How to Make a Fancy Gift Package Bow

Crafters on Etsy often add their own personal touches to their creations that set them aside from the rest of the sellers. The packaging of their product is no different. From customized boxes to a signature stamp, there are plenty of ways to make your Etsy shop stand out. Just like people adore a Tiffany’s box for jewelry, you too can add your own flair with a fancy gift package bow.

Ribbon Decisions

When making fancy bows for the packaging of your Etsy goods, think about the kind of ribbon you want to use. The color, style and design of ribbon you select are different ways to enhance the presentation of your product. Do you always want to use the same color – perhaps the same shade as your shop colors? Does texture matter – think velvet, satin, or multi-textured? Will you always have access to purchase your ribbon of choice?

Material List

All you need to make fancy gift package bows is:

  • 1 ½ yards of wire edge ribbon (2 ½ inches wide)
  • Floral wire

How to Make

  1. First, start off by cutting one piece of the wire-edge ribbon into four different lengths – 18 inches, 16 inches, 12 inches, and 7 inches.
  2. Take the 12-inch ribbon piece and make a fork cut at both ends. To make a fork cut, all you have to do is fold the ribbon in half lengthwise, and then diagonally cut the end of the ribbon from the corner points to the folded edge.
  3. Make a single large loop out of the 18-inche piece of ribbon – overlapping the ends about 1 ½ inches.
  4. Center the seam of the looped ribbon on top of the 12-inche piece of ribbon.
  5. Create a single large loop out of the 16-inch piece of ribbon – overlapping the ends about 1 ½ inches. Center the seam of this looped ribbon on top of the 18-inch looped ribbon.
  6. Make a small loop out of the 7-inch piece of ribbon, and overlap the ends in the same manner – placing the ribbon in the center of the 16-inch piece of looped ribbon.
  7. Grab your floral wire and insert a piece of it through the center loop – making sure to bring both ends of the wire to the back of the bow. Tightly twist the wire to secure the bow.

Craftsyble Holiday Gift Guide for 2011

Christmas is less than 55 days away! If you are like us, you’ll look for one-of-a-kind, hand made gifts created by talented artisans.

For the last six weeks we’ve accepted submissions and here are, in no order whatsoever, our top 20 picks.

Photos, descriptions and other info were provided by the artisans themselves. Please visit their stores to see their full collections.

sock-monkey-emporiumCustom Made Sock Monkey

Price: $17 / £11.27

Description: Large Sock Monkeys measure approximately 20cm tall when in a seated position but this can vary depending on the stretch of the socks used. Ladies size 4-8 are used for this size monkey. Monkeys are machine and hand sewn using a new pair of socks and stuffed with toy standard hollowfibre filling. Features are hand embroidered. Sock Monkeys are not intended as toys. They are recommended for older children and adults. Custom Orders take approximately 7-10 days from receipt of cleared payment to shipping date.

Made by: Sock Monkey Emporium

Peppermint Glycerin SoapPeppermint Handcrafted Glycerin Soap

Price: $6.99

Description: Peppermint handcrafted glycerin soap – Refreshing and stimulating fun. A favorite of those who need that zip in the morning shower to get them going before the first cup of Java. Made with essential oil. Hand cut. 6 oz. Each bar of soap is unique and has its own personality; being handcrafted and imperfect adds greater value and fascination. The eye appeal and beautiful scent make it an excellent choice for unique and special gifts this Holiday season.

Made by: Magic Senses

Recycled Felted Sweater Blanket, Sea to Sky

Price: $185

Description: Reminiscent of sea and sky, this recycled sweater blanket is created in shades of green and blue. As you look at the blanket, you’ll see that the pieces were put together in a gradient of light to dark. It is simply beautiful! It would be lovely at a beach house to snuggle under in the cool evenings.  The blanket was made from the sleeves of 22 different thrift store sweaters of lambswool, wool, merino and cashmere. Each sweater was washed at least 4 times until extremely soft and cuddly, cut apart and sewn back together using silk thread. The blanket measures 42″ x 70″. The blanket is eco-friendly, durable and soft. Machine Washable.

