It's my favorite time of the month, time for another edition of International Bloggers Club. We are a group of friends from all over the world who get together every month to share our projects, compare notes and see how we do things in our corner of the world. Last month we shared wood projects, and the month before flatlay photos of our favorite things.
This month, with the holidays right at our doorsteps I am going to share 3 simple gift wrapping ideas of the holidays.
Last year I had shared with all of you how Iwrapped my gifts with vintage fabric and I was so proud of myself for not using paper and being so environmentally friendly.
Well I am here now to tell you, while hanging my head in shame, that I am going to show you how to gift wrap with paper... gasp!!!
Yes, you see last year's method works great if you already have fabric scraps to spare, but as many of you may know I have recently moved and so I have not managed to hoard much in the way of fabric.
So paper it must be. But in my defense, I have a few clever ideas up my sleeve.
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#1 the musical wrap
The first wrapped gift uses wrapping paper that has musical notes on it. A simple cream/white background with the black notes. Very neutral and depending on the embellishments it can be dressed up or down.
I wrapped it with twine and added a piece of cardboard that has been painted with chalkboard paint. The chalkboard tag has been clasped on with mini clothespins.
My look is very casual country but you can also dress it up with shiny ribbons to make it more glam. Below are links to the products I've used.
#2 the brown paper wrap
This one has a brown paper or stock paper as the wrapping paper. Again another very neutral paper that can be changed depending on the type of embellishments we add.
For the embellishment I used a wooden star I just cut out a hole on the top and painted it white using chalky type paint. You can also see how I turned them into rustic ornaments here.
And as a bit of a contrast I tied the gift with red and white bakers string. Now all you need is a sharpie to write the name of the gift receiver.
Here you can also add fancy ribbons and bows to give it a more high end look. I am all about simple this year.
#3 the white paper wrap (or reverse of whatever you have)
And this final one is the same musical note paper I used in the first idea, but I used the reverse side. Just soft creamy white. I wrapped it using a jute which is a darker color than the twine above.
And those stockings? Well if you have a piece of cardboard paper from a box and you pull one side of it back this is what you end up with. This wavy look that is on the inside of the cardboard sandwich so to speak.
All I did was cut them out into these stocking shapes. I really love all that texture on the brown stocking. I haven't tried writing on them but you could always add the name onto the white wrapping paper. Or you can add a simple tag.
Again with this one, you are saving money because you don't have to buy any more paper and because it's white, the sky's the limit! Pick a color, any color and add bows, ribbons, embellishments, anything that makes your little heart happy!
Three different looks and all very neutral. I think that you can even use them all year long as long if you change out the add-ons!
While I was photographing these, my daughter caught a glimpse and asked if there was anything in the boxes. I replied yes, but there are also no names on the tags so she has been thwarted for now! Ha!
I may have hung my head in shame but I think I came up with a pretty good solution. No running around to get different paper for every type of occasion when you can use these three and call it a day - for the whole year! Three simple gift wrapping ideas for the holidays that will actually get you through the whole year! You can't ask for much more than that! Can I un-hang my head now?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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