3 ways to gift wrap your presents this Christmas
So you've got your Christmas Tree up and already showing off like a movie star in your Living Room. You've got the flat styled, looking festive and you've also got all of your presents bought. Only one thing left to do. IT'S GIFT WRAPPING TIME!!!! Let me tell you why this is exciting for me.
I have a fond memory of my mom and I wrapping Christmas presents ever since I was a little kid. Well, by little I mean after I found out that my parents were "Santa's little helpers". This was always such a fun time for me, learning how to wrap up "surprises" for every member of my family. Of course, I was always kicked out of the room when it was time to prepare my presents. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that this is a fun thing to do on your own or with friends/kids or family members. Plus, it doesn't have to be a boring thing and do it in just one way. It can be done in a million different ways.
That's why I prepped for you 3 different ways in which you can gift wrap your presents. Of course, you can choose to have different wrapping papers and accessories. As for me, I thought I'd challenge myself this year and try to do it with only one type of paper and accessories that I already have around the flat. So more pressure on me to see if I can repurpose and do this task without paying a dime. Yea...I'm wired weird that way.
This post is picture heavy, so grab yourself some coffee, tea or hot cocoa and see what I've managed to do.
1. The Simple & Classic Look
The obvious choice, having the present wrapped with a simple and elegant ribbon. You cannot fail if you go for this option. Mind you, you can't fail at all when doing Christmas gift wrapping. Just saying, anything you do or add is just right.
So for this option, you can use a simple wrapping paper or a themed, colourful one (it's your choice) and one coloured ribbon roll. I had this green one from last year. I bought it because I really liked the contrast between the paper and the ribbon.It made the present look simple and lovely. It's a clean, casual look really. It has nothing too busy going on, from a visual point of view.
Oh, and where do you put that this ribbon colour will be trendy next year. Well almost, because it's not the exact same colour, but...it's similar to the Colour of the Year that Pantone has chosen for 2017 - the Greenery. Have a peek here if you are interested to see what I'm talking about.
An additional thing that you can do with this option is to add anything that crosses your mind, and I mean anything: from flowers to a gingerbread man to a Christmas decoration or even a Lego key chain figurine. The world is your oyster!! As for me, I had these small candles, so I went with those.
The funny thing is that this option might even be useful: get a present and a small candle to light up on Christmas Eve. This way, your guests get to feel that they are part of your Holiday atmosphere (and they are leaving with something extra, besides a fond memory). Win - win!
2. The Ribbon and the X Factor Look
Basically the same thing, but switch up the ribbons and the accessories. You can even add more than one accessory to display on your ribbon. The idea is to make the guests feel like they are important enough to get more than just a present from you. I like to give my friends and family little things that in time may become memorabilia. That way, when they see it again after months and months, they'll fondly remember our Christmas time spent together. And isn't that the whole point? Spending time with your family and have fun?
3. Old School Style
By which I mean using a piece of string, cord or even rope instead of the classic ribbon. I like this look for precisely that. It gives a feeling of handmade crafted look. So, all you need to do for this option is to cut a long piece of string so that you can wrap your presents several times (going around 2-3 times). You can go for as many loops as you want. I went for 3 & 5 visible lines because I find odd numbers much more pleasing to the eye then the even numbers.
Also, can we please take a moment and appreciate the fact that I've managed (for the first time in my life) to do a perfect bow? And from the first try too, with this look. That's why I had to take a picture of it (as proof). Of course, it never happened again. You might find this weird, but I'll take my victories where I can get them. Tiny wins and all that!
Now, for the X Factor, you can have Christmas decorations or anything that can be attached to the string. I chose to add these colourful jingle bells that I got from Tiger last year. I haven't seen them this year though, but I am sure there are other places that sell these, like Amazon (of course), if all else fails, or if that is your first go-to option.
These are super easy to attach to your string (mind you, if the string is thin enough to go through the jingle bell hole). I really like how it turned out in the end, plus it's load of fun afterwards when you move it around and you keep hearing the bells. It would have looked even better if the wrapping paper was white, or grey, or even black. Imagine that colour contrast, but alas, I challenged myself to use what I had around the house. So I had to stick with these to the end. But I am still pleased with how it turned out. It's actually my favourite look out of them all.
So there you have it detail lovers. 3 looks that you can do with just one type of gift wrapping paper and a couple of accessories or Christmas decorations. It was easy and super fun to do!
So much fun in fact that I too, challenge you to do this for this Christmas! Do you think you can do it? Wrap all your presents in different ways with things that you have around your house & not paying one extra dime for anything? Of course, if you can part with those accessories, as they will be part of the gift.
Challenged launched, you've got time until Christmas Eve! Go, go, go!!! P.S. you can bring on help and partner up with a friend or family member to do this!
All images that are credited as '©Detail Movement', are done by Raluca Vaduva for Detail Movement. All rights reserved. All pictures that are not my own, I credit them to the best of my knowledge & research, to their online sources. I do not claim ownership over them in any way.