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Snack Cup Easter Basket

Snack cups can be transformed into mini Easter baskets. These cute little containers would dress up Easter table or make great party favors. To make the handle, poke two holes in the cup and feed wired chenille through the holes. Cut a flower shape out of decorative cardstock and glue… Read more

Reused Fruit Baskets

Decorated plastic fruit baskets make a great Easter gift. The clear box makes it easy to see the candy nestled inside. Use pieces of ribbon, fabric flowers and paper shred to turn something usually tossed into the recycle bin into a cute a treat box.… Read more

Pillow Boxes

Reused paper towel or wrapping paper tubes can be used to make pillow boxes accented with household items. Small items or candy can be placed in these adorable and easy to make treasures. I made the boxes shown above for a holiday charity event at a New York design house… Read more

Reused Items Gift Wrap

This is my newest project I created for Scotch Brand for their website. A fun spring gift wrap design can be made with items found around the house. I cut the flowers from pieces of reused greeting cards — they have such beautiful designs it seems a shame to not… Read more

Recycled Magazine Gift Wrap

Before you toss your magazines into the recycled bin, cut out thoughtful words to create a custom message attached to your gift wrap. Hand torn strips of paper create an artistic touch to the gift. Strips of paper are cut to make a paper ribbon strip and bow. I glued… Read more

Cookie Express

One thing I love to do is give people homemade cookies. I bring them to my daughter’s school, give them to friends, make them for my pediatrician’s office, and have them to offer whenever friends come over. People now look forward to my cookies and wait in anticipation for the… Read more

Party Hat Gift Wrap

I always try and use something recycled when wrapping a gift. When a repurposed piece is added to a gift, it gives the present special character that you can’t get from using all new items. This is a gift I wrapped for a friend’s 40th birthday. I like to incorporate… Read more

Spring Flower

Here is my latest gift wrap design I created for 3M Scotch Brand.  Spring almost here and I wanted share this charming flower gift wrap that was inspired by the much anticipated season. To create this look, I layered paper flowers cut from scrapbooking paper, a fabric daisy and a… Read more

Victorian Gift Bag

I love texture and using different elements on my gift bags. For this design I layered paper, ribbon and lace to make this beautiful Victorian gift bag. The materials I used are easy to find and it cost less than buying a gift bag but result is much more dramatic.… Read more

Bearing Gifts

This adorable bear is the perfect way to present a gift. I used a bear with long arms and I added Velcro to the paws so they would lock together to hold on to the gift. I made the gift box reusable by decorating the lid with a pretty bow… Read more