School might be out for the summer, but for Ashley Bible, the English literature teacher behind the blog Building Book Love, you can still find her in the classroom. Swapping out her grade book for gift wrap*, Ashley transformed her classroom with a DIY project you’ll want to… check out. “I’m a strong believer that your environment, whether that be your home or your classroom, can influence your daily energy, imagination, and joy.”
*While Spoonflower’s gift wrap has since been retired, our removable, renter-friendly wallpaper is a great alternative for this project.
Ashley: During the school year my students and I spend almost as many waking hours in our classroom as we do in our homes. Because of this, I set out to create an imaginative, inspiring, and welcoming space in which to spend our days learning. Since I’m a high school English teacher, I wanted my classroom design to reflect and encourage a love of reading and writing. As I was brainstorming what this design might look like, I came across this stunning book pattern by Magenta Rose Designs on Spoonflower.
When choosing gift wrap to add personality to your presents, what design trends catch your eye most? Do you go with traditional patterns like plaids and stripes or do you prefer to let your gift wrap do the talking with bright colors and bold design choices? We’ve searched the Marketplace for some of our favorite designs to celebrate the season. They’re cozy and festive and we promise you’ll find the perfect design for everyone on your list! We’ve even sprinkled in four DIY projects to inspire your holiday décor!
Have an empty wall at home that needs some love? Spoonflower designer, Anda, has the perfect remedy in her easy to follow tutorial that turns Spoonflower gift wrap into beautiful works of art giving your bedroom, living room or hallway walls a major uplift! For designers and makers alike, read below to see how she does it.
I recently remodeled my children’s bedroom. Okay — I actually just bought them a bunk bed and found a couple of new places to shove toys from immediate view. But, it’s like a whole new world in there! Somehow the process of rearranging a room always makes me want to revamp the artwork on display as well, so I started combing through old drawings for interesting kid’s room decor. Spoonflower’s gift wrap opens endless opportunities for inexpensive DIY artwork, and you can print several posters on one roll. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through two ways to set up files with multiple images using Adobe Photoshop or InDesign.
Spoonflower’s Senior Email Manager, Suz, stops by to show us a knock out project: a quick and easy DIY to make your wedding, party or event invitations stand out in the sea of potential RSVPs this season. This can be done with any fun print on a swatch of Spoonflower’s Smooth Wallpaper, but we’re going crazy over watercolor florals this season, so we’ve chosen Sprigs and Blooms // coral by ivieclothco. Need inspiration? The Spoonflower Marketplace has over 1.8 million designs. Check it out in the video tutorial below!
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December’s upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited to start our holiday decorating! This year, we love the idea of creating a calendar that unites the whole family in celebrating the special days of the season. Take an afternoon this week to whip up one of these customizable calendar DIYs sure to delight you and yours. Please do share the DIY holiday calendars you’re making by tagging #makeitmonday on your social platform of choice!
Eight Nights of Surprises Wall Hanging by Creative Jewish Mom makes a lovely focal point for the family room.
Create this Dreidel Garland by Scrumdilly-do! with old neck ties!
This DIY Origami Box Advent Calendar by Gathering Beauty is a great way to use any small gift wrap scraps.
Mix and match these ideas to create a calendar of your very own, and please do show us what you’re creating with a #makeitmonday shout out!
Have you checked off everyone on your shopping list, but the thought of wrapping all those gifts is giving you the chills? With the Greenhouse holiday party on Saturday, December 5th, there’s no need to feel stressed! Come celebrate a crafty year at Spoonflower with the Greenhouse community while enjoying light snacks and refreshments, a gift wrapping station, and make-and-take projects!
We’ve got you covered with all the gift wrapping supplies you could need to transform your presents to Lia Griffith status. Enough hot cocoa to warm your belly and even a Spoonflower Handbook Giveaway for those who made the nice list this year! New to Spoonflower? We’d love to show you around our headquarters. With kid-friendly crafts, make it a Saturday with the family or escape from the holiday madness at home and turn it into a friends' day out!
We’ll also be collecting toys for the Softies for Mirabel project, so bring any soft toys you’ve knitted, crocheted or sewn and we’ll ship them to the collection center in Australia. More details for our Softies for Mirabel Handmade Toy Drive can be found here.)
To RSVP to the holiday party and see more details, check out the Meetup page. We hope to see you in the Greenhouse this December!
Gift wrapping: you either love it or hate it. If you’re in the second group, it’s probably because you want your gifts to look better and take less time. And with the gift giving season quickly approaching, now is the ideal time to brush up on your gift wrapping skills. Our friend and most gifted wrapper, Lia Griffith, visits the blog today to share her tips and tricks for wrapping the most beautiful presents. She shares how to tie the perfect bow, create a 3D paper bow and a custom gift bag. Whether you’re an absolute novice or consider yourself a pro, you’ll love this tutorial. Click below to watch the video as Lia shares the secret to wrapping the perfect gift!
Lia: This gift wrapping tutorial is something I have been excited about for a long time. I am a huge gift wrapping geek (is there such a thing?!) and I’m proud to have won the Scotch® Brands Most Gifted Wrapper Contest a few years ago. I love putting together beautifully wrapped gifts for every occasion and will always top them off with a handmade gift topper in paper or felt – such fun! I have a couple tips and tricks in my gift wrapping tutorial to help you get that gift wrapping just right, and hopefully make the holiday season a little easier all round!
Ready to get started on your own gifts? Download your bow template, choose your gift wrap designs and stock up on ribbon! Want to use the same designs featured in this video? Head over to Lia’s Spoonflower shop to pick up a roll of each!
There are some occasions where even the perfect gift just doesn’t seem quite personal enough. With the easy-to-use, free design program, Picmonkey, you don’t have to be a graphic designer to make beautiful, customized gift wrap that your loved ones will know you created just for them. Today, Spoonflower team member Theresa is here just in time for gift-giving season to show you just how easy designing your own gift wrap can be!
Theresa: Recently my little cousin got engaged, and while I was happy to pick up a gift she needed from her wedding registry, it just didn’t feel quite personalized enough for something as special as my baby cousin’s wedding! So I took to one of my favorite open-source design tools, Picmonkey, and designed the perfect gift paper using her engagement photos and the theme of their fall wedding for inspiration.