How are your Christmas preparations coming? Finished shopping and ready to wrap some gifts?! I love wrapping Christmas gifts, and I love using unexpected elements to glam them up a bit.
Today my Junk Visionary friends and I are bringing you our posts about how we used vintage or unexpected elements to wrap Christmas gifts. I love this kind of challenge because I love wrapping gifts. Sometimes it doesn’t really LOOK like I love to wrap gifts because I get so busy I don’t have time to wrap till last minute but I love detailing gifts and making them look fun.
I used the heavy cardstock-ish paper that was used on the inside of a roll of wrapping paper to keep it stiff AS my wrapping paper! I’d kept the heavy paper because it just seemed like something that needed to be on hand for a craft idea instead of just tossed in the trash.
You can get the same look with a roll of craft paper you can buy at a craft store.
After I wrapped the gift I gathered up a few items I had around. I have this tub I stash stuff in all year long that I think would be fun to use for gift wrap.
I knew I wanted to use the birchbark ribbon I’ve had for a couple years. I hoarded it for awhile, not sure what I wanted to use it for, but decided it was high time I used it. While I was digging for it I found this vintage, oval-shaped embroidery hoop and a pack of vintage bottle brush trees I bought right after Christmas last year.
The black and red check ribbon I bought at Hobby Lobby this year.
I cut a length of the birchbark ribbon and wrapped it around the gift, securing it with tape on the bottom side.
Then I took the embroidery hoop apart and just used one half of it. I decided to secure it to the gift using the checked ribbon. I wrapped it around the gift twice, the first time it went under one edge and over the other of the embroidery hoop, and the second time it went under the edge that I’d gone over the first time and vice versa. Make sense? The photo shows what I mean!
After the embroidery hoop was secured I added a bottle brush tree. I tied it to the checked ribbon using baker’s twine and then covered the spot where it was tied with a piece of checked ribbon tied loosely around the tree. Voila. Done. Unique and unexpected elements used to wrap a Christmas gift!
I have a few other gifts wrapped and tucked beneath the tree with this gift. I didn’t want it to feel lonely! And you get a peek at my tree this year! I have a bit of a home tour coming up for you very soon so come back and check it out!
Don’t forget to visit my friends and see what they used to wrap their gifts!
Here is another post from another Christmas when I used some unusual and unexpected elements to wrap a gift!