I started gift wrapping super early this year... I believe it was some time early in October. I don't know why I felt so inspired to start Christmas so early but I had a blast building up the anticipation for the holidays! I shared some of my Christmas wrapping on my personal Instagram page which lead to several people messaging me to ask questions about it. I figured I would just write a post on a few rules of thumb to wrapping decorative presents and share it with all of you! None of this is brain surgery - just a few little tips that will help keep your look cohesive and stylish!
1. Choose only 3-4 different wrapping paper patterns: to me this is most important. You don't want to have several different patterns that don't work well together. While I don't think you have to keep it QUITE as simple as I did this year, you want to select a couple of designs that work well together.
I chose 4 different wrapping paper styles: red & black buffalo plaid, white & black buffalo plaid, white solid, and red solid. The craft paper I only used for embellishments - not to fully wrap any packages. They matched my Christmas tree gift tags.
2. You need a mixture of solids and prints: as you can see, I selected 2 similar buffalo plaid prints and 2 solids (a white and a red). The solids will give your look a little break so there isn't too much going on under your tree.
3. Use the same embellishments, but make each gift unique. See images above. Some of my packages just have twine and a name tag while others have a belly band (the torn kraft paper across the middle) and some greenery. Try to make several of your gifts unique so you aren't doing the same thing to every box.
4. Keep it simple: none of this is extravagant. I am honestly the WORST at tying bows. I've never been able to do it, so a simple style is what works best for me. I replace bows with greenery and it is so easy to incorporate effortlessly.
5. On the solids, add some "umph." As you can see below, when using the white solid, I took some craft paper and tore is on the edges to give it a worn look and help it mesh well with the other wrapped packages.
6. You need a 3D object: whether this is a bow, greenery, an ornament, a picture frame, etc., you need something to help your boxes not look so flat. I've seen so many different things you can do here so have fun with it!
Also - your 3D piece doesn't need to be on every single package so don't go too crazy!
As you can see, the ONLY materials I used for all of my packages include the wrapping paper, crafts paper, greenery, twine, and a name tag. The greenery I had left over from an event I helped throw in the summer and the rest of the items were so inexpensive that I have saved so much on wrapping this year while having a better overall look.
Below is my shopping list so you can get a similar look if you are interested!
* black & white buffalo plaid - $2.99 at TJ Maxx
* red & white buffalo plaid - this is currently out of stock on Amazon but will hopefully be back soon. Click here to check!
* red wrapping paper - $11.99 on Amazon. This is the most expensive wrapping paper I used, but it a good thick quality and comes on a large roll. Click here to purchase.
* Christmas tree gift tags - $5.99 for 100 of these on Amazon!! I have not even used half so far. The image is a little misleading - it only comes with one color not a mixture, but 100 is a lot for a great price!! Click here to purchase.
* twine - $6.99 for 500 feet. I have purchased this same roll several times. It lasts forever. I just use twine for so much. It is really just handy to have around anyways. Click here for purchase.
* greenery - I purchased it all from Michael's back in the summer. I don't remember the exact pricing on these pieces, but I know you can steal some off your Christmas tree if you have a real one ;).
I hope that this was helpful! I tried to answer all of the questions that I have received so far in this post. However, if you have any more, please feel free to reach out.
Like I said, this is super easy - I basically just took ideas from several things I have pinned on my Pinterest boards (that are WAY, WAY better than mine) and made it my own. Here is a like to my Pinterest Christmas board if you want to see some more great gift wrapping ideas! I have pinned my own as well so make sure to share those!
What are some of your tips on Christmas wrapping? Have you done anything fun or unique? I would love to see it!!
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