Two Creative and Simple Gift Wrapping Ideas

Creative gift wrapping ideas using an ornament

Creative gift wrapping ideas using an ornament

 

Two Creative and Simple Gift Wrapping Ideas

By BluKatDesign on Etsy

 

Even some of us creative types have a hard time wrapping presents!   I like to use decorative bags, so easy you just wrap the items in tissue then toss in a bag and tie a bow! To make it more special you can repurpose on old ornament or buy a special handmade ornament from BluKatDesign on Etsy and find a fancy a fancy tag! Last year I discovered boxes with prints like the one pictured above, these make wrapping so simple!

 

gift wrapping

Tie a special ornament from BluKatDesign on Etsy and a nice tag to a bag for a special gift

 

repurposed cookie cutter ornament

Repurposed cookie cutter ornament

 

For smaller gifts, simple paper punches make from old Christmas cards or wrapping paper make festive decorations on gift boxes:

 

Gift boxes from BluKatDesign on Etsy

Gift boxes from BluKatDesign on Etsy

 

Find more ideas here on my Pinterest board: Gift Wrapping and Packaging

 

 

Like what you see? Do you have any tips on gift wrapping! Comments welcome

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O Christmas Tree: Nostalgic Upcycle With Vintage Cookie Cutters and Old Christmas Cards

O Christmas Tree: Nostalgic Upcycle With Vintage Cookie

Cutters and Old Christmas Cards

 

By BluKatDesign on Etsy

I have an obsession with Christmas ornaments, I love collecting and and making them so this year I decided to make more and sell them in my Etsy store! I received a set of vintage cookie cutters from my mother-in-law and since I save my Christmas cards I was able to make this gorgeous set (learn how to make them too!) here: Christmas Crafts: Vintage Cookie Cutter Ornaments DIY  Now I am loving making these and plan on adding more styles of ornaments  and vintage jewelry trees next year! The following ornaments are available now and can be on your tree in 3 days: (click on photos to take you to my Etsy store)

 

Set of 5 vintage copper cookie cutter ornaments

Set of 5 rustic vintage copper cookie cutter ornaments

 

 

vintage inspired Christmas

Vintage inspired ornaments made with old Christmas cards

 

Cookie cutter ornament set of 4

Cookie cutter ornament set of 4 with birds and berries

 

 

Repurposed vintage ornament set of 5 in blue

Repurposed vintage ornament set of 5 in blue

 

These ornaments are great for a vintage or rustic Christmas theme or a classic Christmas tree. They add a nostalgic charm to any style tree and will last for years to come!  Get them in sets five, four and threes now and singles will be available soon! In addition to ornaments, I specialize in unique and one-of-a-kind handmade artisan and upcycled jewelry so be sure to check out my Etsy store for special gifts!

 

Love ornaments too? Follow my board on Pinterest: Christmas Ornamants

Like what you are seeing here? Should I make more? Comments welcome…

Christmas Crafts: Vintage Cookie Cutter Ornaments DIY

 

Vintage Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Christmas Crafts: Vintage Cookie Cutter Ornaments DIY

 

By Heather O’Cain, artist/upcycler at BluKatDesign on Etsy

 

Do you love a vintage Christmas theme?  My style is sleek modern but for Christmas I love the vintage charm! I got an early start this year in making Christmas decorations, I just finished a fabulous vintage jewelry Christmas tree last week!  I received most of the vintage jewelry and these cookie cutters from my late mother-in-law.  For making the ornaments, you will need some old Christmas cards or sheet music, pearl strands or lace, vintage jewelry, charms, flowers, ribbon, gold cord for hanging and a glue gun!

 

DIY christmas crafts

Make ornaments using cookie cutters, paper flowers, ribbon, vintage beads and old Christmas cards

 

Trace around the cutter on the card, then make your cut slightly inside the line

 

Hot glue the Christmas card inside the cutter then glue vintage beads and paper flowers, I may add glitter later…

DIY vintage cookie cutter ornament

Tie a cord around the handle on the back and hot glue a ribbon bow!

