Every year, one person in my family is deemed the “Present Wrap Master” — the one who wows the family with his or her crafty wrapping paper and intricate bows. Usually I’m a little late getting on my Christmas shopping and wrapping, and therefore I’m rarely named the winner. But this month I’ve prepped, shopped, and crafted away and am determined to make this year the one where I’ll earn the title. Check out these eight simple and easy ways to make your presents stand out under your tree!
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1. Vintage Classic
This design is perfect for a holiday party gift or even for some freshly baked cookies for coworkers! Wrap your gift using simple kraft paper (which can be found at any office supplies or craft store), and accent it with a simple satin bow and fresh floral. Whether the flowers you choose are from your garden or the market, it will be a great gift on top of your gift!
2. Newsworthy Tags
Utilize all that extra newspaper you have laying around and turn it into amazing wrapping paper! Use a couple of sheets to ensure that the paper doesn’t tear, and finish off your present with simple red twine. Fashion a tag out of card stock and mark it with the initial of the giftee!
3. Clean and Simple Yarn
All you need is two seconds and a couple spools of yarn to go from a present to a work of art. Use a colorful array of yarn and tie each piece in a row to create a rainbow. Symmetry not your thing? Wrap the yarn around at random and let it cross over in different angles. Just tape the ends together to the back of the gift.
4. Trinkets and Treasures
Looking for a fun way to sparkle up your presents? Whether you are using Kraft paper, newspaper, or wrapping paper, adding a couple layers of ribbon and trinkets on top goes a long way. Pick different sizes and colors of ribbons to create contrast within the pieces and add string of beads or feathers to finish off the packaging. Voila– the perfectly wrapped gift is ready to go!
5. Simply Stamped
Whoever thought that your pantry could supply you with the perfect wrapping for your holiday presents? Scrummage for doilies that you may have used for a holiday party in the past and glue them to a simple wrapped gift for a decorative tag. Add to the vintage aspect by using stamped letters to write the name of your recipient!
6. Arts and Crafts
If you’re looking for an arts and crafts project for your kids, grab some colorful pom poms and Elmer’s glue and craft away! Create a tree design or even glue all over as a free for all. Poms poms are always a winning art project with children, and your presents will be wrapped and decorated before you know it!
7. Chic Pine
Recycled brown kraft paper is a great anytime gift wrap. Tie with twine and embellish with a pinecone and evergreen clippings from your backyard for gift wrap that’s easy on the environment and on your wallet.
8. Read, Wrap, Recycle
Make use of your old magazines that are starting to pile up and make colorful home-made bows to be the focal point of your holiday presents this year! Check out whole living’s blog for step-by-step instructions on how to recycle and decorate at the same time.