It's officially Spring here in N14, despite the fact it's still snows a bit with abrasive cold wind that shreds my skin layer by layer. I'm looking forward to having my Mum's home-made tong yuen with red bean fillings (glutinous rice balls) to celebrate the last day of Chinese New Year tonight.
I've managed to find time to do a DIY gift packaging post today, after 3 months of unsuccessful attempts due to short daylight hours in winter. The step by step process is pretty easy which only involves tracing template, cutting, folding and looking pretty, adhesive is not acquired. Great for last minute gift solutions, using inexpensive materials you probably have at home i.e old pretty lookbooks and product release postcards.
Folded food packaging as a general template i.e a folded packaging from Tom Aikens.
photographic poster or card i.e a Jo Malone product postcard.
Cutting blade, scissors (optional), cutting mat and pencil.
1. Place the template onto the photographic card, trace around the template with pencil.
2. Cut the penciled outline with a blade or scissors, don't forget the interlock slits.
3. Once done, fold the flaps.
4. Place a small gift in the center, now tuck the flaps in and interlock the slits to close.