 

Assemblage ornament

Assemblage ornament

 

DIY christmas crafts ornaments

 

 

DIY holiday crafts

 

 

DIY Christmas decorations crafts

 

 

handmade christmas ornaments DIY

 

 

vintage ornaments crafts

 

 

Vintage cookie cutter ornaments

Vintage cookie cutter ornaments

Usually I don’t get a chance to make Christmas decorations until AFTER Christmas. These were easy and quick to make so I could fit them in with all my jewelry making this year. Not sure when the tree will go up but it will be after Thanksgiving!

 

NOW AVAILABLE ON ETSY: Handmade vintage cookie cutter ornaments

 

For more Vintage Christmas ideas see my board on Pinterest: Vintage Christmas

Do you love the Vintage theme for Christmas? Do you love making ornaments? Comments welcome!

DIY Christmas Crafts: Vintage Jewelry Tree Cone Decoration

Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree

DIY Christmas Crafts: Vintage Jewelry Tree Cone Decoration

 

Have some vintage jewelry or old costume jewelry you never wear? Well, this is a great project for you! Since I collect vintage jewelry for my handmade upcycled jewelry business, BluKatDesign, I had a big collection of beautiful Christmas brooches from my mother-in-law, some not-so-nice or broken pieces and a few strands of pearls and beads that were not usable for my jewelry making but nice enough for this project. You can find great deals at estate sales and if you are lucky, eBay! For the cone tree form, you can use a styrofoam one but I found a heavy cardboard cone with green velvet for 50% off at Joann’s, which is cheaper and sturdier than the styrofoam!

Tools & Materials:

vintage and old brooches, earrings, bracelets and necklaces

strands of pearls and beads

loose beads and pearls

pins

hot glue gun & glue

Christmas tree cone, this one is 16″, see pic below:

 

 

I arranged the brooches on the cone to see what it would look like first

 

I pinned the good brooches without using glue so they could be removed in the future if necessary and then used a hot glue gun for the rest. For filler, I made bead clusters using stands of vintage pearls (6 beads) and gluing them in a circle to scrap fabric and top with a bigger bead in the center and cutting them out when cooled:

 

 

I then used pins to fill any more spaces with beads and pearls.  This is how it turned out:

 

 

 

 

I really love how sparkly and elegant it looks. I think it would make a great centerpiece for a dinner table. This project was fairly simple but sometimes it was difficult pinning the brooches. It is so much easier to pin them to clothing than to this cone!  I cheated a couple times and tacked the stubborn ones with a bit of glue. I have seen these trees done with buttons too! The coolest thing about this project I did it BEFORE Christmas!

See more DIY Christmas crafts here: Button Crafts: DIY Christmas Wreath and Ornaments

 

Do you do Christmas crafts? What is your favorite thing to make? Like the idea of a vintage jewelry tree? Comments welcome!

2018 Gift Guide: Jewelry Gift Sets, Affordable Gift Ideas For Women

 

Birds Nest Jewelry Gift Set

Birds nest jewelry gift Set, perfect for a nature or bird lover

2018 Gift Guide: Jewelry Gift Sets, Affordable

Gift Ideas For Women

By BluKatDesign Jewelry on Etsy

Handmade necklace earring gift sets would make a great affordable gift for someone special. You can find many styles to suit all the women and girls on your list at BluKatDesign!  From beach lovers to seamstresses or the colorful and artsy, there is something unique and original for everyone. Tip: Usually you can save money buying sets and if you need two gifts, you can break up the set and give the earring lover the earrings and the necklace to someone else! Click on photos to take you to my Etsy store:

 

Ocean inspired necklace earring set for ocean or beach lover

Ocean inspired necklace earring set for ocean or beach lover

 

button necklace earrings set

Great gift idea for a seamstress or button lover

 

artsy necklace earrings jewelry set

Artsy necklace earrings jewelry set

 

Unique button pendant earring set

Unique button pendant earring gift set

 

Zen Meditation Mandala Jewelry Set

Mandala necklace earring gift set great for someone who does yoga or meditates

 

upcycled packaging

Everything comes in a cute little box too!

