Father’s Day DIY Pillow Style Gift Box

My new gift wrapping video tutorial is for the Father’s Day (and any other occasions too!). In the video tutorial, I will show you how to create a pillow shaped box from scratch using whatever paper design you like. This project is super easy to get really cool looking results. Since it is a gift box…

Good Times at Lee’s Art Shop in New York City

Although it wasn’t completely a surprise, I was saddened to find out that Lee’s Art Shop in New York City is closing after more than 60 years of business. Lee’s Art Shop, on 57th Street across from the Art Student’s League, has been a popular spot for both New Yorkers and tourists. They sold thousands…

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…

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…

Thank you for your support in 2015!

This morning, I am reflecting on my past year on the last day of 2015. I thank you so very much for everyone who watched & commented on my craft videos, subscribed YouTube channel, followed my Facebook updates and participated workshops. I’ve uploaded 35 craft videos to my YouTube channel and conducted total 17 workshops…

Japanese Pleats Gift Wrapping ~Basic Pleating Design~

Japanese Pleating design is one of the great ways to create a memorable presentation for your gift wrapping. Traditionally, odd number pleats are used for happy occasions while even numbers represent sad occasions like funerals. Today, many designers improvise their own pleating styles to enhance the art of gift wrapping. Linear pleating design is the very…