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DIY Envelopes

While at Marshall's a few weeks ago I came across some pretty wrapping paper for Christmas. Because what I'm giving some people can fit in a card, I decided to make envelopes out of the new wrapping paper. So I searched for a tutorial on how to do it and was able to do it pretty easily. I just used the tutorial, scissors, a ruler, printer paper, and glue. (To make the envelope a little less floppy, I glued the printer paper to the back of the wrapping paper before cutting it all out. That way it had a weight similar to wallpaper.)

Below is my finished product!

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Envelopes

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Envelopes

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Envelopes

So now the envelopes coordinate with the rest of the gifts under the tree and I put a little extra love into the project.

Have you made any Christmas DIY's recently?

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

Northwest Pearls: DIY Tissue Paper Flowers For the wedding I was apart of last week, we made tissue paper flowers for the head table.

The bride, A, bought three packs of colored tissue paper from Michael's. She found this tutorial on Pinterest from Hey, Let's Make Stuff and we followed it to make the flowers.

It didn't take long to get the hang of making the flowers. We made around 18 flowers that were then sewn onto a ribbon to span the length of the head table. Of the four possible petal styles that the original tutorial explained, we created the first two, the rounded one, and the shredded one. There was two of each color in each grouping on the table and we had one of each of those be one of those two petal styles. The only grouping of three was the white flowers in the center. They were arranged from dark blue at the outer ends of the table to white at the center in front of the bride and groom.

Sadly I don't have a picture of the final arrangement on the head table, but here's what the flowers looked like after we created them. The satin ribbon you see is what the flowers ended up being sewn onto.

Northwest Pearls: DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

Have you ever created paper flowers? What have you thought?

Simple Gift Wrap

Northwest Pearls: Simple Gift WrapA friend's birthday was this week and I wanted to wrap his present, not just put it in a bag, but when I was at the store I couldn't find anything that was appropriate for him. All the wrapping paper was for children or it was a little more feminine than I wanted for him. So I got some plain brown wrapping paper and wrapped his presents in that. The plan was to decorate the paper myself but when I couldn't find the markers I wanted I just wrote "Happy Birthday" in large, pretty font on the presents. The bright side about plain paper is that you can decorate it however; you can write "Happy Birthday" multiple times on it, you can draw dinosaurs, you can personalize it with a message, you can do almost anything with it. Northwest Pearls: Simple Gift Wrap