3 Creative Ways To Wrap Your Gifts

Thursday 14 December 2017

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There are 4 kinds of people in this world when it comes to wrapping.

Number 1 - the ones who hate wrapping and will hopefully get someone else to do it, otherwise your presents aren't getting wrapped.

Number 2 - the ones who don't reallly like wrapping but will attempt to wrap as best they can, and may even put on just one decorative bow.

Number 3 - the ones who like wrapping, and may even say they enjoy wrapping. They’ll put a lot more effort into it with ribbons, bows and tags.

And then we have the number 4's - the ones who love wrapping so much, they make it a full day event. They usually stick to a theme throughout the wrapping, and will use everything possible to decorate.

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In case you haven’t realised, I am a number 4. A very proud number 4. Wrapping presents for me is so much more than just wrapping presents, it's more of a challenge. I always end up with a proud and slightly smug look on my face when my decorated presents are being handed round. I'm also the person who is collecting anything that can be reused the next year. I know a lot of people say there is no point in spending a lot of time and effort wrapping up your presents because they're just going to get torn apart, but I want my presents to sit under the tree and just look beautiful.

Maybe it's the creative part of me which can't stick to simplicity.

To be honest, these ideas are quite simple and are very easy to do. They might look like I've spent a lot of time and money on them, but I haven't. I can always find a way of tricking people into thinking I have. Even if you don't want to do the exact same style, hopefully, it will inspire you to experiment a little with your wrapping.

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Can we just talk about how perfect this wrapping paper set is? At first, I didn't realise it was for Christmas, my initial idea was for a birthday, but taking a closer look, I noticed the Christmas hats on the unicorns. That was all I needed, I was sold. As well as the purple unicorn paper, you get a mint lace wrap and holographic wrap. Not a usual set for Christmas, but I'm sure you can tell, it fits in very well with my blogmas. The wrapping paper is available from Typo, which is slowly becoming one of my favourite shops.

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For each idea, I have shown an example of both a small and large version, which are only slightly different because you don't want to go over the top with small gifts. Yes, I said no to o.t.t! For the first idea, I used the holographic paper, and stuck on different sized pastel pom poms using double-sided tape. To attach a gift tag, I used bakers twine, which I wrapped around a few times. If you don't have pom poms, you can cut out festive shapes (trees, stars, candy cane), and apply them on with foam tape, to give it a 3D effect. I will definitely be using this technique for birthday presents too. It's an idea for all types of gifts. For the smaller version, I used just a single large pom pom and attached a gift tag with some tinsel.

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The next idea is more of a traditional design. I have used elf twine (yes, this is a thing), which I wrapped around a few times, and tied in a couple of small baubles. To finish off, I have knotted around tinsel, and added a candy cane... well because it's Christmas. As for the gift tag, I reused one I had made in a previous diy, because they're too nice to waste. They're simply a felt letter with a holly sewn into the corner. You can print your letters and back it onto festive paper if felt is not your thing. I removed the paper tag, and just attached it on to the remaining elf twine. For the smaller version, I used a single bauble and kept everything else the same.

I was struggling a little with the last idea and thought I would play with the design of the paper rather than adding more to it. I used transparent plastic and attached that using double-sided tape, but before I closed the last edge, I put in sequins. This turns your gift into a little festive shaker. You can fill this with glitter, sequins, festive shapes, or even add letters to spell out the recipients' name. You can even change the shape of the plastic, again to a festive shape, or initials of the recipient. If you don't have any transparent plastic, you can use tracing paper or any sort of paper with a slight transparency. This is a nice idea if you don't want to go over the top with the design, but want to show you have made an effort.

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These presents fit so well in my aesthetics, I may have to wrap some empty boxes and put them around my room. Let me know in the comments below what number you are from my wrapping paper scale. High five to all the number 4's. Check out my advent calendar to see what's coming up next.