Paper from Les Puces, Paris

If music is one of your dad’s greatest interests, then wrap the Father’s Day gift he will love in the music he loves.  Antique sheet music can be found in charity shops and at flea markets and may also be photocopied onto new paper of your own selection.  Small rolled up scrolls of music and a contrasting ribbon results in a most elegantly presented gift, which is personalized to your dad’s musical taste.

 

Alternatively, you could use plain or traditional brown paper and aesthetically position selected handwritten song lyrics onto the gift box after wrapping.  Black writing on cream paper and white writing on black paper are two of the many possible options.   Handwriting also adds another personal touch. Personally I love understated and classic Monochrome.

Black gift wrapping

 

Black and White Dotty Ribbon by Jane Means – Black paper by Paperchase

Gifts offered with thoughtful, creative and personal touches are, I believe, always the best ones, as they come straight from the heart, and Father’s Day or a special birthday is a perfect opportunity to show that it is not about the size of the gift but about the size of the heart that gives it.

Happy Wrapping!

 

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An insight in to our Australian Gift Wrapping Courses in Melbourne & Sydney

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me as I headed back to run some gift wrapping courses and giftwrapped book signing events in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

Giftwrapped book Australia

After a brief weekend enjoying the sights of Sydney, I headed to Melbourne to the upmarket district of Toorak.

Melbourne cityscape

I had a great time hosting a ladies lunch, book signing and gift wrapping course for 30 at the Manhattan restaurant. Dee and Isabelle, the two lovely organisers did a fantastic job putting it all together and I met some wonderful people.

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Tables were beautifully decorated with Vibrant Green Pom Poms, Fresh Flowers, Party Boxes and Polka dot napkins complimenting rich white linens.

lime green table decoration

Table decoration lime green

Straight after a yummy lunch we got stuck in to a gift wrapping masterclass and everyone had a great time. Georgia and Brad couldn’t do enough for us (thank you chaps)

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Melbourne Gift Wrapping Class

Several days later I hosted my very own giftwrapping courses at the Windsor workshops in Melbourne. As soon as I walked into the venue I fell in love with the beautiful space.

Gift wrapping class Melbourne

Windsor Workshops Melbourne

We were spoilt by Bree with a huge fruit platter, cookies and refreshments and several of us enjoyed a lunch nearby.

Gift Wrapping Course Australia

If you are ever hosting a workshop or event in Melbourne I can’t recommend this place highly enough. It’s amazing and in such a cool area (sadly I had no time to go shopping!).

Melbourne Gift Wrapping Workshop

Jane Means

I met some fantastic people and we managed to squeeze in a quick lunch at a local cafe.

One of my Instagram followers Dear Mabel came along and it was wonderful to put a face to a name, and I was spoiled rotten with lots of goodies (thank you Samantha)

Dear mabel

I then headed back to Sydney to run a workshop in conjunction with Sew Make Create, it’s a wonderful haberdashery shop in Chippendale owned by the delightful Melissa and her super cute dog called Pepper. During the course we made lots of bows, decorations and covered some gift wrapping projects too.

Sew Make Create Sydney workshop

 

I had a wonderful trip and many of you asked when I will be returning to run future courses and events. I am planning to be back in February 2017 so if you would like to hear about our future Australia events please drop us an email at info@janemeans.co.uk so we can add you to our newsletter list

Bondi Beach

Luckily I enjoyed a rare day off on Bondi Beach before heading back to London, and it’s already given me inspiration for my wrapping projects. I love Turquoise so much that some of my ribbons are inspired from the sea

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I’ve had a fantastic trip to Australia and one thing I will really miss are the incredible Melbourne sunsets which were different every night

Melbourne Sunset skyline

Have a great week folks

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Date announced for the Melbourne Gift Wrapping Course with Jane Means

Following the publication of ‘Giftwrapped’ in Australia, British Gift Wrapping expert Jane Means will be launching her first Melbourne Gift Wrapping Course on Saturday 9th April.

Melbourne Creative Courses

 

The inaugural classes will be held at the Windsor Workshops in Melbourne on Saturday 9th April in conjunction with lesson provider We Teach Me.  Attendees will have the choice of attending a half day or full course, with an early bird option starting at just $99!

