The Boy and I are doing Christmas at his place, so for the first time in a little while I’ve been able to let the holiday creative juices flow. I found a little Pinsperation for Christmas a little while back and I’ve been working it into my holiday plan for this year. So far I have gift wrap and the Christmas tree down pat.
I’ve been wanting to do brown paper packaging for Christmas wrapping for a few months now. For a simple paper, there’s so much you can do with it!
Write on it with silver markers:
Tie it with twine and evergreens:
Use multi-coloured twine and fake stamps:
Use old school red and white ribbon:
Tie something to read around it:
Originally I had planned on buying a couple colours of ribbon and wrapping them around the plain brown packaging. Then a few weeks back I was looking through a magazine and saw a spread of kimono wrapped presents. They were gorgeous! I wish I could find the picture on line to show you.
I ended up combining the two ideas into one:
I found some wood grain wrapping paper to do the guy’s presents in (doesn’t it look manly?), and some more kimono like paper to wrap the women’s gifts in. My niece’s gifts received the multi-coloured ribbon treatment.
As for the tree, I’m a sucker for a Scandinavian style Christmas tree (Danish specifically). I doubt I’ll ever find Canadian Flag garland to hang, and I don’t think The Boy would want me putting real candles on the tree with his dog around (or in general), but I can keep with some of the other style themes.
Red and White:
More sparsely decorated:
Natural and colour coordinated:
We ended up borrowing a pre-lit artificial tree from his dad, and grabbing a small assortment of red and white decorations on Canadian Tire (marked down to half price), and adding some silver balls and garland that he already had at home. It didn’t take us too long to get it set up, and we were both pleased with the way it turned out.
The pictures really don’t do it justice.
If you’re partaking, how are you decorating your gifts and tree this year?
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