Friday, February 8, 2013

May Arts Valentine

                               Let him Know He's Special

Hi all, thanks if you hopped over from the May Arts Ribonista Valentine's  Blog Hop. Make sure you leave comments as you hop along, there's a chance to win some great May Art ribbon . My post is designed to show you how to wrap that  Valentine's day gift for the special man in your life.  There are so many ideas suitable for wrapping a gift for a women ,but unless you default to a gift bag, wrapping for a man can sometimes be a challenge.

I love for the receipent of my gifts to know from the outside appearance  and presenatation of the gift just how special they are. This idea was a spin off from a conversation I had with my good friend Shelly over at ConfettiStyle. She was preparing to enter the 3M Most Gifted Wrapper Contest 2012 and mentioned the lack of ideas for wrapping a gift for a man. (By the way, she was the runner up in the contest, Way to Go Shelly). I thought I'd come up with something for a man. 

So here goes:

Using any appropriate size gift box ( I save really good boxes and reuse them)
paper clips
ribbon  May Arts 364-25-10
paper brads
black permanent marker
white gift wrapping paper
awl or ice pick

Tuxedo Shirt Box

1. Cut a peice of white  wrapping paer large enough to cover the box top with enough extra on the sides to wrap under the box top.

2. Fold a 5/8" wide pleat down the enter (from top to bottom) of the paper. This will be your from button placket on your shirt.

3. Lay the top facedown on the paper ( make sure your pleat is positioned srtaight) and fold sides, top and bottom in and tape or glue all sides down. You can use your paper clips to hold all of the sides down.

4. Next measure and cut two peices of May Arts  Black grosgrain the width of your box plus enough extra to allow you to fold it under the box top and secure. Fold a 1/2" "pleat horizontally on both peices of ribbon.

5. Attach the two rows of pleated ribbon across the bottom of the box as the cummerbund.  Use paper clips to hold inplace while glue dries( or use tape).

6. Create a bow as the bow tie on your "shirt".  Attach it using glue to the top , centered.

7. Next using your permenat marker, put a solid black dot on 4-5 paper brads. Leave a narrow gold edge on each brad so that you have a snazzy black and gold rimmed button for your tuxedo shirt.

8.Measure the distance between the cummerbund and the bow tie. Divide it  so that you can place buttons every 2".

9. Using an awl, carefully punch a small hole through the box top where you can then put each button.
Thats it !!

                     HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!

Day 4 Valentine's Day Hop:

Alexcia Patterson-Schroll
Montina Burt - you're here
Kendra Wiggins
Monica Edwards


  1. This is a fabulous way to wrap a gift for a man!!

  2. I love this idea. What a great way to wrap a gift for a man. It is so masculine but with a bit of flair, and thanks for showing us how you did it.

  3. Such a great idea for wrapping a gift for a guy.

  4. This is adorable and you could wrap almost anything this way with a few adjustments. Fantastic idea!

  5. How fun is this! This would be such a cute way to wrap a wedding gift!

  6. Oh Wow that is such a great idea!I love that ribbon!

  7. What a great project for a man! Thanks.

  8. Great looking box. The recipient would know you thought a lot of him to go through a lot of effort to wrap his gift.

  9. What a great idea! So elegant!!

  10. Sooo clever for that special guy in your life. Amazing talent you have there.

  11. What a cool idea for a husband. Thanks for showing us your idea.

  12. Love your "man-friendly" gift wrap idea. So many great opportunities to use this idea..graduation, wedding party, anniversary. Great Job.

  13. So creative! With something this nice, the smallest gift would brighten his day. Great for a groom gift.

  14. This is fantastic! I would have never thought of anything this good looking to be so simple to create. I will surely be using this for Mr. Simmons next gift!

  15. Clever idea and really cute too! Love the idea of a shirt, and how easy making the brads into buttons.

  16. The shirt idea is gift for fathers/husbands/sons/brothers and male friends too.


  17. Nice to have a masculine project!

  18. This is a very creative way to wray a present and I am so going to love using it for one of my special male friends! It will be an exquisite surprise! Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. what an awesome idea! thanks for sharing
    linda patti