With the holidays quickly approaching, now is a great time to stock up on packaging. Our Gemstone Tissue Paper is perfect for this season. Available in six vivid colors, this US-made tissue is sprinkled with holographic glitter to add an extra-festive touch. My favorite is the Black Onyx, which looks amazing with an orange kraft shopping bag for Halloween (shown above). “Carving” the bag to look like a jack o’ lantern was easy – I just drew the face on the bag with a pencil, tucked a piece of cardboard inside, then carefully cut out the shapes with an Xacto knife.
Also shown above is our Cotton Curling Ribbon, an eco-friendly ribbon made in the USA from cotton yarn, grown and dyed responsibly with soy-based, non-toxic inks. This ribbon is stiff like paper and curls beautifully with scissors (click here for a how-to video). As I was curling these ribbons, I discovered that if I don’t like the way a curl turned out, I could gently curl the other side of the ribbon to straighten it back out before trying again. I could also straighten it and cut the ends in a V-shape, as I did with the black and white ribbon.
To tie a diagonal ribbon on the front of a shopping bag – our US-made Snowflake Flurry and Holiday Holly bags are shown here – I simply cut a small vertical slit in the gusset (the folded side) of the bag, about 4 inches down from the top edge and about half an inch from the corner. Then I threaded the cotton curling ribbon into the slit, pulled it up and around the front handle of the bag, and tied a bow in the middle. So easy and so cute!