Shabby Chic Gift Packaging is a perfect companion to the Shabby Chic Door Hangers. A plain brown paper bag can be the perfect packaging for smaller gifts. When giving a handmade gift, consider dressing one up with paints and embellishments to coordinate with your gift. I grabbed some supplies and brown paper bags to create these shabby chic gift packages.
Supplies for Shabby Chic Gift Packages
Not long ago, I created these shabby chic door hangers as gifts for an upcoming baby shower, a wedding gift and a housewarming gift. I loved the results and knew that the packaging had to be as special as the gift inside. So I decided to create some coordinating gift packaging from brown paper bags.
I love the simple look of brown paper bags. So I dry brushed them with paint, allowing some of the bag to show through.
Then I created some hemp embellishments using a low temperature glue gun. Believe me, you will want to use a low temperature glue gun for creating these spiraled embellishments as your fingers will be touching the hemp a lot and you want to minimize finger burns!
I hot glued the embellishments to the front of the bag and added washi tape, gems and a painted wood tag.
Now I have gift packages that coordinate perfectly with the gift inside!
Shabby chic door hangers are a great way to use up left over supplies and to make custom gifts at the same time. These are my go to colors for the shabby chic style. Some go with lighter creamier colors I like the bold mixed with black and white. Although my taste has evolved a bit, I am still a fan of the shabby chic look and I always will be probably. I have a couple of co-worker/friends with upcoming wedding and baby showers so I decided to create them a custom shabby door hanger.
Materials for shabby chic door hangers:
Instructions for shabby chic door hangers:
Lightly sand and paint the wood slats. I used two coats each for the front and back. I dry brushed each slat with white paint.
Create the hemp flowers using the glue gun and glue sticks. Create coils and apply a small amount off glue to hold the hemp in place. I highly recommend using a low temp glue gun as you will be touching the hemp in places where the glue has been applied!
I used sparkly embellishments as the flower centers.
To create the leaves, freehand cut the wool felt into leaf shapes. Use the sewing machine and thread to freeform sew leaf details. Some people call the sewing freestyle. You can use what ever term you want. Just make it happen.
Assemble the door hanger pieces and hot glue in place.
Use stamps and ink to stamp sentiments on the door hanger. I decided on “do not disturb” (wedding), “guest room” and “baby dreaming.”
Finally, drill some holes in the top corners, insert some hemp and you have a sweet shabby door hanger.
Clay dove napkin rings for your home. Adorn your dinner table with these simple clay dove napkin rings. Embellish and decorate as desired using clay tools and wax or paint. The decorative napkin rings can be used any time of the year because birds are always in fashion. You don’t have to save them for holidays.
When working with clay make sure you work on a covered surface and never leave the oven unattended.
DIRECTIONS for clay dove napkin rings:
Condition three segments of White clay in hands until soft and pliable. Roll out on mat into 6” square with 1/2” thickness.
Dust Copper Ceiling texture sheet with cornstarch using paintbrush. Press texture sheet onto clay to create deep texture.
Down load your favorite bird image or draw your own. Download and print pattern onto cardstock; cut out. Using knife from starter set, cut dove shape from textured clay. Cut out center using cookie cutter.
Bake the polymer clay doves on clay mat in oven following manufacturer’s instructions. Let the doves cool before handling.
Lightly rub surface of dove with Silver Spark wax. Let set. You can add additional colors or layers if desired.
Follow Steps 1-5 to create additional napkin rings.
You can change-up this project by changing clay colors or wax colors. If you wanted you could even make each place setting a different color.
Make a gingerbread man spa gift set to give as a budget friendly handmade gift. Recycled jars and paper scraps make this great a great stash buster too. You can use traditional colors or modern.
Materials for Gingerbread man spa gift set
Recycled baby food jars
Patterned paper scraps
Cardstock scraps: cream; white; brown
Wooden knobs with holes, 1”, three
Gold eyelets, three
Tools for Gingerbread man spa gift set:
Rubber stamps: Pinecone (Hero Arts); Candy Cane (Paper Salon); Tiny Alphabet Stamps; Gingerbread Man (Denami Designs)
Ink pads: black pigment; Brown Fluid Chalk Ink (Clearsnap)
Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Alizarin Crimson; Evergreen; Milk Chocolate; Light Mocha
Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
Red permanent marker
Zip Dry Paper Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
Marvy Clever Lever paper punches (Uchida): Scallop Circle, 1-1/2”; Circles: 1”, 2”
Hole punch, 1/16”
Drill with 1/16” bit
Small screws, three
Directions for Gingerbread man spa gift set:
1. Remove labels from jars. Wash and dry jars. Paint: gingerbread jar top and knob Milk Chocolate; Christmas Tree jar top and knob Evergreen; Candy Cane jar top and knob Alizarin Crimson. When dry, dry brush all tops and knobs with Light Mocha. Apply three coats varnish.
