Monday, June 25, 2012

Ribbon Wrapping...........for summertime Gift Wrap

My husband turned into a power wash addict yesterday. I know it was addictive behavior because he wouldn't share and let me have my turn. Fine then, I am going to Pinterest Pin all day long and I think I did. Well actually, I did some other things too. I took Daisy to a rest home to see how she would do as a therapy dog and she barked at the wheel chairs but loved the people. She has potential if I can tone down her excitement level. And I baked some giant muffins from The Barefoot Contessa even though I give most of my baking away these days. I don't consider pinning a productive task, mostly I use it as a relaxation technique while I wait for muffins to cook or while pouting because the power washing was my idea. But sometimes it leads me to some great ideas as it did today when I ran into the Gift Wrap board of Larissa Hill and found this Kate-Spadish gift wrapping idea with neon stickers on kraft paper. Fun and easy, everything a summer gift presentation should be, don't you agree?

I also like this gift wrap technique, shall we call it ribbon wrapping? It works best with narrow and interesting ribbons and that is exactly what I found at The Gilded Bee while pinning away. So maybe pinning is productive at times because I sure do like this Etsy ribbon source.

These aren't your typical ribbons, more tinsel cording and unique trims for gift wrapping, weddings, and crafts but I love the gift wrapping potential, especially for sweet little gift presentations. Glittered Ric Rac, luxe velvets, fringe garlands, and yes, sequins and pom pom garlands as well. Love this Chartreuse  Pom Pom garland here

The Gilded Bee also sells these paper butterflies clips with their fuzzy centers and though I would tend to use them en masse, I love the one used below in a singular fashion as well. I tend to think of summertime wrapping as being more relaxed, with simpler techniques and bright colours and this is the season that humble kraft paper does itself proud.

If you really like this wrapped ribbon technique, note how the ribbon is laying flat and twisted, gives it a more interesting variation. You might have to try it a few times and a glass of wine beforehand might relax your hand perfectly for this imperfect technique. It can't hurt. Isn't this ribbon from The Gilded Bee wonderful? It works perfectly for this trendy gift wrap technique. 

Aren't you happy I didn't get my turn at power washing after all?
The Gilded Bee has over 993 items in their Etsy shop so be prepared 
and forewarned. You will want to do some ribbon wrapping of your own.

See my Pinterest boards here.

Top image via Pinterest/1, 2, 3, and 4 via The Gilded Bee


  1. Can't wait to go visit. hank you for the referral, Sande.
    Happy Monday.

  2. Very interesting. I have not tried doing more with ribbon outside of what I would call its traditional use on a gift or package. I will certainly try some of these suggestions.

  3. I love this, Sande. So simple, so easy and yet so so pretty. My little grand-daughter is turning 2 at the end of July, she loves all things "girly-girly" already...I'm sending her a box every single day of her birthday week...and I will definitely use these tips and resources. Love the butterflys...I picked up a few butterfly themed things yesterday so your's just fit right in. Big hug from HOT Texas....

  4. I've always liked the way plain craft paper looks special when it gets paired with ribbon and trim. These are especially fun with the hot colours.

  5. Sande, I know what you mean about the power washing. And if he didn't find it fun and exciting, you would have been doing it! I'm obsessed with ribbon, and at one time made my Face Girls (see my sidebar) and sold them. However, the time it took to make them was better spent painting which is my first love. But I absolutely adore ribbon of any kind, so thanks for the posts. We need to definately wrap more and use less gift bags. Too busy? Wrapping beautifully is a work of art! And using Pinterest stimulates creativity no end. Good for you!

  6. Love craft paper and butterflys!
    Always inspiring your blog

  7. Mr. Chase needs to learn to share! (Sorry Mommy mode is kicking in here.)
    The Gilded Bee sounds like the perfect place for me to visit if I had some extra spending money for a craft-purchasing binge. I'm going to remember those vibrant butterflies for future gift wrapping, but I have no doubt in my mind that I'm going to have to take some of my own advice and share them with Amelia, for she would LOVE playing with those!


  8. It's nice to have the supplies and and make your gifts really stand out. Especially in summer. These are lovely ones.

  9. I love these had me at the polka dots in the first pix!
    I did quite a bit of pinning myself today...
    I will check out the Guilded Bee!

  10. There are few things I love as much as pretty ribbons and wrap. As always, you always share the best stuff!

  11. GREAT POST:) I really like your you have twitter or fb??

    If you want some Swedish décor inspiration, you can check out my blog:)
    Have a great weekend.

    LOVE Maria at

  12. Beautiful ideas and love these gorgeous ribbons, day well spent!
    Carla x

  13. Adore the kraft paper looks, so chic and simple. We so enjoy all your posts, Sande. You will be missed Friday evening at Huff Harrington Home, but we hope to meet you if our paths cross in France or Atlanta! Best, Ann & Meg

  14. Love your work! I always leave your blog inspired. I want to thank you for posting this. I have been looking for paper butterflies to use in portraits, for some time now. Those you have in your post are perfect! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! xo, Jolena, Black Ribbon Photography

  15. I have just been admiring your blog with the Miduri ribbon (hope I have spelled it correctly as I am not on that page now!); you have some great wrapping ideas; I was wondering if you can get that beautiful ribbon in the United Kingdom. This is a great blog!

  16. Oh these are just so pretty!! I love kraft paper so this is right up my alley.

  17. Hi. I know. I'm way back here in August but I've been wanting to catch up with you - I mean really catch up with you and other bloggy friends as I took a step away this summer too. Oh Sande Chase you're my kind of girl. I can see you power washing in high heels!
    So glad you're feeling healthy again too.


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