The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. I love getting caught up in the sights, smells, sounds and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Giving and wrapping gifts is also so enjoyable for me, and I love the smiles people give when they’re opening a meticulously-wrapped gift. I believe in making each individual present unique—just like the gift recipient—and spend a lot of time wrapping gifts.
I always incorporate neutral tones with pops of silver and gold, so I picked out cream, burlap and ticking stripe ribbons for this post. Kraft paper is my wrapping paper of choice, so I used kraft and chalkboard wrapping paper (so fun!) as my base and then layered multiple strands of ribbon for added texture. I then incorporated a mix of natural greenery and glittered picks to break up the neutrality of colors. This really helped add some sparkle and shine to the package! I topped off each gift with a special gift tag, an ornament, or one of my DIY glittered pinecones for an extra personal touch.
I think my recipients will love the effort I put in making each of their gifts extra special!
Top Tips for Wrapping Gifts
INCORPORATE NATURAL ELEMENTS
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to decorate a wrapped gift is to incorporate natural elements that can be found outdoors. Grab a pair of wire cutters or clippers and walk around your yard or drive around town. Look for pine trees or holly bushes (if you’re lucky!). If you don’t live in an area where pine trees grow, head over to your local Christmas tree farm or hardware store; they usually save the clippings and will give them up for free! Here I trimmed some pine trees from my yard and added them on my gift for a natural touch. I love how the green adds a pop of color to the neutral kraft paper. It makes it really stand out!
DIY GLITTERED PINECONES
-Elmer’s Glue or Modg Podg
- Start by cutting the ribbon to the desired length, and then cut the ribbon in half if using a wide ribbon like the one I used.
- Hot glue the center of the ribbon to the bottom of the pinecone. Allow it to dry.
- Using the sponge brush, brush the Elmer’s glue or Modg Podg on the outside of the pinecone.
- Once the entire pinecone is covered, roll the pinecone in the glitter until all of the glue is covered.
- Tie the ribbon in a small knot and hang the pinecone to dry for 24 hours.
- Once dry, place on your wrapped gift for a beautiful glittered touch!
USING ORNAMENTS AS WRAPPING DECOR
One way to make sure all my gifts are unique to the recipient is to incorporate some fun elements, like an ornament, as part of the gift wrap. I love how this leaves a lasting impression on each gift because it can be used on the recipients tree the following year. I chose these Metal Jingle Bell Ornaments to include on some gifts because they come in silver, gold and copper.
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