gift wrap: polka feather // anastasia marie

Remember my original feathered gift wrap post? Well, I’m recycling the paper feather for another gift wrap post because I love how paper feathers look on packages. Supplies needed:

White polka dot wrapping paper + tape (this paper was found at Target)
Translucent sleeve
Mini card
Mini glitter clothespin
White paper
Chunky glitter
Iridescent + white twine
Glitter glue

Start by making your glittered paper feather. Cut out a feather in a shape you prefer from the white paper; it can be super simple or more intricate like mine. Apply a line of glitter glue down the middle and cover with the chunky glitter. I personally love chunky glitter because it has more texture than fine glitter, but if you prefer yours fine, that’s perfectly fine.

While your feather is drying, begin wrapping your package in the polka dot paper and secure with double sided tape. We never want to see tape on a wrapped gift (unless it’s washi tape, of course). Using the twine, wrap it around your package a few times and secure in the back with a knot. Insert your card into the sleeve, slide it underneath the twine, and pin your paper feather onto the sleeve with a mini clothespin. I used the same color of glitter clothespin as the glitter on the feather, but if you want to play around with color, the power is in your hands!

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custom card // distance // by anastasia marie

This custom card speaks for itself. He lives in Portland, Oregon. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Two hearts connect the two with the words “distance means so little when someone means so much.” Did anyone else melt?

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valentine gift wrap // hearts + washi // by anastasia marie

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, here’s a fast (but still super pretty) gift wrap idea for you. Supplies needed:

White wrapping paper + tape
Gold glitter hearts
Washi tape
Glue (preferably not a glue stick)

Wrap your package in the white wrapping paper. Next, take stripes of washi tape and scatter them on the wrapped package. Vary the lengths and patterns for that handmade touch. I chose pastel hues in honor of Valentine’s Day. After that, dab a bit of glue on a golden heart and place it where you think it’ll look nice. Repeat until you’re happy with the results.

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We threw a bridal shower / going away party for my sister last weekend. We kept it simple and sweet. I used whatever I had available already in my home, and just popped out to the store to buy greenery for the table. Gold and ivory tablecloths, greens in jars, and various long candlesticks (so they would burn at different speeds and create candles of various lengths). I also handmade a simple scallop garland to hang from the dining room lamp. You can either make this a long garland — or just in pieces like I did, hanging them in a circle around the lamp. These photos were taken long after the party was over and everything was cleaned up, so all the details aren’t here.

diy scallop garland via Anastasia Marie

Supplies needed (besides the paper):

2″ Scallop Punch (I used the Fiskars brand)
1/8″ Hole Punch
Cotton string
Scissors

To make the garland, punch out scallop circles from various paper textures and colors. I kept the color palette ivory, taupe, and gold since those are some of the key colors of my sister’s wedding. Hole punch the scallops. Cut a good length of string and tie one scallop to the very end. String the next scallop on and tie it on by looping that same end through. To keep it looking smooth, alternate the various scallops by color and texture. Also, don’t secure them on with the same distance in between; instead, vary the distances up and you’ll save yourself the headache of trying to make it ‘perfect’ (this is a big time saver).

Note: a trick to keep the scallops hanging naturally, don’t tighten your loop around each one until you position it properly. Making the loop too tight makes the scallops stick up awkwardly instead of making them look like they’re just falling.

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  • Laura Jolly

    Lovely. Thank you!

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This card was custom created by a wife to give to her husband on Christmas. Finding a tree and chopping it down yourself is a big tradition here in the Northwest and this card depicts just that.

custom card / tree shopping / by anastasia marie
custom card / tree shopping / by anastasia marie
custom card / tree shopping / by anastasia marie

See more of my custom cards here.

  • Marketa

    What a cute card! Is it all paper? It looks like felt in some of the photos…Either way, it’s very adorable!

  • Anastasia Marie

    Marketa: yes, it’s all paper! And thank you!

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