All posts tagged: surprise

a box of love.

I love creating and sending surprise gift boxes to my family for different holidays or just because. Here are some fun ideas for a Valentine’s surprise box! These postcards by 3 Fish Studios are perfect for sending hugs all around California to my family. And pretty much anything from the Target “dollar” section – Heart dishes? Yes please! These would be great for trinkets, holding keys, or an air plant. And now for the sweets – Valentine dates (get it?), heart-shaped cookies, love crunch granola bars, Chocolove chocolate bars, and a long-time favorite – seasonal heart-shaped Junior Mints. It’s fun to scour the snack aisle to find themed goodies. Other cute prizes: temporary tattoos and squishy happy faces for the kids. And to bring it all together: stickers for the box and the packaging. The goal is to pack the parcels so they ship safely. I like using photo boxes – they are study and can hold a lot of stuff – and I like to fill them with crepe party streamers (you can also tissue …

love handmade. 

I’m busy wrapping up Valentine’s surprises. How about you? Cupcake toppers are a fun way to add a little pop of color to your Valentine’s treats. If you plan to make your own, all you need are wooden sticks, felt, hot glue, and scissors. Here are a couple of ways to add cupcake toppers to your packaging. Washi tape that sucker on. I love washi tape; you could say I hoard the stuff. I mix and match colors and patterns because pretty much anything goes. My inner four year old rejoices! The boxes I’m using here are old stationary boxes. I tore up some tissue paper to hide the treats inside and finished with scrap yarn. You can also insert a topper into a cute can/pail/jar. I found these tins at Target. These are filled with matcha love green tea and treats. Of course you can also use cupcake toppers for, well, cupcakes. 😉

tis better to give!

STOP. Collaborate and listen. I recently joined forces with Will of the Collective Spark to put together Happy New Year packs for their clients. Oh man, oh man. They turned out so classy. Check it out. Will wanted to put together gift packs with a handmade spin. After some planning and hunting down materials, we finally decided on black photo boxes with pops of orange. We ordered ten pounds of crinkle paper (the most I’ve ever seen!), I cut out Collective Spark logos for the toppers and made logo stickers to seal the tissue. Each gift got a handwritten note – yup, I wrote those, too! Then, it was assembly time! Want to know what was inside? All kinds of goodies from Will’s sister’s farm in Italy – soap, honey, and olive oil. I’ve tried all three and am a fan! Read more about her farm, Costa Digiano, here. Will is ready for hand/mail deliveries, but first, photos of the finished product. I’m getting good at this gift box assembly thang. Thanks to Will and the Collective Spark for …