Gift Wrapping! It’s in the Details!

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Here we are knee deep in December! Hopefully it’s been an enjoyable month so far! I think the stress level will increase the closer we get to the 25th don’t you! I’m happy to report my shopping is D-O-N-E!!!!! Now it’s on to the wrapping!

I love a beautifully wrapped gift! I was lucky enough to grow up with a mom who was a professional gift wrapper! I’m not jokin’! She actually worked in a department stores Gift wrapping department at one time! We always had gifts with impeccable creases and hidden tape! It was magical really!

I may not be as precise as my mother but I do love trying my hand at a beautiful presentation! It’s all about the small details! A beautiful gift tag or a added touch on the tie! It’s fun to go crazy when it comes to wrapping gift!

Here’s a little gift box I’m using that has a little bit of sparkle and special added touch.

I picked up this fun Chinese Take out Box from Robert’s Crafts for $1.50. Alone it’s pretty darn cute and by simply adding a bow you’d be pretty much set! But I like to take it one step further..

By adding just one more detail you can kick it up a notch! These layers of Poinsettia’s are shimmery and the glitter dot is one more pop of bold color and texture! It’s still simple which I like but dressing it up a tiny bit makes it feel important!
or………
You can do the complete opposite and wrap a gift like my husband does…

Like that?!?!
He prefers Tape and a Stapler to frills and lets say WRAPPING PAPER!
Lucky me!

Check out some of these other beautiful ways to present a beautiful gift!
(HINT HINT Michael!!!)

Check out HGTV’s tips and trips!

And I love Good Housekeeping Ideas on how to create a Gift Wrapping station!

And lastly I just wanted to show off these fun colors! Think outside of Green and Red this Christmas! Any color combination can lend itself to Holiday cheer when done tastefully!

Do you guys have a non traditional Color Scheme this year!
You’ve seen me going nuts with Blues, Reds and Greens! I just adore it!
What’s your favorite thing to add to a package to make it festive and special?

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Funky Gift Tags



I took a que from one of my readers Chelsea when I fell in love with her Advent Calendar! I was smitten with her glittered Ticket Day 20 and had to try my hand at some Glittery Ticket Magic!

Check ‘em out…

I LOVE these little gems! They are soooo me! Colorful and a little unexpected! They are the perfect Funky Detail to any package!

Easy to make! All you need is…

Glitter…lot’s and lot’s of Colorful Glitter
School Glue
Tickets
Glue Gun
Embellishments like Feathers, Tulle, Ribbon

Make a pool of glue on a plate and dip each edge of the tickets into the glitter.

Generously sprinkle your glitter onto the glue. HINT: Once you’ve collected a pile of excess glitter on your plate you can simply dip your ticket into the glitter on your plate…it’s actually easier this way!

Ooh!!!Ahhh!!Glitter! GLITTER! Glitter!!!
Now start going nuts! Use a glue Gun to attach ribbon, feathers and fanned Tulle! Get Crazy! You imagination is your road map!

Use a glue gun to attach them to your gifts!

PURDY huh!!!!

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Cookie Dough Gift Idea

“Sugar and Spice and everything Nice!! That’s what GREAT Neighbors are made of!”

We don’t always have time to spend crankin’ out multiple Neighbor Gifts! This idea is for all of us who need a simple fast and yet fun gift to pass out to the masses!

This time of year you can often find the Pre made Sugar Cookie Dough on sale! This Pillsbury Tube was $1. While your at the grocery Store grab a few tubes of Cookie Dough, some Holiday Cookie Cutters and Frosting Gels.


Wrap a piece of trimmed Scrapbook paper around the Cookie Dough and tie on the rest! Simple and easy and a fun gift that Families with kids will especially enjoy!

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Holiday Clothes Pins!

Not sure if you’ve recognized my reoccurring Color Pallet but here it is again! These Clothe Pins were so easy to make and are simply adorable if I do say so myself! The best part is that I can use them year round! My colors of Red, Green and Blues for the Holidays compliment my house year round so you know I’ll be using these baby’s all the time!

