Keeping gift wrap simple with bits & bobs and stuff on hand!
If there were ever a year to keep things simple, 2020 would be it! I am joining a talented group today to share our holiday gift wrap ideas. I have always kept it simple when it comes to gift wrap and this year it’s no different, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get creative. Keeping it simple and inexpensive does not mean that I didn’t put a whole lot of love and creativity into each package. I just used everything I had on hand. I love using kraft paper from the hardware store, but I found this at Ikea last summer and it was on major sale, so I stocked up!
I used bits and bobs of ribbon, twine, and leather cord. Then added some fresh greens, clay diffuser tags and I made a few tags from pieces of wallpaper that I cut using a craft punch. I love craft punches. They make it a little more polished. Add a hole punch and you’re all set. My theme this year was kraft, black & white paper, and then velvet ribbons that I used on our Thanksgiving table.
Black & white paper, velvet ribbon, leather cord, and a monogrammed diffuser tag
Black & white paper, plus twine, leather cord, and a sprig of fresh evergreen
Wrap odd shaped kitchen gifts using new tea towels, twine, and a sprig of fresh evergreen
Have you wondered about the history of the idea of gift wrap? As I was writing this post, I looked it up and found this article in The Atlantic. For me though, gift wrapping always reminds me of my childhood. I clearly remember my mom teaching me how to wrap a gift properly. She was quite a stickler for doing it well. It started with the gift box. She was firm on using the appropriate box with tissue paper (2 layers) neatly folded in the box holding the gift snug inside. She cut the paper perfectly with each end the exact same length and always folded the edges before taping them with Scotch brand tape. She used beautiful ribbons and that yarn type of twine that has become popular again. She hated those bags of what she called fake bows. Ahhh….it’s funny how a simple afternoon of gift wrapping can bring up those childhood memories. Enough about me, what about you? Do you love gift wrapping or do you assign someone else in your family with the task? I would love to know!
All wrapped up and ready to go under the tree (now we just need to get that tree)!
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Clay Diffuser tags are my favorite!