Add something special to your gift wrap or gift bag filler by scenting the tissue paper you use. Choose scents such as roses or your favorite perfume for romantic gifts---your perfume will remind your special someone of you when he opens the gift. Use relaxing scents such as lavender for friends and holiday scents such as cinnamon spice for Christmas gifts. The scented tissue isn't just for gift wrapping---slip a square into envelopes, use the paper in card making, or add it to a scrapbook layout.
Things You'll Need
- Essential oil
- Zip-top bag
- Cotton balls
- Plastic lid
Choose the essential oils or perfumes you want to use. Use oils made for soap making, available at craft stores, to avoid potential irritants.
Fold 5 to 10 sheets of tissue paper in the color of your choice so they will fit in a 1 gallon zip-top bag. Alternately, place the tissue in a large plastic food storage container.
Place two to three drops of perfume or essential oil on a cotton ball. Use a separate cotton ball for each scent you use.
Set the cotton balls on top of a plastic lid, such as from a yogurt or butter container. Slide the lid into the bag on top of the tissue paper, being careful not to let the cotton balls touch the paper.
Seal the bag and place it in a cabinet or on top of the refrigerator where it won't be disturbed. Allow it to set for at least one week.
Open the bag and remove the lid and cotton balls. Keep the paper in the bag and leave it sealed until you are ready to use.
Tips & Warnings
- You can use cinnamon sticks and other raw spices instead of essential oils.
- Scent stationery, handkerchiefs and journals by the same method.
- Do not spray or sprinkle the perfume or essential oils right on the paper, as it will stain it.
- Check that the recipient has no allergies to the plants whose oils you plan to use.
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