Here is a really simple and sweet hostess gift idea that is a fun use for some of those beautiful little paper scraps that are too small for larger scale projects. Recently, I wanted to put together a little gift to bring to a friend who was hosting dinner, and noticed a Paddywax candle tin in our photography area, which sparked an idea (how fun – I know I’m lucky to work in such an inspiring environment!).
I used super tacky tape and cut a strip of one of my favorite Japanese papers, Yuzen Cherry Blossom Clusters on Pool, to go around the candle tin. Then I used my old compass to make a 1.5” circle for the top of the jar. If you don’t have a compass, you can trace the candle tin, then cut the circle a bit smaller. Here’s a tip: apply the super tacky tape to the traced shape before cutting, so you won’t have to trim the tape afterwards. Next, take a box of matches and again using super tacky tape, wrap the box in the same decorative paper.
The final addition was a gift tag, with my friend’s first initial cut out of some of the leftover paper. By applying the tape before cutting out the letter, I essentially made a monogram “sticker.” The last step was to tie the pieces together with satin ribbon for an adorable little gift set!