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The holidays are sneaking up on us fast! Hanukkah began this weekend and Christmas will be here in less than 2 weeks. If you’re like me, you’re in gift wrapping crunch mode.

Honestly, wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things about the holidays but wrapping guys’ gifts can be tough — the trick is to keep them seasonal and masculine. For my mens’ gifts this year, that means this awesome blue plaid ribbon (love!) and handy-dandy, works-with-anything Kraft paper.

Another Kraft paper bonus: Thanks to its thickness, you can paint it without rippling the paper. So for Grant’s gift, I painted on a chalkboard gift tag then topped it with a blue plaid ribbon rose (in honor of his bowtie obsession) and a sparkly snowflake ornament.Chalkboard Gift Wrap With Handmade Ribbon Rose

Step 1: I planned to add the ribbon rose on one side and have the chalkboard tag take up most of the remaining space so I first taped on a band of ribbon to determine the tag’s placement. Next I used a ruler to mark out a rectangle, leaving the corners unmarked. To round the tag’s corners, I sketched around a small tin then erased any pencil marks that wouldn’t be covered by the chalkboard paint. chalkboard gift wrap

Step 2: Painting the tag was easy. I used a 1/2″ chip brush to fill in most of the pencil lines and a small artist’s brush to get into the tight corners. Don’t worry if the paper starts to wrinkle; as the paint dries, it will flatten back out. I tend to paint thickly so a second coat wasn’t necessary. chalkboard gift wrap

Step 3: After the paint had fully dried, I used a metallic silver paint pen to clean up the tag’s outline then used a chalk pen to fill in the “to” and “from.” chalkboard gift wrap

To Create the Ribbon Rose:
Step 1: Pull out the wire from one side of wired ribbon in your left hand while you gather the ribbon up the wire with your right. As you pull the wire, the ribbon will begin to spiral.  How to Make a Ribbon Rose

Step 2: Still holding the excess wire in your left hand (this will act like a stem), begin tightly wrapping the ribbon to form the signature spiral of a rose.  How to Make a Ribbon Rose

Step 3: Continue gathering the wire and wrapping the ribbon until you’re happy with the rose’s size. Cut the ribbon, then pull a bit of wire loose from the opposite end and twist it around the wire “stem” to keep the rose from unraveling. Finally, use the wire stem to attach the rose to the gift and voila — beautiful holiday gift wrap that’s dude-approved! How to Make a Ribbon Rose

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12 Responses

  1. RSS says:

    That gift package is too nice to open!! You did a great job on that.

  2. Kaitlyn says:

    I love everything about the way that gift looks. Love the chalkboard paint.

  3. Lili@HGTV says:

    Wow, Camille! Those roses are fantastic and so clever.

  4. I love this! Lucky Grant.

  5. Deborah R. says:

    Beautifully wrapped!

  6. Lydia says:

    That is a beautiful blue plate shown in the photo. And beautiful package too.

  7. Kris says:

    Amazing very very creative! And personalized too.

  8. Lynne says:

    You're very talented Camille. The gift is beautiful.

  9. [...] with two (easy!) ideas for doily gift wrap that are oh-so-feminine to complement the dude-tastic gift wrap I shared last [...]

  10. […] Here are a few of my gift wrap ideas from 2012 with links to instructions below: * Left and bottom right: Easy doily gift wrap plus how to make a yarn pom-pom and upper right: Menswear-inspired ribbon rose plus how to make a chalkboard gift tag […]

H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...


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