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Holiday Gift Wrapping with Caswell-Massey

My new video is a collaboration with Caswell-Massey, America's original apothecary! (Yes, they have been in business for over two-and-half centuries!)

This video was created based on three designs, gift for men, gift for women and gift for couples. Each design has different concepts, themes and materials. The video has full of creative ideas for you to become a gift wrapping expert this holiday season!

Bonus :) Caswell-Massey is having a holiday promotion for the video viewers! Use promo code "BGCM15" to get $5 off on a minimum order of $25 when you purchase from their website (http://www.caswellmassey.com). Promotion ends on Dec. 31, 2015.

DESIGN 1

DESIGN 1: Caswell-Massey's Signature Collection for Women
Link: http://bit.ly/1OBbFxS
Design: Elegant Gift Basket
Materials: Square Fabric, Box or Basket, Holiday Ornament
Concept: Eco-Friendly
Tips: Use household items like a piece of fabric & a holiday ornament

Caswell-Massey's Signature Collection is full of natural extracts and moisturizer for exceptional skin conditioning. Comes in three of their most loved fragrances, Almond, Lavender and Verbena are packaged beautifully with modern floral design and clear shimmering color. The Signature Collection's formulations are paragon-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free and not tested on animals.

DESIGN 2

DESIGN 2: Caswell-Massey's Sandalwood Products for Men
Link: http://bit.ly/1IycMd6
Design: Stylish Gift Wrapping
Materials: Decorative Paper, Holiday Ornament, Ribbon
Concept: Simple & Easy
Tips: Use handmade papers to create a sophisticated look without elaborate wrapping techniques

Keeping with over 250 years of tradition and heritage, Caswell-Massey's Sandalwood products offer alluring & exotic sandalwood's warm, woody and spicy scent. Sandalwood Shave Essentials line is perfect for all skin types. These shave products are designed to calm, hydrate and minimize discomfort during shaving.

DESIGN 3

DESIGN 3: Dt. Hunter's Original Remedies
Link: http://bit.ly/1OsibJ2
Design: Creative Gift Packages
Materials: Kraft Paper, Tissue Paper, Natural Twine, Candy Cane
Concept: Fun & Creative
Tips: Use simple and natural materials along with creativity to accessorize packages

Dr. William Hunter opened his apothem shop in Newport, Rhode Island in 1752 to introduce his original remedies. Using high quality natural botanicals and herbs, these classic formulas have remained consistent generation to generation.

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Children's Paper Craft Workshop at JCCH

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Children's Paper Craft Workshop at JCCH

I just bought a lot of paper napkins & shot glasses for the upcoming event and no one would guess that they are for children!

My next workshop is paper napkin fold demonstration at Japan Cultural Center of Hawaii and event is gear toward children and their families celebrating "Bunka No Hi" (Culture Day) and Shichigo San (Seven, Five, Three - celebrate the growth and well-being of young children).

Napkin is necessary for the napkin fold demo but what about the shot glass? Here is how we use the shot glass for the craft!

Note: Shot glass is used for 10"x10" napkin size

Step1: Open the napkin and fold four corners toward the center

Step1: Open the napkin and fold four corners toward the center

Step2: Repeat the same step twice more

Step2: Repeat the same step twice more

Step3: Turn the napkin over and fold the four corners toward the center one more time

Step3: Turn the napkin over and fold the four corners toward the center one more time

Step4: Place the top surface (the side you made the last folds) down on the back of the shot glass (or appropriate size container). Gently pull down the layers toward the bottom

Step4: Place the top surface (the side you made the last folds) down on the back of the shot glass (or appropriate size container). Gently pull down the layers toward the bottom

Step5: Flip over the napkin and you just made a beautiful water lily container!

JCCH's event is open to the public - a lot of fun and information on Japanese culture and traditions, arts and crafts along with the vendors who sell tasty Japanese foods! Check their website for more info: http://www.jcch.com/index.php/calendar/event/407/

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How to Gift Wrap a Cylinder Box Beautifully (Video Tutorial)

One of the most popular questions I receive from my video viewers is "how can I wrap a cylinder box easily?"

There are quite a lot products come in cylinder shapes and you might have had the same question before. My new video shows an easy way to wrap a cylinder box beautifully with just one piece of double sided tape.

Here is the video, enjoy!

Materials: Paper, Washi Tape (to decorate the paper)

Tools: Scissors, Rulers, Double Sided Tape

Interested in more video on how to wrap a cylinder box? Here are more creative ideas.


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Fall Leaves Gift Wrapping and a Matching Handmade Card (How to Video)

Autumn has always been my favorite season. 

In Japan, it is considered as the best season for the arts. ("Geijyutsu No Aki") Though every season has its own beauty, many people feel that they are more inspired to be creative during the Autumn season. 

I currently live in Hawaii and can't really enjoy the best features of Autumn season like crispness in the air and leaves changing colors. So I use my imagination to enjoy them by creating paper crafts. 

My new video is "Fall Leaves Gift Wrapping and a Matching Handmade Card." You can create your package and a card by using natural leaves if you live in the area where you can pick up fall leaves from the ground. I hope that you are enjoying this Autumn season, happy gift wrapping!

