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!
Tie a special ornament from BluKatDesign on Etsy and a nice tag to a bag for a special gift
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
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
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 rustic vintage copper cookie cutter ornaments
Vintage inspired ornaments made with old Christmas cards
Cookie cutter ornament set of 4 with birds and berries
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
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!
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…
Tie a cord around the handle on the back and hot glue a ribbon bow!
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!
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!
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
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!
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
Great gift idea for a seamstress or button lover
Artsy necklace earrings jewelry set
Unique button pendant earring gift set
Mandala necklace earring gift set great for someone who does yoga or meditates
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!
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.
- hot glue gun
- wire cutters
- wreath form or cardboard
- scrap fabric
- florist wire or any wire to match your fabric
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.
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
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
Aqua blue starfish dangle earrings
Starfish earrings with frosted glass bead that look like sea glass
Ocean inspired necklace earring set with crab and starfish
Sea life necklace with crab and starfish in ocean sunset colors
Starfish earrings with matching sea life necklace
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: