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#287649 - 11/11/15 11:59 AM Gift wrap workshop
Diana* Offline
Santa's Helper

Registered: 04/23/99
Posts: 12438
Loc: Pasadena, CA USA
My favorite Hallmark store, Amy's in San Dimas, hosted a gift wrap workshop run by the best Hallmark rep ever, Kellie. It was a fun evening. I especially enjoyed learning how to make wire ribbon bows (despite my craft-making tendencies, I haven't made these kind of ribbon bows before). It was also fun seeing some of the new gift wrap products Hallmark has out this year.

Here is Kellie showing some of the new line:

and here are a few of the bows I made last night, and a decorated candy cane that the new manager, Damon, gave to participants.

Kellie demonstrated the new wrapping paper slicer (you put your paper roll in the box, unroll how much you want, then run the slicer for a quick and smooth cut. She also showed the sheets of paper that are perfectly sized for shirt gift boxes. You just tear a sheet off the pad. Both products were innovative ways to speed up and simplify wrapping for those getting tired of gift bags and wanting to go back to the old-fashioned wrapped boxes.

I bought a throwback to vintage decorations (they are on sale 30% off this week) that is a two pack in that folded tissue paper style (they fan open). I tried to find it on Hallmark.com but couldn't see them. I bought snowmen, but they also had Santa hats and trees. I thought they were cute and plan to just stick them on the front of some plain gift bags.

It was a fun night exploring ways to present awesome presents. :-)

#287662 - 11/11/15 02:25 PM Re: Gift wrap workshop [Re: Diana*]
susan in florida Offline
YuleLoggers Vice President
Santa's Helper

Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 8166
Loc: Clearwater, Florida
Wow that is great.

#287666 - 11/11/15 03:16 PM Re: Gift wrap workshop [Re: Diana*]
grandma lise Offline
Santa's Helper

Registered: 07/17/09
Posts: 7848
Loc: Washington State
Nice bows Diana. Costco has a variety of 50 yard, wire edged rolls of ribbon in a 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" width, not sure which, for $6.99. I personally use red, but there's a variety of colors and designs. smile

I also buy the Hallmark ribbon each year too, particularly in shades of green that are hard to find. It's good quality ribbon.


#287667 - 11/11/15 03:42 PM Re: Gift wrap workshop [Re: Diana*]
Diana* Offline
Santa's Helper

Registered: 04/23/99
Posts: 12438
Loc: Pasadena, CA USA
Looked up the package - it's called "honeycomb". I should have known that. LOL. Didn't see the snowmen on Hallmark.com, but they did have the Santa hats.
These remind me of decorations from my youth - wedding bells hanging from streamers and tabletop turkeys etc.

#287782 - 11/13/15 07:22 PM Re: Gift wrap workshop [Re: Diana*]
Melbow31 Offline
Elf Engineer - Toy Design

Registered: 08/07/15
Posts: 224
Loc: South Florida
That is awesome. I wish my store could do that!!

#287787 - 11/13/15 09:34 PM Re: Gift wrap workshop [Re: Diana*]
aloha Offline
Elf Manager

Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 681
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
How fun! And your bows came out awesome!!

#287796 - 11/14/15 10:53 AM Re: Gift wrap workshop [Re: Diana*]
StaceyN Offline
Santa's Helper

Registered: 12/22/00
Posts: 6485
Loc: Idaho

That sounds like a fun party and your bows are lovely!

I love wrapping packages but am not a gift giver so I don't wrap too often. On the occasion I do have a gift to give, I usually just drop it in a bag with tissue, instead of gathering the wrapping supplies. :-(

#288044 - 11/19/15 11:39 PM Re: Gift wrap workshop [Re: Diana*]
Sue W Offline
Elf VP

Registered: 05/18/03
Posts: 1040
Loc: Lombard, Illinois USA
Bows can be so expensive; but if you don't know how to turn & twist the right way, homemade ones don't always come out too nice. This workshop sounds like it was great idea; wish my local store would do one; I would attend. I am interested in the box that helps you to cut your wrapping paper rolls... Some of the gadgets I have bought over the years don't always work like they are suppose to. I will have to look for it.

#288782 - 12/06/15 03:18 AM Re: Gift wrap workshop [Re: Diana*]
fourof5 Offline
Elf VP

Registered: 04/30/99
Posts: 1350
Loc: Pacifica, California, USA
Wow, those are really neat!! I too have been buying the nice ribbon from Costco - it works really well. I just bought a "wrapping center that works very well with it - will try to get a picture of it and post to show you - it makes wrapping jobs SO much easier !!!


Kathleen Tullius

#288801 - 12/06/15 11:31 AM Re: Gift wrap workshop [Re: Diana*]
debbieg Offline
Santa's Helper

Registered: 05/11/99
Posts: 4303
Loc: Arlington,TX
The Container Store is giving wrapping workshops each weekend at 1 & 3 pm until Christmas.


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