With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve definitely got gift wrapping on the brain! This tutorial is great because not only would this make a great hostess gift but it would also be a fabulous favor idea for a party or wedding. The steps are super simple, so it’s easy to make one box – or one hundred! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Step One: Start by creating the little hang tag for the outside of the box. To do this, cut your card stock (we used our Old West Patterned Paper) into rectangles measuring 2.5″ x 5″ with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat.
Step Two: Next, you’ll score the card so that it will fold nicely. On a scoreboard, run your tool at the 2.5 inch mark to make the score. Don’t fold the card yet!
Step Three: Now you’ll get to stamping! Stamp your monogram (we used our Seal Monogram) on the tag in the lower lefthand corner. You’ll also want to stamp your muslin bag with your monogram, or if the goodies are homemade, a kitchen seal stamp works perfectly! With the stamps that are mostly black, like ones shown, you’ll want to take extra care that they are inked really well (see picture below). If they aren’t, your image will be too light to be legible. We’d suggest starting the project with a brand new stamp pad. You can watch our step-by-step video tutorial about the stamp printing process here.
Step Four: Once your ink is dry, it’s time to fold your little card! Use a bone folder to get a crisp, clean fold. Then, punch a hole in the top left corner for the string to go through.
Step Five: Homemade treats make the holidays truly special. We decided to make a batch of these yummy spiced nuts (we used pecans) from a Martha Stewart recipe. Once the nuts are cooled, scoop them into clear food safe bags and insert them into your stamped muslin treat bag! Draw the string and tie the bag closed.
Step Six: Now it all comes together! Gather all of your wrapping materials together and get started. For the large box “belly band” we used a sheet of wrapping paper cut into thirds. To pad the wine bottle in its box, we used kraft crinkle packed snuggly around the bottle. Lay your treat bag on top of the wine bottle and fill up around everything with more crinkle. Now slide the box closed!
Step Seven: Once everything is secure in the closed box, wrap your decorative paper around the box and secure on the back with double sided tape. Tie around the middle with hemp twine, threading your stamped monogram tag before tying a bow. The gift is now ready and your friend and loved ones will be as thrilled with the gorgeous presentation as the yummy gifts themselves!
Old West Patterned Paper in Turquoise Card Stock
Stamp Pad (we recommend a brand new one, this one can be heat set and made permanent on fabric)
Self Healing Mat, Craft knife and Metal Ruler
Decorative Gift Wrap (you can have this pre-cut for you before having it shipped)
Phototgraphy: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Before we all take off for the long holiday weekend, I have a couple final Thanksgiving printables to share with all of you! First, I’m so excited to welcome the fabulous team of Caravan Shoppe (Alma, Melanie, and Mike) to Oh So Beautiful Paper! If you aren’t already familiar with Caravan Shoppe, they’re an online shop that specializes in printables – from calendars to prints to holiday goods – and they’ll be stopping by occasionally with creative printable projects for you. They have some wonderful last minute products for Thanksgiving! For our first collaboration, I asked Alma to help us with a way to wrangle Thanksgiving leftovers, and she came up with this wonderful take-home bags!
These printable take-home bags feature humorous messages to help send your guests off with good cheer and good food! The designs can be printed onto standard size brown paper bags available from the grocery store. Divvy up leftovers in foil packages or plastic bags and stuff into these paper bags. The download includes five fun designs! Thanks Alma!
To print, simply place each paper bag into your printer’s paper tray, making any necessary adjustments for paper size. We recommend using a small piece of tape over the opening of each bag as well as the back flap to make sure they run smoothly through the printer. If your printer has a “heavy paper” setting, you should enable it.
These designs are meant to print on the flat, unfolded side of the bag and print just fine over the seam. Print the PDF one page at a time onto the brown paper bags. Remove any tape from each bag, and you’re ready to go!
Next, I created some quick and easy labels for wrapped leftovers! Write the recipient’s name if you’re sending leftovers home with a guest, or write the name of a particular dish for easy rummaging through the fridge later at night.
To make the labels, print onto full size label sheets (I like to keep a bunch of these in stock at home) or onto regular text weight paper, then cut down to size. I used my trusty guillotine, but scissors should work just fine if you aren’t worried about being precise (which you shouldn’t be). Each label will measure approximately 4″ x 3″ when cut down to size.
I wrapped a plastic container in kraft paper, but you could also adhere the labels to tin foil or butcher paper. Then just adhere your label or secure with a couple pieces of tape and send leftovers on their way!
