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I spent a few weeks with my family in the States this October, and I used the opportunity to wrap my holiday gifts. Yes, in October! The holiday spirit was still a month or two away, but I didn’t want to have to ship gifts internationally. (And, if I’m being honest, I liked the chance to get some holiday cheer in early. Don’t tell my mom.)
My dear godmother Kristen, who passed away last summer, loved wrapping gifts in fun and creative ways. Perhaps a little bit in her honor, I wanted to wrap my gifts in special ways this year. I used the opportunity to dig out some of my lesser-used craft supplies and use them in new ways.
Below I’m sharing a few of the creative gift wrapping ideas that I put together. Some of the photos are taken with my camera, and some just with my phone (since I didn’t originally plan on making this a blog post!). I hope you can look past the bad photos to see the creativity and fun in the wrapping itself!
The above gift is the one I made for my friend Shannon’s wedding back in October. I looked up the map of the stars on their wedding night and drew it on the wrapping paper to give the gift a bit of a magical feeling. If you’re doing this for Christmas, you could make a star map of Christmas Eve!
Another fun way to decorate your gifts is with mini wreaths. I bought a handful of grapevine wreaths at my local craft store for less than a dollar each, and wired dried eucalyptus to them. I love how charming these little wreaths are!
When one bow just doesn’t feel like enough, you can use two different kinds of ribbon to add some extra joy to a gift. The above gift was for my dear friend Kate. I actually used up the last of my velvet burgundy ribbon on this bow.
For one of Ken’s gifts this year, I added a photo of us to the ribbon, almost like a bow. I also made some thin clay tags using air dry clay, cookie cutters, and a toothpick, and tied it to the gift with embroidery floss. You could write a name on the tag, or stamp it on.
Tassels were everywhere this year, and they’re really easy to make with embroidery thread. For this gift, I thought it would be fun to go a little nuts by making rainbow tassels and adding colorful bells, as well. To give it that “children’s birthday party” vibe that I’d accidentally created, I added some glitter washi tape stripes.
Make a Scene
This gift was my favorite to wrap this year. Inspired by some soap packaging I saw on Pinterest (yes, really), I thought I’d draw a door on the front of the gift and then make a miniature wreath (tutorial here) to add to the front of the door. I wanted the door to feel hand-drawn and imperfect, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Faux Natural Elements
This one is another favorite. I just threw together some ribbon, paper flowers, and a glittery feather I had left over from my surprise snow day for Ken (more on that coming up on the blog soon!).
I’ve really enjoyed wrapping these gifts for others this year, and I’ve already heard some really sweet feedback from friends about them! Let me know in the comments which of these is your favorite, or if you’ve got any creative wrapping ideas up yout sleeve!