Blog: Gift Wrapping

Fun with Furoshiki Wrapping

Furoshiki is the wonderful art and tradition of wrapping things in a nicely printed square cloth. When I was in Japan I saw specialized Furoshiki stores everywhere, selling not only the beautiful cloth but also showing how to wrap different gifts, books, and make bags etc. I totally fell in love with this and so Kim and I decided to have a little playdate to make our own wrapping cloth.

I dyed some white cloth beforehand so we would not just work with plain white and then gathered fabric paint, some foam stamps and brayers.

For one of of the pieces i used my Grove Foam Stamp Set and created a pattern leaving some white space as this seems to work the best for this purpose.

Kim created a pattern using the Broadway Foam Stamp Set.

And create a border using my Exchange Place Foam Stamp.

And Kim used for her second piece the Circle Drive Foam Stamp.

Then the wrapping part started. Our cloth was a tiny bit too stiff …it worked but when we do this again a thinner fabric would work even better.

Here is the close up

and wrapping a bottle

you can tell …the cat sneaked into the picture …but there you go- LOL ;)

Another method for boxes or books

And a simple but fun one

I love that these cloth can be used in so many ways by the recipients. Either reused for gifts yet again or as kitchen towels, or depending on the fabric as shawls etc. So many options and a great way to give a beautifully wrapped gift. I hope you liked our playdate and give Furoshiki a try.

Here are some of the supplies Kim and I used for this Furoshiki play date:


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  • Janene

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    Very beautiful! I would love to receive a gift (or even my lunch) wrapped in something so lovely. I don’t have any fabric paint (yet), but I’m seeing a trip to the store this weekend so that I can give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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DIY Gift Wrapping Paper

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I love making my own gift wrapping paper and it is a really quick thing to do . I needed some paper for the Suburbia Painting I made for my brother in law and laid out some kraft paper.

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As you can tell Niles really wanted to help – if you want to have your cat help you, add half an hour of time for your DIY gift wrapping paper though – the clean up will keep you occupied *wink. I basically cleaned off my brush onto the kraft paper when I was doing an art journal spread.

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I added some circles with a brush to add some pattern and used a white acrylic marker to write Happy Birthday all over.

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I made a small tag, used some twine in a similar blue as I had used in the background and BAM – done .

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Of course you can also use stamps and stencils -but in any event this is a super quick, easy and cheap way to make some personalized gift wrapping paper.

Here are the supplies I used for my DIY Gift Wrapping paper- some links are affiliate links.

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Have a wonderful day!

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  • Dee Spillane

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    Love the kit! Haven’t seen him in a while. Are you going to do jumpstart for 2017? I love it so much.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      glad you liked seeing Niles, Dee :) As for JumpStart ….wink wink …yes :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love this gift wrap and even better that Niles “helped” you out!
    I may have to do this project with my dear doggie.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Yeah- I think Niles should help me more often :) I cannot wait to hear about your doggie helper ;)

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh so fun – both the great gift wrap for Dave and your darling baby!! Smiling!! Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Joi – Niles is very proud of his accomplishment- LOL

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  • Muriel

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    Making my own wrapping paper is exactly what I did last week. It adds a supplément to the gift itself.

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  • stephanie

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    Your kitty is so cute. The paper is great. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you – I will tell Niles- he likes compliments ;)

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  • Brenda

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    What a cute helper. Love the colors on the wrapping paper and the vessel in your photo.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Brenda! The vessel is an old ice cube container – which my friends gave me. I love the colors on it very much :)

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