,One of my favorite parts of Christmas is picking out wrapping paper at the beginning of the season. I love to walk to aisles of my favorite store (hello, Target!) during the first few days that they put it all out for display so I get to choose from all the options and not just the picked over stuff. Between the paper, bags, tissue, and all the beautiful tags I am filled with inspiration for how to dress my packages under the tree.
I know not every cares as much as me about how their packages look but I wanted to just take a minute to show you how simple it is to have nice packages with little to no effort at all.
I usually start by picking a color scheme. When I was younger I was drawn to the lime greens, hot pinks, white and sparkles, but as I have gotten older I‘m drawn to the more traditional Christmas red mixed with Kraft paper accents and all the metallic and glitter I can find!
So to help you as you are picking out your packaging, here’s what I find makes the best (and prettiest) packages under the tree, no matter what color scheme you choose.
First you want to pick 2-3 different patterns of wrapping paper. As you see from my pictures, I picked one plaid, one polka dot, and one solid. The polka dots on the kraft paper are metallic which added another texture to the final product. I also like to pick out a few coordinating bags just in case you don’t have the right size box or for a last minute gift you forgot to wrap. It’s just nice to have them on hand and it’s even better when they match everything else under the tree.
After the paper is picked, you’ll want to choose coordinating ribbons to go with all of it. I chose about 5 different styles of ribbon this year but you really don’t have to. I would even say you could make it look just as beautiful with 2-3 different ribbons. I am in love with Christmas plaid but I had to be a little careful but my wrapping this year because plaids can really clash sometimes. So when you are choosing your patterned paper, make sure you go with a solid ribbon to avoid the clash!
While we are on the topic of ribbon, here is a money saving tip for you. Often times, fabric is way cheaper than ribbon. So this year I bought a yard of solid red fabric for less than $5 and just tore strips the width I wanted and tied them around the package. I am in love with how it turned out and will probably do this again next year because it was so inexpensive!
So once you have your gifts wrapped and the ribbon is tied, you can add the tags. I prefer the tags that tie on rather than the stickers, but I have totally used the stickers in the past and they really are just as cute! Earlier this year I bought a Cricut machine so I made my tags this time around. I have a slight obsession with the ever so popular red trucks with the tree hanging out so I went on Etsy and purchased an SVG file to use with my machine. These were insanely time consuming but totally worth it, right? I love how the colors of the tags tie in all the colors of the wrapping paper and make it all come together.
So that’s it! Hopefully you found some inspiration from this post and can feel confident about wrapping your presents this year. I truly believe that even the person who thinks they don’t have a creative bone in their body can still have pretty packages with these simple tips.
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