It’s that time of the year, everyone! Well, if you are anything like me, this time of year started in October… What can I say, I like keeping things organized. But it is likely that not everyone is as crazy as I am – and at least some of you are still preparing to start your Christmas gift wrapping.
The most wonderful thing in the world, no?
If your answer is: no, this post may still interest you. You see, I am lazy, while still liking it to be neat – which means I always look for the best time-saving yet somehow still pretty wrapping hacks. If you’re in for minimizing frustration, I have your back.
And if you’re in for gorgeous wraps – you will not be disappointed.
Woven paper gift topper by Kate (Minieco)
Are you tired of fiddly bows but still would like to stick something on top of your brown paper? Your local shop run out of all penguin Washi tape? Don’t fret. This woven topper comes to the rescue.
The idea is very simple – all you need is some paper, any paper, long enough to wrap around your present. And some scissors + tape / glue depending on what you fancy. Easy, right? And cheap too, can you really get much better?
But the truth is – you can weave anything, as long as it is long and straight, at least more or less. Personally I chose to go for some super sparkly holographic gift tapes… Which was not the best idea in practice, as these things are used to make wiggly bows and are a pain to try to keep straight. BUT. Who wouldn’t want to have some holo on top of their gift? Exactly.
If you do decide to go my route (I cannot blame you, saying no to anything holographic is really hard), just arrange your woven band on top of your wrapped item and then put a heavy book on top of it to make turning the item upside down significantly easier.
And voila! Christmas gift wrapping becomes fabulous in around 30 seconds.
DIY gift wrap by Jen (Mum in the Madhouse)
By now you should all be aware of the fact that my DIY skills oscillate somewhere around the level of a five year old. And that would be, of course, a very clumsy five year old, not a future YouTube DIY star. That’s why when I saw Jen’s homemade wrapping paper idea, I thought – hmm, that looks just like something even I could make.
Oh boy, was I wrong.
I mean… It turned out really well. But giving me a knife and expecting me to carve shapes out of a potato was not the best call. Knives and me are not a good idea. I am the International Queen of Clumsiness.
Nonetheless, making my own paper was very fun. I decided to go a bit more sophisticated and un-childy… by making my own bunny paper in gold and black. I count a lack of googly eyes as sophisticated. Just let me, please.
I actually enjoyed it so much I have considered including creating my own paper as a part of my future Christmas gift wrapping rituals. This year, of course, I am way past that stage, but maybe next? Why not? It even looked half decent.
Pro tip – if you decide to do it on the floor, please do not mix your paint on a sheet of aluminium foil. Don’t be a blonde like me. Your floor will thank not thank you.
Learn how to tie the perfect bow with Lia (Lia Griffith)
Something I particularly love about Christmas gift wrapping is slapping bows on pretty much anything that falls into my hands. I still remember the year I decided to learn how to make nice bows – hence I thought it would be nice to share with you this easy trick from Lia.
Throughout my years of bow making I have learnt that some of the best bows around require careful cutting of the ribbon once already wrapped, hot glue or even sewing. So picking up a nice entry level bow idea seemed very appropriate.
This tutorial does come with a little warning though – once you learn how to bow, especially at the beginning, you will want to put a bow on everything. Gifts – check. Mugs? Why not. WINDOWS? Yes, please! All of the little plushy animals around my house wear bows. Draws wear bows. Only my boyfriend doesn’t, because, alas, he does run a bit too fast to catch.
Easy DIY gift wrapping by Claire (The Kitchy Kitchen)
As you’ve probably noticed, I have an unhealthy sparkle addiction. I like to call it a Magpie Stage of my life – and I hope one day I shall rid myself of it, as to an unsuspecting passer by I must look mad sometimes. I won’t give it up today though! Because once I saw Claire’s starry tape idea, I couldn’t say no to it.
I had a few practical issues with it. Well, one, actually. In the entire city of Barcelona I did not manage to find any confetti… I mean, none. I am hoping soon I will find a source of DIY madness here, but this day is also not today.
And since I am too lazy to cut out my own stars, I came up with a proper avant garde attempt at DIY washi tape.
Who knew that Christmas gift wrapping can become even better once you throw some glitter at it?
The only true downside to this method seems to be the durability of such tape. Maybe one needs to get a really high quality scotch tape? If there is such a thing, even. Mine started slowly shedding the next day, when I started taking photos and I am not sure it would actually survive the October to December wait all my wrapped gifts have to go through each year, let alone a plane journey to Poland.
Thank you, Claire, for your idea! Claire’s blog talks about everything, from cooking through travel to babies, so if anything sounds like your kind of content, check out The Kitchy Kitchen… or my previous Let’s try entry featuring Claire’s panna cotta recipe (spoiler: it is delicious!).
And that will be it for today! Many thanks to my boyfriend who is an absolute master of wrapping paper – trust me, you wouldn’t want to see a book wrapped by me…
Do you have any great ideas for your Christmas gift wrapping this year? Let me know! And please remember: gift bags are evil. Save yourself some money, your friends some cupboard space and the environment some unnecessary rubbish, and go full on wrapping mode!