I love wrapping, cards and everything to do with gift giving. It’s an art form and although I don’t have the neatest of corners, they look pretty decent don’t ya think? Last year’s theme was blush pink and copper, so I decided to go for a more traditional colour scheme this year. The gold kraft and berry print papers are from Clintons. I love that the berry print paper adds some green and pink into the mix. Everything is improved with a touch of pink. The traditional red kraft paper is from IKEA – it’s worth noting they have great gift wrap, decorative stickers and tags all year round.
When it comes to the decorative part of wrapping I like to use simple brown tags because they go with everything. You can add any decoration to them you like or just keep it simple and write a note. I picked up the string, tags and decorative berries from Tiger. The cute wooden tags and snowflakes are from Sainsbury’s. I always thread my gift tags onto the ribbon or string because it saves excess string hanging from the gift. Things like the berries I just add as I’m tying up the bow at the end.
1. Firstly, don’t be a complete perfectionist about it. The corners don’t need to be perfect and the bow will still look good if it’s a lil messy. It’s all about trial and error, just have some fun and get creative.
2. It’s always better to cut too much paper than too little. You can always trim the paper on the go but there’s nothing worse than having to cut little squares of paper to cover holes!
3. Decorative bits and bobs take gift wrapping to the next level. It could be as simple as a paper bow or tying a candy cane to the gift. I love these decorative berries and I think some foliage would look great tied up with the string.
4. Recycle, recycle, recycle! I always reuse gift bags and ribbons. The past few years I’ve kept the decorative bits off Jo Malone’s Christmas packaging to reuse the next year!
5. You can still have beautiful and creative wrapping on a budget. Brown paper and some simple string always looks great. Candy canes are cheap and cheerful to tie to the gift or even add some originality to your brown paper with stamps!
Do you have any wrapping tips and tricks?