boho chic gift packaging idea

 DIY boho chic gift packaging idea tie dye baby onesies

Try this boho chic gift packaging idea and DIY baby onesie tie dye idea for a great handmade baby gift that does not cost a lot of money but looks like a boutique gift!  I don’t know about you but my friends are still popping out the little ones and I am always trying to think of something unique to give them that they want and will actually use.  My kids went through baby onesies as fast as they did their diapers.  So I thought I would tie dye a bunch of onesies and package them up. I will give directions on how to make both the tie dyed onesies and the uber cool and creative boho chic gift packaging.

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Supplies for boho chic gift packaging :

learn how to create custom gift packaging with stencil and paint and clearbag kraft paper boxes

Supplies for Tie Dye Baby Onesies:

  • onesies
  • fabric dye in multiple colors
  • tongs
  • rubber bands
  • gloves
  • covered work surface
  • mason jars
  • a stove or a microwave
  • wear old clothes!

Instructions for boho chic gift packaging :

  1. Select your paint colors and stencil then place the surface to be stenciled on a covered work surface.  Place the stencil in the desired location and  dip the stencil brush into the paint. Tap off excess paint.  When stenciling less paint is better because you can always add layers. 
  2. You can change brushes in-between paint colors.  On this project I did not because I wanted blended colors.  Play around and get comfortable with paint and see what you like best.
  3. Stencil randomly all over the gift box and allow the paint to dry.  Use the same stencil that you used to apply the paint and use a micron pen to create an outline.  None of this has to be perfect because that is the nature of hand-made and part of the boho chic look.  

Instructions for Tie Dye Baby Onesies:

  1. Cover your work surface before you begin, wear gloves and old clothes.  As I say that, I am sitting here typing this in with blue fingernails and a splash of blue dye on the front of my shirt.
  2. Add rubber bands to the dyed item to create your pattern and then soak the items to be dyed in a bath of clean hot water.  This helps to get a better dye result.
  3. Either heat up your dye in a dye only pan on the stove or in a jar in the microwave.  Use caution when moving hot stuff.  
  4. Place the item in the mason jar or pan and allow to soak for 15-30 minutes.  The longer it soaks the stronger and brighter the color will be.  Remove the item dyed and rinse with cool clean water. 
  5. Wash with a mild detergent and air dry away from direct sunlight for best results.

Package the dyed baby onesies into the supper cute boho chic gift packaging and watch the delight other face when they see your cool creation.

 

make a bird nest shadow box – creative gift packaging

 

bird nest shadow box gift packaging idea for jewelry

Make a bird nest shadow box for creative gift packaging.  The gift recipient will be as delighted with the gift as the packaging.  The box is the perfect size for giving jewelry or to tuck in a gift card.

There is an interesting story behind my inspiration for this project.  It’s hard not to be inspired by birds in Spring. The cheerful singing and constant presence of birds this time of year cannot be ignored. I create almost daily next to a large window. Almost every five minutes or so I am startled by a cardinal who thumps the window almost violently. This occurrence has gone on for a few weeks now. After searching the web, I found out that cardinals are notorious for fighting their own reflections in an effort for territorial rights. With the constant thumping and sweet site of my cardinal, I once again became inspired to create a bird themed project.

It was by pure chance that I ran into these really cute wood boxes at my local craft store recently. I thought they were really different. I also snagged these super cute laser cut wood bird shapes. Super tiny and perfect for jewelry projects.

The boxes are different. They have a glass top and a wood slat that is removable so that you can display components of your choice, shadow box style.

Supplies for bird nest shadow box:

  • wood shadow boxes
  • liquid dye
  • glue
  • polymer clay
  • wire
  • wire cutter
  • embellishments

Here is a look at most of the supplies I used for this project, give or take a few.

