These are the darkest days of the whole year (but today, we’ve had sunlight!!), and I’ve definitely noticed that when shooting. It’s been difficult to shoot before 10AM because of the light, or lack thereof. Then around 1.30 PM, the light starts to fade slowly. So the window to shoot is very short, but this Christmas I’ve managed to get so much done! I thoroughly enjoy creating these posts and as you may have noticed, I adore Christmas, especially this time before Christmas Eve.
In this post, I want to share some inspiration on how to wrap your gifts. Maybe you will get some new ideas, to make it more fun and creative!
Gift Wrapping Ideas
-I went to a shop that carries wallpaper to buy pieces of leftover wallpaper. They had lots and lots and sold them in bundles. Cheap, and perfect for wrapping gifts! I love pairing colorful and patterned paper with shiny ribbon for a more luxurious look, but there really is not right or wrong. It should be fun!
-My favorite type of ribbon to use is silk ribbons. Some are from Nåde Studio (they don’t carry them anymore, but they have other gorgeous things!), Fati Amor, and a few of them I made myself. I bought a big piece of silk fabric which I then colored naturally with the help of Maggie’s book, The natural colors cookbook. I just make a little cut in the fabric and then simply rip it to make ribbons. This also works with linen or cotton, but obviously mine don’t look as professional as the ones I bought. They still look beautiful to me though!
-Use gingerbread cookies as tags for your gifts! Make sure to only put them on gifts wrapped in waxed paper, as the cookies will leave greasy stains on regular paper. And do make sure there are no pets in the household that will eat the cookies! Simply poke a hole in the cookies (preferably right after they are baked, but after works as well if do it carefully) and then use string or twine to tie them to gifts. I got my waxed papers, both brown and black, from Granit.
-Decorate with dried orange slices. You can find my tutorial on how to make them over here!
-Decorate with dried leaves, dried flowers, cinnamon sticks, star anise or spruce for a natural look. I love using things I pick outside!
-I love buying vintage or thrifted decorations to put on my gifts, like small baubles or bells, or even old cookie cutters. They can also be repurposed with the person who receives the gift!
-If you want to be even more sustainable, why not wrap your gifts in fabric? You can use it over and over again (or, the person who receives it!)!
-Wrap your gifts in newspaper! I thrifted some vintage newspapers which is beautiful for gifts. I used washi tape for these so I can use the paper again.
-If you’re going to use ribbon on your gift I suggest using something like washi tape instead of regular tape (if you’re even going to use tape at all), that way you can use the paper several times.