I don’t know about you, but I am still in shock it is November already. I started focusing my attention on holiday items for the shop back in September, but the holidays still felt ages away. Well today I showed up to a mall all decked out for Christmas! Starbucks has switched over to their red holiday cups, and well I’m finding myself pulling out Christmas decorations too. Ok, they’re for photo props, but still I just strung holiday lighting around a Christmas tree! There’s no avoiding it, the Holiday season is here.
For this holiday season I didn’t want to make cards. I was ready to try something different, so I started playing around with folded paper boxes. I instantly loved them, but it wasn’t enough. Anyone can fold a box, heck I’ll even give you the instructions! There are a ton of tutorials on the web, but I had great success with these instructions from Homemade Gifts made easy. Now that I had a cute box I needed to make it mine, something worth buying. I ended up with these Poinsettia boxes and they are stunning in person!
Hand cut pedals, painted leaves, and beaded centers make these paper poinsettia on top of a hand folded paper box something worth buying (and keeping)! I made a version of this box for a friend’s baby shower and everyone loved the idea! You can expect to see more of these types of boxes in my shop this spring.
I enjoyed sculpting those flowers so much I decided I’d start working on larger, frame-able pieces of art. I am not going to reveal just yet what I am working on, but in my research for my first piece I discovered a beautiful pattern just perfect for the holidays. Yup, just worked out that way.
This leaf pattern is found in French Gothic architecture. If you look closely you can see the Fleur-de-lis at the ends of the leaves. It was a pattern designed for a King and it makes a bold, beautiful statement. I have had so much fun playing with different ways to use this pattern for the holidays. It becomes so whimsical in the colored patterned paper, and then so regal in the gold and silver. My holiday decorating usually includes a bit of both humor and tradition, so I am pleased to have found a pattern that works for both.
If you’d like to incorporate any of these holiday items into your decor or gift wrapping, they are now available in my Etsy shop: Mrs. Pea’s Papers. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Holidays (already)!!