Homemade for the Holiday: Day 11 {Gift Wrapping}

We’re back! Nat and I got to spend two days together this weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth :) We both traveled home yesterday and now it’s back to the real world. It was so amazingly wonderful to see her and spend time together in one of our favorite places. I’d never been to Disneyland when all the Christmas decorations are up… it is beautiful and so cozy :) I am in a festive mood now, and I’m excited to share some ideas with you on one of my favorite holiday topics…. gift wrapping!

There are so many ways you can put a special handmade touch to your gifts, without spending a lot of money. Here are some of my favorite ideas, gathered up from various sources and some great blogs :) One of my best finds was a gift wrapping series from Sarah at For The Love.

She is a professed obsessive-compulsive gift wrapper {a kindred spirit}…. here are some of her packages from last year. I love how she used lace, ribbon, ric rac, paper doilies and other misc. trimmings to plain brown kraft paper to dress it up! Also the scrabble tiles are too cute :)

One of my favorite posts in her series comes from Carrie at the Roudy Stroudy’s. She created these handmade gift bows from burlap, canvas, and a sheer cotton fabric:
One of the trends I’ve noticed is using plain paper (white or brown), and adding pops of color with ribbon, fabric or my FAVORITE…. tape! There are about a million ways people are using tape now… with the simplicity and elegance of a decorative tape, you don’t even need anything else:
With all the washi tapes, and other colored tape available, you can do some pretty cute stuff:
How about using a lace patterend tape, or making your own? {I might try this with some lace and clear packing tape…}
Here’s a fun DIY “tape” you could make with the kids… construction paper + hole punch = cool looking present :)
Here are a few other ideas I’m going to try this year….
*Adding a fresh flower(s) to the top of a gift
Wouldn’t a few poinsettia blooms be beautiful? What a unique hostess gift topper for Christmas Dinner at your in-laws :)
*Using a map of someone’s favorite place to customize their gift

{or} make a custom bow with a street map of their hometown, or dream destination? Here is a bow made from a Chicago city map :)

And finally, to “wrap” things up, I am taking a vow NOT to wait until the last minute and buy those store-bought sticky gift tags that are $1.99 for a sheet of 500 tags :) Homemade tags are so easy to make, I really have no excuse! You can print out a set of cute free tags like these lovelies from Eat Drink Chic:
Or use those stamps you have sitting in your craft closet collecting dust:

Sometimes the most cherished part of a gift is a simple, handwritten tag…

I hope this has given you a few new ideas for your gifts this year…. Please leave a comment with your favorite gift wrapping idea for a chance to win today’s giveaway: A set of 25 handmade gift tags!

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  1. says

    I love all the texture on the left-hand gift in the first image! Something about the different kinds of scraps together is just right. Thanks for sharing!

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