Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Gift Wrapped Ideas

In the mood to have some fun with your gift wrapping this Christmas? It's one way to stay creative. Here are my current favourite gift wrap ideas, that you could make VERY Christmassy!


1. Personalise - Minted is a printing company in the US, which has wrapping designs, where you can personalise the print!!! Isn't that wonderful! In the example here, you'd make the recipe your own! Just think what lovely wrapping that would be for  a blank recipe book, or a box of homemade biscuits! Have a look at their site and see the Christmas gift wrap personalised with family photos or just family names. Lovely designs! 

Photo by Lisa Brings

2. Go traditional - wherever you are! This photo was sent to me by Lisa Brings. 

Living in South Africa, with hot summery Christmas's and without fir trees or snow, it makes sense to reinvent what traditional actually means to you. These African themed gifts, are wrapped in paper based on a type of African fabric called Schweschwe. For Christmas or not, I love the layers of decoration, with the beads and the quills! So pretty!

Photo by Karené

3. Brown Paper Transformed - I also love the trends of brown paper with monochrome stamps and simple bright ribbons or string! The brown paper makes a simple homey backdrop for all kinds of shiny pretty things that can be attached with bakers twine, string or ribbon, to decorate the gifts. No fancy bows - just wind it round and round and knot! Maybe I just love these because the connotations of old packages tied up with string bring back many exciting memories!

You know those pre-Christmas days when your kids don't know what to do,  I might just get mine to do potato prints or doodle  their own designs for gift wrap on brown paper.

(little empty room)

If you have some time and wanted to take it even a step  further, have a look at what this blogger, from little empty room, did with her brown paper. She stitched it! I asked Agnes from little empty room whether I could use one of her images to show you and she kindly agreed. Her blog is in German, but on the right side is a button which does a rough google translate for you. The images are worth paging through even if you didn't understand the text! She also has a post on potato printing on brown paper.

(Nashville Wraps)

4. Doodle - I love blackboards - now you can doodle on gift wrap! 

Striking and fun - add some stars and you're on your way. They explain it all here 

Photo by Lisa Brings
5. The Classic Gift Wrap and Ribbon - Lisa also sent me this photo. Isn't it just so Christmassy? I love the shiny red bows  and the shiny paper - they make a gift so much more festive! It really gets you into that spirit of giving.

Well, there you have plenty of ideas to keep you busy - To transform even your simplest little gifts into something special. You could adapt these ideas and make them your own. I can't decide what I want to do. I guess I'll just experiment, get the kids involved, have some fun and Keep Creating!

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