Black, White + Gold

Here's a twist on the traditional Valentine's colour combination - and by twist, really, a complete 180. I guess you could say it's the un-Valentine Valentine.

Those of you who have been reading my blog know that I love using stickers for my DIY's. Mostly because it doesn't get easier than peel and stick.  Here, I created these black and white striped favor boxes by cutting strips from a label sheet (found at pretty much every office store) and placed them on black favor boxes. 


  • Removable full sheet labels (available at office supply stores)
  • Black favor boxes
  • Paper cutter
  • Craft punch
  • Ruler
  • Double-sided tape or glue
  • Washi tape
  • Gold cardstock

Step 1: Measure the width of the top of the box, and jot down.

Step 2 - Trim off a bit off all sides of the label sheet so that no backing is showing. 

Step 3 - Trim label sheet into strips, the same width as the washi tape. Then trim the strips into the same length as the box (measurement from Step 1)

Step 4 - Place a strip of the label down.

Step 5 - Place a piece of washi tape right above the label stripe.

Step 6 - Place another label stripe down. 

Step 7 - Peel off the washi tape.

Step 8 - Punch out a heart from the cardstock. 

Step 9 - Glue or tape the heart down.

Photography + design - Tulle Box Designs

DIY Yarn Wreath

I recently came across cardboard wreath frames from Michaels, and I went a little overboard with the possibilities. So much so that I couldn't fall asleep and I made 3 wreaths in one night. But, how could you not? Because it's made of cardboard, you can use any material on them. Glue, stickers, yarn, glitter - you name it. And the best part is they stack flat for post-holiday storage. 


  • Cardboard wreath form (found in the floral section at Michaels)
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glittered alphabet/ornament (not shown) 

Step 1:

Tie a knot with the yarn anywhere on the frame. Leave a yarn tail of 3".

Step 2: Wrap the yarn around the cardboard.  

Step 3: When you are done, cut off the yarn from the ball and tie. Hang an ornament or glitter initial from anywhere on the wreath.

Photography + design: Tulle Box Designs

A Present Packaging Dilemma

With gift giving in full swing, I thought I'd address a common present packaging dilemma - you brought a present to work for a gift exchange that's happening in an hour and you forgot/didn't have time to get wrapping paper. The good news is that your office is probably brimming with supplies that are perfect for wrapping - paper, tape, labels, markers, printers...

At the very minimum I suggest heading over to the mailroom and grabbing some packaging paper - classic and polished. Done. If you have a bit more time, do a search on the Internet and find some free printable gift tags or paper (Lia Griffith has some great great printables). 

When I did a search for printables, I came across this PDF for paper bows from the beautiful blog How About Orange.  I printed it onto plain printer paper (bonus, you don't even need a colour printer), cut out the pieces, and taped it onto the present. (I also cut out some strips of paper to create the 'ribbon' around the box.) Easy easy easy.

Photography: Tulle Box Designs | Inspiration + printable: How About Orange

Holiday DIY #1 - Gift Wrapping with Miniature Trees

I already feel the magic of the holidays in the air. The season is almost upon us, but one look around my home and one would think it had already come and gone. And that is because I've been spending the last few weekends at Michaels and, as a result, my home is filled with bells, ribbon and yarn, and covered with a thin film of glitter.

My first project of the season is a super simple gift wrapping idea that is a little out-of-the box (in all senses of the phrase).  

To make this package, simply wrap your gift in kraft paper, glue some miniature snow-covered trees (from Michaels) on top and finish with a To/From stamp or gift tag. Fun washi tape optional.

Photography + styling: Tulle Box Designs