For the last few years, I have had brown and gold as my Christmas theme. This year, I decided to add white into the mix, as my gift wrapping has basically been the same for the past few years, and I wanted a change!
I found this lovely wrapping paper - white with gold polka dots. I also bought some plain gold to compliment it. And I also already had this brown from a few years back - it is so hard to find brown wrapping paper, so I have to be creative with how I use the limited supply that I have!
First I wrapped the presents in the paper that is white with gold spots.
Then I added a brown belly band. I used my husband's square to measure the lines on the brown paper, so that every one was the same width. I contemplated doing different widths for the different sized gifts, but decided to stick with one size.
Finally, my gifts needed a tag. I had seen 'initial' gift tags when I went searching for inspiration online, and love their boldness. They are simple, yet so personal, and also make a lovely addition to the overall effect of the gift. So, I created a template, and printed off all of the initials that I needed. I then mounted them onto a coloured background, to create a layered effect.
For the larger presents, I glued a small white doily onto the gold paper and cut around the edges. Then I cut around the initial tag circle with normal scissors, keeping the lines clean.
For the rest of the gifts, I cut a gold circle using pinking shears. I traced around the base of a glass to ensure that the circles were all the same size too. And for the tags for the gold circles, I cut them using pinking shears, to keep in with the zig-zag effect.
I mounted all of the initials onto the backings using thick double sided tape, so that it added a little height and dimension to the overall look.
So, that is the story of my gift wrapping for Christmas in 2011. I found this to be an easy process, although it was a little time consuming, but I am thrilled with the overall effect of the gift wrapping! I contemplated all sorts of lovely creative paper bows and flowers for the tops, but I decided to keep it flat, so that it is easier to both stack under the tree, and also to transport when gifts are delivered.