Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gift Wrapping with Quilling Paper

I've always loved to wrap gifts, even when the item doesn't really require packaging. Case in point... a store or restaurant gift card. I'd be very surprised if I'm the first person to think of this idea, but dressing up a little plastic rectangle makes it a lot more festive and present-like... not to mention less likely to be overlooked in a stack of presents at a wild and crazy party... because what's a party without wild craziness? I kid.

Gift card wrapping

Quick and easy... score and fold cardstock around the gift card (and menu, in this case), close it with a sticker (kindly provided by the restaurant, yay), tape a few strips of color-coordinated quilling paper all around, and finish it off with a bow.

loopy-fringed-flower

Another idea... this loopy fringed flower reminds me of a gerbera daisy and takes the place of a bow. I used a sheet of handpainted TerraSkin to make it, but any medium weight paper or light cardstock also works well. Staying in all-paper mode, I taped a few strips of quilling paper on the diagonal instead of ribbon.

The complete how-to is on Craftzine.

15 comments:

stephanie said...

beautiful, Ann; & a clever idea!

xoxo
steph

chillin with Quillin said...

very pretty, nice idea!!!

SUGANTHI said...

Lovely idea. The fringed flower looks so pretty.

Baukje said...

wonderful what a beautiful creation!
Greetings Baukje

CraftyRichela said...

I love the loopy fringe flower! (I especially love the words "loopy" and "fringe" next to each other to describe something so pretty.)
Hope you are well. xxoxR

Ann Martin said...

Thanks everyone! R, your sense of humor is just like mine... I couldn't resist calling it that. :)

Charissa - The Gifted Blog said...

Beautiful work!

Ann said...

Great ideas. I love the loopy fringed flower

Melissa said...

Awesome idea! Doesn't hurt that gerbera daisies are among my top 3 flowers!

BellsInSpires said...

so clever! i like the idea of using paper strips as ribbon. and congrats on the craftzine feature - very legit!
oh! i also ran across a paper artist that i'm in love with! her name is brittney lee, and her stuff is SO CUTE: http://britsketch.blogspot.com/
isn't it??
have a great week! hopefully all the crazy weather is done with out east!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Bells! Yes, crazy weather is over, but regretfully so are temps in the 80s... oh well, can't have everything. Brittney's work IS cute. :)

Molly Smith said...

These are fantastic, Ann! I love unusual packaging that will get someone's attention. These will! Thanks for sharing.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

So gorgeous. Loved checking out your tutorial on Craft.

Lohasrus said...

The loopy fringed flower is very charming. Your works are so inspiring! I am going to make one by myself! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Very effective ideas, I especially love your orange gerbera, how the centre graduates downward, inviting the viewer to look in.
Licia

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