Video Tutorial: Flower Gift Bag for Mother’s Day

I have a hard time throwing away decorative paper. I keep most of the gift wrap papers from gifts I receive (when possible). I have nothing against people expressing their excitement by ripping and tearing open gift wrapping when they open presents, but my personal experiences in opening presents are far from it, I carefully peel off…

Cherry Blossom Gift Bag for Mother’s Day

What images do you think of for Mother’s Day? The first thing that comes to my mind is flowers….many different flowers. Carnations are considered the official flower of Mother’s Day since they were the favorite flower of Ann Jarvis, the mother of Anna Jarvis, who started Mother’s Day in the United States. To me any flower…

Pleated Pocket Gift Wrapping

How do you include a card or letter with your gift wrapped package? Many of my individual clients provide envelopes with message cards inside to go along with their gifts. These envelopes are often fairly large sizes like 4″x 6″ or 5″ x 7″ and many times would cover the design work on the front…

Gift Wrapping Culture in Japan

In Japan where I grew up, the act of gift wrapping came from “Omoiyari” – having compassion, being considerate or caring of others. It is sometimes more important to consider the purpose behind the wrapping, the “Who” and “Why” you are wrapping a gift, not just to hide the contents. The actual gift wrapping itself…

Video Tutorial: Japanese Pleats Envelope Gift Wrapping

You don’t need to prepare a box or ribbon for this gift wrapping – my new video tutorial shows how to create a beautifully styled package using only paper. This DIY envelope gift wrapping is perfect for flat items and gifts without a box. With just a few simple steps, you can create an elegant…

Video Tutorial: How to Wrap Oddly Shaped Gifts

How do you wrap an oddly shaped gift? Do you put it in a box then gift wrap? Or place it in a store bought gift bag? Or just forget about wrapping and give it as is? Sometimes, designing a package that intentionally shows the gift can be playful and more interesting. Many of the Japanese traditional…

Easter Paper Egg Party Bowl

During the holiday season through Valentine’s Day I have been using a lot of red colors, so it was nice to see pastel colors on a new Spring project. By following this easy instructions below, you can make a cute paper bowl for Easter and Spring decorations and parties. The size of the papers in…

Story of Amalfi Paper Making (Visit to Museo della Carta)

My first encounter with Amalfi paper began over a decade ago at a paper store in New York City. It wasn’t a wrapping paper but elegant stationery. I bought a set of writing papers and matching envelopes with a beautiful watermark, nicely packaged authentic Italian stationery. I remember thinking it would be a shame to…

Valentine’s Day Handmade Origami Card (How to Measure Your Paper)

Modern communication and technology tools have revolutionized how we stay connected with others, but I believe that sometimes writing heart-felt message on a pretty sheet of paper along with a nice envelope can be a more romantic and more touching way to communicate with someone. Based on that concept I created this handmade Origami Card…

Valentine Paper Flower with Heart Shaped Petals

I found a roll of cute flower gift wrap with a rose-red polka dot pattern the other day. Many flower wraps available in the U.S. are made in synthetic materials, either mesh or thin tissue or fabric like paper. Despite the delicate appearance, they are durable, flexible and good for various craft projects.   This…

1200 Years of History Through the Japanese Fabric Wrapping

You may have heard the word, “furoshiki” before. It represents a piece of decorative fabric that can be used for gift wrapping, transporting items, interior decorations, etc. The history of furoshiki goes back to the Nara period (710-794) and was originally called “tsutsumi” (to cover or  to wrap).  It was used to wrap and help protect…

A Gift Basket is Like an Amusement Park!

The first gift wrapping project this year was to create a New Year’s gift basket. A gift basket is like an amusement park – many colorful and fun things all in one place! To enhance this excitement I often design gift baskets with vivid and cheerful presentations. Creating a big colorful bow is a great…