Saturday, October 23, 2010

Snowflake Printed Ribbon!

Our snowflake printed ribbon has definitely been one of the most popular ones that we carry! So this year we decided to add more colors in this festive pattern - white, light blue, turquoise and black!

These printed ribbons exclusive to Essential Packaging, are a beautiful foil imprint on luxurious satin ribbon in a 5/8" width. They're ideal for just banding on a box, as in the photo above or...

... for layering with a wider ribbon, like the 1 1/2" satin ribbon in these two photos.

Either way, these beautiful and versatile snowflake ribbons will be the perfect addition to all your holiday wrappings! And just like real snowflakes, these won't be around for long so try some today... before they're all gone!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Clear Cello Cone Bags!

Yes everyone, it's Snowman Soup season!!! It's time again to start making your Snowman Soup gifts for family, friends, co-workers, teachers, or anyone else you think would enjoy a yummy hot chocolate treat. It also makes a great school or group fundraiser!

The 7" x 15" clear cello cone bags used to make Snowman Soup gifts are one of our best selling products! Have you ever made Snowman Soup before? It's an easy and yummy gift. We did this blog post on how to use cone bags to make Snowman Soup.

We now have our Snowman Soup video tutorial available (on this blog and on You Tube) so you can really see how easy this project is to make!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tissue Paper Oak Leaves

Just in time for the fall season! Here's a step by step tutorial on how to make these tissue paper oak leaves. For our sample, we added the tissue leaves to the lid of a round box but you can definitely add these leaves to any type of box including garment, gift or jewlery boxes.

First, trace your oak leaf template (download here) onto your stack of coloured tissue paper; we used 5 sheets at a time in our stack.

Then, cut out the oak leaf shape. In this project, we use 3 different colors of tissue paper to add some variety to our box lid.

Arrange all your cut tissue leaves into color piles; this will make it easier to assemble them in the next step.

Select 1 leaf per colour and arrange them in groups of 3, spreading them out instead of stacking them (you'll cover more area this way).

Make a vertical "pleat" down the middle of the leaf; this will give your leaf some dimension otherwise it will look quite flat when assembled.


Fold up the "stem" and staple the remaining "stem" together; this will make the leaf a bit thicker where you will apply the hot glue (in the following step).

Here are some tissue paper oak leaf groups that are ready for assembling. Try alternating the tissue colors to make them look more random and not so uniform.

Now you're ready to start assembling your box lid. Using a hot glue gun and starting in the center of your lid, start applying the glue to the back of each tissue group, near the base of the stem.


Arrange the first layer of tissue paper leaves, randomly overlapping as you go around the lid of the box.

For this sample we arranged 3 layers of tissue groups; you can do any number of layers depending on your desired fullness. Since this lid is fairly large, we decided to do 3 layers to make it look really full on top.

Lastly, we added satin ribbon around the band of the lid and in a small bow on the box lid. We included a sunflower head, glued to the center of the bow, for some added fall decor.


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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cupcake Packaging - Autumn Elegance!

Yes, cupcakes are still the hottest thing around! And yes, we carry A LOT of cupcake packaging! But one thing we do get asked often is how to dress up those plain white boxes. So, we thought we'd show you some wrapping ideas for the fall season.

For this grouping we chose one of our newest ribbons, Wired ReVogue in chocolate brown (of course!); it's so great to work with since it is wired and it comes in a wide variety of colors.

Here is our single cupcake box with the window so you can see the yummy cupcake inside! And yes, they WERE yummy cupcakes! This single cupcake box would make a fantastic fall wedding or baby shower favor.

In this photo, we stacked the single cupcake and four cupcake boxes on top of each other - this is a nice way to present multiple boxes. By making the ribbon decor on the front of the cupcake boxes, you can easily open the boxes without disturbing the presentation.

This is the front of the four cupcake box with inserts. For this ribbon treatment, we added the white polka dot ribbon over top the ReVogue ribbon, which helps to tie in the white of the boxes.

Six yummy cupcakes just waiting to be eaten...I mean, given as a gift...!

The corner to corner ribbon treatment on the six cupcake box is very elegant; it still allows you to see in the box as well.