2. Drill holes in jar tops underneath in center. Center knobs on top of jars and secure with screws so screw is placed in knob holes.
3. Use pigment ink to stamp gingerbread man and pinecone on brown cardstock. Cut out gingerbread man. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle around pinecone. Use red marker and glitter marker to color bow. Punch 2” circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere pinecone to center. Stamp candy cane on white cardstock. Color with red and glitter marker and cut out with scissors. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and scalloped circle from patterned paper scrap. Layer pieces together and adhere.
4. Use paper adhesives to glue circles to center of jars. Secure with rubber bands while drying.
5. Use alphabet stamps to stamp jar labels on cream cardstock. Tear labels from cardstock; ink edges Brown. Punch hole in each label; attach eyelet. Thread hemp through hole and tie around knob. Fill jars with body scrubs and salts.
PDF FOR gingerbread spa gift set list
by Melony Bradley
A Snack mix in a jar is a fun gift to give when you need just a little something. It can be a “thank you” gift, “I am thinking about you” gift or even “here is a little snack to help you study” gift. This would also make something nice to give classroom aides. Most people like food so you can really give it for almost any occasion. You can follow the recipe below or create your own favorite snack mix combination to place in the jar.
Materials for Snack mix in a jar:
- Ball Quart Jar (Jarden Home Brands)
- Americana Acrylic Paint (DecoArt): Warm White; Espresso
- Patterned papers: brown/white Swiss dot; red/white polka dot
- White cardstock
- White wool felt scrap
- Wool roving: brown; white
- Pink Tiny Alphas Alphabet Stickers (Making Memories)
- Crystal acrylic gems, two
- Long pearl straight pins, two
- White miniature silk flower
- Black pebble bead
- Acrylic crystal
- Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
- Scallop-edge scissors
- Tiny hole punch
- Adhesives (Beacon Adhesives): Fabri-Tac; Zip Dry Paper Glue
- Needle felting tool and pad
Directions for Snack mix in a jar:
1.Paint jar lid. Let dry. Apply varnish.
2. Cut 4″x12″ rectangle from paper to fit around jar. Adhere to jar. (Note: Wrap rubber bands around paper to secure while glue dries.) Use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 1″x12″ strips from cardstock. Glue to top and bottom edge of rectangle.
3. Print and cut out pattern. Punch holes in each scallop of cardstock edges.
4. Paint toothpicks Espresso. Set aside.
5. Needle felt bird white. Draw wing with marker. Needle felt wing and beak brown. Glue crystal (eye) to face and bird to jar. For legs, cut ends of toothpicks and glue to jar.
6. For label, cut 3/4″x4″ strip from patterned paper. Fold in half, adhere ends and cut fork at end with scissors. Adhere stickers to spell “bird seed”. Stick straight pin through label and bird. Stick remaining pin through silk flower and bird. Glue gem to bird.
7. Follow instructions on recipe and fill jar.
by Melony Bradley
Show off the cork from your favorite adult beverage. Use a recycled wine cork or two, and craft supplies you might have on hand to create this charming, vintage-inspired necklace. Not only are you using recycled materials to make this fun necklace you can personalize it to your taste by adding different color crystals. Handmade jewelry is fun to wear because it is unique.
Materials and tools for wine cork necklace:
- Flat wooden circle, 1-1/2”
- Recycled wine corks, two
- Reclaimed jewelry chain with three clasps at center
- Silver jump rings, 10mm, four
- Beadalon Stainless Steel Memory Wire, 32-gauge
- Flat-backed crystals: 4mm, one package; 6mm, two
- Vintage book page
- Stamps: script background, small butterfly
- Circle punch, 3/8”
- Wire cutters
- Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose
- Hand saw and cutting surface
- Hand drill
- Jacquard Products Paints: Neopaque Brown, White; Lumiere Pearlescent Blue
- Ink pads: black pigment, green chalk
- Beacon Adhesives Adhesives: Liquid Laminate, Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesives
- foam brush, paintbrush, sponge dauber, newspaper (to cover work surface)
Directions to make a wine cork necklace:
- Working on protected surface, use hand saw to cut three 1/4”-thick discs from one cork. Cut remaining cork in half lengthwise; set aside one half for future project.
- Paint one disc Pearlescent Blue and wooden circle Brown; let dry.
- Use black pigment ink and script stamp to stamp two remaining cork discs. Ink edges of all cork discs and cork half with green chalk ink. Stamp butterfly in center of blue disc. Let all pieces dry.
- Use hand drill to drill holes in two script discs and at top and bottom of wooden circle. Drill hole in top of cork half.
