Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas Using a Flower Loom

comments (4) December 16th, 2008     

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cathyofcalifornia cathy callahan, contributor
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One of my favorite things about looking at the holiday issues of magazines like McCalls and Better Homes & Gardens from the '60s and '70s are the pictures of the elaborately wrapped presents. I get so inspired. They really did go all out using all sorts of wonderful papers, ribbons, and fun little doodads. The thing is that once that kind of present is opened, everything pretty much goes to waste. That's why I really like the idea of of using a reusable box with some sort of crafty creation attached to it. The recipient is actually getting two gifts: what's inside the box and the box itself.

For the holidays this year I found some really nice and inexpensive ($1.50 to $4 each) boxes at my local craft store. They have sturdy lids and I think you don't even need wrapping paper because they are already covered in some nice natural or off-white paper. If desired, you could cover them with fabric or give them a quick coat or two with some acrylic craft paint.

I then attached a few flowers that I made with my vintage flower looms (that you might remember from my tutorial a couple of months ago) to the boxes. I used some synthetic raffia for my flowers, but yarn, ribbon, or even wire work nicely, too.

If you'd like to try this out for your holiday gift wrapping, I do have few vintage flower loom kits left in my Etsy shop. If you order (US only, sorry it's too late for international orders to make it to you in time) by Thursday, December 18th, you should get it just in time to make a few flowers to attach to your Christmas presents—especially if you're like me and are wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve. If you do pick up one of the vintage loom kits, here is a how-to tutorial that I posted here on CraftStylish a few months ago.

Happy holidays everyone!

posted in: seasonal, keepsake, flowers, 60s, 70s, raffia

Comments (4)

Julissa writes: Holiday gift-wrapping ideas using flower loom is very innovative. I am very impressed by seeing the model picture depicted here. It is eye-catchy and exclusive too...I am a person who love crafts work a lot.Thank you!!!
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Posted: 1:13 am on December 31st
krobbie67 writes: I bought one of your looms at Felt Club! I haven't had time to break it out and get working with it but this is such a great and motivating idea. Thanks!
Posted: 9:29 pm on December 16th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Cathy! Beautiful work--always so nice to have you here--Happy Holidays!!!
Posted: 4:42 pm on December 16th
Carriecan writes: Yes! I love reading old magazines too! These are just wonderful--thanks so much!
Posted: 4:40 pm on December 16th
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