They make for a perfect little gift set for your friends and Neighbors! This gift box was intended to use as a Mantel display for all the Photo Greeting Cards we get this time of year! I included a 10 foot piece of Ribbon and instructions to use them to hang your cards onto the ribbon!

They are simple to make…

Measure and cut thin strips of paper.

Glue them using Mod Podge onto your Clothe Pins. I bought a 30 pack from the Dollar Store!
Now you didn’t think I could resist Distressing something did you!?!
Distress away!

Start going CRAZY!!! Glue on Buttons, Gems and other whimsical details! I love my rusted Stars!







If you plan on giving these away you will want to display them nicely! Add then to a card and package them in a clear bag tied with ribbon or in a gift box! I also added the description of how to display them!


And yes they work great as Magnets!

Like Blues classic snot face! What a stinker!

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Mulling Spice Gift Bag


Mulling Spices

One more gift idea for Neighbors!! The scent of the Season is one of my favorite things about the Holidays! This little gift bag is filled with a warmth and comfort!

Inside I included a Ribbon wrapped Orange, A Scrapbook covered box of Apple Juice and a small bag filled with

1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Ground Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Ground Clove

“Enjoy the warmth of the Holidays while the scent of simmering Spices fill your home! Slice the orange and simmer them on low in Apple Juice along with the contents of the spice bag! Add a small amount of water each hour to continue the aroma!”


A Brown paper bag, ribbon and the instructions finish this gift off. I think the paper bag and simple wrapping gives it an Old Fashion feel! Simple Simple Simple!

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Gift Wrap Decor!

This year I found myself staring at my Front room! I hauled up all my Christmas Decorations and went to town! Filling in over here! Glitzing up over there! But there I was…stumped! Frustrated! What to do?What to do!?

I knew I needed to keep the height of my Mr. Owl painting but of course I had all my high decorations already working their magic somewhere else! But don’t fret my pets! Usually if I stare long enough at something an idea finally graces me with it’s presence!

What do ya’ think!?

Mr. Owl and his new friends are in their Christmas Best! Simple solution and a great way to use my resources!



I wrapped my Canvases and box lids with wrapping paper and tied on pretty bows! These are the colors I have been using throughout my Holiday Decorating! I love following a theme in color! It’s easier and more united! My entire home has been decked out in Red, Green, Blue and Gold!






So forget about dashing out to grab that perfect last minute decoration to fill that empty spot! You may already have the solution! Use varying sized books, Box lids, Canvases or flat frames to create a fun and festive display!

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Snowman Gift Boxes


These have been a classic Gift Giving Idea in this home for years! They are just too cute not to share! Super easy, fast and affordable! The perfect combination!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Fun Foam in Black and Orange
A Foam Brush
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Ribbon
Black and Pink Paint
A Sponge
White Chinese Food To Go Boxes

**I buy my To Go Boxes at Orson Gygi in Salt Lake City. You can buy a 50 pack for less then $10! Smart n Final in CA also sells them. If you buy them at a Craft store they usually run $1.29 each so try to find a Restaurant supply store and buy in bulk!



First you’ll cut your hat and nose pieces. The size of your box will determine the size of your pieces. The top section of your hat should be the with of your box and the brim about 1″ longer on each side!


Glue your ribbon onto the bottom of your Top hat section.Glue it to your box and add your brim piece last!
Glue on your Carrot nose!

Now we can add our Rosy Cheeks! Cut a small Circle out of a sponge! Dip it into your pink paint and dab off the paint! You will gently press it onto the face of the box. Less is more!!!

And lastly we’ll add our black dots for the eyes and mouth! Use the end of a Foam Brush and dip it into Black Paint! Each time you do a dot be sure to dip again before making your next dot!



And there he is! Ready to be filled! This year mine are filled with Holiday Covered Pretzels!

Add a pretty tag and off you go spreading Cheer!
Thanks for being so “Winter Wonderful!”

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Chrismas Paper Mache Ornaments

Remember my fun Halloween Ornaments found here ? Well I’ve been counting down the days ’till Christmas was upon us so I could finally create my own Christmas version! Well wait no longer my friends! ‘Tis the Season for Christmas Ornaments!!!





