3 ways to glam up supermarket flowers

I often buy supermarket flowers if I’m visiting a friend, but like to replace the cellophane wrapping with something with a little more impact, especially if I want to keep a few stems for myself! Here’s three easy ideas to disguise your cheapish purchase using things you’ll have around the house, and are super quick to do. The wrapping will get discarded straight away so there’s no point making too much effort!

1. Brown paper and twine

The best brown paper in the UK comes with Amazon orders, so I store that up during the year. The one I used is from my latest Rifle Paper Co delivery (even the quality of their brown paper is good!) but it’s very similar, thick and a good colour. I love the wrinkles. I add some pink twine and occasionally a gift tag, sometimes using these glitter letters. Everyone loves a personalised touch!

2. Washi tape and tissue paper

I’ve got so many rolls of washi tape lying around and it’s so easy to snip them into a few triangles and add them onto plain tissue paper.

3. Painted edges

It took me less than two minutes to paint an edge using watercolours along one side of some tissue paper (admittedly not the most successfully!) but as the tissue paper is thin it dried really quickly.

Some tips for keeping roses fresh for longer:

1. Cut them horizontally on the stem as they’ll take in more water that way.

2. If they need revived, put them in boiling water.

3. Be careful with 2. and make sure you transfer them into an appropriate vessel first! I added boiling water to roses in my favourite vintage Dundee marmalade jar and it cracked the base immediately! That was a very sad day indeed, one of the low points of 2015.

{All tags and twine from Papermash.}

Christmas washi tape gift wrap

My stash of washi tape is pretty large, but instead of complicated wrapping, most of the time my favourite way to wrap a parcel still just uses a touch of plain black washi tape or classic neon pink. I’ve rounded up some of my favourite but very simple Christmas washi tape gift wrapping below. Which is your favourite?

Christmas washi tape

Sources, from top left: 1. Jessica Nielsen 2. Vorstellung von Schon 3. A Quiet Style (this also uses gold and white bakers twine and this Yellow Owl Workshop conifer stamp set) 4. Almost makes perfect 5. Griottes 6. Chocolate Creative.

Follow my gift wrapping Pinterest board for lots of seasonal gift wrap ideas.

Rifle Paper Co gift ideas

Papermash was one of the first stockists of Rifle Paper Co in the UK, and we’ve loved watching their business grow, as they’ve always been very professional and efficient, as well as having lots of beautiful items. The quality is consistently excellent, so I never have reservations about stocking their new lines. Recently I’ve added quite a few new items, so I’ve rounded up a selection of gift ideas this Christmas.

Rifle Paper Co

1. Desktop desk pad (£12) 2. Hello Sunshine print (£19) 3. Citrus floral market notepad (£8.50) 4. Folk pocket notebooks (£8.50) 5. Great things notepad (£6.50) 6. Peach blossom iphone 6s case (£30) 7. Birch floral notepad (£6.50) 8. 2016 Appointment calendar £23.50 (we have the full range of Rifle Paper Co 2016 calendars) 9. Violet floral stationery set £18.50. Enjoy!

A mini milk bottle and friends

I’m in the middle of a ‘grand clear-out’ (goodbye, Living Etc from 2003…) but a collection which remains is a decent-sized stash of small glass containers. Can you have too many? I prefer little collections of flowers (these are cut from the garden), and I added a little colour to these jam jars with blue and pink, and pink and white bakers twine.

jam jars and pink bakers twine

pink bakers twine and jam jars

pink bakers twine and jam jars

I also replaced my hanging eucalyptus with a solitary mini milk bottle tied with strong hot pink jute twine. I like it very much.

Three ways to wrap with bakers’ twine

I always have a  supply of bakers twine close at hand - it is an easy way to smarten up plain brown or white paper, and at 100m in length it lasts a really long time. This Christmas I tried out three different ways of wrapping using bakers twine.

Three ways to wrap using bakers twine

Bakers twine wrapping 1

1. Simple plaiting using red and pink bakers twine. {Also like this tiny to and from stamp, and watercolour letters. Watercolour edging too, of course.}

Bakers twine 2

2. Twine-stamped paper – {I saw this idea on Pinterest.} I wrapped some string around a spare stamp block, and quite like how it shows the stripy effect of the string.

Bakers twine 3

3. Bakers twine tassels {you can follow similar instructions to this tutorial here.}

Which is your favourite? {PS, love this post by Mel Wiggins on wrapping with kids.}

My favourite Christmas recipe

There are some things you can be guaranteed to find around these parts at Christmas; glittered roses, dried oranges, some sort of Christmas Crafternoon with friends, and peppermint bark. It’s delicious, easy to make, and impressive to look at. I won’t recreate the recipe here, when Molly’s eloquence is mouthwatering in itself (the full recipe is here), except that a little tip I learned this time is to cut the bark into neat squares after the final stage of the recipe (I left this overnight and it was rock hard and impossible to cut.)

I wrapped this up using the below:

Red striped paper bags / red sparkle twine / to and from stamps

Red and white bakers twine / from the kitchen of stamp

Do you have any easy Christmas recipes to share?

Simple clay gift tags

Every Christmas you can be guaranteed that blog posts start to appear in support of the easy craft material which is DAS air drying clay - what it says on the tin {packet.} It’s inexpensive – this time I just bought a tiny packet which made quite a few tags.

DAS gift tags © Papermash

I made some simple gift tags by rolling out some clay, drawing round a paper tag to give me a template, stamping an inked pencil rubber for the dots and using these lowercase stamps for the letters. I would suggest using an old ink pad if you have one {where the ink is a bit dryer.} I used this ink but when I opened a fresh one, the ink didn’t take at all in the clay. Also I used red ink, which then dried out as pink. You could also try making the dots and filling them with glitter. When they are dry, you can smooth the edges with a nail file.

Das spotted gift tags © Papermash

The clay takes around 24 hours to dry but make simple personalised tags {here combined with black and gold glitter twine and pink neon jute twine.}

Are you following along on Instagram? I’m sharing a gift wrapping idea each day of advent {@lynneatpapermash}.

A giant safety pin random acts of kindness advent calendar

Inspired by one of our customers, Jen, I decided to make a random acts of kindness advent calendar this year. (You can see her ideas here.) I busted out an advent calendar in record time using our advent calendar envelopes, a giant safety pin, red and gold twine, gold paper quickly folded into leaves, and some sprigs of my favourite eucalyptus.

These are some of my ideas, but I would LOVE to compile a more comprehensive list so that next year’s calendar can be even better. I would love to hear your suggestions!