Photo Credits: Alma Loveland / Caravan Shoppe and Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, the holiday entertaining season is now officially in full swing. I’m so excited to be back today sharing a great last minute project for Thursday (or a well-prepared one for December celebrations). It seems like every few months over the last couple of years, we learn about some new amazing online repository of vintage images and artwork available for free download and personal use. The Rijksmuseum’s Rijks Studio and the New York Public Library’s digital collection are my personal favorites. For this project, I delved into the offerings of the Rijksmusuem to find some amazing pieces of Dutch art to create a set of mini masterpiece wine tags – a striking project for keeping all those wine glasses straight during this celebratory season. –Mandy of Fabric Paper Glue
Mini Print-Outs of Your Favorite Artwork
1″ Circle Punch or Scissors
1″ Wooden Circles
Medium-Sized Jump Rings
Wine Charm Rings
Step One: Print out miniature versions of your favorite artwork. To do this, just import your downloaded images into a word processing program. Resize them to just over 1″ on their shortest side, and print them on your home printer. If you want to use the feast-related ones that I tracked down in the Rijksstudio, feel free to check out a whole collection that I wrangled here.
Step Two: Use either a 1″ circle punch or a pair of scissor to cut each artwork to fit onto the 1″ wooden circles.
Step Three: Glue each mini masterpiece onto a wooden circle using decoupage glue and a paint brush, applying one layer to the wooden circle, affixing the print-out, and applying a couple more coats on top. If you use photo paper, you’ll need to spray your print-outs with acrylic sealer first or the ink will most certainly bleed (I learned this the hard way).
Step Four: Carefully drill a hole in the top of each circle just big enough to slip a jump ring through.
Step Five: Use a set of pliers to open each jump ring. Thread one through each of the drilled holes, and use the pliers to close them.
Step 6: Slip each charm onto a wine charm ring, and pour yourself a glass of wine!
Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Thanksgiving is in just a few days, and I wanted to do something a bit special for all of you this year. I’m sure you’re all busy making final menu plans or preparing to travel, so I also wanted to keep this simple. I’ve teamed up with Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy to offer something to help make your Thanksgiving dinner table just a little prettier!
Michele was kind enough to offer two versions of her beautiful lettering for this printable – so you can pick the style that works best for you! Simply print onto a flat A7 notecard or use the large size version to print onto a letter size sheet of card stock and cut in half. Set a copy at each place setting for guests to fill out, or write a name on the printed card and use as a place card. Enjoy!
For personal use only. Calligraphy by Meant to Be Calligraphy for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Texture is subtle but boy does it make a huge impact! When we found some paper clay at the art store a while back, we knew it would make a great DIY but we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. After obsessing over textured clay pottery now for ages, we decided that a “pottery” save the date was in order. The natural off-white color of the paper clay comes alive when paired with a mix of floral patterns and a unique lilac, eggplant, and ochre color palette! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Step One: Gather your paper clay supplies: bag of clay, wooden cutting board (you don’t want any texture in your rolling surface – unless it’s the look you’re going for), clear plastic wrap, and a rolling pen. Break your paper clay into approximately 2 oz pieces. There will be scraps that you can re-roll together.
Step Two: Squish the paper clay into a small rectangle with your fingers (this doesn’t need to be precise). Place it in the middle of your plastic wrap and fold the other end of the wrap over the top. Now, you’ll start rolling! It’s basically like rolling out a pie crust or cookies – just keep the thickness even and it will be good. We suggest a thickness of around ⅛” or maybe a little less. Remember: it does need to fit in an envelope!
Step Three: Once it’s rolled out thin and even (and approximately the size of your stamp mount, you’re ready to print the design. With an un-inked stamp (we used our Vintage Label Save the Date stamp) center it over the clay and carefully set it down. With your fingertips, press each section of the design evenly to make the print. This printing method feels different than printing paper so it may take some extra time to get the hang of it! Not to worry though, you can just re-roll the clay so there is no waste in the practice process!
Once you get a good print, trim the clay around the design with a kitchen knife (we used the mount size as a guide). Carefully flip the clay over in your palm and transfer it to a plastic lined tray or baking sheet. Let dry 1 – 3 days or until firm.
Step Four: Now that your clay save the dates are complete, you can move on the the rest of the pieces that you’ll need for the design. Cut patterned card stock (we used our Annabelle Violet Paper) into A2 sized cards (4.25″ x 5.5″) with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat. You will get four cards out of one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet.
Step Five: Stamp your accommodations and website information on the back of your patterned card. We used our Calligraphy Accent Accommodations and Calligraphy Accent Website stamps for this design. You can watch our step-by-step video tutorial about the stamp printing process here.
Step Six: A coordinating liner really dresses up an envelope, don’t you think? For this design, we used our daisy paper. The process is simple! Trace the template with a pencil and cut out the pattern. Use double sided tape or stick glue to adhere the liner into the envelope just below the gumming.
Step Seven: Now we’ll switch our focus to the outside of the envelope! We stamped our Scripted Return Address stamp in eggplant on the back flap. To coordinate, we addressed the front in an eggplant colored ink as well and used (our favorite) seed packet postage to finish it all off!
Cutting board, plastic wrap, rolling pen and knife
Trays or baking sheets for air drying
Self healing mat, kraft knife and metal ruler
Pencil and Scissors
Stamp Pads in Ochre and Eggplant
A2 Envelopes in Luxe Blush
Calligraphy Ink for addressing in Red Violet
Grecian Pink Tailors Ribbon to tie the suite together
Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper