I worked in retail for six years and by this time during the holiday season our gift wrapping supplies were usually low. Only birthday paper and giant boxes left. When I had a customer wanting a small item wrapped, I came up with this simple hack to make a small box out of the lid of a bigger box.
Here’s your key to being a wrapping genius.
Recently I was commissioned to sew 10 coin purses out of vintage kimono silk remnants. Part of providing the service of craft is the presentation. Sure, I could have delivered the purses in a plastic grocery bag, but the buyer is more impressed when she receives them as though they are a gift. It’s remarkable how much a tiny hang tag on your product gives it a professional finish.
I have yet to order Alaska Knit Nat hang tags. I just don’t feel like ordering large quantities and I worry they might not turn out right and I’d have spent money on something I won’t use.
Here’s a way to create your own hang tags in small quantities that is super inexpensive.
First, log in to Canva.com. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a fantastic, free site where you can create pretty graphic elements from Facebook posts to business cards. It’s like graphic design for dummies.
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The older I get the less I despise big box hardware stores. Every time I get dragged into one by my husband I treat it as a mission to think of cool ways to reuse hardware supplies. This craft is perfect for the holidays, and free too.
Paint chip gift tags — No. 9 on Alaska Knit Nat’s DIY Holiday Craft Guide
What you’ll need:
- Paint samples from the hardware store (you can usually get about 3 tags per paint chip)
- Scissors or a gift tag-shaped paper punch
- Tiny hole punch or large needle
Cut out the paint samples in the shape of gift tags. Poke a hole in one end and run a six-inch piece of string through the hole. Tie the ends of the string together. Elaborately wrap a gift and add the tag as a finishing touch.
I just received a huge box from my mother-in-law and it included wrapped presents and several yards of crumpled up craft paper.
No more packing peanuts, thank goodness! When I see all this paper, I instantly think, “What can I make out of this?” It seems a waste to toss it. So I flatten it out, roll it up and use it as wrapping paper. Yay, free!
I thought this project would be applicable for this time of year.
My boss gave me a big book of wrapping paper samples and it has come in handy on several occasions. I made several mini Christmas cards and regular ones as well. They were so much fun to make.
Skinny Raven is having a winter boot fashion show tomorrow and I got to be on the decorating committee! Here are the tissue paper pompoms I made:
Ashley bought the vintage globe string lights at Target. The pompoms are simple to make and can be found on Martha Stewart’s Web site.