I love wrapping presents. Not that I’m particularly good at it, but I love it anyway. The activity involved with gift wrapping is a big part of my own Christmas joy. One tiny detraction from that joy is my difficulty with bows. I’ve never been any good at making a bow so I use curling ribbon. Every. Single. Year. mmm hmm, it’s tired.
Once in a while, I imagine that the bow fairies might have bestowed their magical abilities on me and I’ll give it another try. But no.
That’s why I was so delighted to read this post on the perennial favorite design*sponge, about gift embellishment alternatives to ribbon.
The photos below are indeed my own gifts, with ideas leveraged directly from the creative design*sponge team. With the exception of the envelope-style wrapping and the collage-ornament package enhancements–both my very own creations.
Simple and uncomplicated. The adornments are merely buttons and jingle bells.
And I tucked a little collage tree decoration into each. Just because I made dozens of them.
The package adornments on the next two are a little homage to Anthropologie. Circles of paper (or fabric) folded in half with small holes punched through both halves, then threaded randomly onto a strand of rafia (or string) and scrunched together. I read a post on Life as Pepin where she provides a helpful tutorial to more accurately achieve the Anthropologie look.
I think the tartan one is masculine enough for my brother’s taste. Also, the fabric circles scrunch together in a more pleasing way. I just used fabric scraps.
The little envelope (how-to here) is perfect for small gifts–earrings, gift card, or handmade remembrance trinkets.
Wishing you merriment as Santa visits your hearts and inspires joy through gift-giving (and gift-wrapping!!).