Curbly Roundup: Wine Bottle Beautification

by DIY Maven

Curbly Roundup: Wine Bottle Beautification

'Tis the season of hostess gifts, and for those who imbibe, one of the most appreciated will be a bottle of wine. Sure, you can hand the bottle over naked or in the cheesy bag the liquor store hands out this time of year, but wouldn't you rather give something pretty? Something that says 'I care enough to do a little diy'? Of course you would! That's why I've scoured the internets to find the very best wine bottle wraps, cozies, bags and tags tutorials. From a bit more complex to easy as pie, there's something for everyone. Just pick your craft and go.

First for the sewers, this cozy couldn't be cuter:

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Curbly Roundup: Gift Wrap & Tags

by DIY Maven

Curbly Roundup: Gift Wrap & Tags

When prepping for this roundup, Iimagined I'd find hundreds if not thousands of gift wrap and gift tag ideas. I was right. Picking just a sample of all that I found proved to be overwhelming. But, I turned on my internal editor and got to work. My criteria for including the ones I have? Something about the images had to make me pause as I clicked through. A clever use of materials, something I hadn't seen before or just the sheer loveliness...

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How To: Print Your Own DIY Wrapping Paper

by Chris Gardner

How To: Print Your Own DIY Wrapping Paper

This year, I'm all over making my own wrapping paper. I've made bold, graphic paper using type, drawn a subtle handmade snowflake design, and adorned plain paper with DIY stamps, but I wanted to do a full-on printed pattern over an entire sheet.   I do know how to screen print, but it's a lot of work for a couple sheets, so I turned to another classic printmaking technique: a carved linoleum block. A contemporary update to woodblock printing...

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DIY Stylish Rolled Paper Gift Toppers

by Holidaymagazine
Today, guest blogger and nationally known style expert Matthew Mead shows you how to create this Stylish Rolled Paper Gift Topper (directions after the jump):

DIY Stylish Rolled Paper Gift Toppers

"Holiday with Matthew Mead" is a "book-azine" offering inspiration and DIY/how-to projects for the Christmas holiday season. It'll be available in early November via online orders only, and in limited quantities (click here to purchase it).

Here is today's project:

Stylish Paper Gift Topper

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What to Do with Your Post-Holiday Waste and Wrapping Paper.

by Chris Gardner

What to Do with Your Post-Holiday Waste and Wrapping Paper.

Christmas on a Friday means lots of things - four day weekends for many 9-5ers, a few days after New Years before the kids head back to school...and that you have to hang onto your wrapping paper and waste until at least Monday when the sanitation department people get back to work. But, of course, you'd never just lug it to the curb and send if off to landfill land.

But what should you do with it?

Here's two tips from Inhabitat:

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Clever DIY Gift Card Holders

by DIY Maven

Clever DIY Gift Card Holders

If you're giving gift cards this holiday season, they've probably come in utilitarian envelopes  in which to give them. For something a bit different--and MUCH more memorable--how about presenting those gift cards in an empty Altoid tin? BHG suggests we cover the cover in pretty paper to hide the 'toid part.

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Alternative Gift Wrap: Thrift-Store Sewing Patterns.

by Chris Gardner

Alternative Gift Wrap: Thrift-Store Sewing Patterns.

Rikkianne from Chakra Pennywhistle has a fine idea, indeed: wrap your handmade gifts in a paper a bit more suitable to their contents - thrifted sewing patterns.

Don't worry - these aren't the vintage patterns featuring classic designs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s... if your thrift store features those, you, my friend, are in luck and should buy them all up quickly.

Nope. In 2010, most shelves are graced with McCalls from the late 70s through...

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Holiday How-To: Mini Xmas Gift Parcels.

by Chris Gardner

Traditional gift wrapping technique places this gift in tissue paper, then a box, then paper around the box, then tape to secure it, a ribbon for some extra fun, then a bow, a gift tag to determine the recipient, and sometimes, even an extra bauble or ornament dangling from the finished product.

Phew.

Holiday How-To: Mini Xmas Gift Parcels.

This year - try something else, like these folded mini-gift parcels. Yoke Bakery has created a fully prepped option from a single sheet of...

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At Least 30 More Ways to Reuse Gift Wrapping Paper.

by Chris Gardner

Wait, wait, wait! Don't take that garbage bag of wrapping paper to the recycling bin just yet. After you've created a paper fan and weaved yourself a handbag, unwrap these lists for a whole heap of new ways to recycle your used wrapping paper. It just keeps on giving.

At Least 30 More Ways to Reuse Gift Wrapping Paper.

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8 Creative Ways to Recycle Stationery

by DIY Maven

created on: 07/07/08

If you save calendars, greeting cards and leftover wrapping paper you could use them to decoupage something, or you could check out Real Simple’s clever ways to reuse them.

1. Instead of tucking them away where they can’t be seen, frame the images on cards or calendars in inexpensive IKEA wood frames.

2. Use them as media for a mixed-media art project.

3. Use wrapping paper to line the backs of bookcases or line tack boards in your cubical.

4. Cut...

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Gift Wrapping 101.

by Chris Gardner

"It happens several times each year: gift-giving. Whether it's for the holidays, a birthday or a wedding, nothing can make your presents stand out more than a flawless wrapping job. If you've never tackled a present-wrapping project before or your idea of giftwrap involves a roll of duct tape, this page is for you. Even if you've wrapped a few times, you might find some new ideas here. Just a few simple steps and anyone can wrap like a pro!"

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Five Environmentally Friendly Gift-Wrap Options.

by Chris Gardner

My whole family hates that I refuse to buy thematic, seasonally-appropriate wrapping paper, with matching ribbons etc. I never quite got the decorum of gift giving (like why buy a gift, then spend an extra ten dollars to wrap it and put a card on top, when I could have just got you a $10 better gift?!?!), but now, we can cite the unncessary waste of disposable gift wrap. DIYLife suggest five environmentally friendly alternatives.

Five Environmentally Friendly Gift-Wrap Options.

 

1). Re-purposed...

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Soup Can Label = Wrapping Paper

by DIY Maven

Soup Can Label = Wrapping Paper

If you’ve found yourself with a little something to wrap for a Valentine’s gift but have no wrapping paper in the house, try using a Campbell’s soup can label.

And for those of you who think this is a stupid idea, check out the Warhol Store where you can buy 12 sheets of 20" x 30" tomato soup wrapping paper--based on Warhol's 32 Campbell's Soup Cans--for 30 bucks.

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Wrapping Paper and Bow Conservation

by DIY Maven

Wrapping Paper and Bow Conservation

Running out of wrapping paper and bows and need more FAST? I saw this on Martha yesterday and put the Curbly spin to it.

Supplies

Newspaper

What little wrapping paper you have left

Scissors

Tape

Martha’s Wrap

Wrap your present in newsprint. I like the stock quotes as they make a nice, uniform background.

Cut a strip of wrapping paper to circumference the present, fold in edges, wrap around package, tape strip together in back of present.

Maven’s Bow

Cut...

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