Thursday, December 24, 2009

wrapping things up

A very merry Christmas Eve to all of my sweet readers! In case you are a last minute present wrapper (like me!) I thought I’d show a few wrapping ideas I’m digging this year. I was inspired by an article in BHG that suggested using two or more types of paper on each present. It really adds a little extra pizzazz for very little extra cost. I also decided to use gift tags over gift stickers; I think they add something special.

For these gifts, I wrapped the presents as I normally would, and added a band of coordinating paper around the middle. I used my fun wavy scissors to add a little kick. Whenever possible, I tried to use leftover scraps of paper for the extra bands of paper, so I didn’t have to use up any more paper than I normally would.

On this gift, I ran the ribbon the opposite direction of the paper band. I’m not sure which way I like better!

If you want to save on how much real ribbon you use, you can criss cross a coordinating paper across the wrapped package.

You can also save by using a band of real ribbon and a pre-made bow, as it takes sooo much real ribbon to make a fluffy bow.

Who says a bow has to go in the middle of a package? For this tiny present I used simple twine to tie a bow across the top of the present and let the oversized gift tag take center stage.

For this gift, the card is front and center and tiny bands of ribbon hold it in place.

Awkwardly shaped presents don’t have to be resigned to gift bags. This gift is surrounded by simple white tissue paper and a band of pretty paper adds a little fun.

For this gift, a bow conceals the folds of paper on the top of the cylinder, while scraps of paper add several bands of color.

For me, the wrapping and opening of gifts is half the fun of giving!

If you are planning on hitting up the day after Christmas sales, by sure to stock up on lots of white tissue paper, wrapping paper that isn’t necessarily “Christmassy,” and plenty of solid colored ribbon. These are all great stand bys for wrapping beautiful presents throughout the year!

I’ll be taking the next few days off to spend time with family and friends, but I wish you all a Christmas full of love, peace, and joy!

God Bless!


Cara said...

LOVE those ideas, Hattie!

Merry Christmas!

Erin said...

What a cute idea! I'll have to try that next Christmas!