Last week I mentioned that Friday was my hubby’s birthday. The cool thing about that is that it was also my father-in-law’s birthday! Yes, they were born on the same day — how cool is that? Now, I am usually more of a gift bag kind of girl, but this season I am making an effort to change that. Not that there’s anything wrong with a gift bag — because, let’s face it, there are so many pretty ones to choose from these days. But I’m trying my hand at this whole creative wrapping thing, and I gotta say… I’m loving it!
I went to Hobby Lobby for my wrapping paper and ribbon, and I will tell you right now that I don’t think I will ever get my wrapping paper anywhere else. The quality is completely amazing — strong, crisp paper, yet easy to fold and crease. It was an absolute dream to work with — nothing like some of those paper thin wrapping papers that make you crazy when you’re trying to wrap something and a corner rips. Nuh-uh. This paper is perfection.
I decided on the green polka dot wrapping paper and the black ribbon because I really like the way green and black look together… it was that simple! The polka dots in the green shade looked a little less girlified to me, too, so I thought paired with the black ribbon it would tone it down even more.
I learned to wrap gifts pretty well during my days working at Hallmark, when we would have busy wrapping seasons. I loved it. It was a moment where I could be really creative, and I loved mixing and matching colors of papers and bows to make it extra special.
The tag was incredibly simple to make (it took minutes) and I was able to swing it with things that I have in my craft stash. The tags themselves are from Hobby Lobby, as is the stamp, which is still there — I checked! I simply used Rub ‘n Buff on the outer edges of the tag to glam it up a little bit, and then I tied the twine between the final knot in the ribbon. Can you tell I am loving Rub ‘n Buff now? After yesterday’s vase project and this tag decorating technique, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to put the stuff down! #somebodyhelpme
So tell me — are you a gift bag person, too, or do you love zhushing your gifts so that they’re extra special? What are your favorite color/pattern combinations to use when you gift wrap?
- SMP at Home: Holiday Gift Wrap Essentials + A Gift Tag Download (stylemepretty.com)