Studio Apartment Wrapping Center

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Living in a studio apartment you need to take advantage of any space you can and get creative on storing items. I am a big gift giver and need to have my wrapping, ribbon, and hostess gifts on hand.

I had a little extra space available in my coat closet and decided it was the perfect space for a wrapping station. I was lucky to find an extended height wrapping paper container to fit those extra long rolls. I then went to Target and $1 store to buy some clear totes for gift bags, tissue paper, specialty ribbon, and hostess gifts.

I had a couple tension rods left over and decided to add them above the top shelf in the closet for my curling ribbon. I can’t tell you how much I love this ribbon holder!

I have always wanted to wrap gifts for a department store so having this wrapping center makes me feel like I have my own business. hahaha If any wants their gifts wrapped send them my way! I work cheap. lol

Monday Creativity: Tissue Paper Flowers

Two weeks ago I was put in charge to plan our annual summer picnic at work. I love planning a party so I needless to say I was so excited. Each employee was bringing something to pass so I didn’t need to worry about food or drink. I still wanted the decor to be bright and vibrant, almost luau-ish with still trying to say very cheap. Lol.

I decided to make small tissue paper flower for each table as a “runner”. However my OCD “ness”  would not all me to have the same color flower as table cloth. It got very interesting in  my studio apartment. I actually made a chart for each table and the order the flowers should be in.  My co-workers had a field day with that! 🙂 All in good fun.

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Here are your steps:

  1. Head over to your favorite $1 store and pick up some tissue paper. I ended up making close to 60 flowers so I used 3 packs of tissue paper.

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2) Separate each color into their own piles.

3) Take one color and fold it in half ( you can do multiple sheets here)

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4) Fold in half again until you  form a square

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5) Unfold and cut on the creases you just made

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6) Take 6 cut sheets and stack them on top of each other. I cut all of my tissue paper first before I started to assemble. You can do whatever you desire.

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7) Fold like an accordion.

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8) Place a staple in the middle

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9) Now to cute the ends. You can either cut the ends into a V, Upside down U, or you can fray the edges

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10) Work from the inside out and poof out each piece of tissue paper. Be very careful though. Tissue paper will rip if you are too rough.

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I had some poms left over so I decided to make a very last minute wreath out of cardboard.

I took a plate and traced around it.

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Then took a ramekin and placed that in the middle and traced that.

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Take a pair sharp scissors and cut on the lines.

Take your poms and either staple tape or glue to the cardboard.

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It was definitely a lot of work doing 60 flowers but I managed to get them all done in one day and everyone loved them at our summer picnic. They paired really nicely with the lei’s on the tables as well. (another $1 store find)

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