Made by: Seasons Of Wool

swe-fantasticTri-Fold  Crayon Wallet

Price: $15.00

Description: Perfect little holiday stocking stuffer. Keep your kids entertained with this cute little tri-fold wallet. Holds a 4×6 notebook and 12 Crayola crayons. Perfect item for travel, restaurants, and anytime your on the go. Durable, washable and fun. Take them anywhere and keep the kids entertained for hours. Slide on into your diaper bag or purse for the young one to draw on the spot. Small compact fold up size allows it to easily fit into any on the go bag. This wallet comes ready to use with notebook and crayons and wrapped in cellophane ready for that perfect gift. Customizable with many different prints to accommodate any age.

Made by: Sew-Fantastic

catcophonyEmbossed & swirled heart earrings

Price: $22.00

Description: Love is in the air with dangling hearts earrings.  Brass hearts are embossed with a floral pattern and given an antique gold finish.  The earrings are accented with gold-filled freeform swirls. The style lends itself to casual or dressier attire and the light catches the polished areas beautifully.  The earrings are 1-1/4 inch long and are on non-allergic, lead-free and nickel-free brass.

Made by: Catcophony Wearable Art

tg-bearsNina Bear

Price: $54.62

Description: Nina is a girly bear, wearing a tutu that has a crocheted top and a halter of matching ribbon. She is 16 inches tall, has jointed shoulders and hips and a light complexion. She is child-safe when all her accessories have been removed and is also washable.

Made by: TG Bears


fiona-designsRudolph Red Nosed Reindeer Dog Personalized Stationery

Price: $20.00

Description: Personalize your holiday correspondence with this playful set of stationery. This set also makes a unique gift or stocking stuffer from Santa! Each note is adorned with an adorable black lab dressed up with antlers and a cute red nose. Set includes 5 cards with red accents and 5 cards with green accents.

Made by: Fiona Designs

ConstanceConstance Vintage Brooch Bracelet

Price: $195

Description: The perfect gift to make it personal. Each vintage brooch bracelet is customized with a brooch of your choice. Handcrafted in NYC with freshwater pearls and a vintage brooch adorned with a vintage clasp. A personal gift makes such a nice impact on your friends and family. Recently debuted at the GBK Productions Primetime Emmy Awards Gift Lounge.

Made by: LCVintage and Company

Elegantly-EclecticElegant Turquoise Coffee Scoop

Price: $20.00

Description: This scoop reminds me of the way the water and sand looked at sunset. This is a unique stainless steel coffee scoop that is hand-beaded using glass beads, gemstones and jewelry-grade copper wire. It is tarnish resistant. The scoop measures two tablespoons (and is about 6 inches long) for coffee or tea. Even a great scoop to use for candy and nuts at your holiday party. This scoop has been made using a blend of beautiful turquoise glass beads, and a variety of gemstones (including: Lace Agate, Aquamarine, Hemimorphite). There are a few faceted “crystal” beads that add really pretty sparkle to the scoop.

Add a pound of coffee, loose tea or cider and you have a perfect hostess gift for your next party!!! Hand wash with soap and water for years of use.

Made by: Elegantly Eclectic, LLC

isnuggiSnugg iPhone Sleeve

Price: $9.99

Description: The original iSnugg fitted cell phone sleeve comes in a faux tan suede or soft pink and shearling fabric. It’s like an UGG and a Christmas stocking for your phone all rolled into one! It hugs to your phone; sure to keep your favorite buddy Snugg and Warm! Handcrafted to last. Interior is lined with soft and fluffy polyester shearling to keep your precious cargo clean and padded from bumps. Material is scotch-guard protected. A great Christmas stocking stuffer at a great price!

Made by: iSnugg

enchantingdreamsHolly Leaves Mini Purse Post It Note Holder

Price:  $3.25

Description:  This cute, perfect for Christmas post it note holder is shaped as a purse and measures approximately 3 5/8 x 4 inches.  This purse is made out of a holly leaf printed scrapbook paper.  The inside of the purse is lined with a green cardstock.  The purse is embellished with a green button and has a white grosgrain ribbon handle.  There is a Velcro enclosure and comes with approximately 32-34 sticky notes inside.  Once you finish with the sticky notes, you can just add a new pad and it will be brand new again!