Here’s the “How To” low down…

What you’ll need:

  • Those glass ornaments I’m sure you can find in your Christmas stash! If you need to go get some check your thrift stores first! I picked up a 24 pack for 50 cents!!! SCORE!
  • A newspaper or all your left over Black Friday ads!
  • The magic Craft necter MOD PODGE
  • Paint
  • Patience…the painting can take a while!
  • Wire or Ribbon for hanging
  • Beads for added touch!

  1. Get your balls ready! (trying not to laugh over here!)
  2. Take newspaper and rip it in to thin strips. If you rip from the top of the page to the bottom it rips super smooth and even. HINT!!The thinner the strips the smoother the paper will lay. Strips should be about 1/4″- 1/2″ thick.
  3. Mix 1 part water with 1 part Modge Podge! Enough to submerge your paper in.
  4. Dip each strip into the MP mixture being sure to get it completely wet. Using your fingers wipe off excess mixture.

5. Start wrapping the wet paper strips onto the ornaments.
6. Continue wrapping paper strips and be sure to get the lip of the bulb that holds the top hanging thing.
7. Cover all of your ornaments completely.
8. Hang them to dry over night!

Once they are completely dried you can start to get crazy and paint your heart out!
Get creative with your designs and patterns!



Start with your base coats! I used the same color theme I have going on through out my entire home for the Holidays! Red, Green, White and Blue!


Once the base coat is dry you can start getting really creative! To create perfect circles use a glue stick cap and dip it in paint. Fill it in and there you have it!

For fine detail work I used a tooth picks! It was perfect for my Snowflakes and Swirls! Lastly I sprayed mine with a fine Silver Glitter Spray for a hint of sparkle!

Add wire and beads if you plan on hanging them!I used Ribbon to hang mine! And think beyond the limbs of your Christmas Tree when it comes to hanging!
I have mine hanging on door knobs and cupboard knobs throughout my house. You could also display them in a bowl or basket or jar just as they are!



And Check out how fantastic they look hanging in my Frame on my front Door!





These ornaments are worth the effort! They are as detailed as you want! You can see I kept mine pretty simple! Whimsical charm awaits you as you create your custom ornaments! They also make perfect Neighbor Gifts or gifts for Teachers! Add a simple tag with a special message!

And I’ve been lucky to be asked to participate in “12 days of Hand made Christmas Ornaments” over at Write it Down!!! Be sure to pop on over and see this and other amazing Ideas!

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Christmas Pop Top Cans

Remember my 4th of July Pop Top Cans? Well guess what! Go figure!! They look fantastic all dressed up for Christmas too!

Add this one to your gift giving list! It’s perfect for Teachers, neighbors, the mail man, your Doctor…yes I give a gift to my Doctor!

Here’s how to create this fun little surprise…

Take any can that comes with a Pop Top.

Remove it’s label and flip it upside down! Open the BOTTOM with a can opener! I leave the lid attached just a tiny bite. This will make a future step a little easier!


Eat the contents! Or save it! Maybe you’re not in the mood for Vegetable soup! Wash out the can and dry it well! Add your fun surprise inside! Candy, gift cards and small gifts fit perfectly inside! Add a small Holiday greeting inside as well.

Use a hot glue gun and glue the lid shut!

Measure and cut pieces of Scrapbook paper to recover the outside of the cans.


Glue them on with your hot glue!

Embellish your can if you’d like! Ribbon, Ric Rac, gems and button all add fun detail!

Tie on fun coordinating Ribbon to the Pop Top tab! Be sure to burn the edges of the ribbon with a lighter to keep them from fraying!


Add a tag that reads “Pull my Tab!” on top.

And off you go delivering smiles and Holiday Cheer!

And I am thrilled to announce the start of a wonderful event over at “Write it Down!” Kristin is hosting a “12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments” Event and it starts TODAY!!!
I’ll be featured Thursday so be sure to stop by and give me a friendly hello “How are ya!”
Get ready for some amazing inspiration!!!

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