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Thrifty Gifting under $5

Welcome back to the May Arts blog!  I don’t know about you, but it seems there are always times when I need a small gift…just a “little something” that I can whip together in a few minutes for an unexpected birthday, get well, or welcome to the neighborhood” occasion but also one that doesn’t break the budget.

I feel in love with these little “flower top boxes” the moment I saw them.  I knew May Arts Ribbon could transform these little boxes into beautiful gifts or table favors in no time.

First up is a little get well gift.

May Arts ½” Solid Check ABB22 is an ideal choice for men or women.  I filled the container with Dark Chocolate Raspberry M & M’s, (YUM!) then inserted a small glass test tube in the center.   Just tie with a double looped bow, add a matching tag tied on with May Arts Ivory Burlap String SM09, then place a flower into the test tube.  This is the perfect gift for someone in the hospital where space is limited.

It’s easy to be prepared for an unexpected birthday with May Arts beautiful sheer ribbons and fun pom poms.

Isn’t this fun?  I found Jelly Belly seconds called “Belly flops” at a local close out store.  I love the bright colors and uneven shapes.  I chose the happy May Arts 1/5” Sheer Floral Wired Ribbon for my bow, then added May Arts Wired Fuzzy Pom Poms for a fun accent.  I stamped the happy birthday sentiment with a stamp from Lawn Fawn’s Year One Mini set then tied the tag on with May Arts Ivory Burlap Twine.

Last up is a version that would make a sweet gift for a new little baby or table favors for a baby shower.

Simply fill the little boxes with blue M & M’s, make a sweet little tag, then tie off with May Arts ¾” Chevron Striped Twill.

Now, you can be prepared for any last minute gift giving occasion; thanks to May Arts Ribbons!

Blog post by: Charlene Driggs


  1. sharon gullikson

    I love giving foody gifts. So cute–nice job.

  2. Charlene Clous

    I love these boxes, I can think of lots to do with them, thanks!

  3. Crafty Kitten

    Oh my, these are adorable.  What a fantastic idea for stocking fillers!  Might have to make me some of these.
    Dawn xx

  4. Denise Bryant

    Great little dressed-up gift boxes! Really pretty with those fabulous May Arts ribbons!

  5. Carolyn King

    How cool! What a great idea. love those little boxes and the way you made them into personal gifts!!

  6. Sue D

    Thanks for the great gift ideas!

  7. AnnetteH

    Simple technique but Beautifully decorated packages!

  8. Connie L. Riley

    Charlene, I loved the variety and colors of your gifts.  They are very clever.  Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas.

  9. Ellen

    Those clear boxes are fantastic ! Ribbon does just make everything prettier!  fantastic projects!

  10. Kristie Maynard

    What great little gifts. With so many lovely ribbons to choose from, you could do any theme!  Thanks for sharing!

  11. Nikki C

    these are amazing 🙂

  12. Sue Kment

    Oh how cool Charlene!!!

  13. Joyce EJW

    Very clever and such a fun idea.  Loved how the ribbon made these gifts so special.

  14. Johanna D

    Oh these are too cute!

  15. Kim H

    wonderful idea, adds just the right touch. thanks for the inspiration.

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  17. michele d

    Its amazeing how a little bit of pretty ribbon can turn something so simple into something so beautiful. Who would not enjoy receiveing one of those.

  18. Penny Douphinett

    Great idea – looks easy, peasy which is an added bonus!

  19. Barb Ghigliotty

    Such a great idea ~ Beautiful and economical!!! Thanks!


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