I am almost at the finish line to Christmas – having completed wrapping all the gifts I bought to give this year, I feel I can now sit back and enjoy the holidays.
I enjoy wrapping gifts and have pinned a lot of creative gift wrap ideas on Pinterest, but when it comes down to actually doing the wrapping – I like simple, fast, and easy. I also have a Pin board filled with free printable gift tags – they are so pretty and creative, but by the time I print them, I use up expensive printer ink – they are no longer free, I like to recycle, reuse, and repurpose instead.
I worked for Nordstrom’s one Christmas many years ago. They kept all the holiday décor simple. It was what I call, elegantly simple or simply elegant. Either way you look at it – it was beautiful. They used tulle for gift box bows and since then, I have used tulle as a fast and elegant way to embellish a gift.
Tulle comes in so many different colors and is inexpensive – $2 a roll. Recently at the craft store I found some with sparkly glitter.
I bought it in a few colors since I think a little sparkle always looks right for the holidays.
I gathered all my gift wrapping supplies on my work table and started wrapping. Having set up a gift wrapping wall in my studioffice this summer also makes wrapping a gift much easier.
As you can see on the flat package above – a small piece of tulle packs a lot of punch.
I also like to use satin ribbon – it looks so elegant. I look for it on sale and have been lucky to find a few rolls of emerald green at my local thrift store for 95 cents a roll.
I use all sorts of leftover ribbon and snippets of pretty items that I have accumulated over the past year to embellish the tulle or satin ribbon. Vintage looking pins and earrings are perfect for embellishing bows. I find them in the bargain bins at the craft store and at thrift stores. I think they make a gift look extra special – as do jingle bells. I hot glue the pins on and thread the jingle bells through the ribbon or yarn.
I also save all the Christmas cards I get each year.
I cut out the designs, words, or images that I like and punch a hole in them to use as free gift tags. Reuse, repurpose, and recycle at its best. Some of the cards are just too pretty or cute to throw away.
I try to match the cut out image to the gift or the recipient’s personality. This Santa is for my dad.
and this adorable Santa cat is for my sister’s gift I write To: and From: on the back of the cut out images.
This Who-ville style tree had a stem and urn as part of the illustration on the card, but I cut them off as the tree has more impact by itself.
White or solid color paper makes these repurposed tags the focus – paired with the sparkly tulle makes an elegantly simple presentation.
When cutting out your images, always cut out an extra part of the card around the image to make the hole. Thread the tag onto the ribbon right before you start to make the loops for the bow.
Since satin ribbon is a little more expensive, I use every scrap. It is fun coming up with ways to use the smallest pieces. Here I wrapped a small piece around a small box. I used tape to secure the ends.
I then took a piece of tulle and placed it under the satin ribbon and made a bow with it. This hides the tape and creates a box that anyone would be delighted in receiving.
Add a tag and it is ready to go.
On some gifts, I don’t use gift tags. I use white stickers on the underside of the box and just write the recipient’s name.
Experimenting with a little bokeh… I took this sitting at one end of my desk this afternoon after I was finished wrapping.
Have you finished wrapping yet? What is your favorite way to wrap the gifts you give?
My writing elsewhere this week:
For an idea on how to display new Christmas Cards in a fun and festive way check out my new post over on Momtastic – DIY Christmas Card Holder
Here is a little peek: