Gift Wrapping with ToGo Boxes Altered with Mod Podge

to go box gift wrapping ToGo boxes are one of my favorite ways of gift wrapping.  The boxes are inexpensive and small making them perfect for little gifts.  To alter them with Mod Podge it is super easy!  You just need a little paper and Mod Podge.

altered to go box with mod podge

Begin by trimming your paper to fit the front of the box.

Apply Mod Podge to the back of the paper and to the front of the box.

Place the paper on the front of the box and smooth any wrinkles with your fingers.

Allow to dry and then top-coat with more Mod Podge.

Add more embellishments!  For this design I added a little rick-rack scarf, some snowflake trim and some snowflake rhinestones.



Cathie and Steve


DIY Father’s Day Gift Bag with Mod Melt Letters and Mod Podge

mod melt letters alphabet father's day gift bag diy craft Make your own Father’s Day gift bag with Mod Podge and Mod Melt Letters.

If you haven’t tried Mod Melts you can check out this video for all the 411.


Mod Melt Alphabet Mold

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Video Tutorial on working Mod Melts and Molds.


To make the bag:

Trim scrapbook paper to fit the front of a gift bag.

Apply Mod Podge Gloss or Matte to the back of the paper and position onto the bag.

Press with your fingers to remove any air bubbles.

Using a punch or scissors, cut a mustache and bow tie from contrasting paper.

Apply with Mod Podge.

Top-coat the entire top of the bag with a layer of Mod Podge.  Allow to dry 1 hour.

Make Mod Melt letters using a mini high-temp glue gun, Mod Melt Sticks in Milk Glass and the Alphabet Mold.

If you haven’t tried Mod Melts you can check out this video for all the 411.

Glue the letters to the bag with tacky glue or hot glue.

Happy Father’s Day!


Valentine’s Day Gift Box {made with LOVE and Mod Podge}

Valentine’s Day Gift Box

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you still have time to whip up this LOVE themed gift box.   The heart box is papermache and was $2!  For complete instructions visit our project page at Plaid: Cathie and Steve for Mod Podge.

Cathie and Steve
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DIY Gift Bag with Mod Podge Papers and Snowflake Ornaments

DIY Gift Bags with Mod Podge!

Transforming a plain gift bag is easy with Mod Podge and scrapbook paper.  This project we designed with our new Mod Podge Papers and Podgeable Snowflakes.  Available at most Michaels.  Check out our page at Plaid to view all our Mod Podge projects.

Let’s Get Started…

What you need: 
Mod Podge Holiday Papers or holiday themed scrapbook papers
Mod Podge ® Hard Coat, 8 oz.
Mod Podge Podgeable Snowflake or other snowflake shape embellishment
Mod Podge ® Acrylic Shapes – Basics, Flat & Charm
Paper gift bag
Foam paintbrush
Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Hot Glue


1. Trim holiday papers into 6 circle shapes and 1 rectangle shape. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the papers and position on the bag in a tree fashion. Smooth any air bubbles with your fingers. Wait 15 min. and top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge. (Use a damp paper towel to wipe excess Mod Podge.)

2. Trace the snowflake shape onto holiday themed papers. Cut out the shape. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the paper and position on the snowflake Podgeable shape. Smooth any air bubbles with your fingers. Wait 15 min. and top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Repeat this with the circle Podgeable.

3. Hot glue rhinestones to the bag. Thread a ribbon through the hole on the snowflake and tie onto the bag handle.

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Happy Holidays!
Cathie and Steve

DIY: Valentine Candy or Gift Box with Altered Cherubs

Valentine Gift Box with Altered Cherubs
Here are some new cuties in the shop.  They are perfect for altering with paints, inks and glitter.  Please visit the materials list at the end of the post for all the items used.
Begin by painting the cherubs with gold paint.  For this design I used 3 coats of FolkArt Gold paint.
Next, I applied Mod Podge with a detail brush to the areas I wanted to glitter.
Sprinkle with glitter.
Paint a paper box with the same gold paint.
To finish off the box, I Mod Podged a piece of paper to the top of the box.  (BTW – the paper is a sneak peek at our new line of papers – Summer 2012) Next, I hot glued the cherub to the top of the box and I added gems to the top.  Lastly, I hot glued a strip of metallic ribbon around the edge of the lid of the box.
Materials Used:
Paper Box
Foam Paintbrush
Hot Glue

Altered Champagne Glasses and JuJu Belle Bracelets

JuJu Belle Bracelets
Wrapped in Altered Champagne Glasses!

Doctored and decorated plastic champagne glasses are the perfect little vessel for holding a precious gift.  They can be adorned to the nines or simply-made with fine tulle and a sophisticated bow.

Bridal season is always just around the corner and this gift wrap idea is perfect for wrapping bridesmaids gifts.  They make quite a statement when displayed as a group or on a party tray – recipients will ohh and ahh as they pull the ribbon ties.

Gotta LOVE the Dollar Store!

I purchased most of the items for the wrapping at my local dollar store.  The glasses were 8 for $1.  The hot pink tulle was for wrapping gift baskets.  I used three $1 packages for 8 glasses.  The Aurora Borealis shred is for filling Easter baskets.  I only used 1/4 of the $1 package.  The star garland was a buck too!  The only things from my craft stash (or the craft store) is the scrap-paper punches, pearls, pink gift baggies and ribbon.

The baubles are from my friend’s company JuJu Belle.  They have the cutest mix and match Trinkets, Rhinestone Alphabets, Charms, Beads and a big variety of chains for necklaces and bracelets.  I just got a sneak peek at the crafty themed charms and they are SOOOO cute!   I am giving the bracelets as gifts to a group of women I am working with.  I chose to go with the same theme for each woman because I wanted them all to match.

I also packed each one in a sheer bag for jewelry box storage.
One thing I love about her line is that each charm comes with a clasp so you can easily clip and mix and match charms with bracelets or necklace bases.  You can load up with charms or just wear one.
Are You Ready to MAKE or WHAT?
What You Need For Each One:
Plastic Champagne Glass
14X14 Piece of Tulle

Chip Clip
7″ Crepe Paper Streamers
Hot Glue 
7″ Star Wire Streamers
Scrap-paper Punched Circles
Flat Backed Pearls or Rhinestones
14″ Ribbon
Pretty Basket Shred

Remove the base from the glass, flip upside down and pierce the stem through the center of the mesh tulle.
Gather the top together and clip with a chip clip.
Hot glue crepe paper streamer around the base of the glass.  This will secure the tulle and add a decorative ruff.
Push the paper into the glue to create pleated ruffles.
Hot glue one end of the star wire streamer to the center of the paper ruff.
Wrap the wire trim around the stem and secure the end with hot glue.
Position a scrap-paper circle over the tipped end of a hot glue gun helper press wand or the tip of a blunt pair of scissors.  Press the side down to form a flower shape.
Position the paper circle over the beginning and end of the star trim and hot glue in place.  This will cover the ends of the wire trim.
Hot glue a pearl or gem in the center of the paper circle.
This is what the glass should look like so far.
Place the base back on the glass and hot glue a strip of ribbon around the seam.
Remove the chip clip, trun the glass right side up, fill the glass with a palm-full of basket shred and place the gift in the glass.
Gather the tulle and tie with a bow!  Trim the ends of the ribbons and tops of the tulle.
 Make more!

Make A Mini Holiday Gift Box

christmas mini gift box

Jazz up a mini gift box with a few craft supplies. You can customize the box with chipboard letters or stickers. This project can also serve as a fun place-card holder for your holiday gatherings and meals. You can whip them up in under 20 minutes. Check out your local dollar stores for small trees and other ornaments that can be glued to the top.

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Sawgrass
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Silver
FolkArt ® Texture Paint – Sparkle
Small paper box
Foam paintbrush
Small glass pebbles
Bottlebrush tree
Chipboard letter
Velvet flowers
Glittered leaves


1. Paint the box with the sawgrass paint. Use 2 coats if necessary. Add small glass pebble to the box for weight.

2. Add texture paint to the bottlebrush tree. Allow to dry. Hot glue a pearl to the top of the tree.

3. Paint the chipboard letter with Extreme Glitter Silver.

4. Hot glue a ribbon around the box. Hot glue the tree to the center of the box and the letter to the front. Add the floral rhinestone embellishments, attach with hot glue.

Wrap it: handmade gift bags with paper clay and rubberstamps

Wrap it: handmade gift bags
P.S. They make really fun doggie bags for Thanksgiving!
Simple clay tags and rustic embossed stamps give gift bags some organic style.

Delight modeling paper clay
Wax paper
Rolling pin
Food grade silicone spray
Nature rubberstamps – leaf designs
Craft scissors
Bamboo skewer
Pearlizing medium – by Plaid
Craft paint
Small paintbrushes
Distressed embossing powder—by Ranger Ink
Heat gun
Kraft paper gift bag
Twine or waxed cotton string
Hot glue


1. Place the paper clay in between 2 layers of wax paper and use a rolling pin to roll the compound to ¼ inch thickness.

2. Remove top layer of wax paper, and spray the stamp with food grade silicone spray to prevent sticking. Stamp nature images into the compound.

3. Using a pair of craft scissors to carefully cut around the stamped images. Punch a hole in the wet paper clay with a bamboo skewer. Allow to air dry for 2 days.

4. Add the pearlizing medium to the craft paint and mix well. Paint the mixed paint and medium onto the leaf shape. Add highlights by using gold craft paint mixed with pearlizing medium. Allow the paint to dry.

5. Rubber stamp the gift bag using the same stamps. Use different colors of ink and emboss some of the stamps with embossing powder and a heat gun. Work over a manila file folder to catch stray powder and funnel it back into the canister.

6. Thread the leaf on a piece of twine and tie to the bag.

7. Hot glue more leaves onto note cards.

Gift Wrap Ideas From Your Kitchen Drawer

tin foil wrap

Need a quick gift wrap? Why not look in your kitchen drawers. The top design was made with a sheet of tin foil, glitter snowflake and bow and the bottom design is a just a zip top baggie (with the zip top cut off) a little tissue, tinsel, and a bow.