Crafty Bits: Wrapping it Up

In case you didn’t know, I love to celebrate. Like a lot. I love to make a big deal about milestones, holidays, birthdays, etc. I don’t want [insert any event] to go by without going out/down with a bang. If it’s a birthday I want to be sure that the person feels loved and appreciated or if it’s a holiday I want to honor the traditions, but put my own personal touch to it. If I am in charge of planning the event, my perfectionist tendencies come out and I want the event to be exactly what was envisioned or at least close to the vision — let’s be honest, it doesn’t always go as planned.

This translates even down to the gifts. I want the person receiving the gift to feel thought of and admired, even in the wrapping. Generally I love to use a generic paper for wrapping but I will put a special touch on the outside. Last year for Christmas I handmade the bows which was super simple and fun. This year I made some gift tags:


Most, if not all of my supplies either came from Michael’s or Craft Warehouse over the past couple of years. I’m sure that these things are still available at any craft store.

How do you recreate this? I used the bottom of a large mug to trace circles onto cardstock that I purchased from Walmart. On one side I stamped the recipient’s initial onto the center of the circle using gold paint and foam ABC stamps. After the initial dried, I stamped my “Do not open until December 25” stamp off-center and signed my name with a gold sharpie. This circle tucks nicely under a simple bow, allowing the tag to be the focal point. This was seriously so simple and put a special touch on each gift.

I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “Lindsay, Christmas was two months ago. Why are you posting this now?” Honestly, I meant to post this about two months ago, but it does still apply for all year long! And guess what?! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! I’m pretty excited about the ideas I came up with for Sam’s gift and I will post the results for you in the very near future.

I hope that this inspired you and got you thinking about what kind of special touch you can put on your Valentine’s gift or future gifts to come.

What special touches to do put on your gifts?

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