November 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm , by cdewet
A Simple Statement
Kraft paper goes from blah to beautiful with some colorful ribbon and a few personal touches. Bonus—one roll will last you the entire season! Last year I wrapped all of my boxes in Kraft paper and used red or plaid colored ribbon from Michaels to spruce them up. Raffia and twine also work well for this simple and rustic look. Finish the package off with an adorable vintage gift tag from etsy.com. You can apply this idea to plain brown lunch bags too—just fold over the top and punch out two holes to thread the ribbon through. They are great for gifting coffee!
Express Yourself with Color
Don’t be afraid to ditch the traditional red and green and go for something bold! Purples, golds, blues, silvers, pinks—really any color—can work for the holiday. Start by choosing a color scheme that inspires you and buy a couple of different rolls of wrapping paper—one with a print and one solid to mix and match. Paper-Source and The Container Store have some great options for holiday gift wrap. Use double-stick tape to attach a cut-out strip of the patterned paper around a box wrapped in the solid paper, or vice-versa. To keep your gifts unified choose a solid colored ribbon that will work with all of the packages. If your color scheme doesn’t scream holiday, attach a jingle bell or a glass ball ornament in a complimentary color to the ribbon. Check out cb2.com for some unique colored glass ornaments.
In an effort to save money, I plan on doing some serious baking this year! The Container Store has a number of options for wrapping up your homemade goodies, but my favorites are the ones you can decorate. The plain white baker boxes or the rectangular silver tins are great if you enjoy adding a personal touch. Select a festive ribbon of your choice, and instead of tying a bow around the tin or box, just connect the two ends of the ribbon with double stick tape on the bottom. Stick a personalized label in the center of the package on top of the ribbon and you’re good to go. I designed some adorable labels last year for my gifts, and I didn’t miss tying all those bows–let me tell you! You can also scrap the bow altogether, and stamp a holiday greeting or image directly onto the package. Check out The Stationary Studio to design your own sticker or Paper-Source for this adorable pinecone rubber stamp. Happy Wrapping!
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