Top 5 Wrapping Ideas!



  1. Jessie says:

    Awesome! I didn’t think I could make a bow out of a pine cone. and oh, i so love the idea of the black ribbon. Thank you for these gift wrapping ideas! Just the perfect style for wrapping my gifts for my husband :)

  2. judy says:

    I’m so glad to read that some posts do not contain witty entertaining repartee- I thought you had given up on the writing and were switching to presenting crafts and helpful info.I was going to say that I shed a small tear for that fact until I read all of the comments. You definitely can take a well deserved break on the weekends Karen..your commenters are equally entertaining and just as naughty. Happy Holidays to all..

  3. Mindy says:

    I can’t get past the Poontang at The Angry Beaver. Laughing out loud.

  4. Rachel says:

    Aside from reading down a very funny episode of How I Met Your Mother ( quite legendary I might add ), I love the idea if the lights on the black present since they must stand out beautifully. They’re lights right? You’ve inspired me to do a tropical Christmas diorama Corona style, maybe using crayola air dry clay since its light or maybe foam clay, and my son’s Stewie killer cars left all over house for my demise. Sounds like an assembly line thing I could do in bulk yet each with its own charm. Thanks again Karen, you helped me filter down the 1001 Pinterest ideas to something real and doable. Happy Holidays to you!

  5. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    How did a post about wrapping gifts turn into a post about Angry Beavers with missing testicles and Poontang???….Karen…I think you’ve lost control again…lol

  6. Dagmar says:

    Oh good, just in time to pretend to know more about Canadian history than I actually do. Having carefully watched a documentary about various forms of birth control, it seems that there is a very good reason for women being so clearly entrenched with beavers; at least our women parts. In the 16th century, Canadians used beaver testicles to grind them up and mix them with grain alcohol, then drinking this concoction to prevent a woman from getting pregnant. There was also some mention that beaver testicles were worn around the neck of the man during copulation, and around the thigh of the woman, also during the act…hoping too that these would prevent pregnancy. I guess I would be an angry beaver, is someone took my testicles off too !

  7. Ben says:

    Bacon ribbons and Brussel sprout jingle-bobs…

  8. Laura Bee says:

    I made a diorama last year – my brother-in-law loved it. Drew his name again, how am I going to top it?! I think there will be pine cones involved somehow. Still have not decided what to make him.

    • Karen says:

      Laura. Just you hold on there missy! Last week I had an epiphany about my wrapping for this year. If you saw my Instagram photo last week of me crafting in “the great hall, lol”, then you saw me at the very moment I had my epiphany! Unveiling and DIY tutorial in a week! ~ karen

  9. Alana says:

    I’m reading on my iPad, and all I see of text is “”sample text here” maybe a mobile issue, Karen? Oh, I almost had my husband choke on his Mike and Ike’s with “Poontang” at The Angry Beaver. Yeah, I can see the comments fine… :-D

    • Karen says:

      Oh, no, lol! This post actually doesn’t have any writing Alana. :) Every so often I’ll be putting out a post that highlights a certain thing. Like wrapping! Or organizing or my top 5 soup recipes etc. Just a little collaboration of things you may have missed in the past or favourites of mine I want to remind people about. I publish them on the weekends and I think they’ll kind of fly under the radar and no one will notice there’s no writing but … well, I should know better than that. ~ karen!

  10. Monique says: uncanny..I just posted about using your truck/tree idea:)Thanks for all the nice tips..

  11. Ardith says:

    I can’t believe your timing with the link to the woodland tag printable! I’ve been looking for something exactly like these for my French Industrial Lodge Christmas theme, for banners. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I also thank you for the adorable chicken tags I’ll be using next year…or sooner, just for fun. Happy Holidays, Ardith

    • Karen says:

      Excellent! Happy to help out. ~ karen!

    • nancy says:

      French Industrial Lodge Christmas Theme??? gosh all the pledges in the world aren’t going to help me come up with that sort of thing. Ardith, please tell me you own a pub … or something … anything …

      Oh BTW, we got a Canadian themed pub in our hood. The Angry Beaver. We’re fixing to go see if they have Poontang. I’ll let you know how it rates.

      • Wendy says:

        Are you sure you mean Poontang? You’re not thinking of poutine are you? However, given the name of the pub poontang might be exactly what you meant.

      • Ardith says:

        LOL. I’m apparently trying to start a new interior design craze. Now you are making me want to open a pub. But how can I top The Angry Beaver? Yes, let me know if they have Pointing, please. In the meantime, I’ll be trying to come up with a clever pub name. Cheers, Ardith

        • Jan in Waterdown says:

          ok Ardith . . . it’s POUTINE . . . LOL
          and for y’all, pronounced “pooteen” or “poutin” depending on one’s cultural heritage.
          That said, I’m a lousy Canuck since I’ve never had it! But I sure do remember having lovely gravy on my chips at Eaton’s basement cafeteria . . . mmmmmm.

        • Ardith says:

          And my thanks to Apple’s so-called spellcheck, which is forever making unasked for “corrections.”

        • Jan in Waterdown says:

          Ya, I kinda guessed that but I couldn’t resist the urge to say it just for fun on a Sunday morn still in my pj’s but heading out soon to a Santa Claus parade with my little great nephew and nieces to watch their mum play and march with her band. Cheers!

  12. I love black wrapping paper; it’s so elegant. Then you went an added some lights. oh my! next. level. gift-giving!

    • Karen says:

      Me too! I’m also into black flatware (which I don’t own but love) and black dinner plates, bowls, etc. I have a set of black matte dishes that I bought for $9 from a thrift store that I absolutely LOVE. ~ karen!

      • I feel ya. I’ve got one black plate and one black place mat and I love them, but I only use them for work (food styling). If you go to my site, you can see both on my most recent post. fancy.

      • Sheryl Powell says:

        The Colorado Springs library has laser engravers that you can sign up and they will do stuff for you. I made a set of black dinner plates with an etched heraldry lion and our last name. THEN I took the black salad plates and had a running fancy script with all our ancestors last names put on them as just an overall pattern. Absolutely fabulous. Everyone should see if their local libraries has such a thing. They also had 3d printers (primitive still) and a cnc cutter which looked neat too.

  13. Marti says:

    Uhhhh where was that amazing garden gadget Brexo-do-hickey bob thing that you wrote about before? I am ready to pick up a few for Christmas and if you point me to your blog on it, I’d be much obliged.

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