I am so happy to have been included in the Make It Merry holiday idea series. I offered to provide ideas on gift wrapping as I am always so inspired by the lovely ideas offered in blogland. Further down I will show you how I am wrapping gifts this Christmas, but first I thought I would share some fun favorites. Funkytime has provided a free download for pretty and perfect holiday party favors.
While Country Living used paper straws to create the star decoration, I am thinking that a few kids in my family might like a similar design made from Pixy Stix candy.
I love this pretty package complete with a cupcake liner rosette from Sweet Paul. (Make sure you also check out his holiday e zine.)
Don’t be afraid to use old maps, sheet music and vintage wall paper as giftwrap.
This year I’ve tried out the Japanese tradition of furoshiki (fabric wrapping cloths) on the Fashionista~ complete with a vintage broach.
Smaller gifts such as lovely scented powder can be wrapped up in vintage handkerchiefs.
Additional directions can be found here.
Pretty poinsettia’s get fancy with a bit of old school tulle and sheer red ribbon.
You can use the inner foil covering to create a pattern. I cut the tulle a bit bigger so I could fluff and tuck the excess fabric up under the leaves.
Do you need a snazzy way to present a gift card? Remember when I made the fabric envelopes over the summer? I just updated my design in fabric selections that featured holiday colors.
When giving gifts I truly believe that the gift should first be a delight to the eyes. I mail my packages out early, so there is a good chance that the receiver might be looking at their present for a few weeks. I try to make the present pretty, as well as match their tastes. Yes, I wrap my gifts with the giver in mind. I ask myself, “What do they love? What would look lovely tucked under the tree in their home?”
For the Francophile.
A gift for the gardener who loves roses.
It’s actually really easy. Just buy wrapping paper in plain white, gold or silver. It goes with any colored ribbon. I also begin hoarding paper grocery sacks around October. It’s better for the environment and provides you with free gift wrap that you (as well as children) can adorn with stamps, buttons, stickers, ribbon, etc. to suit the recipient. Cute doesn’t have to cost a lot
Of course I always like to add a pièce de résistance. I love, love, LOVE to embellish presents. It can be as simple as collecting bits of nature’s bounty to add to a present. (Use hot glue to attach pinecones and greenery.)
Here’s a sneak peek at this years handmade ornament that is gracing the tops of several of my packages. The tutorial will be on Wednesday.
Any of my visiting neighbors will receive a bottle of sparkling wine that I nestled into a handmade Christmas stocking. You can find similar stockings in my Etsy shop. They are on sale to celebrate Make It Merry.
May your days be merry and bright,