10 years of Christmas wrapping ideas to help inspire you to create your own masterpiece gifts. Brown paper packages tied up with string? That’s so 1965. At least add a pine sprig or blast of sparkle. Or an entire snowy scene.
Yeah, I go overboard. What of it? Need I remind you that you’re here too, so chances are you’re a bit of an overboarder yourself. WE are the overboarders. The collection of makers not satisfied with mediocre. We change things, fix them, glitter them and hole punch them. We have at least 3 different types of scissors and entire drawers dedicated to our favourite glues.
That is why you and I are here. And the next time someone says to us “Gee, I wish I had that kind of spare time.” we will say to THEM, “I WISH YOU DID TOO, BECAUSE JUST REMOVING THE PRICE TAG FROM A GIFT DOESN’T CONSTITUTE WRAPPING.”
Also, let us know if you’d like one of us to bedazzle your remote to make your 8 hours of Netflix streaming every night more special.
This look at the past 10 years of my Christmas wrapping should give almost everyone some sort of inspiration whether you’re looking to go BIG or small with your craftiness.
GIFT WRAPPING TIPS
- Invest in one of these WEIGHTED tape dispensers. This one is beautiful and heavy.
- If you don’t have a weighted dispenser, pull off enough small pieces of clear tape for the entire present and just stick them to the edge of whatever surface you’re working on. That way they’re right there to grab.
- To make packages look more finished, always fold under any raw edges.
- If you’re planet conscious, choose wrapping paper that doesn’t have glitter, foil or cellophane on it. Plain papers, even coloured, can be recycled in most cases. (with bows and tape removed)
- Tape not holding your ribbon? Use a stapler.
- Save the boxes your online items are shipped in. They’re perfect (obviously) for wrapping.
- If you don’t have online shopping boxes and you need a box check your cupboards for cracker or cereal boxes. They make great wrapping boxes.
- If the gift is looking bland, go outside and start trimming. Tuck a sprig of cedar, pine, or spruce into your bow or tie it on the gift alone with ribbon or string.
FYI I still don’t know how I’m wrapping my gifts this year so hold me in your thoughts and kneel at the altar of Martha Stewart for me.
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