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December 18, 2013


Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas

I have always loved shopping for the holidays. I usually start in the summer and take my time finding things that perfectly fit each recipient. I am ashamed to say that I never spent much time wrapping. It’s a shame really, almost like spending hours working on the perfect print only to put it in a damaged frame. Gaaaa…

This year, I decided to use inspiration from Pinterest and motivation for My Crafting Attic to get my gifts wrapped early and with style. I have to say I am so excited to put the gifts under the tree this year!

Before I get into the how-to of each one I just have to show off the gift wrapping cart I threw together. Earlier this year I shared my gift wrapping closet which has worked out great. I love having everything organized in one place. However, during gift wrapping time I wanted something that was a little more portable and could hold everything for wrapping presents in the dinning room.

I found this RASKOG Kitchen Cart in IKEA and didn’t have a purpose at the time but just knew I would come up with something sooner or later. I know Christmas colors are traditionally red and green but I love adding hints of turquoise. Three tiers helped organize all of the ribbon, tags, boxes and other accents I have collected.  I repurposed some of Parker’s Gerber lil’ Crunchies containers to keep things separate and just added a little contact paper to make them pop.

I tried to be as eco friendly as possible and used gifts as wrapping material. I realized a scarf is a great replacement for tissue paper. 
Iv’e never used wooden accents for wrapping but this will be a staple of mine moving forward. They are cheaper than a card or even gift tag, easy to paint and makes a gift look pretty classy.  
Snowflake (Michaels) $.29  |  Letter (Michaels) $.99/Set of 2
Stamps (Jo-Ann Fabrics) $1.00/each
When using stamps I always recommend testing them out first. Each stamp seems to have a personality of their own and require a different amount of ink and pressure to look right. I wanted them to look faint and a little messy. 
Letter Tags (Michaels) $2.99
Overall I love how the brown paper looks. The packages have a fresh clean look and it’s easy to add a variety of embellishments. I found them in the holiday aisle at Target for $5.98 a roll but you find it year round on Amazon for about $10 (15ft). 
I had to pull out my handy Cricut for a few things. I love using the Cricut Craft Room to design embellishments. I can play around with size and placement to maximize each piece of scrapbook paper. I also love that I can move letters around so that one embellishment prints saving a lot of time. 

These next few ideas came from Pinterest and just make me giddy with excitement. They were really easy to do and just look fantastic under the tree. I ended up finding the red and white wrapping paper at Target in the normal wrapping section. They were pretty expensive so I recommend getting them off of Amazon here and here. I was in a time crunch so I couldn’t be very picky. 
The santa belt just needed some yellow and black scrap paper. The string of lights was an after season purchase that was just waiting to be used. 
I am sure that the recipient of this gift knows who they are. 😉 I am very proud of this one. Finding boxes was the hardest part, believe it or not. I ended up going into a UPS store which was perfect. They have tons of different size box options and I was in and out in a short time. I ended up using a 8x8x8 ($2.18), 6x6x6 ($1.81) and a 8x6x4 ($1.76) which fit all of the gifts, there are really gifts in there, perfectly!
I had some left over wooden buttons from a previous project that I painted black and secured with some hot glue. A few cuts of scrap book paper and some left over fabric and vuala, instant snowman! 
Frame (Michaels) $2.00

I am loving the way the pink pop against the silver, which is a repurposed box btw. The best part is this gift tag can be reused! I just dabbed a little hot glue on the back to secure it.

Green Chevron Ribbon (Two Berry Creative) $6.99 | Frame (Michaels) $1.99/Set of 5
Two Berry Creative was gracious enough to send a role of their chevron ribbon for me to try out. I have to say that this ribbon is fantastic. Strong and durable in vibrant colors. Chevron is totally the new black, in the craft world that is. They have tons of bold colors to choose from and are available on their website for $8.99.

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