No Christmas scene would be complete without cheerfully wrapped packages nestled beneath the tree, and putting the same care and thought into the wrapping that you put into the contents can be just the touch needed to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you.
Show Your Stripes
If you have a paintbrush, elegant style with a touch of homey charm is just a few strokes away. Paper painted with wide stripes pairs beautifully with ribbon in any color, but
here, Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Oxford Navy is perfectly elevated with red silk tied in a bow.
Stamp of Approval
Prefer your paper with a little more pattern? A purchased or hand-carved stamp is a simple solution. From whimsical, geometric shapes to sunburst-inspired spots, any personal style can be translated onto the paper. To create this rustic woodland design, apply Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Athenian Black to a carved potato stamp with a small roller to ensure an even layer.
Once your paper has dried, it’s ready for everything from packages to holiday poppers. And accented with your favorite accessories—whether that’s an elegant ribbon or fresh sprigs of greenery—it’s sure to delight anyone who receives it.
The classic choice for homemade valentines, doilies are the darling of the creative crowd since they now come in lots of colors and sizes. Layer these lacy circles,
applying dabs of glue to hold them together, and place atop packages. Wrap with ribbon, yarn, or twine to hold in place.
All Tied Up
Think of trims and tags as accessories for gift wrap, and let them make a statement. In lieu of the usual curling ribbon, try using twine, yarn, or ribbon—or a coordinated combo of several. Add personal touches, such as evergreen sprigs for the green-thumb gal or a mini garland message for your beau.
Here’s a great idea for repurposing old Christmas cards. Trim a card to the preferred size and punch a hole in each end. Thread ribbon or twine through the holes, and—voilà—instant eco-charm.