Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea

Friends, I wish I could tell you that I set out to whip up some cute, DIY packaging, but the truth is, I just ran out of time and needed some wrapping in a pinch! Without a stash of holiday wrapping paper (besides this beautiful black and cream Sugar Paper LA tissue paper I picked up at Target at the beginning of the season), I needed to create my own festive packaging.

This idea ended up being very simple and I love how it turned out, so I thought I would share it with all of you in case you find yourself in a similar, last-minute wrapping situation.

Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea

Luckily, I keep a roll of white kraft paper on hand at all times. No matter the season, you can ALWAYS dress it up with a cute ribbon, string, or hand lettering. I also had a simple white gift bag. Add to that: a string of red bakers twine + Tombow Dual Brush pens in a few shades of green, plus black and a brown and that’s all you need!

Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea

The drawing technique I used on all three packages is very simple and similar for each. Just think of drawing upside-down “V” shapes with a tiny curve at the ends.

The key is to keep it imperfect and loose. The best part about that is you cannot mess up. The messier the strokes, the more organic your trees and branches will look!  Don’t overthink it, just quickly scribble out your brush strokes with the lightest green color first.

Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea

Once your first layer of green strokes is down, add a few loose strokes in a darker shade of green on top. You don’t want to cover up your bottom green layer, just add a few stroke shadows to give a hint of dimension. On this large tree and small trees, I repeated the process using a third, olive green color, but two colors will do the trick just fine! You can add some messy tree stumps or just leave the greens as-is. You truly cannot go wrong!

On the bag above, I finished it off with some small black dots to mimic the dots on the tissue paper.

Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea

Creating greenery branches instead of a tree follows a very similar stroke pattern except you can add a long stroke, which becomes center of the branch with small strokes protruding off this center line. Again, keep it loose and imperfect. Actually being hurried is helpful here!

Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea

Simple red bakers twine finishes off your packages and adds a festive touch!

Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea

Easy and pretty wrapping done in a cinch! I just might wrap all my gifts this way! Happy wrapping, friends.

Simple DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Idea
Holiday Recipe Tin Gift Idea

We are so excited that our brand new Lily & Val Recipe Tins are here for holiday gifting! If you want to give someone an extra special surprise this year consider making a lovely little gift set with some thoughtful items inside your recipe tin. Our recipe tins are made large enough that you can store not only all your favorite recipe cards and our beautiful dividers, but also all of your favorite pens and other helpful items that are best kept with your recipes.

Recipe Tin For Holiday Gifting

In our gift set we have included some thoughtful recipe tin accessories you may want to consider including in your gift set.

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These gold magnets are a great thing to keep on hand in the kitchen. I like to use them to keep the recipe handy either on top of the tin for easy reading on on the refrigerator when prepping a meal.

Lily and Val Recipe TIn Gift Set idea

I have always found that being able to staple things in the kitchen is an often overlooked convenience. These tiny staplers are adorable, match the recipe tins, and are great to keeping recipe clippings ect. organized in your recipe tin.

Recipe Tin Set Idea for the Holidays

Include your favorite pens and pencils so your gift recipient always has a utensil handy to make recipe notes and changes.

All of our recipe tins include a beautiful pack of coordinating recipe cards and dividers. Take one out and include one of your favorite or most cherished recipes to get your recipient off to a great start with their new set. This is a lovely personal touch as well.

Last but not least, it is Christmas time, so why not include some cookie cutters in your gift set. We love these two beautiful options. They will be ready to make some beautiful large cookies when they receive their gift.

Recipe Tin Holiday Gifting Idea

 

 

New Lily & Val Recipe Tins Are Here!

You guys!! We have something new to share with you all and just in the nick of time for holiday gifting!! Introducing… L&V Recipe Tins!

New Lily & Val Recipe Tins Are Here!

I think what I love most about these tins (besides how cute they will look in your kitchen) is the substantial size of the tin. You will be able to hold your recipe collection all in one place, whether magazine cutouts, newspaper clippings, scribbled sheets of paper, or (our favorite) hand-written recipe cards. Inside you’ll find coordinating, hand-drawn tabs and loose recipe cards to start your collection, with extension packs available in the shop!

New Lily & Val Recipe Tins Are Here!

They come in four styles:

Farmhouse Gingham:

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Retro Mint:

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Whimsical Lemons:

New Lily & Val Recipe Tins Are Here!

Mustard Stripe:

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Find them all in the shop! 

 

Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Nostalgic Holiday

It’s always fun to relive memories through gifts given and received. The holidays are a great time to remember the good old days when life was a little more simple and you circled your favorite things in a big, thick catalogue. This gift guide is for  those of you love who love all things old and whimsical.

Retro Tree Christmas Print | Real Vintage 1950’s Ornaments| Everything I need to Know I Learned from A Golden Book | Caboodle | Retro Merry Christmas Card | Classic Christmas Album | Vintage 1976  Charles Dickens Christmas Book

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Happy December, my friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I hope this month’s FREE hand-lettered desktop download makes your holiday season just a bit brighter & merrier! Enjoy!

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Lily & Val Gift Guide : The Hostess

If you have as many holiday party’s to attend as we do, you probably need a little help picking out a little something for your favorite hostess. We also love these gifts for the person you know who just loves to entertain year round! Something thoughtfully handmade or adorably practical can be a great choice to say “thanks” to your favorite party host this holiday season.