- Punch circle from vintage book page. Use Liquid Laminate and foam brush to découpage paper to center of wooden circle; let dry. Use Gem-Tac Adhesive to adhere blue disc to center of wooden circle.
- Use Gem-Tac Adhesive to adhere crystals to edge of blue disc, to centers of script discs, and to cork half in curving pattern as shown. Let dry.
- Cut 2” length from Memory Wire coil. Bend wire in half, dot ends with Gem-Tac Adhesive, and insert into hole in top of cork half. Let dry.
- Use chain-nose pliers to open four jump rings. Insert open ends through four drilled holes in cork discs and wooden circle.
- Join discs and wooden circle to chain as shown; close jump rings using round-nose pliers. Join cork half to bottom of wooden circle; close jump ring.
A decoupage flower pot is a great gift for graduation, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Use black and white or tinted copies of photographs to create a personalized flower pot. Use baby photos and snapshots from important life events to make this visual keepsake extra meaningful.
Materials and tools for decoupage flower pot:
- Terra cotta flower pot, 6”
- Wooden heart tag, 2-1/2”
- Inkjet photo paper or copy paper
- Acrylic flat-backed crystals
- Ribbon or fabric of choice, 1” wide, 14” length
- Jute twine, 3” length
- Computer, photo-editing software, scanner, inkjet printer or copier
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp Black, Snow White, Boysenberry Pink, Olive Green
- Tiny alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
- Adhesives: DecoArtAmericana Decou-page, Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
- scissors, paintbrushes, foam brush, wax candle, sanding block, newspaper (to cover work surface)
Instructions for decoupage flower-pot:
Use scanner to scan photographs and save. Use photo-editing software to convert photos to black and white and to tint photographs if desired. Resize photographs into various sizes ranging from 1” to 4”. Print photographs on inkjet paper (or copy photos onto copy paper). Use scissors to trim photographs as needed.
On covered work surface, paint flower pot rim and inside of pot Boysenberry Pink or Olive Green. Paint wooden heart black. Let dry. Use wax candle to lightly rub surface on heart randomly to create wax resist. Paint heart Snow White. When dry, sand surface lightly to reveal distressed finish.
Use alphabet stamps and pigment ink to stamp sentiment such as “we grow through a mother’s love” or “we love you Mom” on heart. Adhere crystals on heart using Gem-Tac. Set aside.
Use découpage medium and foam brush to adhere photos to bottom of flower pot. Overlap photos slightly and vary position. Use fingers to smooth out air bubbles. Let dry.
Tie ribbon into bow around top of pot. Use jute or string to tie heart tag around knot in bow.
Give a sweet treat to your favorite person with a cupcake gift set. Use your favorite recipe to make the cupcakes and icing and give them the ingredients to make them too. The cupcakes are perfect for any occasion.
Supplies for Cup Gift Set:
- Recycled glass jars in various sizes
- Light turquoise blue fabric, 1/4 yd.
- Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Olive Green; Bubblegum Pink, Glamour Dust, Duraclear Varnish
- Cardstock: turquoise; white
- Black 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC)
- Small plastic bag
- Bubble Stripes Baking Cups (Wilton)
- Multi colored beads: 6/0 pebble; bugle
- Birthday Cupcakes stamp set (Inkadinkado)
- Black pigment ink pad
- Scallop-edge scissors
- Circle punches: 1/2”; 1”
- Batting and Stick Fusible Webbing by Fairfield
- Sewing needle and matching thread
- Glue (Beacon Adhesives): Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive; Zip Dry Paper Glue
- Iron and pressing board
Instructions for cupcake gift set:
1. Paint jar lids Olive Green and Bubblegum Pink. Let dry and apply varnish. While varnish is still wet, sprinkle with Glamour Dust.
2. Trace 4” and 3-1/2” oval, and 2-1/2” circle on batting; cut out with scallop-edge scissors. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse light turquoise fabric to fusible webbing. Trace and cut out 3-3/4” oval, 3-1/4” oval and 2-1/4” circle from fused fabric. Layer ovals and circles together and fuse so batting ovals and circles are matted.
3. Use pigment ink to stamp sentiments and images on fabric. Heat set with iron on warm setting.
4. Use three strands embroidery floss to blanket stitch edge of turquoise ovals and circles. Sew multi colored seed and bugle beads for sprinkles on cupcake image. Use fabric glue to adhere sewn ovals and circle to jars. Carefully fill jars with contents (cake mix, frosting and store-bought chocolate sprinkles).
5. For cupcake picks, punch several 1” circles from turquoise card stock and several 1/2” circles from white cardstock. Stamp small cupcake images from set and glue circles together. Glue toothpics to back center of larger circle. Cut small rectangular turquoise piece to fit opening of small plastic bag and mat with white cardstock. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock. Place picks in bag and stamp ends to rectangles to secure.
by Melony Bradley