Did you use this past weekend with all the amazing sales to get started on your Christmas shopping? I wish I could say that I had but, honestly, I haven’t even thought about it yet. I’ve been focusing on getting the house decorated before I start really thinking about gifts, though I know I am probably in the minority.
Do you like to wrap your gifts way ahead of time? Or leave it until a few days before the big day? I would love to have all my shopping done and gifts wrapped within the next week or so, but then there is reality. Which means that even though I love ‘pretty’ gift wrapping, it needs to be quick as well.
So today I am sharing some fast and fab last minute gift wrap ideas for you to use this holiday season! If you are anything like me you have a mountain of gift wrapping to do in the few days ahead before Christmas…. and a few special gifts that deserve a little extra attention and creativity in their wrapping.
1) Layer types of gift wrap and add twine
This is quick and easy. I bought some different types of twine at the dollar store. I started with a basic paper, then layered some brown craft paper over top. You may notice that I left the edges a bit rough looking. Then I just wrapped twine around and around and cinched it together in the middle with a few additional pieces of twine tied together in a knot. I let the ends flay out the sides.
2) Use Yarn and Pom Poms to embellish plain gift wrap
For this gift I just wrapped it in solid red paper, and then wrapped it around with several wraps of yarn. In cinched the yarn together by tying with a smaller piece of yarn in the center, and then tied a large pom pom flanked by two smaller pom poms on each side. Pom poms are easy to make, but if you aren’t sure how then I recommend this tutorial for how to make a finger wrapped pom pom.
3) Layer gift wrap and add a giant felt flower as a ‘bow’
I started by wrapping the gift in plain white paper and then layering the strips of blue wrapping paper in the same way that you might layer ribbon. I added a felt flower (instructions below) right in the center of the layered paper.
I made the felt flower like this:
4) Layer gift wrap, feathers, and baker’s twine
This one might be my favourite. The feathers and bakers twine are so pretty against the rustic brown paper.
5) Use lots of twine and add a cute embellishment
And a quick and easy alternative to the traditional plastic ribbons bows that you can buy in 5lb bags at your local big box store is just to use some beautiful twine, wrap it around several times, and then tying them off in a big knot, lettings the ends fly free. I got the little wooden house at the dollar store and they make the perfect embellishment for a child’s gift – they can take them off, paint them, and use them as ornaments on their Christmas tree.
I wrapped these last year and shared them a few days before Christmas over on Uncommon Designs, but I never had the chance to share them with my own readers before. They worked really well with our turquoise and red scheme last Christmas.
This year`s scheme is completely different. I can`t wait to share it with you during our upcoming house tour next Monday, December 8th.
Faux Chalkboard Gift Tags:
Because I added a lot of detail to the paper wrapping I created super simple faux chalkboard tags using black cardstock, round and square punches, and a white paint pen.
Looking for a little more inspiration?
These amazing ladies are sharing their own fabulous Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas today…
From left to right, they are:
Personalized Santa Sacks by Fynes Designs
Vintage Christmas Gift Tags by Satori Design for Living
5 Fabulous & Fast Gift Wrap Ideas from The Happy Housie
Craft Paper & Boxwood Wreath Gift Wrap by Craftberry Bush
Copper & Green Gift Wrapping Inspiration from Echoes of Laughter
Burlap Wrapped Gifts by So Much Better With Age
Black & Red Gift Wrap Plus Bow Tutorial by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Wine Bottle Wrap- Christmas Edition by Northstory
DIY Christmas Bag Tutorial by Suburble
Vintage Map Christmas Gift Wrap & Gift Tags by The DIY Mommy
I can`t wait to visit these to find my own inspiration for this year`s gifts!!
Something new to suit the new Christmas scheme:)