Weekly Wrap #29 : Father’s Day Flair

Weekly Wrap

Father's Day Gift Wrap Tie

I spotted this clever, Father’s Day-themed truffle packaging over on Flickr and think it’s fantastic inspiration for other Father’s Day or man-centric gift wrap. The idea is a simple one — take a piece of ribbon and wrap it around the package like a necktie, cutting the bottom to a point to complete the effect — but the simplicity of it is what makes it such a cool idea.

This idea could easily be scaled up using wider ribbon and a larger box, like a shirt box. On the right size box, you could even use a real necktie, having it do double-duty as the “bow” and as part of the gift, with a coordinating shirt in the box to complete the gift.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and a Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!

image from Teuscher Beverly Hills

Father’s Day Printables Roundup

Father’s Day is this weekend, and if you’re still looking for a great card or gift idea for your dad or husband, then you’ll want to check out these great printables and gift ideas from around the web.

Oh, and if you missed my DIY Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Box project, you might wanna check that out, too!

An awesome, superhero-themed Father’s Day gift idea (with free printables) from Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day! on Alphamom:

DIY Father's Day Gift + Printable Labels

A rockin’ Father’s Day printable card by Turnaround Design:

Free Printable Father's Day Card

Very cool, retro Father’s Day printable labels from Martha Stewart:

Retro Father's Day Labels Martha Stewart

Customizable Father’s Day, tie-themed printable cards from Paisley Wallpaper/Marzipan, Inc.:

Free Printable Customizable Father's Day Card

Super cute, dad-themed Father’s Day circle labels or cupcake toppers by Paper Glitter:

Printable Father's Day Labels

images from their respective owners

New Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gilah Press

Gilah Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Gilah Letterpress Wedding Invitations

I was completely aswoon over the new letterpress invitations in the Gilah Press Wedding Album at the National Stationery Show last month (above are the two designs that I mentioned during my NSS roundups), and I’m jazzed to be able to show you more from the new collection. From stitched embellishments and gorgeous modern pattern and type to beautiful palettes featuring colors with names like avocado, butter, silk, carrot, sangria, bubble, and flax, the new Gilah invites are a feast for the eyes!

In addition, all of the main papers used in the invitations are tree-free and either 100% cotton or a cotton bamboo mix. The colored papers and envelopes are 30-100% post consumer waste. The new collection will be available later this month at the following shops:

Gus & Ruby: Portsmouth, NH
Epitome Papers: Edina, MN
Urbanic Paper Boutique: Venice, CA
Lion in the Sun: Brooklyn, NY
The Pleasure of Your Company: Baltimore, MD
Printemps: Westport, CT
Smudge Designs: Toronto, ON

More beautiful new wedding invitations from Gilah Press:

Gilah Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Gilah Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Gilah Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Gilah Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Gilah Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Gilah Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Gilah Letterpress Wedding Invitations

images from Gilah Press

DIY Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes

DIY Father's Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes

A little while back, I was brainstorming Father’s Day craft ideas, and I had one of those “a-ha” moments. Don’t you just love those? These Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes actually make use of the favor box template that I created for my feature in the first issue of Nonpareil, with an alteration made to add a “collar”. I’ve provided a necktie template (and a bow tie template, in case your dad or husband is a bow tie kind of guy) that you can use with any patterned or solid colored paper to put the finishing touch on your own box(es). And now I’m thinking about all of the other holidays for which I can customize the template, so don’t be surprised if you see more projects that make use of it in the future!

DIY Father's Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes

Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes

Supplies you’ll need:

gift box template + bow tie / necktie template

a printer
cardstock for the box and tie(s)*
a ruler
a pen or pencil
glue dots
double-sided tape
1/4 inch circle hole punch (for bow tie box)
a scoring tool (optional)
a cutting mat (optional)

Print the box template onto lightweight cardstock, cut out along the solid lines, and assemble according to the directions found in the template file. Place your gift in the box, and use double-sided tape or glue dots to securely close the flap. Print bow tie/necktie templates, cut out, and trace onto your choice of patterned or solid colored paper. Cut out the tie(s) and attach to the box flap using double stick tape or glue dots. If making the bow tie box, punch out three 1/4 inch “buttons” using a hole punch, and attach to the front of the box using glue dots (small Zots are the perfect size).

Alternative directions: Assemble the box and attach the tie to the top flap first, and add your gift last.

These boxes will hold a variety of small Father’s Day gifts, including watches, fishing lure, small food treats, gift cards, and tech gadgets like iPod Nanos or USB thumb drives.

* The patterned paper I used for the ties is Flannel from Cosmo Cricket’s Mr. Campy collection.

images from yours truly

Isabell’s Umbrella

Isabell's Umbrella Bookmarks

The Isabell’s Umbrella shop is packed full of so many irresistibly adorable paper goods that it was very tough for me to choose just a few to feature. In her illustrations, Ashely Giessing, the artist behind Isabell’s Umbrella, has created a world of wonderfully cute owlies, bears, turtles, squirrels, and deer for bookmarks (one of my favorites from the shop — shown above), postcards, prints, bookplates, and many other paper pretties. Here’s a peek at what you can find:

Isabell's Umbrella

images from Isabell’s Umbrella