Hello friends! Merry Christmas Eve! If you're still preparing for Christmas or any other gift-giving holiday/occasion, you've come to the right place!
This year, since I finally have a couple jobs and actual money, I decided to buy my own gift wrap and to have fun customizing the packages. I decided to go simple with brown paper, but to spice it up with some twine and customizable tags.
So if you're looking for some inspiration on how to spice up your wrapping for this year, keep on reading!
What I used: - White box (Walmart/Hobby Lobby) - Brown wrapping paper (Hobby Lobby) - Twine (Target) - Scotch tape (Anywhere) - Tacky glue (Hobby Lobby) - Blank gift tags (Target) - Fine-point Sharpies (Meijer)
To prep, I wrapped my boxed gift with the brown wrapping paper. Because it's actual paper and not just shiny wrapping paper, it tore a couple of times with some of my packages when I folded it on the corner of the box. So if you tear things easily, make sure you have extra paper handy. I also always make sure that any taping that's done on the gift is done on the bottom side of the box, where the gift-reciever doesn't really look at.
I then placed the present top-down on the drawn-out string of twine. Cutting the twine just past where it would reach its other end, I taped the two ends to the bottom of the box.
Next, I flipped the present top-up, leaving all of the taped sections at the bottom. I then stuck twine underneath it, strung out the opposite direction that the previous string had hugged the gift. When cutting it, you want to keep in mind that you'll need enough excess twine to tie a bow.
I then stuck the two ends of the twine under the other secured string and decided where I wanted my bow. I like having the bow and tag off center, so I made sure that I criss-crossed the ends on the side where I wanted my tag and bow to rest. I criss-crossed this temporarily to secure it in place while I design my tag, but if you want you can also just go ahead and tie these ends tightly around the secured string. How you want to secure it is up to you, but make sure you don't tie it in a bow yet!
For the tag, I used festive, standard Christmas-colored Sharpies. You can design it in any way you want with whatever colors you want. Maybe you're not celebrating Christmas and you're just giving someone a present. You can choose whatever design and colors you want! That's the beauty of doodling and designing.
I love having pops of green (biophilia effect!), so I made a little frame for my to/from section to go. At the bottom, I messily scribbled a candy cane border to make it more festive.
Finally, I looped one end of the insecured twine through the hole on the tag and then made a knot, attaching the tag to both strings of twine, basically making everything intersect at a single point.
After I tied it in the bow, I squeezed a bit of tacky glue on the bow's knot to ensure it would stay tied through any transportation. After that, it's all done!
It's been a long time since I've done a DIY or crafty post on this blog, so I hoped you folks enjoyed this mix-up! Stay safe out there, and have a happy holidays!