photos by Jared Smith
The week before Christmas usually consists of a few key things: A) you’re officially eating all of the sugary food you want by now, and B) the gift wrap scraps are a flying as you scramble to wrap those last minute presents. Of course, I wouldn’t be your friendly DIY resource if I didn’t give you a good excuse to repurpose those pretty, watercolor paper scraps to get every last dime worth, so I’m sharing a quick project over on the Anthropologie blog for these DIY gift wrap ornaments!
Click here to see the full tutorial….
It’s kind of funny how some of the simplest projects turn out to be the most popular. I wish I had a good radar for this, but sometimes making projects is just like rolling the dice, but these four Valentine’s DIY’s that I made last year were the most popular. I have to say that my DIY xoxo gift wrap was a personal favorite! Can you guess what the reader favorite was? Hint: if hipster cupid shot arrows…
In my mind, pinecones are a lot like what the egg is to Easter. It’s kind of symbolic, comes from nature, and they’re pretty much everywhere. One minor detail is that you technically can’t stuff a pinecone… until now.
These DIY surprise pinecone gift boxes are perfect for stockings or little sweet nothings for Christmas, or big sweet nothings if you want to fill them jewelry, or money but that’s up to you. You can also make them into ornaments by adding string to the tops, which comes in handy in case you want to keep prying eyes off of a particular gift by hiding it in the tree and surprising them with it after! Here’s how to make your own and a few ideas to fill them with–
- Paper mache pine cones boxes (by Martha Stewart at Hobby Lobby)
- Spray paint
- String (to make it an ornament)
- Confetti or filler of your choice
- Goodies to fill them with!
The pine cones will come in a package as unfinished paper mache, so I decided to spray paint mine gold but you can use whatever color you’d like.
To make sure you’re goodies fit snug inside, fill them with confetti or or filling before placing your gifts inside.
To make the pine cone into an ornament, use the tip of your scissors to twist a hole into the top of the pine cone. Next, cut a piece of string and thread both ends through the hole and make a knot on the inside. Now when you put the top on the pine cone, the string will hang from the top.
You can fill them with jewelry, candy, money, mini craft kits, notes, gift cards… basically the possibilities are endless as long as it fits in a 4×2.5 inch space!
It occurred to me that not everyone needs a Valentine idea for this year, and just so you know I’m thinking of you, I have come up with three solutions: 1) boys, who needs them? 2) you can use this wrapping paper tutorial for revenge mail if needed, just leave out the o’s, use some black paint, and don’t be so careful with the x’s. 3) win a giant gift basket from DecoArt.
- DecoArt paints
- white card stock/computer paper
This might be the simplest wrapping paper you’ll ever make: All you have to do is paint x’s and o’s all over the computer paper! Once it’s dry, wrap your box like usual and tie it with twine. If you need to wrap something a bit bigger, you can buy sheets of drawing paper at the craft store to use.
To win the DecoArt giveaway, just leave a comment below! If you’d like additional entries, “Like” DecoArt and Sugar & Cloth on Facebook and leave separate comments telling me you did so. The giveaway ends February 13th, and a winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day. Open to U.S readers only.