It is one week until Christmas – one week! Before we know it – it will be just a memory. Before it comes and goes too quickly, I wanted to share a few Christmas decorating and gift wrap ideas that I have found out and about in the “real” world and also on the “online” world. I am trying to enjoy the build up to the holidays and not get too stressed. I have a party tonight and one more quick shopping trip and I will be all done, except for wrapping – which to me is my favorite part. I like to make the task feel special. I put on Christmas music, light the fire, have a cup of something hot and festive so I can enjoy making the gifts I bought for my friends and family look pretty.
Here are some very festive ideas created by others that have inspired me over the past few weeks.
When I went to my friend Karen’s cookie exchange party last week I took this photo of her very festive Chandelier. It really makes an impact. Just tie ribbon on a bunch of ornaments and tie all the ribbons together and then tie to the top part of the fixture.
At my friend Debbie’s house I took a few photos. Her home was on a local Garden Club’s House Tour. Here are a few of the decorations that caught my eye. I have seen wreaths made from book pages, but here is one where the book pages are combined with traditional greenery wreaths.
How easy is this idea? Go outside and collect a few branches. Spray paint them, stick into a potted floral arrangement and add a few tiny ornaments.
Having a Christmas party and don’t want the big screen to shout out “big black box”. Cover it with gift-wrap and embellishments from the dollar store.
Instead of the traditional draping of garland on a staircase – how about creating wreaths with it and adding poinsettias as accents.
Debbie’s house had a music theme throughout all the rooms. This bow is not only unique, but is easy to make too. Cut strips from sheet music and create loops with each strip. Join together to form a flower. Secure in the center with a brass fastener.
Need any co-worker or teacher gifts? These are so cute and everybody uses post it notes so no one will feel the need to re-gift. Regina over at Creative Kismit has a great tutorial on her site. I want to make one for myself as a gift from me to me.
Can you guess who made these orange snowflakes? If you guessed Jessica at How About Orange you are correct. She has an easy to follow .pdf tutorial to download on how to make these perfectly gorgeous snowflakes that can be hung or used as giftwrap embellishments.
These gift tags are adorable. I love how colorful they are. They are from Cally Jane Studio – So cute! You can go to We Love To Illustrate to download these and lots more – all created by very talented artists.
I love these tags – so modern and chic. You can download them over at Jones Design Company. Thanks Emily!
And here are some more that I found on Scribd – just love them – plus these can be used all year long too. You can download them over a Scribd.