A spot of Man Wrapping!

When buying a roll or sheet of gift wrap it can be difficult to see past what to do with it other than tie a ribbon around it, especially when wrapping for men! Achieving a different look or something a little more personal can be easy (when you know how!) and certainly doesn’t have to mean spending lots of money on materials, it’s just about being a little bit creative with what you have around you. With Fathers Day just around the corner and lots of male birthdays to wrap for, we thought you might need some inspiration ….So with just one roll of what we consider ‘manly’ paper and a few bits and bobs, here’s how!

 

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Here’s a quick and easy one to do for a simple but classy look. Take a gift tag, hole punch it and thread the ribbon through, then secure at the back with double sided tape (or tie it if you prefer).

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Say what you want with scrabble tiles! Simply tie on some stripey string and stick the letters on. Of course you could write someones name instead or ‘Happy Birthday’ and if you don’t want to use your scrabble tiles, just print some letters off your computer instead and attach those.

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If you’re looking for something totally bespoke then this one’s for you! Choose photo’s you wish to use and photocopy them or print them out onto white paper, cut around to give that nostalgic ‘polaroid’ look, write a caption then secure on stripey string with a peg. Add message if required.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed todays blog and that we’ve inspired you to get wrapping! If so, please do feel free to share the gift wrapping love with a friend or on your social media. And to find out more about our Gift Wrapping Workshop Days, Demonstrations for groups etc simply visit us at http://www.moreprettythings.co.uk

 

Bespoke Mothers Day Gift Wrapping

Need some last minute Mothers Day Gift wrapping inspiration?

We’ve got a few IMG_3460ideas to share with you and don’t worry if you’ve not got time to dash out for materials…This is all about using what you have around the house to create something pretty and bespoke.

And, if the time you’ve saved by not traipsing to the shops means some extra time spent with your lovely mum then I suspect that will be the most precious gift you can give her anyway.

Creating something bespoke… 

So, first off, what type of mum do you have…Is she glitzy and glam, modern, crafty (I mean that in the best possible way you understand ie sewing, knitting), a gardener, fashionista, cook or musician perhaps…Whatever her hobbies, loves or likes, the first place to look in is the magazine rack!

From recipes to articles on gardening, magazines provide lots of pages you can use as gift wrap which can tie into most hobbies (pardon the pun) or link to the gift inside.

AlternativelyIMG_3473, there’s lots of other materials you might have handy which would be perfect to wrap with …Everything from scraps of leftover wallpaper, music sheets, baking paper (great for bottle or plant wrapping as its quite pliable) and a real favourite of mine for all occasions…Maps!

Yes with many of us using sat navs there’s plenty of old maps discarded and hiding somewhere in the house or a travel guide with a map in the back. So whether she has a passion for Italy or has some happy memories of her childhood spent at the seaside, find the page it’s on and use that to wrap with! Perhaps you can find a photo of her there, take a copy and make it into a gift tag.  It’s such a lovely way to show her you have thought of her and a great way to inspire her to tell you more stories about her past travels (whilst partaking in copious amounts of tea and cake of course!). And for those with mums who have dementia/alzheimer’s, it’s a clever way to help recall some precious memories and promote conversation too.

Also don’t forget the humble knitting or sewing pattern…Like this fabulous vintage one by Vogue. It’s way too wonderful to sit in the bottom of a drawer, never seeing the light of day. Instead, give it the airing it deserves and turn it into some stylish wrap. Retro is very ‘in’ and so will suit most mums tastes but also perfect for a mum who is a bit of a fashionista or who loves sewing…Unless of course it’s too precious to cut up…You may lose Daugher/Son points if you have ruined a rather good pattern or a rare antique!

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Another very versatile wrapping material…Wallpaper! Here’s an example of what you can achieve with just a small scrap of left over wallpaper from a DIY project. We’ve used this lovely Laura Ashley wallpaper to make a pretty gift bag and just tied a simple bow. Voila! An elegant and bespoke gift bag for a piece of jewellery or pretty scarf!

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And finally, gift vouchers…in an envelope…They really don’t have to be so, well, plain!  Even just a bit of ribbon criss crossed on it or tied simply in a ‘shoe lace’ bow would make the world of difference. Or you could go a bit further and add some flowers, a tag etc..There’s always something you can add to pretty it up.

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Finally…. I couldn’t end this blog without sharing with you the inspiration behind it. Last year I received a gift which was wrapped in a rather unusual material…It’s not one I see or use on a regular basis in the wrapping room for sure. Yes, I received a gift all wrapped up in tin foil…From my eldest Son (who is a chef!). He said he couldn’t find the gift wrap and his wife was at work so he’d improvised. It certainly made me smile and I couldn’t have been happier had he have wrapped it in gold leaf as I do just love that he took a minute to think about it and rather than dashing off to the shop, he found a way around it …That’s my boy! (Although if he wraps it in foil every year I may reserve the right to deduct son points or put him on the naughty step!).  It made me smile on the day and still does now…A real memory maker that inspired me to write this blog today after remembering it and I’m sure one to recall in years to come (to future grandchildren who may want to wrap for him on fathers day and need some inspiration themselves!)

Happy mothers day wrapping everyone …And for those of you who are sadly without your mums this year, you’re very much in my thoughts, I hope tomorrow you are able to enjoy happy memories of the times you spent together. x

 

 

 

 

 

Something for the Gentleman

Is it only me that gets giddy about the prospect of gift wrapping for men? In all the years of teaching gift wrapping, I have never yet come across anyone who is quite as passionate about wrapping a male present as a female one. Curious to really understand the reasons behind it, I’ve been asking the question and have been told unanimously in a nutshell….Gorgeous girly wrapping papers, ribbons and accessories are readily available and easy on the eye but that finding such things for men are far and few between. (A relief to know it’s that as opposed to you all believing men wouldn’t care if it was wrapped in a carrier bag!)

Yes, I have to say, really fabulous papers and accessories for men do take some searching for but honestly they are out there and as I like a challenge (and with gift wrap being just a tiny weeny obsession of mine…Have I mentioned that before?!!) I say to keep hunting them down and never give up! As if you do, you’d miss gems like this sublime sailing boat paper and ever so characterful quirky Car paper that we’ve handmade into a gift bag……

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Of course, if you neither have the time nor the inclination to hunt them down then why not take a leaf out of our book (or better still your very own atlas etc) and create your own paper to suit!  Not only will it save you time and money, you can be sure that they will really appreciate the thought behind it (well unless you cut up the football supplement he was saving to read later!!)

To inspire you….We’ve taken one book and we’ve wrapped it in 3 different styles…And …..Ta dah!   Fabulous paper for the men in your life without leaving the house!!  Happy wrapping everyone!

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