The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Gift wrap.

In our local newsagents they have some stunning gift wraps and I have been known to have a look. Even buy a sheet for a craft project if I think it is worth it. But mostly it is about $4.50 a sheet or more. So really if I have made the gift this would be more than the gift! 

Lately I have used magazine images in quite a few crafts, the cards and the gift bags. They are so handy. In all these projects the thicker better quality paper magazines are much better. Mostly they are around $8 plus. Well I never buy them. I am given a few, Mum gets Country Life which is perfect for all of this and otherwise I look in op shops and usually they are 50c. Glamor magazines are gorgeous for shoe adds, perfume, jewellery etc. But gardening magazines give you floral images... even if you want you could do motorbikes or cars on boys cards etc or whatever theme you want.

The full size pages that are suitable I use for gift wrap. They look as good as any expensive wrap you can buy! 

This to me is another example of a rose by any other name. Paper is paper. So consider alternative uses for paper that has been used already.

So... I love images of jewels and they make lovely wrap and cards! 

Gorgeous shoes make fabulous wrap for the shoe lover. I often pick things for the colours like this picture I chose as I knew I had matching ribbon to use....

You can give a diamond, what could be better! These images are so easy to come by and are gorgeous!

Perfume ads can be dramatic and fabulous. I keep back ribbon on hand as it goes with a lot of pictures and looks classic and stylish so it is really handy. This always looks good.

When the girls were at school all this applied to school book covers. And Chloe now saves these images for the handmade diaries and journals she makes. 

So keep your eyes out, you will spot gift wrap in movie posters, music posters, advertising material and so on. It can look really fabulous.

Next week I will show you another one that looks so stylish and is sooo cheap. 

Have a beautiful weekend. It is so sunny here. Today I get another batch of wedding photos to look at! This will be lovely. So many to choose from. I had better get onto the frames I am re doing! 

Also I am almost finished a rug I am crocheting. I will attack that in the evening!


  1. I've been using the comics for children's gift wrap for quite a few years but never thought about the ideas above. Does the paper wrap all the way around the gift? I'm imaging this is for smaller gifts?

    1. Thanks for your comment! The magazine pages are suitable for small gifts.For larger gifts I have used movie posters/nature posters and things sometimes inside magazines that fold out. Also maps are just wonderful for larger gifts they look amazing! I find interesting things in op shops, one I got a whole box of odd maps for a couple of dollars and they were great. I hope this helps.


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