Melbourne courses

Image courtesy of Domenic Pendino

 

As well as the her own gift wrapping workshop in Melbourne, Jane will also be running several private courses in the Melbourne and Sydney area for groups and businesses during her trip to Australia.  Jane was recently on Australian TV with Alex Polizzi

Jane Means and Alex Polizzi

The Gift Wrapping Expert who has been running the courses in the UK for 16 years, added Singapore as her first overseas course destination in 2015 following the publication of her book there. Gift wrapping courses in Singapore will resume shortly

Melbourne Gift Wrapping Classes

The venue will be at the light and airy Windsor Workshops located at Level 1, 115 Chapel Street, Windsor 
Windsor Station is around the corner with trams 78 / 79 stopping at 44 Duke St plus there is all day parking is available

 

Mothers Day event

The day will be split in to 2 parts so clients will have the choice of attending the whole course or can choose a morning or afternoon session.  Tea/Coffee and light refreshments will be included, plus there’s a VIP Mothers Day package on offer

During the lunch break, clients can enjoy a spot of lunch at nearby cafés if they wish

 

Gift Wrapping, Papercraft and Bow Making

10.00-1.00pm

The morning session will be focusing on gift wrapping basics, measurements, boxes, pleating effects, tying bows, and paper craft.

 

Gift Wrapping for Awkward Shapes and Handmade Decorations

2.00-5.00pm

During the afternoon workshop you will cover how to wrap those awkward shapes including bottles and circular tins.  You’ll also make a range of bespoke decorations to add to your gifts, all of which you will take home in a goody bag

 

 

Bookings can be made easily online through We Teach Me and start at $99 (AUD)

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Happy wrapping from all of us at Gift Wrapping HQ

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10 Easy Fall Craft Projects for Autumn

Autumn is now upon us, I’m looking forward to the myriad of burnt orange and reds in our woodlands. I often use these spice colours in my gift wrapping services and Fall craft projects.

With the chilly nights approaching and some winter walks planned here’s a few Fall projects for you to try at home.

Some of these projects make great gifts too.

 

wood logs

 

1. Fall Mason Jars

fall mason jars with raffia

This is such a simple idea and very inexpensive to do. You can use either real foliage or decorative leaves (available from a craft store)

Simply add your leaves with PVA glue on to a mason jar, or clean jam jar, and tie a raffia bow to finish

These will look stunning in a fireplace or as a table centrepiece

via Spark and Chemistry

 

2.Rustic Fall Wreath

autumn wreath

If you have a glue gun the world is your oyster.

With some fresh twigs like dogwood (approx 80cm long) you can bend them around and wire them in to a circle.  You can then glue various decorations on to the base including pine cones, sticks, feathers, berries, artificial decorations.

I then love to add a pretty burlap ribbon bow to add the finishing touch. This can be hung from a door or can be used as a stunning table centre piece

Via Sweetsomethingdesign

 

3. Autumnal Gift Wrapping

brown and orange ribbon

Add presence to your presents with some sticks and dried oranges. Just slice your oranges and place them on a wire rack in a low oven.

Tie the decorations in with some pretty orange autumnal ribbon and your gift will look so much more luxurious

Via Jane Means

 

4. Rustic Table Centrepiece

Autumn table vase

 

On a country walk you can collect pine cones, feather and dried sticks.

Place them in to a vase or decorative mason jar and this can look stunning as a rustic centre piece on a mantlepiece or dinner table.

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5. Twig Candle Holders

twig candles

Give jars and vases a new lease of life by adding some moss and sticks.

These can easily be picked up from country walks or bought from florists. Just add with a glue gun. You can also decorate by adding a string or raffia bow

 via Dawn Wedding Designs

 

6. Glitter Acorns

Glitter acorns

Decorate some cones or acorns with paint and glitter.

These can be placed loose in to a vase or you could make an easy garland by gluing them along a length of twine

via Pinterest

 

7. Gold Leaf

Gold Leaf project

We love this idea. Paint a handful of large dried leaves with gold paint, then write your message with a sharpie pen.

They make great gift tags and place settings

via Elements of Style Blog

 

8. Book Page crafts

upcycle book pages project

The big trend at the moment is to upcycle old books in to works of art with some clever cutting and folding techniques.

 

Pages can be slightly burnt at the edges with an iron to give an antique look and you will be overwhelmed by the projects on Pinterest

 

9. Autumnal headpiece

Autumn headband

Wearing flowers and decorations in your hair is very on trend, so decorate an old hairband or slide by adding some Autumnal flowers and leaves

via Etsy

 

10. Make your own Sloe Gin

Sloes

The Autumn is the perfect time to pick Sloes from the hedgerows and make your own flavoured gin (it is one of my favourite tipples!).

