Monday, March 19, 2012

A Pretty Package for Sheila

So there are two things (among many) I'm terrible at:  1) remembering friends' birthdays so that I can send a card or gift on time, and 2) wrapping said gift nicely. 

I'm totally patting myself on the back today because I managed to accomplish both of these for once!

A few days ago, I remembered Facebook reminded me of a dear friend's birthday this coming Saturday.  This friend, Sheila, lives in Arizona, so that left enough time to make her a little somethin' somethin' and send it off.

Since the present (which I can't share here since she subscribes to the blog...don't want to spoil the surprise!) was homemade, I had no packaging for it.  Ruh-roh!

Enter an adorable tutorial from Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures in the April issue of Romantic Homes

Elyse embellished simple paper sacks with cupcake/muffin liners and other sweet paper details.  Here's a peek from her Facebook page of one of the bags she made.  So cute, right?

Photo by Elyse Major via Facebook

I adapted her original idea to work for Sheila's present.  Rather than a paper sack, I used a small plastic bag and a single Martha Stewart cupcake liner picked up this weekend from Michael's.  (I'll have to show you guys the other liners in the pack--they are squeal-inducingly cute.)

I folded the edges of the liner so it would fit the width of the plastic bag. Using double-sided tape, I then attached the liner to the bag after putting the present inside. A homemade label-turned-sticker (thanks to my mother-in-law's Xyron) completed the wrapping job.

Now, I just need to get it in the mail so it can arrive in time for Sheila's birthday!  :)

How do you like to creatively wrap presents?  Do you have any tips for particular supplies to keep on hand to make pretty packaging easier?



  1. and that would be another thing we have in common- i am awful about that stuff and when i get it on time or mail on time and it's packaged nicely i am SO proud of myself! ;)

  2. OMGosh Erin....I have 10 brothers and sisters and cannot for the life of me remember any of their birthdays! So happy I am not the only one. Love your packaging idea...too cute! Lucky birthday girl.

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  3. Oh, what a pretty cupcake liner! Such sweet flowers on it!

  4. Awesome! What a pretty package :)
    HOW WAS YOUR TRIP!!?? I'm dying to hear about it!

  5. So cute Erin! I love that idea!
    I saw that the cookbook is out on Amazon, saw it Petit Maison's blog... do you have a copy? I can't wait to see it.. and don't forget to come to the Fetch party on Thursday!


  6. Phew! i am glad to hear that I am not the only one that has a tough time with birthdays and getting things in the mail in time!! I love the idea of using a pretty cupcake liner! This would work awesome for birthday party treat bags!

  7. That is SO cute!I adore homemade gifts.
    I have the same "memory" problem. In fact, My hubby usually remembers our anniversary before I do!



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