Patterned Paper + String
Wrap gifts beautifully without a major investment at the stationery store. Here, we made our own wrappings by printing delicate botanical and cartographic images (designed with free artwork from biodiversitylibrary.org) on plain paper, then tied the bundles with simple string. The results are utterly precious presents. Visit marthastewartweddings.com/paper-plus-string to download our designs.
Talk about a sweet deal: two chocolate bars packed together as one! Bodrato milk chocolate bars, $6 each, eataly.com. Silamide waxed nylon thread, $10.25/spool, firemountaingems.com. Even a store-bought spread gets a personal touch with a floral label and matching lid cover. Scyavuru bitter orange marmalade, $9, eataly.com. Crisp folds—sew the ends closed with a machine—and a paper band printed with a dandelion motif are fresh details for an even fresher surprise: soap. Adirondack Fragrance & Flavor Farm balsam soap bars, $10 each, newyorkmakers.com. Try pairing that pocket journal with a trio of colored pencils to encourage brilliant thoughts. Pencils, $11 for 36, muji.com. Karin Öberg Kalinka yarn, in cyan, $20.50, purlsoho.com. Prettify a pot holding cheery impatiens with a simple wrap. Add care info to the back of the tag.