I racked my brain on this one and really wanted to come up with something truly unusual. The only problem was that the more I thought about it, the harder it got. Then I realized that as a DIY-er and thrifter I probably had some things already in my stash that could fit the bill. And I was right.
This is just a sampling of some of the things I used to wrap my "gifts". Do you have any of these things in your stash? 1. Small Christmas tchotchkes (for cloches and/or snowglobe gift toppers) and lace doilies. 2. Wood slice tags from Target dollar bin. 3. Thrift store sweater. 4. Dollar Store kraft paper. 5. Mini-ornaments. 6. Chalkboard tags. 7. Not pictured: plaid scarves and mini-cloches.
First off I have to admit that I did use brown dollar store kraft paper on some of the boxes as a base wrap. However, for my first package I took a big red box and wrapped it up in a festive, cozy, red plaid scarf. Since the box was already a pretty red color I didn't feel the need to cover the sides with anything. Then I added a wood slice tag from Target's dollar bin. The wood pieces came with jute to hang as a customized banner of sorts. I liked the banner idea, but I liked the Christmas gift tag idea better! I thought it went well with the scarf, adding just the right rustic touch.
I also used a chalkboard arrow tag from Target's dollar bin as an embellishment on a plain brown package. I thought using the words "North Pole" was a cute way of dressing up an otherwise unadorned box.
I think my favorite unusual wrapping idea has to be the thrift store sweater sleeve. We see so many wine bottle bags around Christmas time. Wine is quite the hostess gift! So, you need a nice way to wrap and present it to your hostess!
If you happen to be a seamstress (which I am not!) or someone who loves vintage (which I am!) then you probably already have some lace doilies sitting around just waiting for you to use as gift wrapping embellishment! I sprayed this lace heart-shaped doily with adhesive spray and attached it to the box. Then I tied another one of my mini-ornaments onto the doily itself as additional colorful embellishment. Once the doily is removed I know the adhesive can be washed out if necessary (it's not really that sticky). So the recipient gets a bonus gift that way! As an alternative, try wrapping the entire gift in a large doily (cut-up lace tablecloths would be good for this), sans wrapping paper!
I'm a real cloche addict. So I thought to myself, "Why not add a mini-cloche as a topper to one of your Christmas gifts? How awesome would THAT be?"This is a thrifted mini-cloche I picked up at Goodwill. I placed a sparkly bottle brush tree and vintage Santa figurine inside, along with some faux snow. It can be placed atop any gift to give it that extra special touch, although it serves more of a decorative purpose when the gift is stationary. I haven't quite figured out how to "attach" it to the gift per se. Any ideas?
So let's recap: It's easy to find unusual gift wrapping materials and embellishments if you'll only take the time to look around and really open your eyes to what you already have. I have to say that this project opened my eyes, and I think I'll be looking at all my Christmas wrapping just a little bit differently this year!
Do you have a favorite go-to wrapping style? If so, what is it? Or have you come up with something totally new and different this year? I'd love to hear in the comments! And make sure to check out the links of my blog friends below who also have some cool and unusual gift wrapping ideas for you this Christmas season!
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