As the holidays inch ever closer, I bet you’re ready for another crafty gift wrap idea, right? Well, I’ve got you covered with two (easy!) ideas for doily gift wrap that are oh-so-feminine to complement the dude-tastic gift wrap I shared last week.
BTW, if you haven’t already jumped on the brown-Kraft-paper-as-gift-wrap train, I recommend you hop on at the next station. Simply put, it is the bomb. Inexpensive and available year-round (I buy mine at the dollar store), the thick paper makes crisp corners and the neutral color works with any embellishments. For me, it’s the perfect year-round gift wrap and I always keep a few rolls on hand.
What are the holidays without a little sparkle? After wrapping the gift in Kraft paper, I glammed-up a paper doily by coating it with spray adhesive (like Super 77), then dusting the still-wet glue with glitter. Once the glue had dried, I attached the doily to the package with glue dots to prevent it from shifting when I added the ribbon. As a final touch, I tied on one of the glittery pinecones I made for my salvaged molding/evergreen bough and added a few self-adhesive rhinestones for extra glitz.
Or, you can skip the Kraft paper and just wrap a paper doily around a pretty box. I used glue dots to secure the doily’s edges then wrapped the box with yarn and tied on a pom-pom. These are soo cute and soo easy to make, learn how to craft one yourself below.
Step 1: Wrap yarn around your fingers a dozen or so times. The more times you wrap it, the fuller the pom-pom will be.
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As you can see, we’re just 11 days away from Christmas. I think one of the most daunting things for me is presentation. I may have the best gift in the WORLD, but wrapping it in five-year-old snowman paper takes away a bit of the allure. That’s why this year I’m committing to professional presentation. I want gifts that stand out underneath the tree because of their unique packaging.
One of my favorite ideas is this simple yet totally charming gift packaging using butcher paper, twine and birch bark. First, wrap your gift in classic brown butcher paper. To create the patterned tie, criss-cross twine around your thumb and pinky in a figure-eight pattern. Paint the twine in random spots with your desired color, then wrap it around the box and birch bark gift tag.
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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.
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.
I remember when my mother first taught me how to “properly” wrap presents. Cut the paper in a perfectly straight line, firmly crease the edges and line everything up…including the tape. Add a small bow and a simple gift tag, and the gift is ready. Because I’m usually up until the wee hours on Christmas Day getting things finished, my gift wrapping tends towards the uninspired.
This year, however, I’m spending some quality time with my craft box and adding just as much love and care to the exterior of the package as I put into shopping for it. Even if your family opens all the presents on Christmas Eve, you still have a few hours for inspiration…and a quick trip to the craft store. So have fun adorning your presents with unusual papers, candy, flowers, antique brooches, natural sprigs from your yard and more. Then you too will achieve the double gift smile: when it’s given, and when it’s opened.
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Looking for some gift wrapping inspiration?
Your holiday shopping may have only just begun, but it’s never too early to gather ideas for beautiful ways to wrap presents for family and friends. Style Me Pretty is showcasing winter wedding-inspired packaging. But I’m sure you’d agree, these winter-white styles are perfect for any gift-giving this season.
Yes, I realized it’s only three days after Halloween and I’m already talking about Christmas, but at least I waited three days. I started seeing Christmas ornaments in stores three weeks ago! Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year: the movies, the cold weather, the fires and most importantly, the decorations. We’ve pulled together tons of great holiday decor ideas for you this year and will be sharing all our favorite gift ideas over the next coming weeks.
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