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package/wrap tote – courtsey of Sweet Salvage

Three weeks ago, my favorite lifestyle blogger, Heather Bullard, posted THIS.


Image via HeatherBullard.com

I was inspired to create a packaging/wrapping tote of my own. I decided to wait the three weeks until the next Sweet Salvage event to see if I could find the perfect container.


As always, the ladies at Sweet Salvage did not disappoint! Not only did I find this fantastic tote and vintage Arizona Winter Sweet Orange crate, but two dozen-plus additional treasures too!

Blue Goose Growers Inc

I’m not quite certain what I’ll do with the Blue Goose Growers, Inc. crate yet, but I couldn’t pass it up. Loved the imprint with Tempe, Ariz. on the sides. I found this 1950’s label for sale online. I’m tempted to purchase one and attach it to the front of the crate. I’ll have to sleep on that…

Arizona Citrus label

It was an especially good month at the once-monthly sale! I’ll show you my other purchases in the next post, but today I’m going to focus on what I’ve done with the wooden tote.

package and wrap tote

After stenciling on the front, I loaded that puppy up in no time!

shipping lables, muslin bags and glassine envelopes

Shipping labels, muslin, and flat glassine bags.

vellum and glass

Vellum envelopes and mini corked bottles.

clay tags

Clay kitchen tags for baked goods and other food gifts. Numbered clay tags and the entire alphabet for unique and personalized gift tags.

chalkboard clothspins

Little chalkboards attached to clothespins, which I not only use for gifts, but for labeling food on buffets too.

chalkboard and craft tags

Burlap and chalkboard-cloth gift tags and brown card-stock gift tags with satin ribbon.

vintage receipt book

More unique gift tags… 1930’s Dairy receipt book (notice that phone number!) and in front of that are vintage French seed packet labels.

vintge French seed lables

I have a collection of over 100 of these vegetable and flower seed packet labels. Each is unique, so I copy them on a color copier and keep my originals. This way I’ll have them forever to use over and over again.

waxed paper bags and glue dots

Another great packaging item for food gifts is Natural Waxed Paper Bags.

natural waxed paper bags

And I don’t know what we did before we had these Glue Dots – love them!

cloth bags and boxes

These printed cloth bags take a simple gift into something extra special. And windowed cardboard boxes are perfect for baked treats.

ribbons and acid free envelopes

I attach those vintage seed packet labels to these plain brown envelopes and tuck in a handwritten note. Vintage cloth ribbon, red leather trim, and mini clothespins are great for dressing up any package.


The final compartment has an assortment of chalkboard and numbered picks – perfect for a gift of flowers or living plants.

cutting boards

And finally, behind those is a collection of cutting boards, used when I give a gift of cheese, chutney, sausage, and such.

package and wrap

There you have it. I’m wondering if reading this has inspired you to make a tote or packaging station of your own – like seeing Heather’s did for me. Let me know!

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1 Peggy { 05.20.13 at 8:28 AM }

That’s a lot of cool gift wrap stuff. All I have is red and green bows. haha

2 Amy Kilpatrick { 05.20.13 at 8:32 AM }

Ok, I officially now want a gift from you! I’m in awe…

3 Sheila { 05.20.13 at 9:26 AM }

LOVE IT! Think you should call it “its a wrap” station. 🙂

4 Pat { 05.20.13 at 12:32 PM }

I can’t believe you got all that stuff in there. Another example of your genius.

5 Lori Vento { 05.20.13 at 12:58 PM }

Okay – I have always thought of myself as a creative and semi-crafty person but this is insane! The initial idea is fabulous (and your crate turned out darling!). But you have to share with the class, where did you got some of these amazing items you put in there-especially the mini-chalkboard stuff, the beautiful vintage tags, etc! Too cool!! You are amazing!

6 Linda Hopkins { 05.20.13 at 1:14 PM }

Lori, OK, I’ll do that in a post in a couple days. I can tell you right now that I got the mini chalkboard picks and clothespins from Pick Your Plum (http://pickyourplum.com/). It’s a daily sale site, they rerun things, so sign up for their daily email and you’ll never miss a thing. The vintage French seed labels, I bought on eBay – check the following link for those. http://stores.ebay.com/Old-Seed-Packets?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

7 Rebecca { 05.25.13 at 12:54 AM }

Oh yes it has inspired me! I have a tote I just bought and have been thinking of what to use it for. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

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