Guest post: Alton DuLaney on Feather Gift Wraps
In this guest blog post, Craftsy instructor Alton DuLaney shares his top tips for wrapping gifts using feathers.
A big trend this year from the catwalks to the sidewalks is feathers. They are fluffing up everywhere, as hair ornamentation, as jewelry, on skirts and handbags and on all manner of decor items. As I am always looking for new and exciting ways to brighten up my gift wrap technique, I decided to incorporate some of the feather magic into my own wraps.
1. The easiest is by adding a feather boa to a wrapped gift. I think this would make a great gift for a bride, or for New Years. Plus, once it is opened, then the recipient can wear the boa for the rest of the aprty. I also love the play on words Bow-a!
2. For a sleeker, more sophisticated look, I have added some black feather ‘pads’ on top of a simple black wrap, then embellished it with a shiny gold ribbon. Any fashionista would be delighted to receive such an elegant gift.
3. For just a little touch of charm, tuck some feather ‘fringe’ into a belly band. This adds real dimension and movement to a wrap. Here, I have added a cotton candy pink feather fringe to a beautiful floral foil paper.
4. If you want to make sure your gift stands out under the Christmas tree, go wild by layering on the feathers. Here I started with a glittered paper and then added pink ostrich, peacock and pads to created a layered, festive look. Change the colors of the materials to change the mood.
5.Feather materials come on an extensive range of colors, textures, and ready to use products. On this gift, I have added quail ‘tape’ for ribbon, and then clipped on two feather broaches. Again, after it is open, you friend will have some beautiful feather pieces to use as well as the gift inside the box. It is what I call, “Putting the present in presentation”!
To see how all these ideas work together, check out my new Gift Wrap Rap video on You-Tube.