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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

DIY Furoshiki with Flowers

mam for gavethat furoshiki reusable gift wrap with dried flowers diy

For a little while now I have been experimenting with the Japanese art of reusable wrapping called furoshiki. Trying various materials such as silk scarves and in this case some favorite vintage napkins that I picked up last year, this has been a surprising way to hide little gifts on guests plates. Drying some wild flowers in the sun and forming a nosegay, these tucked easily into the classic (and most basic) Otsukai Tsutsumi form of furoshiki knot at the top for something a little different. Here is how you can do it too:

mam for gavethat Reusable Furoshiki Gift Wrap with Flowers DIY


How To Do It:
Step 1) Lay your napkin or piece of fabric flat on a hard surface. Position your box in the middle of the fabric so each end lines up with a pointed corner.

Step 2) Take the first corner of the fabric and bring it over the top of your box. Then take the other corner and bring it over top, taking the time to fold the corner underneath so it will not be hanging loosely over the side.

Step 3) Bring the remaining corners of the fabric to the center of the box and tie into a knot to secure. In the center of this knot place the bouquet of flower and then use the remaining fabric ends to wrap around them and tie another knot. That's it! For another view of how to do it see this diagram here and use the first Otsukai Tsutsumi example.

mam for gavethat Otsukai Tsutsumi with flowers diy gift wrap stylemam for gavethat furoshiki gift wrap look using dried flowers and vintage napkins


Watch this video to learn the steps to folding the above gift style:


Image: MAM for GaveThat

8 Reader Comments:

Scent Magic said...

This is such a great idea! I love giving beautifully wrapped gifts, but hate the idea of the wrapping going to waste. This solves that problem in spades (and gives me an excuse to shop for something lovely to use as wrapping in addition to shopping for the gift itself). Brilliant!

laura

Marie Anakee: said...

So happy to hear you liked it Laura! Wishing you much peace, M

Charissa said...

This is GORGEOUS. Love the texture of the dried flowers against the embroidered cloth especially. I can't believe this is the first I've heard of your blog. I'm honored to have a place on your blogroll. Keep up the great work!

Marie Anakee: said...

Hi there Charissa!! This was so very sweet of you to come over and leave such kind words!! Thank you! When I found your site last month I had to say the same thing... why am I only seeing this now?? Your blog is truly inspiring and a feast for the eyes so I am very humbled to hear you like my attempts at furoshiki.

I LOVE visiting your blog so it needs to be in my blogroll and I found so many other blogs thanks to reading through your posts.

Thank you again for coming over Charissa and wishing you much peace and happy gift designing! -M

Charissa said...

Hi Marie! I wanted to use one of your furoshiki images to kick off a furoshiki week I'm doing soon. Is there a good way to get the 3rd and 4th images? I tried the usual route but the "Click Here to Share" pop-up prevented me from saving them. Thanks for your consideration!

Marie Anakee: said...

Hi there Charissa!
I will email over the links to the pictures right now. Please check your inbox. Some might be on flickr too, I'll go and check there as well. Thank you so much for including me, a furoshiki week sounds so cool! Can not wait to see it. -M

Furoshiki said...

Never thought of using flowers for wrapping, but that is a great idea! :)

Marie Anakee Miczak said...

Thank you Furoshiki forum!

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