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Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

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Do you struggle at this time of year with creative gift packaging ideas?

Today the Creation Station team has a blog hop filled with creative packaging and gift gifting ideas.

Creative gift packaging can mean all sorts of things.  A few things that come to mind are tags, bows, and boxes.

I thought I would show you a little of each today and one is a fun project you can create in no time that can serve as an ornament and a pretty embellishment to a package.


Wreath Ornament 

Every year my mother places a new Christmas ornament on each of our packages and they are so pretty hanging from the gifts.

I wanted to use her idea as my inspiration to get started.  Then I found a fun idea on Pinterest and ran with it.

A simple wreath created using Ball Jar Lids. It’s SO fun and EASY!



Creating the Wreath 

You only need a few supplies to get started and embellishing the wreath can be very simple.

Here are the supplies you will need to create the wreath:

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How To Create the Wreath

  1. Simply take any burlap ribbon or in my case the Kraft rope ribbon, and begin by placing a little hot glue inside the jar lid to hold your ribbon in place.  Once you have gone around the entire lid, wrap a few more times to create a finished look.  Hot glue will keep the ribbon in place.
  2. Wrap a piece of Bakers Twine or Gold thread so you can hang your wreath from a Christmas tree or your gift packaging.
  3. Be creative with embellishing.  I used the Pretty Pines thinlits to create the pine needles at the top of one the wreaths.  Then I finished off the wreath using Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim to create the bow.

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I used the Holly Builder Punch to create the holly leaves for the other wreath.  Very simple, yet elegant.

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Quick & Simple  Gift Tag

One of my go to products from the Holiday Catalog this year has been the White Gift Boxes.  They are the perfect size and easy to embellish.


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The best part of these boxes are the clear belly band that comes with each box.

The boxes measure 3″ all around.  I took a 3″ x 12″ piece of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate and wrapped inside of the clear belly band.  It was a perfect fit and gave this box a little more fancy.

Creating the Tag

  • Adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3″ x 3″) to the top of the box (over the clear belly band).
  • Stamp a few pines onto the Whisper White using Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz inks using the Christmas Pines stamp set.
  • Create pine needles using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Attach to the Whisper White cardstock using a glue gun.

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  • Create a tag by using the Lots of Labels Framelits with your Big Shot.
  • Stamp the greeting from the Christmas Pines stamp set using Whisper White Craft ink.  Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Punch a small hole at the top.
  • Wrap the Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta ribbon into a bow a few times and attach to box using a glue gun.
  • Attach Gold thread to the tag and thread a few of the Mini Jingle Bells to the thread.  Attach tag to box with a glue gun.

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What Will You Create?

While I’ve only given you a few ideas for creative gift packaging I hope these inspire you to be creative when it comes time to wrap those gifts.

As always… enjoy the process.  It’s the love behind the packaging that means the most.


Time to Hop Along

Now enjoy a few more packaging ideas from the Creation Station Designers. Simply click the next button and hop along!

Is there anything better than enjoying a Sunday of inspiration?  As you enjoy these, I’ll be putting up the Christmas tree with the family.  We will blast the Christmas music, I will sing loudly…. and the kids will put ornaments up FASTER.  Works every year!

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Happy Sunday!



Change of Plans- It Happens

Change of Plans

It’s a typical way of life for the Van Deep in Troubles. Never are we not on guard for a quick change of plans and Sunday was no different.

Our well laid plans for Sunday involved a morning at church, proceeded by a fun day at the county fair.  A portion of this happened so I guess I can’t be too disappointed.

We did make it to church this morning and I must tell you even the 23 minute ride to church was unscathed.  As in we all got along and said fairly nice things to each other the entire way.

On a typical Sunday we look like this:

4 crazy people inside a moving vehicle- one still getting ready putting make up on.  Another looking stressed as if we might be late to church.  Another one falling asleep in the back of the truck and now his hair is standing on end.  Then their is me.  Asking questions… such as:

Did you brush your teeth? Do you have deodorant on? Why did you pick that shirt with a hole in the armpit? Do you realize there is a stain on it too?  Are you sure that dress is long enough? What exactly did you do to your hair? You didn’t have a better pair of shoes? Did you realize those are hospital socks and not everyday socks you are wearing?

We arrive at the church parking lot and the questions are still happening, the answers are only making me feel like a crazy mother and then it happens…

We walk out of the car as if we have every thing together.  A family well put together, smiling and greeted at the door.  The greeters always ask, “how are you?”  We always say, “Doing GREAT,” and we continue to walk to our chairs strutting as if the car ride didn’t exist.  We are just F.I.N.E!

Of course I am thankful our service starts with worship and I can sing loudly and get my “crazy mother” moment out of my head.

I’m not kidding at all.  This happens every Sunday except for today.  We actually managed to stay sane.  Of course the shirt incident occurred this morning, I knew if I remotely brought it up it would be the same Sunday as usual.  I let it go. I let it all go.  None of this mattered at all.  I think I tend to think about going to church with my grandmother and if you were attending with her you looked your Sunday best from head to toe and if you didn’t, she was the one talking about you to everyone.  Yes, she was like this.

It didn’t matter at all today.  What did matter was hearing my kids talk about the sermon. It meant they listened.  Even with a stain filled shirt, weird socks, possibly not brushed teeth, they heard the message.  Now whether we see a change in our own hearts… that’s another post for another day.

As we left church today we could see the rain clouds starting to form and knew that our day at the fair probably wasn’t the best choice.  As we rounded the corner to come home there was the lonely pumpkin patch and the kids wanted to pick a pumpkin.  The plan was to get one.  We ended up with 4.

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I couldn’t resist taking a picture of all these Gourds.  I wanted a big basket of them but decided on a big pumpkin instead.

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Alexis struggled to carry hers and in the end Brandon’s stem on his pumpkin broke, it fell and cracked….

It’s the story of our lives.

Our pumpkins are awaiting the big carving as they sit on our front porch.

Do I dare say that I was happy to see rain?

The change of plans meant a day for me to take a nap curled up with my doggie. A change of plans meant a needed REST day.  I was happy!

Onward and upward….

Monday Inspiration 

I did stamp over the weekend and I have some fun cards I’ll be sharing this week.  Here is one I created using the Peaceful Pines stamp set.

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I loved creating this shaker card using the Perfect Pines Framelits  along with the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.

The only thing to make sure when creating this is lining up the tree framelit.  I used the smallest tree in the framelit set to create this card.

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Using the Brights Sequin Assortment was perfect because they looked like vintage light bulbs to me.

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I used the Washi Label punch for the greeting and kept it very simple.

The Perfect Pines stamp set is by far my most widely used stamp set in the holiday catalog.  Whether you want to create simple or elaborate the Perfect Pines stamp set is perfect for both.  Click the photos and you can add this set to your shopping cart.

Friends, I hope your weekend was amazing and I hope your week ahead is splendid.  Hopefully your ride to church is a little calmer than ours but know that the Van Deep in Troubles see hope!




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