Instructions for bird nest shadow box:

Instead of painting the boxes, I decided to use Rit Dyes to stain them. I love this process because its fun, fast and easy. I simply used a teaspoon of dye to about 1/4 cup hot water to mix a dye bath. (Remember to wear rubber or latex gloves when using dyes) A paintbrush was used to “paint” the dye to the top of the box.
For a two toned stained effect, I added some water to the dye and painted the bottom of the box a lighter shade of Rit Dye’s Aquamarine. I also dropped the shapes into the cup that I used for the dye bath and let them sit for five minutes or so.

For the second box, I used Cocoa Brown. Here is a shot of all the pieces dyed drying on paper towels.
So, with my bird theme, what to display under the top glass but a sweet little wired bird nest? I used Artistic Wire to create a simple spiraled nest.

These are super easy to create, just keep wrapping the wire in a circular motion until you have a nice full “nest.” Use wire nippers to cut off a few small piece of wire and use them to wire the spirals together. Twist them tight with round nose jewelry pliers.
Don’t worry too much about what your nest look like at this point. After you feel them with eggs in the center, any little “imperfections” will be invisible.
I used Premo by Sculpey to shape little tiny eggs. A pea sized piece will make perfectly sized eggs for these nests.
The eggs were baked right in the nest, in the oven at about 225 degrees for about 25 minutes on a clay dedicated baking sheet. Then I brushed the eggs with Silver PearlEx by Jacquard Products.
To embellish the box, I added a stamped oval, some fabric washi tape from Stampington and some self adhesive gem stone rows.
To make the pendant, I glued the bird to the center of the dyed circle and added some rhinestone chain to the edges with Beacon’s Glass Metal and More. I also attached a super sparkly brooch to the piece. To create a brooch, I added a pin back.

Add brooch to pendantThis little brooch turned out to be the perfect addition for the boxes. My cardinal is still outside the window, thumping away and reminding me that birds are so artfully inspirational.

dyed muslin favor bags

muslin favor bags favor bags

Dye muslin favor bags  to customize wedding favor bags perfect for giving small gifts at a wedding reception, bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, shower or even Valentine’s Day gifts.

Materials for muslin favor bags:

Tools

  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Dies: Primitive Hearts, Small Flower
  • Rit Liquid Dyes: Purple, Denim Blue, Kelly Green, Lemon Yellow
  • Alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
  • Adhesives: Stick; Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac and Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies muslin favor bags:

washing machine, small mixing container, mixing spoon, hot water, rubber gloves, old towel, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, plastic tablecloth or trash bag, rotary cutter and mat.

Directions muslin favor bags:

1.  Machine wash cotton muslin. Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth or trash bag. Wearing rubber gloves, mix 1/2 tsp. Kelly Green, 1 Tbsp. Lemon Yellow, and 1 cup hot water in small mixing container. (Note: Water should be 140º or hotter.) Stir with mixing spoon. Submerge fabric and 12” string length into dye bath. Let set for four minutes. Remove from dye bath; squeeze out excess dye and rinse under cool tap water. Squeeze out excess water; wrap in old towel to remove water and dye. Let dry. Iron on pressing surface to remove wrinkles. Repeat process for lavender fabric, mixing 1/8 tsp. Purple, 1/8 tsp. Denim Blue and 1 cup hot water.

2. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 6”x7-1/2” or two 4”x5-1/2” pieces from dyed fabric. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse small scrap (approximately 1-1/2”x2”) of white muslin to fusible webbing using iron. Use alphabet stamps and solvent ink for sentiment of choice to stamp muslin. Heat set with iron on medium setting.

3. Die cut heart from burlap. Die cut flower from black wool felt. Pin burlap heart to front of bag and machine-sew around edges, leaving small opening for stuffing. Lightly stuff with fiberfill and sew opening closed. Machine-sew stamped sentiment 1/4” from edge using straight or zig-zag stitch.

4. Steam 1/2” seam at top of bag pieces; machine sew using zig-zag or straight stitch. Place right sides of bag together and sew sides using 1/2” seam allowance on left, bottom, and right sides of bag. Steam seams open. Turn bag right side out and press.

