Craft Paper with Black Velvet

We love working with craft paper. It is a staple in our wrapping cupboard. You can dress it up or down. It forms the perfect base for wrapping. For this post, we dressed it up. We think the combination of craft paper with black velvet is gorgeous.


 The Gifts:

We keep a supply of brown paper gift bags handy, choose the correct size.

Wrap the gift in brown craft paper.

Cut the black ribbon to the correct length.

Stick double-sided on the back of the ribbon.

Stick the ribbon on the bottom section of the bag, about 1/3 up.

Fold a flat bow, by cutting a short section of the ribbon. Stick ends together with tape to create a circle. Fold it in half and use a second, shorter piece of ribbon, to create the cross section. Stick it down with more double sided tape.

Add the gift and black tissue paper.


 The Flowers:

Arrange the flowers. We used Proteas.

Cut a square of brown craft paper.

Wrap the flowers, tie the ribbon and add the card.


craft-paper-and-black-velvet-4We love the elegance of this wrapping and velvet ribbon is our favourite indulgence. You can, of course, tie a bow instead of making a flat bow. We like the flat bow though; the velvet doesn’t fold nicely.

This is great wrapping to use for a more formal event. It is unisex so you can use it for gentleman as well.


Happy Wrapping.

Mia & Blair



No-wrap wrapping for odd-shaped gifts

Sometimes we have a gorgeous gift, but it is an odd shape. This watering can is an example of one of those, luckily the watering can is pretty enough to show off. You can, of course, find a nice box and put the watering can inside and then wrap that.

We love not-wrapping as much as we love wrapping. Pretty gifts deserved to be displayed.


This watering can is perfect for someone who has many indoor plants or is an avid gardener. We added the small gardening tools and filled the watering can with a bunch of sweet peas. It smelled gorgeous and looked spectacular.


The simplicity of this is what we really enjoy. You can use any flowers that are available and add ribbons or a set of gloves, perhaps even a nice hat. Anything a gardener would enjoy.

Happy not-wrapping.

Mia & Blair

no-wrap watering can


Hampers of Happiness: The Herb Hamper

So by now, you will know that we love hampers. Deciding what goes in and arranging it all is one of our favourite things. They are incredibly versatile. This Herb Hamper would be great for a cook or gardener.

Herb Hamper

For The Herb Hamper You Need:

We used a wooden container as a base. You can use any kind of basket or small trough even.

We bought our herbs from Woolworths. The ones in the terracotta pots.

The mini tools and spray bottle are also from Woolworths. Check out their flower section.

The small jar is from Mr Price Home, but any glass jar will do. We filled it with Nasturtium seeds.

We added lemons and tomatoes for a spot of colour.

herb hamper lemons

The moss filled in the gaps.

Add ribbon and small wreath as an ornament.


  1. The herbs went in first. Depending on the size of the plants and the container you may need to add some filling in the bottom of the container to raise the pots.
  2. Add ribbon to the spray bottle and tools. Arrange among the herbs.
  3. Add the seed jar. You can add more depending on the size of the container.
  4. Add the veggies and fruit. If you have a specific colour scheme choose veggies to match.
  5. Add moss to fill the gaps.
  6. Tie the ribbon around the base and add an ornament or card.

Top Tips:

You can add or subtract items as needed. Think of garden twine, herb markers or even a pair of gardening gloves. Anything that will be handy for a gardener.

herb hamper

You can also replace the jars with seed sachets. We love Living Seeds. They specialise in heirloom seeds.

If you are packing for a cook think about wooden spoons, spices and dish towels.

If you use a smaller container you can use one or two herb plants instead of three. The possibilities are endless.

Happy Hampering.

Mia & Blair