What you need to prepare:
Materials
• Color Paper (4 different colors)
• Wrapping Paper
• Ribbon

Tools
• Cutting Mat
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Double Sided Tape
• Glue Gun
• Ruler & Craft Knife
• Clear Tape (Optional)
• Circle Cutter (Optional)

Music: Italian Morning by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

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Simple Beauty - Easy Wine Bottle Gift Wrapping Tutorial

With the holiday season just around the corner, I believe that more people are searching for gift wrapping tutorials and tips. My new video shows simple and easy way to dress up a wine bottle, one of the most popular gifts. The result is an unique and personalized gift wrapping for your special occasions!

As we all know, wine bottle is an odd shaped item and it is not easy to use regular gift wrap papers without it looking messy. Softer textured papers such as tissue paper (used in this video) and Thai unryu paper are more flexible and easier to wrap around the curve and neck of the bottles smoothly.

Here is the video, enjoy!

Materials and Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Natural Yarn
  • Kraft Tissue Paper

....that's it. Yes that's all you need! :)

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How to Make a Cute CD Gift Box ~Recycled Craft Idea~

Although I hardly use CDs anymore, I still own so many used & unused CDs. Looking at them, stored into a corner of my studio, I wanted to recycle these CDs to create a cute gift packaging. And here is a finalized idea, recycled CD gift box. Along with recycled papers, my unwanted CDs reborn into a colorful gift box. 

Since the box is created using strips of washi tape, it can only hold light weight gift inside. As we approach into fall/winter seasons, this box will be a perfect packaging for giving hats, scarves or gloves.

Materials:

  • Recycled CDs (6 CDs)
  • Recycled / Scrap Paper (Decorative)
  • Recycled / Scrap Color Paper (Card Stock)
  • Decorative Washi Tape

Tools:

* Instead of cutting paper circles with a circle cutter, you can also trace outline of CD on the papers and cut them using scissors

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Recycled Craft ~Pyramid Box Birthday Lei~

In Hawaii where I currently reside, lei giving is a popular tradition to celebrate special occasions. 

You can create personalized leis using different materials including real flowers, silk flowers, paper flowers, candies & snacks, dollar bills, ribbons, etc. My new video shows how to create cute pyramid boxes for lei making using recycled papers.

This project is easy & fun that you can enjoy with kids too :)

Materials

  • Recycled Paper / Scrap Paper (Decorative scrap paper & magazine pages were used in the video)
  • Washi Tape (Tesa's decorative washi tapes were used in the video)
  • Yarn or Any Thread 

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Cutting Mat

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Cute teddy Bear Gift Wrapping For Children

It's always fun to create a playful gift wrapping design for children's special days. I made this video so that anyone can create this cute teddy bear gift wrapping easily using popular household craft materials!

Wrapping popular gifts for children such as books, DVDs and toy boxes (shallow) are perfect for this design. Your teddy bear packaging will surely make them smile :)

Here is the video, enjoy!

Materials

  • Tissue Paper (Kraft tissue paper was used in the video)
  • Card Stock (Brown 8.5"x10" card stock was used in this video)
  • Button (Recycle your buttons!)

Tools

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Chic Vintage Art Deco Gift Wrapping For Wedding & Party Favors

This vintage romantic inspired gift wrapping will take you back to the 1920s Art Deco era. Faded tissue paper flowers with dash of gold glitters create a romantic atmosphere which make them perfect for wedding or anniversary party favor designs.

Step-by-step instructional video shows easy tricks to create this design and you will have easier time making many of them if necessary :)

Here is the video, enjoy!

Materials

  • Tissue Paper (Kraft tissue paper is used in the video)
  • Gold Glitter (Martha Stewart florentine gold was used in the video)
  • Craft Wire (Gold craft wire was used in the video)

Tools

  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Glue (Mod Podge was used in the video)
  • Foam Brush

 

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Wedding Gift Wrapping with a Calla Lily Bouquet

When I think of wedding, I think of Calla lilies....they would be the perfect flowers if you like to create an elegant & sophisticated atmosphere for your wedding gift wrapping!

This tutorial includes details on how to create a Calla lily bouquet which is decorated with beautiful organza sheer ribbons. I believe that this would be a great design if you want to make one-of-a-kind gift package for someone's special day :) (They won't forget your package!)

In addition to my ordinary tools (scissors & clear tape), I used liquid glue and gold glitter for this project. It was a lot of fun cutting, gluing, pasting and glittering...this almost makes you feel zen...! Here is the video, enjoy!

Materials

  • Decorative Paper (For wrapping a box / Unryu wash paper was used in the video)
  • White Paper (For making calla lily petals / Japanese kobo paper was used in the video)
  • White or Ivory Color Tissue Paper (For making centers of calla lilies)
  • Green Paper (For making calla lily stems / Momi wash green paper was used in the video)
  • Gold Glitter
  • Organza Sheer Ribbon (For tying a bouquet and making bows / 1.5" width white & cream organza sheer ribbons were used in the video)

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