5. Use fabric glue to adhere black felt flower on bag. Adhere rhinestone on flower center using Gem-Tac. Adhere dyed string onto top of bag (for handle) using Fabri-Tac. Let dry.

Easy Book Thongs Instructions

Easy Book Thongs book thong butterfly

 

 

Book thongs?  No, they are not anything offensive… lol and they are really quick and easy to make.  They are a fun and easy way to keep your place while reading books.   My kids lose the paper book marks and get frustrated when they lose their place in a book.  That is why I came up with a book thong using Oly*Fun and novelty buttons.   You can use a button that is pleasing to your child.  These particular buttons came from Buttons Galore and More.  They have a great variety of novelty buttons.  Oly*Fun craft sheets can be found in Joann Crafts stores.  Most big box stores carry the Craft packs and some even carry it by the bolt.  It is a really functional material.  It is tough like a fabric but can be cut and treated like paper because it does not unravel.

book thongs instructions

Supplies for book thongs:

  • Oly*Fun
  • Novelty Buttons
  • Hair elastics
  • scissors, pencil, ruler
  • Needle, thread and sewing machine

Instructions to make book thongs:

  1. Use the pencil to draw one inch lines across the crafts sheets.
  2. Cut along the line to create 1×12 strips of  Oly*fun.  You can trim them to a variety of lengths for different sized books.
  3. Fold one end of the strip over the hair elastic.  Sew a straight line using an 1/4 inch seem allowance.
  4. Repeat step 3 and trim the edges.
  5. Hand sew on a button on the other end of the strip.
  6. Place around a book and enjoy.

 

 

I made about a dozen book thongs in just around an hour.  They are really quick and easy to make.  If you would like more ideas for back to school check out the links below.

An InLinkz Link-up



Quick Teacher Gift

Back-to-School-teacher gift

 

Preschool – Back to School backpack

Back view of Rit Dye back pack

romantic ruffled pillow

ruffled pillowA ruffled pillow can update your décor with romantic style filled with rows and rows of ruffles! Hand-dyed fabrics help you create your own unique look.  If you like the shabby chic look the ruffled pillow is a perfect accent too.

Materials for ruffled pillow:

  • Fairfield Home Elegance Square Pillow Insert, 14”x14”
  • White muslin fabric, one yard
  • White wool felt, scraps
  • Melissa Frances Vintage Filigree Jeweled Brooch

Tools for ruffled pillow:

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Flower Layers #4 Die
  • Sewing machine and thread: ecru, black
  • Sewing needle
  • Jacquard Products iDye Fabric Dye for Natural Fibers: Ecru, Chartreuse, Deep Orange, Pink
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • measuring cup, long kitchen tongs, one-gallon container, kitchen thermometer, large pot, stove
  • top, rubber gloves, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface), pins, ruler, scissors, iron, old towel

Directions for ruffled pillow:

1.  Use scissors to cut two 15” squares from muslin. Cut small slit at short edge of remaining muslin,
2-1/2” from edge. By hand, tear remaining muslin into 2-1/2”-wide strips.

2.  In large pot, heat four cups of water on stove top until very hot, approximately
140°F. Pour 1-1/2 cups hot water into large container. Cover work surface with
plastic tablecloth.

3.  Wearing rubber gloves, empty Ecru dye packet into water in container. Stir well
with kitchen tongs; remove any remaining packet scraps. Add muslin squares, one at a
time, to dye. Let sit 15 minutes and then remove from mixture. Discard mixture and
rinse container. Rinse excess dye from fabric; squeeze excess water from fabric and
wrap in old towel to absorb moisture. Hang fabric to air dry.

4.  Divide torn muslin strips into three piles. Pour 3/4 cup hot water into large
container; add Chartreuse dye packet. Stir and remove packet scraps. Add one-third
of muslin strips to mixture. Let sit 15 minutes and then remove from mixture. Rinse
container and fabric; blot moisture in old towel. Hang fabric strips to air dry.

