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Pretty Packaging DIY

24 Feb 2016

Easily make your own packaging for gifts like jewelry, magnets, pins, hankies and other small items!

A bit of lace, flowers made from scrap cloth and a metal heart makes a romantic package for some jewelry.  These can be decorated in so many other different ways too!

Patricia Paterno shows us how...

I’ve always wanted to use toilet paper rolls and save them from the trash heap. I decided to use it for “packaging” or “gift wrap”. All that is needed is a toilet paper roll, scissors, a lid or bottle to use as a pattern, a pencil, a cutter, some embellishments and wrappers, and some glue.

First, I flattened the roll, and creased the sides with the side of the pair of scissors.

Then I used a lid to make curved guides at the end of the roll for cutting.

The guides have to end at the edge of the roll like a rainbow.

Use a cutter to make a shallow cut using your pencil lines as a guide.

Fold along the crease to try it out.

It should look something like this.

Choose a wrapper to cover the roll. I like using book paper. You can use white glue, or a glue stick. Make sure you leave a margin around the ends.

Now you can glue down your margins inside the roll.

This was my first try when I used glue all over the roll. It didn’t turn out so well. It went better when I just used glue sparingly for the edges of the bookpaper.

I find that gluing just the edges of the paper makes for a better looking package!!!

Make a V-cut on the two sides of the book paper.

Now for the part I like best- embellishing! Here I used ribbon and some leaves and flowers from my garden.

Baker’s twine, a tag and some leaves makes a colorful wrap!

Here I used papemelroti Mashi tape and stickers. What to put inside? Maybe some chocolates!

I experimented using scrap cloth- this one needed gluing all over.

So easy to make with some ric rac and stickers! Cute wrapping for some hair bows or clips!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Papemelroti's owner and artist Patricia Paterno has been married for 21 years to a man with a good heart. They have one son who is as funny as his dad. She has been working in the family business since she was 11. When she gets home from work, she stays in her craft room and makes collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and thinks of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. Visit her arts and crafts blog.  She wants to be passionate about God's passions so she also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about their service in the QC Jail.

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