Monday, March 25, 2013

Magic Gift Wrap Combo

Gift wrapping takes a role reversal...

Wrapping presents. It's an OCD nightmare.

I tend to obsess over tucking every corner and folding every edge, it's true, but choosing what materials to wrap a gift in is a sigh of relief from the logistics of actually shaping said materials around a non-cubic object.

So, when I had a couple going away gifts to make presentable, I preoccupied my brain with what wrapping paper and ribbon I should use and tried not to worry about the rest. I have to say, the end result made me very happy.

And no one noticed I completely wrecked the bottom corners. Sweet.

I've noticed that an overwhelming majority of gift wrapping (yes, I notice these things) is a solid paper with a patterned bow. I decided it was time to turn that trend upside down:

I had also noticed burlap wired ribbon popping up here and there online.
THEN I noticed burlap wired ribbon in the outdoor bins at Micheal's.
THEN I noticed the $.99 price tag on each spool.

I had learned how to make handmade bows this past Christmas by watching some youtube videos and put my new skills to work.

Youtube is, by the way, the fastest way to learn new craft skills, I find. Just search the technique you're looking for, pick a video, and start practicing.

The gingham wrapping paper was also a sale item from the bins at Marhsall's, so this operation ended up costing me next to nothing. It took me a few minutes to get the bows right, but the ribbon was perfect for what I was trying to do.

Moral to the story? I wanted to wrap something nicely and with a unique style. I took a trend I had seen and simply reversed it.

I think this could be a new creative approach to many other crafts as well, don't you think?

Happy Monday! Check my link parties page to see where I'm linking up and see some other really cool blogs...


  1. I never can imagine something like orange checked paper with rustic style red & green ribbon in my mind. But when I see it done, it looks great! How do you see a combo like that in your mind and know it's going to look good? (It SOUNDS awful.) I'm guessing it's just magic.

    1. Well, Candelmaker, I hate to bust up the magic theory, but combos like these usually just come from a constant foraging for sale items. Then when I see everything in one place (the office floor, usually) I see color and pattern pairings I wouldn't have normally. Each item on its own just set off the "oooo, pretty!" reaction in me. So I buy them, bring them home, and start mixing and matching! Glad you like it :-)

  2. It's so pretty! You did a great job with the bows! I love wrapping presents. Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me the Goods party. I can't wait to see what you link up next week.
    Jamie @

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Jamie! Looking forward to next week :-)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this great idea this week at the Pretty Things link party!!

    xo, Tanya