Category Archives: Packaging

5 Ways to Decorate Kraft Boxes

June 29, 2015

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If you have a stash of kraft boxes, you are always ready to wrap a gift (I stock them in 2″, 3″ and 4.”) Kraft boxes are the perfect packaging for gifts from your kitchen like jars of jam or lemon curd or homemade crackers, cookies and candies. They also work well for soft items like socks, belts, scarves or gloves. The little tan boxes even make cash and gift cards more festive to give. The beauty of a kraft box is you can tie it with twine and you’re good to go. But sometimes it’s nice to take it to the next level. Here are a five easy ways to embellish a kraft box.

Markers – Kraft boxes are the perfect canvas for doodling. Use markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint… whatever you have on hand. After you finish your masterpiece, add something festive like a sparkler-inspired box topper.

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Stickers – Nothing could be easier than decorating with stickers and you probably already have a stash somewhere in your house. If not, you could pick up some neon dot stickers (or white hole reinforcements) from your local drug store. Simple.

Paper – You could wrap your kraft box with beautiful gift wrap, but that’s an obvious solution. Instead, use patterned scrapbook paper to cover just the sides of the box. (It makes opening easier and the box stays pretty!)

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Paper Punch – Use a paper punch to cut and paste decorative shapes to the sides of your kraft box. I love this trick the most and do it all the time. (Check out my valentine boxes.)

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Washi Tape – Use washi tape to create any pattern you like. You can also use washi in place of ribbon. I like the look of “outlining” a box with washi tape.

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There are hundreds of ways to create unique, personalized gift boxes. I hope these five simple ideas spark your creativity. Happy packaging!

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Hi Five! Baby Gift Wrap

April 19, 2015

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My mom and I spent the day shopping for baby gifts for a fundraiser. Everything was so tiny and sweet. I wanted to keep filling my cart. Because the gifts will become part of a “bundle of joy” tote bag filled with other items, we’re asked not to wrap anything. I do wish I could package everything up in one of these lovely wrapping papers. Say “hello” to my five favorite gift wraps this week.

1. Animals from Paper Source.
2. Wildflower from Rifle Paper Company (pictured above).
3. Alphabet from Ruff House Art.
4. Raindrops from Wrappily.
5. Toile from Papyrus.

Scratch-Off Valentines

February 10, 2015

Valentine packaging | Card and Parcel

I’ve been wanting to make some kind of scratch-off card forever, and I decided Valentine’s Day was the holiday to finally give it a try. I love the results!

There are a few ways to go when making scratch-offs. You can mix your own metallic scratch-off paint or you can use stickers. I went the sticker route… clean and easy. I designed and printed a few Valentine puns, cut them out, and applied the stickers, rounded the corners and voila… scratch-off valentines.

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Valentine scratch-offs | Card and Parcel

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I put the mini valentines in 2-inch boxes filled with candy and decorated with polka-dotted hearts, red and white twine, and “be mine” flags I picked up at Michaels.

Valentine packaging | Card and Parcel
I enjoyed handing these out at work today. And, I have plenty of stickers left over so I see more scratch-offs in my future.

P.S. Here’s what I did last year for Valentine’s Day.

Holiday Gift Wrapping

December 1, 2014

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Just like people eat with their eyes, I believe gift-givng starts with the eyes. How a package is wrapped is as important to me as finding the perfect gift to give. I’m not always convinced I’ve selected a gift that’s “just right” (although I try), but I certainly can take the time to make sure the wrapping is top-notch.

When I stumbled upon the Most Gifted Wrapper contest, I had to enter. I thought of three different ways to wrap the same size box and carefully executed my plan. Wouldn’t you know it… you can only enter one wrapped gift. Bummer. This nature-themed gift was one of my rejected wrapping ideas. I don’t want to jinx it by posting the one I entered. If I win, I’ll share.

Do you love to wrap gifts? You have until December 10, 2014 to enter. By the way… I am not being paid by Scotch Brands to promote their contest (and I hope it doesn’t disqualify me!). I just got so excited about it I wanted everyone who loves gift wrapping as much as me to have a chance to enter.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Piñata

October 5, 2014

This year I wanted to give mini piñatas a try for a Halloween decoration. Here are the five designs I created and here’s how I made them.

You will need empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes, paper, crepe paper, glue, scissors, pencil, construction paper, embroidery floss and needle.

1. Trace around the end of a empty tube with a pencil on a piece of paper. Draw four tabs. Cover opposite side of traced circle with crepe paper. Cut out both circles with tabs and glue one over one end of tube. Thread a piece of embroidery floss through the center of the other circle with tabs.

Halloween piñata - step 1 | Card and Parcel

2. Fill the tube with treats and glue the second circle to the end of the tube to enclose the contents.

Halloween piñata - step 2 | Card and Parcel

3. If there are gaps between your circle with tabs and the tube, cover them with more crepe paper. Cut three pieces of crepe paper about 6″ long and glue around the tube to cover it completely.

Halloween piñata - step 3 | Card and Parcel

4. Cut eight pieces of crepe paper about 12″ long. Stack them and cut fringe about 3/4″ into the crepe paper and about 1/4″ apart. Starting at the bottom, glue each strip around the tube. They will wrap around the tube several times. It’s OK – don’t skimp!

Halloween piñata - step 4 | Card and Parcel

5. Add some eyes and mouth using card stock. To access the treats, just pull the string!

Halloween piñata - step 5 | Card and Parcel

Get creative! Check out my other piñata designs for inspiration. If you make a Halloween piñata, be sure to add your link in the comments. I would love to see it!