Ok, so I may have procrastinated on the baking front this year, I have TODAY to finish up baking and candy making for husbands holiday gifts for the office. Yes, thats right, 25 boxes filled with cookies and candy. Not only that, but I still have gift tags to finish and a dog that wants some serious play time. If your like me and have a list that is just way to long for you to be really reading this, don’t fret. I have a few tutorials and blogs to point you to for some last minute wrapping ideas. Have a great DIY idea you would like to add for this season? Let me know, and I will add it!
First up, the DIY stamp and stencil gift bags over at Every Last Detail. Lauren used rubber stamps and stencils to create a cute and easy kraft goodie bag. Such an easy idea, it left me with a “why didn’t I think of that” moment. Plus, aside from the bags, most of us have some kind of stamp to jazz up anything. Not so crafty and don’t have a million stamps and ink on hand? Make your own stencil using a harder cardstock (a flat unfolded manilla folder will do the trick!) and an x-acto knife.
If you have a little more time on hand and are in need of sprucing up the boxes, do stop by How About Orange and check out how to make a gift bow from magazines. I stumbled upon this gem months ago and knew it was a must save idea. With step by step instructions and photos, this one is super easy to follow and Im sure once you get the hang of it, you can get quite fast. Jessica is one crafty gal!
Taking the Que from How about Orange, Kathleen from Twig & Thistle tried out her own bow making using felt. The result, just lovely. I might have to try this one out! And hey, why not start a fashion trend with the bow right? Very cute idea, maybe I will make one for little Uli to wear around her collar!
Looking for a last minute gift idea? Not only does Melissa from IS*LY has some amazing craft ideas that are not only easy, she even has free downloads!! How adorable is this candy box? Simply download, print, assemble and viola, a super simple gift box. Its perfect for little gifts that would get lost in bags and boxes too!
Another great packaging idea from Melissa are these ridiculously cute envelopes and pouches. Perfect for gift cards, small objects like jewelry and candy. With a full tutorial, this one is for the more serious crafters as it calls for a sewing machine, but don’t let that stop you! Get creative!!
Fellow twitter’er @stacystyle sent over a link to her glittered gifts and what fun. She used kraft paper, felt and glitter to spruce up her boxes, giving it the made with love look… my personal favorite. I am so happy to see everyone getting all crafty! Check out her blog, Stacy Style for more inspiration.
And in case you missed it last week over on Decor8 and A Creative Mint, Leslie created an assortment of holiday creations that left me wanting to do nothing but craft for days. Incredibly beautiful, she not only has an eye for color, (she’s the brain behind Decor8’s Color me Pretty feature) Leslie creates amazing photographs that will inspire your brains out!