- In an alternate universe Blair and Mia rule the Planet Yak. A place where peace reigns, cupcakes aren’t fattening and glitter doesn’t stick to your hands for all eternity. But when they are on this planet they are working mommies, aspiring domestic goddesses, DIY-enthusiasts and bloggers who are in constant pursuit of all things pretty.
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We loved the rose petal wrapping we shared last week and we hope you did too. Here is another idea using rose petals that is simple, easy, and absolutely gorgeous.
White paper, or any colour you would prefer.
Roses, your choice of colour
- Wrap the gift in the white (or whichever you choose) paper. Remember when we said we rarely buy wrapping paper? This is what we buy instead, it is white-board writing paper. The sheets are big and it wraps beautifully.
- Stick the double-sided tape in the shape of a heart. This isn’t, of course, a perfect heart, just follow a general outline and make sure there is enough tape for all the petals.
- Remove the petals from the rose.
- Stick the petals on the sticky heart. We started at the top and worked our way down. Make sure they overlap. The tape must not show.
- Depending on the size of the gift and of the heart, you can add as many hearts as you like.
This is incredibly easy to do, but once again, be gentle with the petals and make sure to wrap it on the day of the party. Rose petals that have been abused, will turn brown. The petals are fragile, but should last for about a day if the rose is fresh and if it isn’t sweltering. Remember, you can also keep it cool in the fridge if need be.
You can also add ribbons and twine to the gift. We loved this simplicity of this, but a ribbon would certainly add to the gift.
We hope you enjoyed this simple idea. Don’t forget to send us pictures of your wrapping or tag us online. We would love to see what you are all wrapped up in.
Have a happy day,
Mia & Blair
And we’re back. We hope you all had a great break and are ready to tackle 2017. We are super excited to share our first wrapping idea for the year with you, Rose Petal Wrapping.
You may have noticed by now that a) we don’t buy wrapping paper and b) we like it when we can see the gift and c) we adore flowers. This is another one of those no-wrap gift wrap with flowers, although it is wrapped and we used rose petals. Seriously, can wrapping get any more fun?
We love using fresh flowers when we wrap. Obviously, this is a wrap-it-on-the-right-day gift. The petals will last for about a day and it is important to be gentle. They bruise and will turn brown if manhandled. You can also put the gift in the fridge if it is very hot, it’ll sustain the roses for a tiny bit longer. Just make sure the gift can go in the fridge too. Your spouse may frown and wonder about the odd flower covered thing in the fridge, but what can we say. Wrapping knows no pain.
A gift – We used Tessa Kiros’s Limoncello and Linen Water. The pink of the cover dictated our colour choice. It is one of our favorite cookbooks.
Glossy Sticky tape
Double sided tape
How we did it:
- Wrap the gift in the cellophane
- Decide how much of the gift you want to cover. We started in the middle, because we wanted the title and the pretty cover to show. You can cover the whole gift if you want.
- Remove the petals from the rose. Save the sepal and receptacle/calyx. Those are fancy words for the green bobble, stem and leaves beneath the flower. We tied them with the ribbon, once we were finished.
- Stick the first line of double sided tape where you want to start. Wrap it around the whole gift.
- Stick your first row of petals.
- Measure the size of the petal against the tape you just stuck down. The next petal must cover the tape and the bottom half of the leaf to ensure complete coverage. Word from the top down.
- Once you have your measure, stick more tape and do the next row.
- Keep going until the sides and back of the gift are covered as well.
- Tie the ribbon.
- Add the green bits and voila. You are done.
Here’s to seeing life through rose-coloured wrapping.
It’s the end of the school year here in South Africa and we are gearing up for an epic summer holiday. It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be fun and it’s going be five weeks long, but before all that happens we get to thank the teacher.
It’s time to stop and say thank you to the people who looked after our kids for the whole year. The teachers who were kind, patient and who encouraged our little ones. The teachers who held hands, kissed scraped knees and said well done, even if it was more done than well.
It’s hard to find the words and ways to express our gratitude when it comes to someone who has taken care of our children. These are the people who they spend a huge part of their day with. It’s one of the most important relationships they’ll have for an entire a year and hopefully a relationship they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
As we have mentioned before, we love simple gift wrap and this simple, teacher inspired gift wrap is right up our alley. Whatever you have decided to give your child’s teacher, we are sure they’ll really appreciate the message as well.
This is what you need:
A gift, preferably in a box or something that can be shaped into a ball.
Red tissue paper
Sticky tape and scissors
This is what you need to do:
Wrap the gift in the red tissue paper
Cut out a leaf
Cut a stalk
Stick the stalk and leaf to get then stick both to the gift
Wording for the leaves:
This apple is my way of saying thank you for every day.
We love your core values
Grateful to the core
We hope you and the teacher will enjoy this gift wrap idea. You know what they say about an apple a day…it’s really good for you. So get to the core of the matter and say what you want to say. That’s Thank you with a capital T.
Mia & Blair