5.  Repeat Step 4 to dye one-third of muslin strips Deep Orange and remaining
muslin strips Pink.

6.  When all fabric is dry, press with iron on steam setting. Gather all strips
using a knife pleat, sewing machine, and black thread. Join same-color strips
together to create four-yard length of each color.

7.  Use fabric glue to adhere strips to one 15” pillow square. Work strips into
spirals, alternating colors. Spot glue fabric as needed.

8.  Die cut flower layers from white wool felt; layer and adhere to center of
ruffled design. Pin brooch to flower center.

9.  Use cream thread to sew pillow front and back together, right sides facing,
using 1/2” seam allowance and leaving bottom edge open for turning. Steam seams
open and turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form; use needle and ecru
thread to whipstitch opening closed.

Lean how to make dyed tag place markers

favor tags dyed tag place markers

The dyed tag place markers use colorful dyes and fabric scraps to decorate these simple manila tags.  You can make these for a bridal shower, a wedding reception or for gift tags.  Chose colors that coordinate with your event.  You can make each one unique and use scrap fabrics and embellishments from your stash.

Supplies for dyed tag place markers

  • Manila shipping tag, 4-3/4”x2-3/8”
  • White cotton fabric
  • Beige fabric, scrap
  • Prima Marketing Dynasty Ivory Flower Center
  • Adhesive-back rhinestone rows
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Caged Bird Bigz Die
  • Sewing machine and brown thread
  • Liquid Dye: Dark Cocoa,  Yellow, Teal, Purple
  • Tiny alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
  • Paper trimmer with scoring blade, rotary cutter and self-healing mat
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, Fairfield Stick fusible interfacing.

Basic Supplies for dyed tags

  • measuring cup, measuring spoons, plastic disposable spoon, plastic containers, rubber gloves, plastic tablecloth or newspaper (to cover work surface), paper towels,
  • iron and pressing surface, ruler

DIRECTIONS for place cards:

1.  On covered work surface, cut 6” fabric square from white fabric. Measure 1/8 tsp. Purple dye and mix with 1 cup very hot water (at 140º F) in plastic container. Stir well. Place fabric square in dye bath and remove. Rinse under cool water; squeeze out excess dye and water. Let dry on paper towels. Repeat process to create light green fabric, mixing 1/4 tsp. Teal dye and 1 tsp.  Yellow dye with 1 cup hot water. For tags, use 2 Tbsp. Dark Cocoa dye and 1 cup hot water. Remove fabric and tags from dye baths and let dry on paper towels.
2.  When fabric is dry, press with steam iron setting. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse beige and dyed fabrics to fusible webbing.
3.  Die cut bird and wing, with paper side up, from purple or light green fabrics. Cut 1-1/2” beige fabric square. Peel away paper backing and fuse to tag using iron.
4.  Machine-sew freeform outline on bird, wing, and beige square 1/4” from edges. Machine-sew outline around tag edges.
5.  Use alphabet stamps and pigment ink to stamp guest name on beige square. Let dry. Heat set using iron on medium setting.
6.  Tear 1/2”x5” strip from dyed fabric. Thread strip into punched hole on tag; tie ends into knot. Press rhinestone rows on bottom of tag. Adhere flower center on tag using paper glue.
7.  Use paper trimmer to cut 1”x4” strip from card-stock scrap. Score strip three times, every 1”, along length. Fold on lines to create open box shape. Adhere onto back of tag for stand.
hand dyed name cards - custom place cards

dyed wood coasters

dyed wood coasters
dyed wood coasters

Give mom a gift she can use everyday.  Heck, you could make a set for your dad too.  These dyed wood coasters would make a great gift for almost anyone.  Hand-dye thin basswood strips and arrange them in colorful patterns on cork foam board. The foam board is sturdy, but lightweight, and the cork creates a great, nonabrasive base.  Make sure you cover them with a finish or the dye will bleed.