If you can’t get your hands on Sloes you can always use damsons or blueberries as an alternative.

Add a good handful to a bottle of gin and leave it to distill for at least a year. I also tend to prick the berries to get a more intense flavour.

This also makes a great present and I will be sharing my special recipe later in the year.

via Hello Magazine

Sloe Gin

 

Image by Rock My Wedding

Need more inspiration and ideas? You can also find lots more ideas on my Pinterest Craft Loves Board

Enjoy x

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Celebrate our Company Milestone – Jane Means is 20 years old

It all started from the kitchen table back in 1995, when the Jane Means Brand was born. Whilst recovering from an illness, I started making Handmade cards and little did I know it would transform in to a global Ribbon and Gift Wrapping business, working with some of the worlds famous people and stocking luxury brands.

Jane Means Ribbons

This September we are reaching our company milestone and would love you to join in the fun celebrating our 20th year. And what a year it has been with the ‘Giftwrapped’ book launch, winning a business award from Theo Paphitis, landing my own TV show, and launching our Gift Wrapping Courses in South East Asia!

Jane Means Logo 2015

We’ve upgraded our branding and love our new company logo and 20th anniversary signature stamp designed by the talented Charlotte Malkin

Turquoise gift wrapping

In the run up to our special birthday we will be doing some special giveaways on our Facebook page, running events, launching brand new products and I will be making some special appearances at forthcoming exhibitions including Burghley Horse Trials, Autumn Fair (Trade Show) and Top Drawer Autumn (Trade Show).

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This Autumn I am delighted to be joining the honourable TV presenter, business woman and journalist, Kirstie Allsopp on stage at The Handmade Fair.  We will be gift wrapping together in front of an audience so keep an eye out for ticket giveaways and prizes on our Facebook page for the event.

Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair

After our International Gift Wrapping Courses in Singapore, we are looking at more worldwide locations (and we’d love to hear from you). With lots in the pipeline it is sure to be an exciting year ahead!

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On a final note I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the last 20 years.  I have the best job in the world and it’s all stations go ready for the season ahead!

Jane x

Silver glitter paper

 

 

 

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An insight into our new Singapore Gift Wrapping Courses

We recently launched our first creative Singapore gift wrapping courses at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with press in attendance. The creative classes were scheduled to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Singapore Independence, known as SG50.

Singapore day courses

With several recent visits to South East Asia to promote the publication of the Giftwrapped book, the inaugural creative workshop was held on 11th July.

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We teamed up with Singapore’s number one course provider LessonsGoWhere who did a fantastic job marketing our Asian courses.

pastel gift wrapping

On arrival Delegates were treated to sumptuous homemade cookies and signature coffee’s made by our personal barista Jean.

Jane Means at Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Singapore creative courses

The morning session was a hive of activity involving luxurious gift wrapping, papercraft and bow making, and we were lucky enough to enjoy a spectacular view from our meeting room.



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Mandarin Oriental Singapore events
Although finger sandwiches were provided, guests enjoyed lazing under breezy canopies at the poolside bistro tempted by the tropical salads and signature juices.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Class

 

During the lunch break I took time out with the delightful Tara Barker, Editor of Singapore Women’s Weekly, who was reviewing the course. You will be able to see her feature on the magazines Facebook and Instagram Page

Singapore creative class

Gift wrapping course Asia

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Creative juices were flowing with plenty of fun and laughter in the afternoon, where we tackled gift wrapping awkward shapes and making hand made decorations.

 

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Creative workshop Singapore

The happy delegates received their well earned certificates after indulging in to complimentary tea, cookies and pastries

Singapore training courses

On departure they were treated to a goody bag before heading home. At the end of a special day we were treated to a spectacular display as part of the Singapore SG50 celebrations.

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Crowds flocked to see the fly pasts and fireworks displays over the breathtaking City skyline, and we were lucky enough to grab a great view from the roof terrace.

Singapore celebrating 50 years

 

Singapore SG50 fireworks

 

I will be running another Gift Wrapping Course in Singapore on August 1st. With the busy festive season approaching, I will be returning in the Spring of 2016 to run some more events.

luxury gift wrapping

If you would like any updates about our worldwide courses with early bird offers up for grabs, make sure that you’re on our mailing list by emailing us at info@janemeans.co.uk

Happy wrapping!

Singapore gift wrapping course

 

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Creative Gift Wrapping Courses in Singapore this Summer

To celebrate the Singapore publication of the ‘Giftwrapped’ book, I’m delighted to be announcing the dates of several creative gift wrapping courses in Singapore this summer.

