Wrap It Up!

Let’s start out this week with a giant CONGRATULATIONS to my best friend Lizzie on her engagement last week to Michael! It seems like love is most definitely in the air. All of the best wishes to them for a future of happiness!

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is gifts. No, not really receiving them, I actually love to give them. I also love to package them beautifully. There are so many great and inexpensive ways to dress up your gifts this season. Here are a few of my favorites.

Decorative tape is such an easy and painless way to add pizazz and style to gift wrap. Both TapeSwell and Happy Tape offer an array of patterns and solids in masking and packing tapes. They’re wonderful for taping up a white or kraft cardboard box (hello UPS!) or even just a gift wrapped in a solid color.

If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly way to wrap gifts, opt for fabric gift wrap. Chewing the Cud offers multiple prints of cotton fabric and will show you how to wrap it up to resemble paper. Or wrap your gift in a beautiful scarf or fabric swatch. Reduce, reuse & recycle.
You all know my slight obsession with kraft & paper bags, so check out this idea via Martha. She says to sew the buttons on but I think hot glue would work just as well.
I always like to add some extra “umph” to my gifts by finishing them with a mini gift on the outside. Last year I found these awesome butterfly “ornaments” at Pottery Barn, and used them to embellish each and every gift. These feather butterflies can be found at most craft stores. I wound them around the outside of the wrapped gift and often intertwined them with the ribbon.

This year I am planning to use cookie cutters in a creative shapes (like this adorable dog bone) or this awesome peace sign & cupcake!
Happy wrapping!

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