Saturday, December 15, 2007
"Brown paper packages............."
.... tied up with string, glitzy ribbon, raffia, burlap ribbon ... you name it. Lovely old fashioned shopping bags are perfect.... or paper tablecloths...... you can dab gold paint on them with a sponge if you want a golden glow...and then use gold ribbons...or how about a pinecone rose?
If white is your thing.... try some white paper tied with beautiful ribbons. Traditional reds and greens...or cool colours like silvers and blues?? perhaps a stamp and some embossing powders?? or some glue and glitter? .... .. co-ordinate or contrast with ribbon? Craft paper or butcher paper is great for wrapping and is very sturdy.
Here is another one.... scrunch up sheets of white tissue paper; spray paint gold or silver and let dry. Or ... accordion-pleat sheets of brown paper; spray paint gold and let dry. Unfold and press with dry iron on low heat. Golds or silvers for ribbon.....
An easy decoration ... for door or wall. This bell swag is 2 1/2" flower pots painted gold inside and out. Use spray or brush. Then use a little black paint and water, make a wash; paint pots with wash. When almost dry, rub with cloth to expose gold areas and leave black crevices. Let dry. Metallic gold cord...(or your choice) threaded through hole in bottom... attach jingle bell to end of cord with wire and a bit of glue... tie a knot about 6 or 7 inches from attached jingle bell and poke through hole in bottom of upturned pot... leave cord as long as you want... several different lengths is nice... attach a ribbon bow with wire or glue to cord where it exits pot. With cut cord ends even at top, wrap wire around ends and twist tightly at back to secure. Attach with wire to some boughs, or greenery... then attach larger bow on front of cut ends of cord to cover wire and ends of cords.