April 19, 2013

on calligraphy hoops and custom wrapping...

calligraphy hoop
One of my younger sisters is celebrating her birthday tomorrow (number twenty-six!) and I wanted to share the somewhat-simple gift I put together for her. One of the (only) perks of living far away from family is having the excuse to send birthday boxes in the mail. As I mentioned before, this year my goal has been to remember birthdays better than I have in the past, and I was actually ahead of the game getting this sister's package in the mail in time for her birthday. Hurrah!

I wanted to create something for her to decorate her room, and I have a whole bunch of embroidery hoops in my crafting stash. Here is how I created her gift:

calligraphy hoop
I wanted to paint the hoop gold and was absolutely surprised to come across some gold paint in one of my random supply boxes. (Which proves it's a good thing to hoard craft supplies that you someday forget about.) As far as the calligraphy is concerned, I turned to good ol' Pinterest and searched for lettering that I liked. I managed to come across the work of oh my deer (gorgeous website, by the way!) and she had actually done some work with the name Kimberly. Fate, right? Right.

I taped a small rectangle of cotton muslin to my computer screen (I used washi tape so it came off easily) and traced the name lightly with a black pen.

calligraphy hoop
Pretty! It makes me want to become better with my own fancy-shmancy lettering so I could do something like this freehand.

calligraphy hoop
I gave the hoop two coats of gold paint, which was very quick and easy. It took me a while to get the name positioned in the hoop the way I wanted, but I finally got it right.

calligraphy hoop
Painting over the letters turned out to be way more difficult than I thought. In hindsight, I'm not sure it's even necessary to paint over the writing—I feel like it could very easily have the same effect if you just used a dark marker that didn't bleed into the fabric. But, alas! I worked those fine motor skills and painted over the letters with one coat of black paint (using the tiniest brush I could find).

After finishing the letters, I decided it was still too plain without some extra bit of color. I dipped the handle end of my small paintbrush in some minty and gold paint and added dots around the edges of the fabric.

calligraphy hoop
The finished product!

calligraphy hoop (back)
And the back! (I hot-glued a bit of felt to the back of the hoop.)

stamped wrapping
To wrap the gift, I stamped some dots with black ink onto butcher paper. I love when cashiers wrap things I buy in this stuff—usually at Michaels or the dollar store. I always keep it and use it for wrapping paper. So easy!

stamped wrapping
I used one of the paint chip tags I posted about last week, and tied the gift up with a bit of yellow twine. Easy peasy! I was so happy with the result and couldn't wait to mail the gift to my sister. (Although, I really wish I could have delivered it in person. With cupcakes. And a party hat.)

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12 comments :

  1. This is just too cute. Love the idea and the gift wrapping. Handmade is always the best! Thanks for sharing your clever ideas with us!

    -Anna

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  2. This is amazing! I am totally doing this

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  3. That's such a cute gift! It's so unique and creative.

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  4. That's such a wonderful gift!! And so creative. :)

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  5. This is adorable! I wish I had 1 ounce of the crafty craftiness you have!

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  6. This is sooo pretty!!
    I've always wondered how people finishes their hoop crafts (is that even a thing?). Now I know. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. I wish I had your crafting talent! Gorgeous!

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  8. I love this! You have such an eye for making simple things incredibly beautiful.

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  9. I really love this! Keeping butcher paper is such a fabulous idea, I would've never thought of it.

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  10. ahhhhhdorable. per ushe. :)

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  11. love your DIY packaging!!! And that hoop art is pretty cute too!! Trying to hold back to buy some of that tape when I come visit the Oh Hello Friend shop in May!!!

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