I love the holiday season and one of the things I get most excited about is once I am completely done my shopping I sit down and dedicate a few hours to wrapping up all my gifts for my family and friends. This year I decided to take a different approach to it and instead of getting the usual red paper with snowflakes on it I went the less denominational route and opted for a simple brown craft paper that I could dress up with cool tags and pretty stamps. You don’t need to spend a lot or hunt far and wide for the perfect ensemble of gift wrapping accessories, either. Make use of what you might have already laying around the house. Things like string, twine, hemp, or cotton thread work well in place of ribbons. Fabric is great or old ribbons from presents that have been gifted to you in the past. I like keeping really pretty ones, it seems like such a waste to just throw them out! I’ve put together a few options here and I hope they inspire you in your wrapping quests this holiday season!
Start out by wrapping each of your gifts in craft paper. You can find this kind of paper almost anywhere from the post office to Target or, like me, you can luck out at your local Dollar Tree. I like all my presents to be boxy shapes so I also purchased plain white gift boxes (also from Dollar Tree) to wrap up oddly shaped surprises. I feel this gives them all a sense of uniformity and makes them much easier to wrap and pretty up with ribbons, tags, stickers, and stamps.
The best place to stock up on pretty ribbons and tags is quite obviously a place like Michael’s or your local craft store. However I have found a new place (previously mentioned here) that I tend to stock up on good deals throughout the year: Target. They have an amazing $1, $2, $3 section in most stores and the selection usually doesn’t disappoint. As if you don’t already have enough reason’s to make a stop at Target while running your weekly errands. You’re welcome. I like using unexpected colour combinations (like above) as opposed to the typical and more traditional red and green or silver and gold.
There are a myriad of ways to make your own gift wrap, some more complicated than others but I find that stamps on plain paper does the trick. I would recommend maybe stamping the paper before you wrap to avoid the ink seeping through.
Since we were all about calligraphy this month with our three-part series, I purchased this awesome calligraphy pen and have been practicing my fancy lettering. I love the simplicity of this application and is a nice, less wasteful way to wrap up gifts for friends and family.
I love how the craft paper with just a simple string tied around it makes it feel like a little package and who doesn’t like receiving packages any old time of year? Gold Sharpies are also a must for giving a little something fun and festive to an otherwise too boring option. Try polka dots or stars all over a small package, laying the paper flat before wrapping to ensure that the design is evenly spaced and the ink doesn’t bleed through. Ikea also has an awesome little stationery section where you can find ribbons, tags, and all sorts of bright and fun extras.
Happy wrapping! And as always share your creations with on Instagram with the hashtag #stylustholidays. We’d love to see them!