Craft Book: Pretty Packages

Pretty Packages Craft BookPretty Packages by Sally J Shim

You know I like packaging right?  I’ve probably mentioned it a hundred times on this blog.  So when I saw the book Pretty Packages, I was eager to take a look at it.  And thankfully, Chronicle Books was kind enough to send me copy per my request.

Pretty Packages is comprised of 45 creative gift-wrapping projects.  There are even a couple of sewing projects in it.  The projects are simple for any level crafter (beginner – advanced).  So if you want to wow your friends and family with beautifully wrapped packages, this is the book for you.  And since we’re in the holiday season, I can’t think of a better time to put it to use.

Below are a few of my favorite projects from the book.

Pretty Packages Craft Book 3Hand Painted Furoshiki – A furoshiki is a special piece of fabric used for wrapping gifts.  In Pretty Packages, you’ll find directions on how to sew your own.

Pretty Packages Craft Book 2There are washi tape projects in the book!  These decorative washi tape glassine bags caught my eye right away.

 Pretty Packages Craft Book 4Fabric Button Gift Topper – I love the zakka feel this package has.

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

printable Christmas gift tagsTo keep the gift tag theme going, I’m sharing a few printables that caught my eye this week.

1.  Sophie the Deer by Creature Comforts – there’s also a sweet bear illustration along with various color coordinated gift tags.

2.  Wandering Camel Gift Tag by Wild Olive – The blanket opens up to reveal a message!

3.  Toucan Tags by Eat Drink Chic – I like the unexpected animal choice for this tag.

4.  Sweater Print Tags by The Caroline Johansson – there are 9 different tags to choose from

DIY Mitten Gift Tags

washi tape mitten gift tagsOver the weekend I hosted a crafternoon at the Oakland Asian Library Branch. For the event I made a mitten template for washi tape greeting cards.  It turned out to be a good craft for all ages. Children as little as 3 were able to make their own card (with a little help from their parents).  So today I’m sharing the template with all of you.  But instead of cards, I’m  making gift tags with the template.
washi tape mitten gift tags 5Supplies:

Mitten template printed on card stock – click here for PDF

Washi tape in various prints/colors


Hole Punch

Baker’s twine or string

Mini pom-poms

Glue Dots

washi tape mitten gift tags 31.  Begin to cover mitten with washi tape.  It doesn’t matter if you go out of the lines.

2.  Cover the whole mitten with tape.  I added a contrasting print at the bottom as a decorative cuff.

3.  With scissors, cut out the mitten.

4.  Punch a small hole at the center bottom of the mitten and add thread the baker’s twine trough it.  Place a glue dot on the hole and string and cover with a mini pom-pom.  Buttons also work well.

washi tape mitten gift tags 2Play around with different prints to make a variety of mitten gift tags.

Washi Tape Holiday Wall Art

Washi Tape Holiday Wall ArtHappy Friday everyone!  Today on The House That Lars Built you can find the tutorial for making these holiday presents pictured above (from Fun With Washi).  There’s even a template for the bows.  Click here for the tutorial.

Other news. . .

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Tomorrow, Saturday the 6th I’ll be hosting a crafternoon at the Oakland, Asian Branch Library.  We’ll be making washi tape cards and the event is free.  If you’re in the area, please stop by.  I would love to meet you!

Giveaway: CHARM IT Craft Gift Set & Fun With Washi Book

Fun With Washi and Charm it

Giveaway time!  Calling all crafty cuties… enter for a chance to win the book Fun With Washi  and a CHARM IT “Crafty Cutie” Gift Set!

How to enter:

1.  Follow @Charmit and @jessicaokui on Instagram.

2.  In comments on this image (click here) answer: Who you would like to win this for?

3.  Share the love and tag two friends on Instagram who may want to enter.

Good luck!  2 winners will be selected and contacted via DM on Friday, 12/5 at 5PM EST.  U.S residents only.

Fun With Washi by Jessica Okui
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