In our workshops we not only teach lots of gift wrapping techniques but we also like to reveal our secrets of how to transform something rather plain looking into something stunning by adding simple to make, handmade decorative touches!
So this month we thought we’d share one of our festive favorites with you, just in time for all that Christmas wrapping – This gorgeous Pine Cone and Foliage Corsage!
There are various artificial alternatives you can find in the shops but none that will look quite as stunning or be as inexpensive to make being that our version involves a spot of scavenging in the garden and surrounding woodland for most of your materials! By using fresh foliage it’ll not just look stunning but (depending on the type of foliage you use) it will smell gorgeous too, filling the air with a beautiful aroma and bringing that festive feeling into your home (and to the person’s you’re giving it to too!)
So here it is…Do have a go! But don’t forget…Foliage will dry out without water so to keep it looking as fresh as possible our tip is to have your gifts wrapped and cones wired up and waiting, then simply add your foliage at the last minute!
What you’ll need: 2 pine cones , some foliage (we’ve used a mix of rosemary and hebe from our garden), wire (£1 for 15 wires) and florist stem tape (£2.50 per roll) both from our More Pretty Things shop.
Gather your pine cones, foliage and materials together.
Place a wire near the base of the pine cone in between one of the sections and wrap the wire around the cone.
Bring the two ends of the wire together to meet one another and…
…Twist! Keep twisting the two wires together and when you near the end, turn the sharp ends of the wire over so that you have a rounded end instead.
You now need to cover the wire with stem tape. To do this start at the top, pinch it on and then twist it on to the wire all the way down the stem…
Continue winding stem tape down to the bottom of the stem then fold over and come back up the stem to the top. Repeat with other pine cone.
Take your foliage and remove some of the greenery from the ends to reveal about 2 inches of the stalk.
Add your foliage and cones together and secure in the centre with a small amount of stem tape. This will prevent it all from falling apart when attaching it to your gift.
Take your wrapped gift and using ribbon, tie on your pine cones and foliage corsage.
Voila! A fabulously festive wrapped gift ready for giving!
Easy once you know how isn’t it? Know someone else who might like to try it? Please feel free to forward our ‘how to’ with a friend or share on social media.
Oh my, I have no idea why but this year I’m seeing Autumn in a whole new light!
Despite being an autumn baby my close friends and family know that I simply don’t do orange. Over the years they have (thank you all) continued to ignore the seasons colours and instead indulge my love of vintage or traditional girly colours when lavishing me with wrapped gifts and flowers.
So to my surprise (and I very much suspect theirs) this week I’ve got a spring in my step and actually find myself uplifted by the beauty of the landscape in a way I’ve never seen it before. I’ve been finding myself distracted from singing in the car and actually just thinking ‘wow, this is spectacular’!
Then this afternoon on my return from a rather lovely but cheeky couple of hours off work getting together with a good friend I’ve not seen for ages, I felt so uplifted by it, I donned a scarf, my walking boots …And prising a very surprised sleeping pooch out of his warm bed, off I went to immerse myself (and him) in it up close.
What a refreshing change…Ok yes I should have been in the office and getting on with my ‘to do’ list but that’s the beauty of working for yourself, todays time off is the weekends catch up! And I have to say, giving up a lie in this weekend for a refreshing walk through piles of leaves rustling underfoot was really worth it. Even a very bemused dog quite liked it and found a new game of chase the leaves that he hadn’t discovered before (well not with us his new owners at any rate).
As always, my mind was fit to bursting full of ideas of how to incorporate the feel of it all into my wrapping and of course in picking up anything along the way that I could take home and use…. Which of course there was, in abundance! Oooh I do love a mental mood board that I can then put into practise instantly.
So there you go, it’s official, I love autumn (well the colours…Jury’s still out on the bitter cold, loud fireworks and dark nights) and to prove I love it, here’s my ode to Autumn…Gift wrapping stylee!!
Hope you feel inspired everyone and Happy Autumnal Wrapping!