The Singapore gift wrapping school will be open this summer and has been scheduled to celebrate the SG50 jubilee anniversary of independance, and the SEA games. It is a perfect location in South East Asia with close proximity to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Due to my demanding work and filming schedule, only a handful of summer courses will be available in 2015. This is a unique opportunity as I’m pretty much fully booked for the rest of the year.

Courses will be held on Saturday 11th July and Saturday 1st August at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in association with LessonsGoWhere, one of Singapores leading training course platforms. There will be an option where you can attend a half day or a full day course with finger sandwiches included.

Singapore gift wrapping school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-Fei Ng, co-founder of LessonsGoWhere says “We are delighted that Jane Means being such a highly respected craft expert has chosen Singapore as the first Asia venue, coinciding with the SG50 and SEA celebrations.  With Jane’s worldwide following and LessonsGoWhere’s position as the number 1 marketplace for local classes in Singapore, we know that these courses will be snapped up quickly! This new collaberation is very exciting”

Bookings can be made online directly with LessonGoWhere and with only 10 students per course, The courses in Singapore will sell out quickly with no additional dates to be added this year.  There will be a limited early bird offer so make sure that you are on our Mailing list by emailing us at info@janemeans.co.uk

 

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A peek inside the new Jane Means gift wrapping book ‘giftwrapped’

For years this has been a dream. To put all of my creative ideas in to my very  own Gift Wrapping Book.

I’ve been approached by others, but wanted to write my signature book, with a specific look and feel, oozing with beautiful photography and simple steps.

I approached one publisher only, one whos books  I buy, read and admire, and one who was highly recommended by other authors.  It was Jacqui Small.

Jane Means book Giftwrapped cover

After several meetings and shoots, my book idea was sent off to the book fairs in New York and Frankfurt. I had to wait patiently to see what the reaction was.

Last December whilst I was in an ITV dressing room waiting to go on air with Paul O’Grady, I got the news that I had been praying for all year.  I had landed a worldwide book deal.

giftwrapped papers moodboard

On my return from honeymoon, I realised that I had no time to spare.  I had 5 weeks to put it all together, and headed up to Lincolnshire to write it, with my staff around me so I could focus without any distractions.

handmade gift bags

I had to be ready with all of the products, ideas and content ready for the four photo shoots totalling 11 long days. This was my first book and it was mentally exhausting.

Luxury marble papers were flown in from Florence, and all of our suppliers worked in record time to meet the tight deadline

giftwrapped book

The team and myself had great fun during the shoots, re arranging, styling, and getting the finishing touches perfect. Little did I realise that the area in Clifton Nurseries where we shot the majority of the book, would end up being my London ribbon shop.

Although the book will be launched in November, we’ve managed to secure some pre publication copies and we will keep you updated when you can grab one of the first copies before it’s launched to the world.  If you don’t want to miss out leave us a comment below and we’ll ensure you get a newsletter about it.

In the meantime here’s an insight and press release of the gift wrapping book from my publisher Jaqui Small…

 

 

giftwrapped book by Jane Means

Published by Jacqui Small | £20.00 | 20th November 2014 | Hardback

 

In this digital age, anything tangible somehow feels more significant or appreciated, and nowhere is that more evident than in the world of paper and giftwrapping. Wherever you look, blogs or magazines offer ideas for enhancing a humble gift by embellishing it with vintage or reused materials.

 

Giftwrapped builds on this trend, but takes it to a new and much more luxurious level while still keeping it real. ‘Gift Wrap Guru’ Jane Means, who wraps for the stars, royalty and high-end companies, offers her signature style and personal take on wrapping any present so that it is transformed into a  gloriously gorgeous gift. Whether it’s a simple box, a tube or an awkwardly shaped tin, Giftwrapped describes how to achieve wrapping perfection with simple step-by-step instructions and Jane’s myriad tips, so that you can learn what really works for impact and elegance.

 

The personal touch is Jane’s forte along with an innate thriftiness. She’ll show you her ‘tricks’ on how to upcycle vintage treasures and reuse unusual wrapping papers, such as sheet music and old maps, to the best effect, as well as how to choose the perfect style for the gift’s recipient.

 

All projects are shown with clear and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Giftwrapped delivers inventive ideas and designs along with the all-important know-how, so that you can create your own magical parcels whatever the occasion or celebration whether Christmas, birthday or wedding favour.

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