DIY – Simple Gift Wrap Ideas

MML DIY Simple ideas Christmas Gift Wrap

Who doesn’t want to get the Best-Looking gift under the tree? I must admit, when the kids were young, the sight of hodgepodge wrapped gifts piled under the tree did look great. Colorful and fun, like Santa had no plan, hey I’m He’s too busy for plans with young kids. Now I like my Christmas decorations to be as simple as possible. I guess too many years of scraping fake snow off the windows and the hours spent repacking all those great decorations did that to me…ahh, I kinda miss it too.

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As the kids got older…the tree got shorter. Each year, for 2 decades, the tree has lost a foot off its height. Mrs Claus-Guilt is the only reason I even bother with a tree. Did I say that out loud? A once tree that had to be trimmed off the top so the star, snowman, angel, starfish topper (guess we went through more than the usual amount of toppers!) would fit the room, is now a cute little fake tree that sits on the dining room table. BUT, with all that extra time I Have been able to focus on wrapping great looking presents. For just a little bit time & a small investment in paper, ribbon & string ALL the gifts under the tree or not under a tree will be the one everyone wants.

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5 Steps to Simple Gift Wraps:

  1. Color Scheme – Choose 2 colors you want to see when I look across the room at the wrapped gifts. I always work in a brown craft paper, black, white or gray as a solid neutral. I think the solid keeps the whole look simple and free of a lot of patterns.
  2. Buy pre-coordinated Wrapping Paper Paks to make it Simple – they come 3-5 rolls per pack; each roll using the same colors in different designs. Add a solid paper as your neutral and that is all you need. Each present will be unique when trimmings are added, yet they all will look beautifully coordinated.
  3. Gather trimmings – ribbon & twine, burlap scraps, tags, ornaments, and greenery. I accumulate anything that would add to a package from Dollar store, Craft stores, Target (dollar aisle), Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Wal-Mart. Printed paper bags and boxes that fit into your color scheme are easy to find, just add a raffia a sprig of greenery and a tag.
  4. Tools – chalk pen, colored marker pens, stamps, clear & washi tapes, glue, scissors.
  5. Try something NEW – this year I am winding the twine around the box differently. I like the design the string creates. It is simple and is all that is needed to create a special look. Also for a theme I am going Nordic. I love the whole Scandinavian bare & simple style and a white/red color scheme. I found the balsa wood with felt tags (deer, snowflake) at Target.

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Below, next year’s color scheme…lime green & black.

green and blk wrap

Gold takeout containers make a pretty tablescape…

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