The dreaded Christmas gift wrapping right?? WRONG! I used to hate wrapping presents. I would save it until the last minute and then I would be in a huge rush to get everything wrapped in time. I created a huge mess, and probably even cut myself with the scissors at least once.
A few years ago, I was trying to decorate on a very VERY small budget. I was trying to be resourceful and use everything I could. Then it dawned on me, why not wrap my presents early. And even make them cute enough I could use them in my decor. I used the wrapping paper I already bought, found some satin ribbon at Costco for under $10 and used left over pine branches, berries and anything else I could attach to a present. It was such a success I have continued to do it every year.
No matter your budget big or small here are some tips to get the most out of your presents this year.
- Wrapping paper
- Felt Ornaments (tutorial on how I made them here)
- Small wreaths
- Boxwood Wreath
Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas
First wrap up all your presents. Is your wrapping paper double sided? That is even better if it is! I like to mix and match patterns and solids. Last year I used lots of different patterns. But I made sure I stuck with reds, blacks and grays. Since my paper was busy I just added ribbons.
Add Ribbon or Twine – Now that your presents are wrapped let’s make them pretty with ribbon. Most of the time I like to do a pattern wrapping paper and a solid ribbon or vis versa. You can leave it just like this or you can take it a step further.
Add the Fluff – This part is my favorite. Because the sky is the limit and there are so many fun things to add. I honestly went through my totes and just grabbed little left over items for most of these!
I did purchase these wreaths from the Hearth and Hand collection. I love when I find little wreaths so I always snatch them up.
Black wrapping paper creates such a great backdrop. I used red and white twine and then tied on a couple of my felt ornaments I made. (tutorial here) I added a left over pine branch and look how cute they look.
You can also make fun vignettes with your presents. As you are wrapping consider the packages sizes and wrap them so they go together. On the tall package I have a mini boxwood wreath. I actually had a leftover one that was laying around and it was the perfect size.
Hopefully that helps with your Christmas gift wrapping this year.
Need a few more ideas? Here are some more of my favorites from other bloggers:
How about a painted on ribbon by My Cakies?
I love the cute black wrapping paper by Stylizimo!
This look by My Scandinavian Home is so simple but so pretty!
I absolutely love the red holly berries by The DIY Mommy, they just add a pop of color that will catch the eye of all the guests at your holiday parties.
Buffalo plaid is definitely the trend this holiday season, I love the cute tags, by Simple As That.