Made by: Enchantingdreams

fair_ivySurprise Package

Price: $22

Description: Subscribe to surprise packages and every month receive a new box full of handmade, hand wrapped exciting goodies!  From silver jewelry to candles to bath bombs and more—every month holds a new surprise!

Send one to yourself or to a woman or girl who loves surprises!

Made by: Fair Ivy

zinc-squareHoliday Lavender Sachets with Hanging Ribbon

Price:  $7 each

Description: approx. 4×4 square fabric sachet filled with high quality dried lavender, with a ribbon for easy display or storage.  Solid lime green fabric with typeset stamped letters one side, red circle fabric other side; white ribbon with green glitter snowflakes.

Made by: zinc square

device_zeroSnowman Robot Ornament

Price: $10.00

Description:  Snowbots really are the perfect holiday decoration. Not only are they are festive and snowman-like, they also love eggnog, Christmas carols and won’t melt and leave unsightly puddles on your floor. If you want a really cool Christmas tree, decorate it with a snowbot (or many snowbots if you want to be super cool). They also like to hang out on Christmas gifts as uber awesome wrapping decorations, and enjoy lounging on fireplace mantels and other places where holiday cheer is needed.
Each snowbot is handcrafted with care using all kinds of nifty robot type parts, like screws, wire and wooden blocks (Yes, wooden blocks are very robotic. Don’t argue). The snowbot you receive may be slightly different than the one pictured, but will undoubtedly be awesome with lots of holiday cheer included.
Trimmed with green buttons and iridescent ribbon. Measures 1 inch by 3 inches.

Made by: Device Zero

winterberryWinterberry Shea Butter Soap

Price: $5.50

Description: What is Winterberry you ask? Well let us tell you! It’s a beautiful blend of Holly berry, Mulberry and a touch of Fir Needle….this will make you go yummmm! Paired with luxurious Shea butter, you will want one for yourself and all your friends and family!

Made by: Barefoot Bath & Body


andralynnLittle Fox

Price: $50


*Original painting
*12 x 9 flat canvas panel (ready to frame!)
*Initialed on the front. Signed, dated and titled on the back.
*Bright colors
*Storybook style
*Frame not included

Made by: Andralynn Creative Designs

hattie-designsBaby Girl Christmas Bib

Price: $15.00

Description: Here is the perfect Christmas bib to keep your little one cute and clean for Christmas dinner. There are tiny little hearts on all three cotton fabrics with a soft flannel lining for extra absorbency. Bib has two adjustable Velcro closures. It will grow with your baby. Bib measures approximately 8.75 inches (22.2 cm) across and 7 inches (17.8 cm) from the bottom of the neck and 12.5 inches (31.8 cm) in total length. Just because you make a mess when eating does not mean you can’t look cute.

Made by: Hattie Designs

emilyOOAK Miniature Artist Bear named Emily

Price: $30.00

Description: Emily wears a wonderful holiday party dress. Her winter bonnet keeps her ears warm as she goes out caroling on Christmas Eve. Emily stands 3 1/2” tall, with black onyx bead eyes. She is made of white mohair with ivory velvet paw pads. Emily wears a hand knitted red dress and red felt hat. She is weighted with steel shot.

Made by: The Patchwork Ark


charmed-designSilk Wrap Bracelet with Tree of Life, Peace Sign and Smoky Quartz

Price: $33.00

Description: This silk wrap bracelet features a copper plated pewter Tree of Life, peace sign, and wire wrapped smoky quartz briolette.
The tree of life symbolizes many things, including wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, and redemption. Smoky quartz helps ground the mind and the soul.
All of the silk ribbons I use are hand painted and simply stunning. The photos do not do them justice. Both the color and the texture are amazing. This ribbon has copper, chocolate browns and some washed out black. It has brown edging with a contrasting copper stitch.

Just wrap around your wrist several times, tie, tuck in the ends, and you are ready to go! This wrap also makes a great anklet or necklace, so you are really getting three pieces of jewelry in one.

