Happy October! This is Rebecca with you and I look forward to this month every year–cooler weather, Halloween, and October means it’s officially time to put decorative leaves on EVERYTHING! They can go all over the house, on cards, on DIY projects, and of course (especially), on gift wrap.
I’m extra excited today because I got to use the brand new WRMK Revolution for this project (and most likely every day for the foreseeable future). I’ve had the same die cutting machine for about 5 years and I’ve been thinking lately that it’s time to replace it. It’s officially been replaced by the Revolution! I love this machine–it’s durable, easy to use and set up, and comes with an awesome magnetic plate that is incredibly handy, as in, bye-bye washi tape keeping my dies in place and sometimes ripping my cardstock and die cuts. I made so many cuts with my new Revolution for today’s project and it saved me so much time.
Gift wrapping is my most favorite hobby and I often use die cuts on my packaging in one form or another, even if it’s just for the tag. Today, I’m making the die cuts the focus; all of the embellishments except for the ribbon have been die cut on my trio of gift boxes.
The first thing I did was choose some pretty paper, which was easy thanks to the Faded Floral paper stack from DCWV. I chose a couple of papers to wrap up some boxes and some coordinating designs to cut the die cuts out of.
*I love to use scrapbook paper to wrap small boxes, but it’s heavier than typical wrapping paper–which is one reason I love it so much. To help with that, I like to use a bone folder to crease the folds. I also run it along the box edges, firmly pressing down to help get a sharp crease. Your average cello tape is probably not going to cut it and keep the flaps from staying put, so I recommend some extra strong double-sided tape like American Crafts’ Sticky Thumb super sticky tape for that. *
On the first box, wrapped in an orange stripe paper, I cut out 5 leafy branches to create a wreath. The paper I used has a black background with an orange and green design so it’s a nice contrast to the lighter wrap.
I chose a good-sized ‘thank you’ die with some gold glitter paper for the sentiment, but if you’d rather put a name or initial there, that would work, too. You can easily change the sentiment for a different occasion, as well. The final step for this gift was a black ribbon bow.
My next gift is another box, this time wrapped in green paper. I chose something dark because I had already cut a bunch of oak leaves out of some of the lighter floral patterns from the Faded Floral stack. I gently shaped the leaves with a bone folder, giving them a slight curl upward. Then I arranged a group of 5 leaves on the left side of the box. They splay out, almost like a pinwheel, and when I tied the peach ribbon around the box, I tied the bow in the center of the leaf pile, where all of the stems meet. A small tag and a ‘thanks’ die cut finish off this gift.
You don’t have to save the die cuts just to use on wrapped boxes, though. They’re functional for any kind of package. My last gift is a small box with a copper-painted top. This box is incredibly simple to duplicate, but it’s still so pretty! I cut 3 more oak leaves from the loveliest paper (it complements the gift box wonderfully) and situated the trio like a bouquet on the box top.
This was followed by a length of black ribbon tied in a bow; I waited to adhere the leaves until the ribbon was in place, as it works as a guide so you can be sure the leaves are centered on the box.
I chose another single word die to place on top of the leaves and cut it from black glitter paper for an elegant contrast. Something like this would make a very pretty party or wedding favor package. It’s simple and inexpensive if you die cut the leaves and words yourself.
I can’t recommend decorating your packages with die cuts enough! The results are always fun and if you have the supplies, it definitely beats paying $3+ for a store-bought bow. And did I mention that the Revolution makes the task so much easier with a 6″ x 8″ magnetic platform? I got a clean, crisp cut every time and now I’ve got 3 lovely gifts ready for delivery.
DCWV Faded Floral Paper Stack