Materials and tools for dyed wood coasters

  • Elmer’s Cork Foam Board or cork
  • Basswood strips, 1/2” wide
  • Liquid Dye: Apple Green, Purple, Lemon Yellow, Sunshine Orange, Cocoa Brown, Aquamarine
  • Adhesives: Adtech Hot glue gun Glue sticks for woodDecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze

Basic supplies for dyed wood coasters:

  • sandpaper, rubber gloves, ruler, pencil, paper towels, stirring spoon, measuring cup, measuring spoon, plastic containers or bowls, craft knife, old pair of scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions to make dyed wood coasters:

  1. Use ruler and pencil to draw 4” square on foam side of cork foam board. Use craft knife to cut out, using several passes to score and then cut through cork foam board.
  2. Use ruler and pencil to mark 15-20 lengths measuring 1/4”-4” on basswood strips. Use old pair of scissors to cut strips. Sand cut edges as needed.
  3. On covered work surface, separate basswood strips into six piles. Wearing rubber gloves, prepare six dye baths by mixing 1 Tbsp. of dye with 1 cup hot water in each plastic container. Stir mixtures until dyes have dissolved. Place piles of basswood strips into each dye bath. Let set for a few minutes; remove strips and let dry on paper towels.
  4. When dry, arrange dyed strips on foam side of cut square from Step 1. Arrange strips vertically and horizontally. When satisfied with arrangement, apply tacky glue onto back of strips. Press strips onto foam side of square; let set. If desired, layer strips along edges to create raised border. Let dry.
  5. Spray coaster with several coats of gloss glaze to seal. Let dry. Repeat process to create additional coasters.

dyed rosettes & twig wreath

twig wreathdyed rosettes & twig wreath

Dyed muslin rosettes transform this budget-friendly natural twig wreath into a colorful door accent.  If you do not have any trees in your yard you can get creative and go for a walk in a park and pick up a few.   Left over sheets and pillow cases are what I normally use for scrap fabric.  If you do not want to use left over sheets and pillow cases you can get muslin.  This twig wreath makes the perfect Earth Day project to make with your kids.

Materials for dyed rosettes & twig wreath:

  • Recycled corrugated cardboard box
  • Use left over sheets and pillow cases or one  muslin yard.
  • Natural or purchased twigs
  • Wire, 6” length
  • Liquid Dye: Tangerine, Aquamarine, Taupe, Cocoa Brown
  • Recycled plastic containers, four
  • Adtech Hot Glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies:

  • scissors, pencil, iron and pressing surface, spoon, rubber gloves, hot water, old towel, measuring cup, plastic tablecloth, awl, hand saw, ruler

Directions for dyed rosettes & twig wreath:

  1. Wash muslin to remove fabric starches. Machine dry without fabric softener and press with steam iron.
  2. Gather straight twigs from fallen tree branches or overgrown bushes. Or purchase twigs from local craft store. Use hand saw to cut sticks into 9”-12” lengths. (Note: To cover 10” wreath form, you will need approximately 55 pieces, depending on thickness of twigs.)
  3. Trace 10” circle onto flat side of corrugated cardboard box. Trace 5-1/2” circle on center of larger circle (for wreath shape). Use scissors to cut out wreath and opening.
  4. Tear twelve 2”-wide strips from muslin and remove any excess strings from edges.
  5. Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth. Wearing rubber gloves, measure 1/2 cup of Tangerine dye with 1 cup of hot water (at least 140º F) in plastic container. Mix well with spoon. Repeat process to prepare separate dye paths for Aquamarine, Taupe, and Cocoa Brown dyes in remaining plastic containers. Submerge six strips into Tangerine dye bath and two strips each into Taupe, Cocoa, and Aquamarine dye baths. Remove strips and rinse under running water to remove excess dye until water runs clear. Place strips on old towel to remove excess water. Hang strips to dry.
  6. Adhere twigs to one side of cardboard wreath using tacky glue. Use generous amount of glue and let dry thoroughly overnight before handling.
  7. Use steam iron to press dyed strips. Starting at one end of strip, twist tightly and begin to roll into spiral shape. Use small amount of fabric glue to secure edges every 2”-3”. For Tangerine rosettes, use two strips of muslin, adhering one end of muslin to other end to make larger flower. For remaining rosettes, use one muslin strip.
  8. Use an awl to pierce two small holes, approximately 1-1/2” apart, on one side of cardboard wreath. For hanger, place ends of wire into pierced holes and bend ends onto lengths to secure.
  9. Use fabric glue to adhere rosettes to wreath as shown and let dry.

