I’m often asked various questions. When it comes to the types of the gift wrapping, present embellishments I use. The top two questions most asked are. What kind of embellishments do you like using the most? Where do you get them?
So, I’ve decided to write a quick and sweet post to best answer these questions. As well as give my fellow home-based gift wrapping friends, a free tool. And since I tend to be fleeting when it comes to favoring embellishments. Which is mainly based on my mood and creative thought process for that day. The following list is not in order.
Vintage Dachshund Brooch
I love the variety of this kind of embellishment. These come in all sorts of sizes, shapes and material. The kind brooches, I like using are either crystal rhinestones. Or a combination of pearl and rose golds.
Also, the larger the brooch. The easier I have found it to work with. You can find brooches without backs. In other words, they have a flat back. And work well, with adding them to you gift using a hot glue gun.
Yet, another type of brooch I like using are boutonniere / single pin clips. These often have long necks. And are so verstaile to use. Not to mention easy to use. And if you decide to use these with wax stamping as part of the overal embellishment. You’ll find that the long neck will make it easy for you to drizzle the hot wax right over it and then stamp it.
Since these are usually a large decorative pin worn as an ornament on clothing. These, in my opinion, make for an exquisite gift ornament. And therefor can really help to level up one’s gift wrapping efforts.
Nicole Miller Faux Pearl Hair Clip
I like using decorative hair clips. Especially since you ‘clip it’ right onto the present or to the bow quite easily. The best kind I have found, tend to be at places like Macy’s, TJ Maxx or Khols’. I like going to TJ Maxx more or less, because these kind of clips tend to be sold as sets. And my favorite brand is Nicole Miller.
In fact, the holiday present you see to the left. Is using a Nicole Miller hair clip, I found in early December. Most stores have these year around. However, the best and most prettiest clips tend to be stocked right before and during the Christmas & New Year holiday. These type of decorative hair clips can be found on places like Amazon. So, if you’re ever in a pinch to find and get some in quickly. Ordering them online can always be an option.
Lastly, since they have a flat back, you can even creatively work to double up the clips by overlapping them. Thus creating a unique design all your own. So, hence another good reason to get them as a set.
Misc. Soft Plant Bushel – Jo-Ann's Store
Faux Flowers / Plants
These are great to design up a present or for helping to relay a specific style/theme in a gift. Since they are light, they won’t weight down the present. Which is great, especially when you’re working on wrapping really large gifts.
Another reason why I really like using these. Is simply because they add a lot of volume and texture to the gift. In other words, they help cover up the top of the present’s surface in a highly decorative manner. They are also easy to cut down to various sizes. And if their stem is small enough, this can work well with wax stamping.
I usually shop for these at my local craft stores. Mainly because I want to be able to see and feel the items first hand. That way I can really see the details and feel the type of material being used. Alas, if you rather shop for them online. You can find a large selection on Amazon. And from time to time, they will clearance these items for pennies on the dollar.
The best time to get them, is before and ruing the spring and summer month’s. Of course, these are available year round. Alas, when it comes to sales. Spring and summer tend to be the best time to get them.
Multi-Colored Purple Feathers
These are great to design up a present or for helping to relay a specific style/theme in a gift.
Since they are light, they won’t weight down the present. Which is great, especially when you’re working on wrapping really large gifts. They are also easy to cut down to various sizes and work well with was stamping too.
Large Faux Gold & Diamond Women's Ring
Nothing like putting jewels on top of a pretty present. But perhaps you didn’t realize it. These are quite a versatile item to use. And since most comes with fastened backs. They make for great anchored embellishments.
Necklaces – Great for ‘drizzling’ over a finished present.
Rings – These are easy to slip on and off ribbon. And I love centering them in the middle of an elaborate bow.
EXTRA GIFT WRAPPING EMBELLISHMENT IDEAS
• Clip on bow tie (Men’s or women)
• Holiday/Christmas Ornaments (One of my favorites to use, year round!)
Now, where does one go about finding such embellishments? Here are my top 3 places, I’ve had a lot of luck so far:
Yep, you read this right. You see, with their world-wide and ever-growing collection of items. It’s here where one can find sets of brooches of choice. And it’s where I’ve gone to get the best value for my money because, I can buy these kinds of items in bulk.
Of course, another great option are jewelry and retail stores. Also, keep in mind that at the end of every season. They will often put them on clearance for pennies on the dollar. And it’s during this time, I’ve found some of my most beautiful and treasured brooches.
Second Hand Stores:
Last but not least, try your local second hand/thrift store. A lot of costume jewelry tends to pass though there. And from time to time, you’ll get luckily. And find pendants made of pure metals and real jewels.
Now, to help give you an extra boost. Included is a free downloadable checklist that is both printable and mobile friendly. So, for those of you who are pen + paper lovers, like me. Download the printable version of the checklist. And start your collection. Or, for those who prefer to have a digital checklist to use on your cell phone. Download the mobile ready version. Alas, if you’d like to get both? Download both. Ready? Set. Go!
I hope this has been not only helpful. But something that inspires while also working to elevate your gift wrapping endeavors. Enjoy!
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I’d love to see how you’ve wrapped your present using one of the items for this list. Come and tag me on Instagram to show and share your gifts with me. Or, leave a comment below.
Until next time, my pretties. Stay gifted and wrap on.
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