Today I'm delighted to introduce one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Bethany of Rinse. Repeat. Her life is a romance novel in the making, and I love stopping + soaking in the beauty of each one of her posts. I'm so excited to share a tutorial she put together just for you--take a minute to follow her step-by-step and you'll have the prettiest presents under the tree...guaranteed. The sort of gifts that are too lovely to even open:
In the world of gift wrapping, I was once overwhelmed. I’d stand, lost, in the aisles of my local Target, one tube of colorful wrapping paper in each hand, trying desperately to find a bow that wasn’t so 1987. By the time I hit the checkout, I was out $10…and frankly, I didn’t even like what I purchased.
But, after a bump in with a pricey Martha Stewart felt flowers craft kit, I spent a few inspired minutes in my craft lab recreating the blossoms. Now I’ve got gift wrapping down to a science: kraft paper, a little ribbon and a simple felt flower which costs me no more than five cents.
Step Three: Knot one end of your thread, and thread your needle. Using a simple running stitch, place two stitches at the base of each petal, one right after another, stringing together all five petals. Knot the needle end of your thread and cut off any excess.
Step Four: Slowly pull one end of the thread, allowing your petals to pucker and bunch. Keep pulling until the petals are closely bunched. Then, tightly tie both ends of the thread together to keep the petals in their new floral shape.
Step Five: Simply hot glue your button to the front your flower, and attach to your package! Ta-da!
You can play with a myriad of colors, sizes and shapes while making this project—felt is cheap as it comes and one flower takes only a few inches of it—so don’t sweat a bud that doesn’t blossom!