Today’s post is about how to dress up a plain present and card. This weekend it was my father in laws mum’s 80th Birthday. She said that she didn’t want anyone to buy her a present as there is nothing she needs. Of course I didn’t feel right turning up empty handed so we bought her a bottle of Campari (her secret tipple- not recommended as it tastes awful in my opinion but each to their own!!). At first I was going to put it in a bottle bag and jazz up the bag but decided instead to use tissue paper and cellophane to create pretty packaging. If you want to do something similar you will need tissue paper, florists film/cellophane (There are loads of suppliers on ebay), ribbon, scissors, clear round stickers (or sticky tape) and other embellishments. Embellishments recommended but not essential.
First of all wrap your bottle in tissue paper. Then cut the cellophane large enough to wrap round the bottle and overlap slightly. Wrap the film round the bottle and secure with round clear stickers (or sticky tape). I used the round stickers as they look neater but don’t worry if you don’t have any. I got mine from a pound store. Next take your ribbon and tie in a bow. If you are adding a tag (or wooden heart) then thread it through your ribbon before tying your bow. I painted a wooden heart and added some handwritten text and a fabric dotty heart.
I then decided that the plain white envelope for the card was far too boring and I was on a mission at this point so decided to try an experiment which I am so going to do all the time now as it looks fab. I cut a piece of the cellophane the same size as the envelope then used double sided sticky tape to attach it to the envelope. I then stuck a piece of ribbon along the bottom. I wrote her name on a coloured luggage tag and jazzed that up with some paper flower cut outs and a dotty brad.