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Flowering Tin

A tin beautifully decorated with flowers, pretty paper and ribbon adds interest and dimension to a plain metal tin. This reusable container is a great way to hold a gift or food items. Using...

Picture Frame Chalkboard

A framed chalkboard is a great way to remind yourself of things you need to do or you can write yourself fun inspirational notes each day. Rather than fumbling around looking for a pen and something...

Decorative Planter

Here is a fun way to repurpose a plain terracotta planter and turn it into a whimsical decorative gift container. Apply paint with a sponge and accent it with natural elements such as small...

Victorian Covered Box

Here is another design I created using the soft color palette. I just love the muted tones. This beautifully decorated paper Mache box would make a great addition to any gift. This box not...

Recycled Gift Wrap Card

We’ve all been there when you needed a card but the stores were closed or you just didn’t have a time to stop and buy one. Or maybe you just wanted to make something...

Brown Paper Bag Card

A great way to recycle a brown paper bag is to create a beautiful card. I cut two pieces of brown paper bag the size of the card and glued them together to stablize...

Decorated Reusable Gift Boxes

Here is another design I created from the soft colored double-sided scrapbooking paper. I bought some beautiful candles from Anthropologie for my daughter’s kindergarten teachers. The sales girl gave me these really nice reusable gift...

Where It All Began…

Gift Decorating Origins My first experience with paper design, other than gift wrapping, was ten years ago when I created my own handmade wedding invitations. I wanted something simple yet elegant that not only reflected...