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Referred around the company as “The Boston Studio” in actuality we are not in Boston proper but rather about 40 miles west in a town called Hudson. Day in and day out we work together (and quite well I happily report) to keep the product line fresh, be innovative and most importantly to create fun designs you all will love to see adorning our products.

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beyond the grommets.


DIY Wrapping Paper Butterflies

BUtterfly 1

Happy National Butterfly Day! Let your imagination flutter by creating some decorative butterfly garland. It is a great way to get ready for spring and show off the lovely assortment of gift wrap available in your shop! Read on to learn the easy step by step process in creating this fun display.

Butterfly DIY

You will need two different wrapping papers, string, a butterfly paper punch, clear drying glue and spray mount. For wrapping paper, I chose Lumiere and Papillions, their bright colors and metallic shine are a great way to grab someones attention. The Black Bakers Twine I used reminded me of the cute black dots that are drawn behind butterflies to illustrate movement.

Butterfly DIY2

After spray mounting the two gift wraps together to create a two sided design, I used the butterfly paper punch to create the butterflies. Make sure to figure out how long you want the chain to be ahead of time so that you make enough. I created a 4′ chain, using about 40 butterflies.

Butterfly DIY3

Now that we have all of the butterflies made, we need to make these guys look like they are ready to fly away. Fold along the line of the body to make the wings stand up.

Butterfly DIY4

Next, attach the first butterfly onto the string.  Lay one the butterfly down and put a small line of clear drying glue down the center, then quickly layer the string on top.

Butterfly DIY5

Once you attach the first butterfly, add some dimension by adhering the second butterfly on top of the first one. Repeat steps 4 and 5, spacing each pair of butterflies about 2″ apart to create beautiful butterfly garland!

BUtterfly 3

BUtterflies 2

 Once it’s done, display the garland in a window or on a wall to get ready for spring! What wrapping paper would you display?

As the Creative Coordinator at The Gift Wrap Company, I spend my days planning our trade shows, styling theme shots for our catalogs and a number of oddball things in between. I love experimenting with new ways to use paper and ribbon because the possibilities are endless! By the end of a good day I am usually covered in glitter and have tape stuck somewhere to my body.