Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Simple Wrappings

In my last post I showed you the wedding gift I bought for my friend's wedding last weekend.  Here's how I wrapped it up.
I like using plain, brown kraft paper to wrap presents.  It's inexpensive, heavy-duty, and easy to find.  You will find it in the mailing supply section of Target or any office supply store.  Best of all, the kraft paper is the perfect base for dressing up to match any occasion.
After the present was wrapped, I decided to make a tissue paper flower for the top.  My friend's wedding color was plum.  I couldn't find any plum tissue, so I ended up using purple.
1.  First you will need to determine how large you want your flower to be.  I decided to use 8" squares.   The number of layers you use will determine how full your flower is.  I used 12 layers.
2.  I wanted a white center for my flower.  I cut two layers of tissue paper a bit smaller than the purple tissue and scalloped the edges.
3.  Accordion fold all layers of tissue together.
4.  Wrap a wire around the center of the tissue to hold all the layers in place.  Twist a few times to secure.
5.  Hold the ends together and use scissors to scallop the ends.  You could also cut a point at the ends for a different look.
6.  Starting at the inside, peel back each layer of tissue until your flower is complete.  Sorry - I didn't take any pictures of this part!
That's it!  Simple and easy and it will definitely stand out among all that silver and gold wedding paper, don't you think?
Want a little more tissue paper flower inspiration?  Visit:
Cottage and Vine
- Martha Stewart
- Lillyella
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Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a beautifully wrapped gift! I've never thought to use a tissue paper flower instead of a bow, but I love it! I'm going to do that with the next gift I wrap. Thanks for the idea Alissa!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

so detailed, and beautiful! i love a beautifully wrapped gift, so i'll have to bookmark this tutorial.

hope you've been well!

The Girlie Blog said...

Nice tutorial! I will do something like this too.

alicia said...

What a cool idea. I must try this one. Thanks!

Nattie said...

Really cool idea! I totally gonna try this one :)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

This is gorgeous! The result is such a full flower. I love it... thanks so much for sharing this.

christi @ grey umbrella said...

gorgeous! i love this and what a great use of tissue paper.

Kari said...

I love it and I can't wait to try it out! You're always full of such good ideas!!! :)

Kristen White said...

OMG! You made that? It is gorgeous...too pretty to unwrap really!

lorenabr said...

Fab idea very cute :)

Rachelle said...

LOVE!!! I will have to try this very soon. Thank you, again, for sharing such beautiful things! :)

Homepodge said...

Very cool! It reminds me of a big, beautiful hydrangea blossom.

Nanniepannie said...

Looks great, I remember making those flowers years and years ago when I was a young girl. It still looks fresh.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

So simple. I love it!

Sherri said...

Thank you for sharing your pattern for tissue paper flowers! That package looked so beautiful! Have a great day!

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Shannon said...

Kraft paper is my go-to as well, it always looks so classy. And I'm clearly a classy girl so it fits ;)

And um, feel free to send any and all perfectly wrapped gifts my way! Or just wrap up empty containers, that works too :)

* Nancy * said...

No more convincing - I'm hooked on the look. Gorgeous wrapping. :)

melonbelly said...

This is beautiful!

Katie said...

Love this! I'll have to try this for sure :) By the way, I ordered one of those prints for our bedroom for our anniversary :)

Aimee said...

Such a gorgeous idea for topping a special gift! I featured it here. So clever!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I think I might actually be able to do this :)

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

Such a beautifully wrapped gift- I know I'd love to receive one. The kraft paper is a great background to so many different embellishments.

Rosi Jo' said...

Wow! so easy, so beautiful!!!!
Great idea!

I'm sorry, I don't leave comment in your blog as I wanted, but I come here every day! It's all wonderful!
I love your hause, acorn on fireplace and all thing about cooking!
Los't of love, Rosi

Jami said...

Your gift wrapping is so elegant~ I hope you'll stop by and share it at the Pretty Packages Party!

Jami said...

So glad you stopped by and shared your beautiful package and how to!

Jami said...

Me again! I featured your gorgeous gift! Please stop by and grab a button from the side bar!
Have a wonderful week!


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