Asian Gift Wrapping Papers Crafts -- Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing sent me these wrapping papers. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.  As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation. 

Tonight I am sharing these beautiful wrapping papers and some crafts to do with them!! The paper comes as a book with the sheets folded and perforated for ease to remove them. Each book comes with twelve 18-inch by 24-inch sheets.
Back of Books with Pictures of all Papers!

Each books has an introduction that explains the history of the fabric that the patterns are from.
Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing gave me a copy of this book and this kit free of charge for this review and are offering a kit to a lucky reader. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. They also sent me a copy to giveaway! As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Each book also has an idea of crafts to do with the papers in case you do not want to just wrap gifts with these beautiful pages!!

The first set is the Chinese Silk Gift Wrapping Papers.

 This set of paper had a few with circle designs and I decided to make a thank you card with it. I cut out one of the circles and stamped and heat embossed a "thank you" onto it in gold. I also used the paper to line the envelope. 
One of the ideas in the book was to make a fan. Hazel loves this one!!
The Japanese Kimono Gift Wrapping Papers are beautiful!!

Besides a few paper beads which I will show you later in this post, I have not done anything with this paper yet.
The Indonesian Batik Gift Wrapping Papers are also beautiful. I tried the paper rose idea from the book. 

 Then the Blue and White Gift Wrapping Papers is one of my favorites.

With these papers I made paper beads (well actually I made some from all the various books, but the most from this one).
I was amazed at how easy they are. I cut long isosceles triangles. I put a small amount of Mod Podge a bit away from the base of the triangle (the short side) and then started rolling it around a toothpick. I used a bit more of the glue a couple of time including the tip and then covered the entire thing in Mod Podge. Then I set them aside to dry. After they dried I made a necklace from the blue and white beads. 
After seeing the necklace, Hazel wished she had joined me in making paper beads today. She also wants to wear the necklace to school. 

These are quality papers and I love how they give you a bit of the history of the special fabrics from Asia. I hope you will check them out!! Be sure to stop by tomorrow to check out our back to school series with learning about China!

Thank you to everyone who shared with us at last party!! It was one of our largest Crafty Weekends yet and packed full of beautiful crafts and inspiring ideas! Below are some features from the party, but this is just a small sample of great ideas shared! This week the features are in three groups: Pumpkin/Halloween crafts, Crafts for Kids, and Other Fun Crafts. 

Also remember for your child-oriented crafts, activities, lessons, etc. Sharing Saturday is going on!! For any cultural related posts (diversity and/or multicultural as well) be sure to share at the month long Creative Kids Creative Blog Hop.

Pumpkin/Halloween Craft Features

1) From Creating Really Awesome Fun Things: Bandaid Ghosts

2) From Sparkle: Distressed Halloween Tin Can Candles

3) From Atta Girl Says: Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Metallic Foil Pumpkins

4) From The Real Thing with the Coake Family: Glitter Pumpkins

5) From Living La Vida Holoka: DIY Halloween Pumpkin Terrarium

Crafts for Kids Features


1) From The Scrap Shoppe Blog: DIY Globe

2) From Over the Apple Tree: Crochet Whale Project
 3) From Bombshell Bling: How to Make a Tic Tac Toe Game Out of a Cutting Board

4) From  Simply {Darr}ling: DIY 3D Paper Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile

Other Fun Craft Features


1) From Jewels of Sayuri: How to Make Jhumka Earrings

2) From Mrs. Do It Herself: Old Coffee Table to Amazing Entry Bench

3) From Flamingo Toes: Need More Shiny Things Free Zipper Pouch Pattern

4) From Hello Nature: 15 Minute No Sew T-Shirt Bag DIY

Thank you to everyone who shared the last week!! I hope you will share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. I would love the help spreading the word about Crafty Weekends!!

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 Please share family friendly crafts here. Just crafts and/or patterns--no recipes, lessons, etc. You can share craft product reviews as well. By linking up here you are giving me permission to share your links and to pin your links. Please follow my Crafty Weekends Feature Pinterest Board to see all the features from these fun link parties!