Friday, 6 November 2009

Gift Wrap Idea: Brooches & Badges

As I mentioned the other day, I've been working on lots of fun gift wrap projects to share with you in the run up to Christmas. First up: using brooches as gift-toppers.



This is such a easy idea, but it adds a huge amount of personality and specialness to the simplest of parcels.

Wrap your gift as normal - I think plain paper works best for this to really make a feature of the brooch. I'm a big fan of brown paper (use double-sided tape for extra neatness) and using yarn in place of expensive ribbon (thrifty and quite chic, I think!) but any paper and ribbon will do.

 

Knot your yarn/ribbon tightly and trim the ends so they'll be hidden under your brooch.

Then pin your brooch through the yarn/ribbon, and you're done!

 

I used the lilac flower brooch from my shop for this parcel, but any flower brooch would give the same summery feel to your wrapping.

For something a bit less girly, try big badges - and match your yarn/ribbon to the badge to give the gift a cohesive look.


Vintage brooches add a lovely bit of sparkle...

... perfect for Christmas! Most charity shops and thrift stores are overflowing with vintage brooches at bargain prices, plus the brooch can be kept and used as, well, a brooch, so you're spending money on a little extra gift instead of a fancy bow that will just get thrown away.


 
Please feel free to borrow one or two photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire post on your site. Thanks!

16 comments:

Caleb and Emily Designs said...

What an excellent idea! My mother love brooches. thanks for sharing. :)

Tranquilita said...

Soooo cuteeeee!!!!

SilvanArt said...

Love this idea!

flowerpress said...

Great idea :-) I'm looking forward to seeing all your wrapping ideas this year, I loved them so much last time!

Little Z said...

Those are soooooo cool and inspiring! Thanx for sharing!

pennydog said...

Love it! I'll have to do this, maybe with a Lupin brooch? ;)

Josie said...

Oh my god, that is such a beautiful vintage brooch in the last one. What a find :-)

HDMac said...

How adorable! I have shared with a link back to your blog. So cute!!!!

Emimage said...

I wish there was charity shop in Paris so i can buy beautiful vintage brooches like this one !

About gift wrapping, i'm doing a little giveaway on my blog. To enter, here it is : http://thefrenchfrogtouch.blogspot.com/

The french frog

cupotea said...

Thats such a good idea! You're gift wrapping in general looks really nice.

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

A girl after my own heart. :D They look absolutely fab!

Lael said...

Love the idea. My daughter doesn't like ribbons because bad things happen when her cats comsume them. Your idea would impress her.

Alina said...

I absolutely love all your ideas! Lucky is the person who'll get a gift from you :)

Maria Allen said...

Wow, what a stunning brooch, on the last pic!

Clare (Littlebear) said...

I'm glad I found your blog. These gifts look so elegant wrapped like this. Great idea to use brooches.

thegiftedblog said...

Awesome as always - beautifully done and photographed. Thanks for sharing!

Charissa

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