Maybe one day I’ll have a creative space to call my own. Hey, some girls grow up dreaming of their wedding day. Me? As a child, I fantasized about a craft room, complete with rolls of wrapping paper bolted to the walls. Sadly, I’m not making this up.
But for now, I’ll work with what I have, which is admittedly more than most in the world.
At the risk of sounding redundant, I need stress again here, less is more. When choosing papers, think of simple, but elegant patterns.
And here’s a little secret worth sharing: if you have a solid box, don’t even bother with paper.
Tie a bow on it, affix a trinket and a gift tag…considered it wrapped.
You would be surprised at the things in your house/yard that can serve this purpose. No need to actually pay for anything. Cinnamon sticks, pine cones, leaves, berries, twigs…they’ll all do the trick.
Last Christmas, my mother-in-law gave me a magnolia branch from her garden club and I wasted no time systematically pulling off the deeply colored green, waxy leaves. I hole punched them and wrote on them with a gold pen. Voila- instant gift tags, no additional charge or waste.
Now let’s talk about brown construction paper.
I’m sorry, but it doesn’t get much better than that. Target and Michael’s both have this in large rolls, at minimal cost.
And don’t think for a second you need fancy ribbons. This twine, bought at Home Depot for $3.99, makes an equally strong statement.
Au naturale just isn’t your thing? Too boring? I get it. I don’t love vanilla ice cream either. In that case, choose a fun paper, but keep the rest simple.
Now what about gifts that don’t necessarily fit into a box? No worries, use a cellophane bag (sold at Michael’s, Target, & Paper Source in various sizes) and place in a tin pail.
Still tempted to use a cheesy gift bag and tissue???? FINE. I give up. But wouldn’t you want to open one of these? After all, presentation is everything.
It doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. Choose your wrapping materials wisely and don’t become overwhelmed by choices. It’s not a big deal unless you make it one.
Merry Christmas & Happy Wrapping!
Stay tuned for holiday tablescapes.