Made by: Charmed Design

bpr_designsGlass Candle Bride in Adventurine Green

Price: $22.00

Description:  Beautiful candle bridge made with shimmering adventurine green glass with holiday red and white stringer decor across it. This piece measures approximately 8″ by 5″ and has a small dip in the center to hold a candle or tea light. It’s a great way to add candle light to a table without the distraction of taller candles and still protect your table.  Food safe. Hand washing for all glass pieces is recommended.

Made by:  BPR Designs

Koa Wood Furniture and Crafts Add a Hawaiian Feeling

To create an island getaway in your own home, koa wood furniture and accessories can infuse a Hawaiian feeling to your home decor. You can even add a touch of Hawaii to your wardrobe with koa wood fashion accessories. In addition to furniture, fashion and small home accessories make beautiful and unique gifts for everyone.

What is Koa Wood Furniture?

Koa wood comes from the rare koa hardwood tree, which is only found in the higher-elevation areas of Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Koa is available in a wide of array of natural shades from light to dark brown, as well as brighter tones like reds, oranges, and yellows.

Since koa trees are a limited resource found only in Hawaii, lumber companies will often only collect dead wood or trees that have been taken down by the wind. Some lumber production companies have also created reforestation projects to help continue the growth of these hardwood trees.

There is a variety of furniture that can be made from koa wood, including dining rooms sets, dressers, chairs, and chaises. In addition to large furniture, koa can also be used to make small accent tables and home accessories like picture frames, vases, and sushi sets.

How is Koa Furniture Created?

Handmade koa furniture is crafted by professionals who work with the texture and natural curve of the wood. For example, wood with a large, curly grain looks wonderful as a dining table top, while smaller grains look elegant in accent furniture like side tables and mirror frames.

This furniture is also inspired by the design aesthetic of the Hawaiian Islands. Large furniture is often left simplistic in design to best display the beautiful wood grain of each piece. Any ornamentation on large furniture is also minimalistic, such as carved edges along cabinet doors or around the frame of the piece.

Home accents are simply designed to showcase the grain of the wood. Vases, bowls, and cutting boards are specially sanded and buffed to highlight the shine of the wood. Oil is almost never used to achieve this shiny appearance.

Koa Fashion Accessories

Koa wood is also a popular material for fashion accessories. Sunglasses are now accented with koa wood at the arms. The wood fits comfortably along the side of the head while displaying the koa’s grain for an unexpected twist on traditional sunglasses. Koa wood sunglasses have a retro look that is inspired by Hawaiian surfers.

Koa watches are another popular way to wear this fashion trend. The watches feature wood faces and bands. The bands are offered in both solid colored wood, as well as bands with varying shades of the wood. These varied shades of wood are either made into a pattern or placed at random throughout the watchband.

Koa wood furniture is the perfect way to add Hawaiian inspiration to your home. In addition to large pieces, it’s possible to upgrade your existing decor with vases, bowls, and picture frames made from koa. Koa wood accessories make great hostess gifts. Also, to add retro accents to your wardrobe, wood fashion accessories like koa watches and sunglasses are perfect to give or to wear.

About our Guest Contributor

Maria Mathers writes about sustainable fashion & style. She loves koa wood gifts and thinks wood watches are hot this year.

Photos courtesy of Maria Mathers.

Accepting Submissions for the 2011 Craftsyble Holiday Gift Guide

Snowman Card photo courtesy of campbelj45ca

Yes! The Holidays are almost here! Starting today till October 31 2011, we are accepting submissions for our Craftsyble Holiday Gift Guide. If your product is handmade and can be purchased online, please feel free to send us the following information:

Product Name:
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Product Description (100 – 150 words):
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*Attach Product Image (minimum 400px x 400px)

We are looking for all sorts of handmade items with a Holiday theme so, if you think your product would make a great Holiday Gift, please send us your suggestion to and we’ll take a look.

Please note that we receive dozens of suggestions every week and cannot possibly respond to each one, even though we wish we could. If your product is chosen to be included in the Holiday Gift Guide, we’ll let you know.

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