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There are a few birthdays coming up in my family, so I have gifting on the brain. BUT I have a very limited supply of gift wrapping supplies right now since most of our stuff is still in storage. So I rummaged around in my backpack and found a few things to play around with and I came up with these hand painted color block gift tags.


Step by Step Instructions:

1. Painted color block technique - This one is pretty straight forward. Just grab you paint pen and get to work, drawing stripes or other designs. Make sure you think about your color scheme before you get started. I tried a few colors before I landed on hot pink paint for the tags.

2. Polka dot technique - Grab your adhesive circle labels and stick them where ever you want on your tag. Then paint over the entire gift tag with your paint pen and let it dry. Carefully remove the stickers and touch up if necessary.

Here are the finished tags...

I used a stamp on a few of the tags as well. I don't use my stamps enough. I really need to start using them more.

So what do you think?

Will you try these color block gift tags the next time you are wrapping a pressie?


Impress your friends and family this year by wrapping gifts in these unexpected keepsake boxes, which were recently featured on All you need are a few kraft boxes (with lids), craft glue, and some antique hankies (any fabric will do really). Big thanks to for asking me to share this tutorial with their readers and take part in their design bloggers holiday craft series.

And just in case you can't read German, here's how you can make your own...

Remove the top of the box and coat with glue. Attach hankie while glue is wet, smooth, and fold excess underneath box top. Finish with more glue and allow to dry fully.


And one last thing for today... I know I have a pretty crafty (and awesome) bunch of readers around here, so if you'd like the chance to share one of your creative diy projects on papernstitch, head over to Ninth & Bird and enter the Deck the Blogs series. I am honored to be one of the sponsors of this blogging event and I'd really love to see what you can come up with.

So submit your favorite holiday craft, recipe, or DIY project right here on Ninth & Bird for your chance to win.


wrapping ideas from papernstitch

Here's an idea for  wrapping your gifts this year. Its super inexpensive. In fact, I used materials that I already had around the house- so it literally cost me nothing.  I just used a brown craft box, a vintage library card with envelope and some string. I wrote a note on the library card, stuck it into the envelope and attached it to the front of the box. Then I wrapped the box with string several times and tied it in to a bow.

wrapping ideas from papernstitch

Don't have these supplies? Don't worry you can still get this look for free! Here's how... Use a brown paper bag from the grocery store. Cut it so its flat and cover a box you already have. Then use these free downloadable library cards from Creature Comforts. And finally, use any kind of string you have available to finish the look (this could be yarn, twine, even dental floss, whatever you have lying around).

And if you want to add some extra flare, just create a paper holiday ornament on your computer. Print it out and cut to shape. Then attach underneath the string.

wrapping ideas from papernstitch