 

Lily & Val Gift Guide for your favorite Hostess for 2019

Handmade Resin and Olive Wood Serving Board | Teabag Holder | Recipe Card Pack| Meal Planner | Sharable Gourmet Marshmallows | Life of the Party Papercrafting Book | Natural Rope Bees Wax Candle | Fondest Memories Card

Lily & Val Gift Guide: Under $25

Looking for an inexpensive gift that doesn’t feel cheap or generic? We have put together this list of awesome gifts under $25 that the receiver will actually love. You can choose something personalized like one of our State Prints or something useful and unique like this fun Bees Wax Wrap Kit.

State Print Wall Art | Natural Chapstick Set | DIY Bees Wax Wrap Kit | Life Of the Party Papercrafting Book | French Mineral Face Spray | Passport Mini Journals | Custom Cut Lettering Wooden Sign | Meal Planner Pads

Lily & Val For Mixbook Photo Wall Calendars Are Here

Customize your Lily & Val for Mixbook Photo Wall Calendar - Collect Every Beautiful Moment

Friends, earlier this month, I was thrilled to share our brand new holiday photo card designs with you through our partnership with Mixbook!

Now, I’m bringing even more exciting news because we worked with Mixbook again, this time to offer you a Photo Wall Calendar for 2019! Ahh!

Customize your Lily & Val for Mixbook Photo Wall Calendar - Collect Every Beautiful Moment

“Collect Every Beautiful Moment” is the theme of the calendar and how beautifully fitting for this collection of photos & memories.

As always, every page has been hand-lettered and hand-drawn by yours truly. All you need to do is add your snapshots (and Mixbook makes that part SO easy!) The designs are soft and neutral to pair beautifully with your photos and all types of decor.

Customize your Lily & Val for Mixbook Photo Wall Calendar - Collect Every Beautiful Moment

Here’s a peek inside:

This quote! It is one of my absolute favorites.

Customize your Lily & Val for Mixbook Photo Wall Calendar - Collect Every Beautiful Moment

Some of the months feature little “to-do” lists and bucket lists. It’s a great way to further customize your calendar and make it really special even as a keepsake when the year is over.

Customize your Lily & Val for Mixbook Photo Wall Calendar - Collect Every Beautiful Moment

I also love the thoughtful little details & illustrations on the days of the month.

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Family memories, sweet gatherings, big moments, the in-between bits of life all documented and celebrated in this Lily & Val calendar. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Customize your calendar!

You can choose from a square or rectangle format when you customize your calendar. Like I said, Mixbook makes it so easy. I hope you enjoy! Be sure to share your calendars with me so I can see.

And a coupon code for you…

Use code: DESIGNER18 on Mixbook.com  to receive UP TO 50% off sitewide, including calendars. (expires 12/31/18).

Happy holidays, everyone!

Customize your Lily & Val for Mixbook Photo Wall Calendar - Collect Every Beautiful Moment
Lily & Val Gift Guide: New Mom

Know a momma to be? These gifts are perfect for any new mom or mom of little ones. Give her one of these thoughtful of pampering gifts and she will be sure to feel extra special this year.

Mommy Locket | Promptly Baby Journal | Mamma Bee Gift Set | Baby food Cookbook | French Skin Recovery Cream | Custom Morris Code Name Necklace | MAMA Keychain | Pregnancy Journal 

Free Small Business Saturday Graphics to Share the Shop Small Love This Holiday Season

I just LOVE this time of year! I love the anticipation of Thanksgiving and the official kick-off holiday season. I love the shopping, decorations, excuse to drink lots of hot cocoa, and traditions. I also love that every Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known to us all as Small Business Saturday. This day is something we hold dear here at Lily & Val.

The team that you see below is a tiny one, but these are the people that make Lily & Val run day in and day out. We are a small, but mighty bunch, passionate about what we do. I want you to know that we don’t take for granted a single dollar that you spend with us. It is FELT and appreciated more than I can say. It has allowed me to do what I love and create a life. Grateful doesn’t begin to describe how I feel.

I also wanted to take a minute to tell you my own personal story and why celebrating small business is important to me…

My Dad worked in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, but right around the time I was born in the 80’s, he (and many other steelworkers) were permanently laid off. My Mom and Dad describe this as an extremely scary time filled with uncertainty and worry.

So my Dad got creative. What looked like a dark spot in their lives turned into motivation. He started a business selling auto parts and fixing cars with nothing except a drive to provide.

That business ended up being the best thing that could have happened. It was certainly not easy – just the opposite in fact – but my parents were then able to build a life they didn’t think was possible.

Consequently, as a small-town Pennsylvania girl watching her Father run his small business, I learned. All my life I was led by his example and he taught me the values of working hard and never limiting myself. He always told me I could be anything I wanted. I’ve carried that through the years and today it’s a huge part of what defines me.

Your support of small businesses changes lives for generations.

I know that’s a big statement, but I truly believe it. I’m a testament to it. So, thank you again from the bottom of my heart for supporting small business. It truly means the world.

Free Graphics For You To Share The Small Business Love this Holiday Season

In honor of Small Business Saturday 2018, I put together these hand-drawn graphics! I hope you will join me in spreading the Small Business love this year. Please feel free to share and tag @lilyandval! Click on the images and it will open a new window with a higher resolution file perfect for sharing on social media. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Free Hand-Drawn Graphic to share the Shop Small Love on Small Business Saturday Free Hand-drawn Shop Small graphic to share the love on Small Business Saturday