There is a lovely french shop in my hood that carries all sorts of french milled soaps. So cute but often they are displayed in pots for purchase and ... they are naked! It is hard to pass these on as a gift unwrapped but you don't want to go too crazy ... it's just a soap... but it is a french one, so I went with a french country wrapping, using twine, ticking, paper tape, office labels and something extra.
I nestled the soap in some kraft paper shredding. It looks cute but more importantly it stops the soap from getting banged up on the corners. I just used a little candy bag from the bulk food store and punched some holes in it and added a strip of ticking. I ripped a strip from the fabric strip. I think it looks more french all tattered. I love the look of taking those boring labels from the office supply and jazzing them up with Japanese Paper tape. It's a trick from Leslie Shewring of A Creative Mint. If you peruse her blog you'll see all sorts of great labels and other creative ways with paper tape.
I think the key (sorry) to this little package is this adorable key I found in another French store uptown. And with the keys at only 75 cents each - I should have picked up more - hopefully they aren't all gone .... ANYWAY - at 75 cents it makes the package quite inexpensive. The worst thing is when you spend more on the package than the gift - and if, it would be hard to believe, your recipient doesn't appreciate the key detail and trashes the wrapping - hey it's no great loss.
There it is.
A cute little package for a cute little soap.
It would make a great hostess gift or teacher gift.
I know I said I liked the shabby ticking I used for the bow but it is all I can do, now that I see this picture, to not snip that one loose thread off and take another picture... but it is getting too dark this afternoon for another picture. Must resist...must...