Want to hear something wicked gross?
I already started my holiday wrapping.
I'm going to share my wrapping design with you anyways, just in case there are other loonies out there who want to get a head start on their wrapping!
I decided I had to top last year's wrapping job (inspired by Summer Watkins' famous wrapping,) so, with the help of my thinking cap and a couple sleepless minutes one night, I came up with a Scandinavian theme, like something you may see on a cozy sweater or a winter hat complete with a big pom pom on top.
Oh, and I totally understand this is a time intensive project and not everyone has hours to sit down and hand stamp all the wrapping paper they'll be using for the holidays. Who does (besides us loonies)? This wrapping idea is solely meant for those presents you feel like making a little extra pretty if you have the time and patience.
You loonies will need:
Pretty Trim or Ribbon
(all of these items were purchased at Michaels. Thanks to my bestie, Martha, I was able to find the perfect stamp collection for this project!)
Start by cutting your wrapping paper to size (I only stamped the amount of paper I'll be needing/present to save on materials) and taping it down to your workspace.
Select your stamps.
You know me, I don't like to be too perfect with my crafts. You can see some of my snowflake lines are a bit silly looking. No one will notice your mistakes when the presents are sitting under the tree with the glow of Christmas all around them. Sigh.
Wrap your present and then measure out some lengths of the trim to wrap around your present. I only needed two pieces of trim but your present and stamping pattern may call for more or less!
Using your glue gun, glue the two ends of the trim together on the backside of your present.
Mmmm, how Nordic.
To dress up your pretty package, use this tutorial to make a couple pom poms out of yarn. Make sure to save out one little loop for tying to your trim in next step.
Dave and I have had a nightly pom pom ball fight in our apartment ever since I began wrapping this season.
Feel free to do the same.
Cut a length of trim and tie it around the top piece of trim on your present. Tie into a pretty bow. Tie the ends of the trim to the pom pom loops.
And last but not least, add a pretty letter tag using bakers twine. This present is for my brother, Aaron, hence the two "a"s. I have a sister, Amy, so I needed to differentiate the two presents' initials so there would be no confusion as to which present belonged to whom on Christmas day!
Two down...a few more to go!
Don't they look like snuggly sweaters?
Consider last year's wrapping officially topped!
What I love about this wrapping idea is there's no wrong way to do it! You can stamp as much or as little as you like and make each present's paper a little different than the last. I also bought pretty cranberry colored paper and white ink for a reverse effect.
Do any of you lovelies really get into your wrapping or is it the last thing you want to think about during this time of year?
I just can't resist an afternoon spent in my craft room with some Bailey's hot chocolate and Perry Como singing Christmas carols while I stamp away!