Holidays are here and shops are full of Christmas gifts which will disappear from the counters pretty soon. Finding a good present is a hard job and when you finally got something you like, you really want to make the moment of giving it unforgettable. Beautiful and attractive packaging is one thing that will make your present even more memorable.
I want to share with you an idea on how to make creative gift packaging using simple natural materials which you can find everywhere on the street, in the park, or garden. It’s made in the shape of envelope which makes it suitable for small or flat items, such as scarves, handkerchiefs, CDs, concert tickets, jewellery, and so forth.
Here is what you will need:
Hard and thick paper: any color of your choice. I chose this brown which is the color of dark wood and rich soil.
Fallen leaves, branches, and seeds. These can be found in any park during the autumn season.
Double sided scotch tape.
Acrylic paint – I’ve chosen silver, but gold would also looks very glamorous and festive.
- First of all you need to dry out the leaves that you have collected. You can do it by placing them between pages of an old book and they will become flat.
- Once they dry, it’s time to have fun! Painting them is a creative way to spend time and in silver or gold, they become even more beautiful.
- While our leaves are getting dry we can get busy with making the envelope itself. I didn’t use any template, just cut out the shape as shown on the picture.
- Fold it up using a ruler for crisp edges.
- Now is the time to attach the button. Make sure it is located below the folded top of envelope.
- Stick your envelope together with the use of double sided scotch tape, leaving only the top side free.
- Now attach the hemp thread on the underside of the folded top. Again I used double sided scotch to stick it firmly and put a piece of same colored paper to hide the attachment.
- It is now time to make the attractive decorations with our gifts from nature. I have used thuja branches as they remind me of a Christmas tree. I touched them up with hints of silver to make them look like they were covered with frost.
- Be careful with the glue when attaching them to the envelope. You don’t want to spoil everything with dirty marks.
Now is time to put your present inside and wait until Christmas to give it to your darling one!
Written by Anna Nahman. Ann is an Interior designer and blogger at L’Essenziale Home Designs. She is also the owner of a popular online boutique L’Essenziale selling unique artisanal home decor objects found in the countries along the ancient Silk Route. Be sure to see her site for more, and you can follow Anna on Twitter, and Facebook.