A few weeks ago I posted a Christmas gift wrapping idea using distressed kraft paper (linked below). Here are 4 more Christmas wrapping ideas. For each of them, I came up with a challenge of sorts then tried to meet that challenge while still being creative. (Creativity and challenges are good for our brains!)
First up is Modern Country. My challenge was to make black wrapping look Christmassy. I used black kraft paper, wood and tag board accents, black string, hemp string, and gift tags I cut from thin boxes like cereal boxes.
Next up, Olde Style. My challenge was to use materials that gave nod to times past. I found the most beautiful paper on Etsy that was printed on an antique letterpress. It had a lux hand and was a joy to work with. The ribbon was leftover supply from a defunct 1950s millinery. I added a twig wreath to make it feel more like Christmas, and I tucked in a peacock feather to bring out the pattern in the paper. A gold tag finished it off. (The light isn’t quite at the right angle to tell, but there are gold swirls in the paper, and I used the gold tag to play off the swirls.)
We used this third gift wrapping idea when we were going through a lay-off. The challenge, obviously, was to keep costs low! A local business was happy to give me their old newspaper. A fat, red, velvet ribbon dressed up the newspaper and gave the gifts a wintry, Christmas look. Instead of tying a bow which would use up a lot more ribbon, I kept the ribbon flat. My mother had a good tip: go to the mom-n-pop florist and buy a big roll of velvet ribbon for much less compared to craft store prices. I cut the gift tags from junk mail (or I just wrote on the bottom of the gift).
And finally, for this year’s gift wrapping, I challenged myself to go greener. No boxes (to save on waste), no foil or plastic coated wrapping (because they are difficult to recycle), and no plastic-based tape. I settled on:
- White tissue paper
- Non-waxed cotton string (it’s compostable)
- Green, crinkled paper accents
- And vintage, 1960s paillette sequins.
Instead of taping the gift wrap in place, I used dots of non-toxic glue.
I strung the sequins on the string here and there. The sequins can easily be removed and reused for another project after Christmas. I braided the string in places and tied knots in other places to add texture. Instead of a separate tag, I simply wrote the recipient’s name on the bottom with a marker. The finished wrap:
Distressed kraft paper gift wrapping: https://minimalistgranny.com/diy-distressed-kraft-wrapping-paper/
Challenges and creativity: https://minimalistgranny.com/challenges-creativity-and-our-brains/
Make this day even better. Consider:
- I went to a craft fair today. One of the sellers had an intriguing display of Christmas ornaments made from found and repurposed items like old beads and shells. I feel another challenge coming on . . . what can I do with these lonely objects?!