Gift packaging decoration – Paperilla-lehti

Hello lovelies! This time of the year is the busiest one what gift packaging and preparing is concerned. We not only have to prepare/buy lots of presents for family and friends, but they also need to get wrapped. And that, my friends, can be something really time consuming, especially if you belong to the genre of paper crafters 😀 ! So we don´t just give presents – no, we also beautifully decorate them :-). Here is one little idea how to help yourself and your budget when designing the packaging deco for this year.

So let´s get started with this easy-to-do idea:

We all have pieces of plain white paper at home – always. So let´s start with that one. Grab a piece of white paper, place a stencil over it and spray with spray ink over the stencil. Then roll over the surface with a tissue paper roll <- takes off all the residue ink without making a mess!

Now cut the paper into strips. I didn´t measure any widths here (as you can see!!), but that is totally fine. However, if you prefer to them them exactly the same size, I recommend, you measure them :). I am more a freestyle type of person here..

Next cut the pieces into various lengths. First three can be the size the paper originally was, then reduce the next 3 pieces appr. 2 centimeters, the next ones appr. 1,5 centimeters and the last one is just a small single strip.

Then start with the 3 longest paper strips and glue them together in the manner I have done on the picture. Repeat this procedure with all the papers, except the last small strip. That one will be a small paper roll, so just glue the ends together, but do that first when you are finished with the other pieces as you will then see what size the paper circle/roll has to be.

Next glue the first 3 pieces together over each other. Then repeart this with the other pieces too. Finally measure a size of a paper circle you are going to need for the centre and adhere it into the middle of the paper flower.

Now your paper flower is done! And depending on the width and length of your paper strips, you can create various sized paper flowers. Also by changing the misting color or by using Gelli Plate paper pieces, you can create totally different looks!

I did a second version and grabbed some older patterned paper sheets from my stash. These bold patterns go really well for this purpose and as I was not going to use them for anything else, they were the perfect fit for this purpose :).

This is how my deco pieces look like. I like both versions a lot! Since the patterned paper was double sided, I could play a little with it by making one layer with the bolder pattern on the top and then turning the paper around to let the reverse side to show. And if you use two different papers in one flower, the result is again a totally different one. And what about watercoloured paper? Might look really nice too!! Think I need to try that one out too :).

So here is one more photo of my DIY paper flowers :). I think I need to make a few more, I kinda enjoyed creating these. Totally something you could do while watching the TV too!

Happy crafting!
xoxo, Sanna