Find more gifts ideas for nature lovers here: Handmade jewelry gifts for nature lovers on Etsy

For the young person who loves sparkle see: Add Some Sparkle with Glitter Necklace Pendants! Gifts For Her

For the beach or ocean lovers see more here: Sea Inspired Jewelry For Your Ocean Vacation or Cruise, Gifts For Beach Lovers

 

 

See more affordable gift ideas on Pinterest: Handmade Affordable Gift Ideas, Gifts Under $25, Gifts for Her

Do you have someone that would love one of these jewelry sets? Or would you treat yourself to handmade jewelry? Comments welcomed!

Button Crafts: DIY Christmas Wreath and Ornaments

DIY Christmas Button Wreath

DIY Christmas Button Wreath

 

Button Crafts: DIY Christmas Wreath and Ornaments

 

Make your own button wreath and ornaments with scrap buttons! Use metallic gold or silver buttons for extra shimmer, try bold color combos or go monochromatic! If you don’t have buttons, you can find cheap bags of them in craft stores sometimes. I had a bunch of buttons left over from my button jewelry.  If you don’t have a wreath form, all you need is some cardboard for this simple, fun project.

Tools:

  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • wire cutters

Materials:

  • wreath form or cardboard
  • cardboard
  • buttons
  • scrap fabric
  • florist wire or any wire to match your fabric
  • ribbon

1) For my wreath form, I used  two layers of cardboard.  I traced a pattern around a couple bowls then roughly cut them out and glued them together. I did this with drinking glasses for my ornament forms.

2) Next, I ripped 1 1/4″ strips of green silky scrap fabric and wrapped around the cardboard and tacked them with hot glue. It really doesn’t have to be perfect at all!

3) I then tied my green florist wire (as long as a piece I could handle!)  to the form then added a few buttons, wrapping adding more buttons until it looked finished. Then I tied the ribbons and hangers.

 

DIY Button ornaments

 

 

button crafts ornament

 

holiday crafts

 

button wreath

 

button wreath DIY

 

button wreath

 

I would love to see something like this is silver and blue or an all vintage would be beautiful!  You could also do this as a topiary!  What do you think of this project, easy enough? Comments welcomed below.

 

For more fun Christmas crafts and decorations see:

2 Fun Upcycled Christmas Ornament DIY Projects

5 DIY Christmas Crafts, Ornaments and Decorations

DIY Crafts Clay Ornaments

 

Sea Inspired Jewelry For Your Ocean Vacation or Cruise, Gifts For Beach Lovers

Ocean Inspired Art Jewelry

Ocean Inspired Art Jewelry Necklace Earring Set

 

Sea Inspired Jewelry for Your Ocean Vacation or Cruise, Gifts

For Beach Lovers

 

by Heather O’Cain at BluKatDesign Jewelry on Etsy

 

Even though summer is winding down I am still so excited to make the fun starfish earrings and sea life necklace with a vintage crab! These ocean inspired necklaces and earrings would make great gifts for any ocean or beach lover or take them with you on your beach vacation or cruise! Dress them up for the night out or wear them on the beach, they are versatile and comfortable to wear! Click on photos for more details:

 

Pink Sea Urchin Starfish Dangle Earrings

Pink Sea Urchin Starfish Dangle Earrings

 

aqua blue starfish dangle earrings

Aqua blue starfish dangle earrings

 

Sea life earrings

Starfish earrings with frosted glass bead that look like sea glass

 

Ocean inspired necklace earring set with crab and starfish

Ocean inspired necklace earring set with crab and starfish

 

Sea life necklace with crab and starfish

Sea life necklace with crab and starfish in ocean sunset colors

 

Starfish earrings with matching sea life necklace

Starfish earrings with matching sea life necklace

 

starfish dangle earrings turquoise

Click to see more ocean inspired jewelry

 

Be sure to check out my shop for more ocean beach inspired jewelry.

See my other article on Ocean Inspired Jewelry Accessories For Your Beach Vacation or Cruise

What is you favorite piece here? Can you imagine yourself wearing any of these? Comments welcomed below:

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