Make a Quick teacher gift

Teacher Gift

Make a teacher gift that is quick and thoughtful.  Place a gift card with a personalized note from your child inside the gift box.  The box can be used on their desk if there is enough room after all the greatest teacher mugs.  I could not help myself on the apple buttons.  I would only give this too an early education teacher.  Not cool enough for the over 10 kids to see.  Make sure it is a gift card to a place that is on their wish list or to a place  you know they love.
Back-to-School-teacher gift

Materials to create a dyed wooden gift Teacher Gift box:

  • Wooden box available at local craft stores. Generally around a dollar
  • Dye in Aqua
  • Adtech Adhesive Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Back to School ButtonsTutti Fruity
  • Misc.  Paper towels, plastic grocery bag, sand paper, disposable container for dye.

Directions to make the wooden teacher gift box:

  1. If the box has rough edges you can sand them smooth with sandpaper.  Wipe off dust with a damp paper towel or tack cloth.
  2. Dip the box in heated dye bath.  Tap to remove excess.
  3. Place a paper towel on a plastic bag.  The paper towel is used to gather excess dye.
  4. Once the wood is dry you can add the button embellishments.
  5. Always cover your work surface when working with dye.  Gloves are a great option too.  I use metal tongs to keep my hands clean.Enjoy the process.You can change out the buttons for any occasion too.  Spring flowers for Easter maybe?  If you want to see other quick and awesome Teacher Appreciation crafts click on the link below.

color washed daisy tags

color washed tagsThe color washed daisy tags are transformed from plain shipping tags into lovely mixed-media accents for spring and summer gifts. Make a bunch to have on hand for a quick gift package topper.  You could even tie them around a bottle of wine for a thank you gift.

Materials for color washed daisy tags:

  • Manila shipping tags, 2-3/8”x4-3/4”, four
  • Black cardstock
  • Vintage book pages
  • Jacquard Products Cotton Inkjet Fabric Sheets
  • Flower center embellishments
  • Computer, inkjet printer, and font(s) of choice
  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Build a Flower #3 Die
  • Jacquard Products Lumiere Paints: Citrine, Pearlescent Blue, Pearlescent Magenta, Metallic Copper
  • Black chalk ink pad

Basic Supplies for color washed daisy tags:

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, foam paintbrush, small disposable bowl, wax paper
(to cover work surface), heat tool, Adhesive – hot glue or glue runner
For each tag, mix one part water with one part paint in small bowl. On covered work surface,
lightly apply paint mixture to one side of tag. Repeat for back of tag; let dry completely.
(Note: Tags will curl while wet, but will flatten out as they dry. Speed dry with heat tool, if desired.)

Die cut flower layers from vintage book pages and black cardstock.

1.  Using computer and following manufacturer’s instructions, format and print small sentiments
onto cotton fabric sheets; sentiments include “sweetest friend,” “thank you so much,”
“happiest birthday,” and “for someone special.”
2.  Cut sentiments into strips, leaving borders around text. Adhere sentiment strips and flower
layers to tags as shown using glue.
3.  Sew straight stitch around edge of each tag, 1/8” from edge, and around each sentiment strip.
Sew directly through flower layers to secure.
4.  Using Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive, adhere flower center embellishment to center of
each paper flower.