This post could be good for those starting out and not overly confident in making things from scratch. It is really just taking a basic item and fancying it up. The results though can be amazing! Good packaging is what makes many things appealing and glamorous.
This can be really economical too. Something like buying a bulk pack of lovely candles then dividing them up into pairs and elegantly packing and decorating them.
Some things I have shown before fall into this category. Simply wrapping and decorating nice soaps ...
I added these to my earlier pink and silver ones. Mimi gave me the little cameo's which are perfect!
Other things I have "fancied up" are little note books...
I have decorated plant pots by painting them with chalkboard paint or transfers,
Added trims to pillowcases and tea towels.
Added glitter to votives for candles.
Re wrapped all kind of boxed things... I have these bon bons ready to give...
Another idea is to put names on each bon bon and tie a little trinket to each one. Then re pack and fancy up the box. That is a lovely family gift.
A couple of weeks ago I did this with a box of mixed candles which I have ready...
There are so many ready made things that can be re worked somehow. ie buying large packs of different flavored teas and using cellophane bags to divide them up. That way you would make little baskets of six different teas and add some homemade biscuits or a pretty cup and saucer. Think of all the things that could be purchased in bulk then divided up. A few years ago I only made Christmas cakes and Coconut Ice. So I bought giant packs of our local grocery store homemade style biscuits. The bakery makes them. I got four varieties and re packaged them into cellophane bags. This way each person got a little cake, coconut ice and four little bags of biscuits. It all looked lovely and it saved me that year! Last year I did this with Christmas lollies. I bought two huge packs and made them up into about 20 small pretty packs. These went into a lot of gifts and added some colour and variety.
Presentation is everything. A survey of a beautiful home wares store yesterday was a good demonstration. Chloe and I looked at each other and left to the local cheap store where we copied some of the ideas and in one case with IDENTICAL items for about one fifth the price.
For the South Australian ladies Neds has the nicest range of glass jars I have ever seen plus little brown paper bags with cellophane windows for homemade treats. Just amazing!
To craft gifts you don't have to make things from scratch. There are so many possibilities and ways to re work things, add, pretty up and re package. This can be a great help and very economical.
Last week Maria made the Christmas cakes! She sent me these pictures and it looks like they turned out wonderfully...
Maria used muffin liners to make small gift ones...
And she put bling on each pack! Respect.
Thank you Maria! They look great!
And also Sue asked for a printable mason tag image to make labels and tags. Lovely Sharla gave her a perfect link which was.... Clip Art Best. Thank you Sharla!
I also found this one which is the Blue Ball Jars, the same as Helen gave me! I just think they are lovely...
The link is Sweetly Scrapped. Hope that helps Sue and anyone who would like to make tags.
I hope you have a great week!
If you have easy ideas on re packaging, making up easy gifts etc. please tell me! We need easy, economical and fast thing things that look lovely! Many thanks! xxx