Wrapped: Simple Embellishments for Christmas Gifts

• 12 December 2011

This past week I spent a few hours wrapping Christmas presents and getting them ready to hit the post office.  Along the way, I snapped a few pictures for the purpose of sharing them with you...I hope something you see here sparks an idea or two on your end.  Since the goal was to keep things simple, I only used what I had on hand.  It was a lot of fun to rediscover a few craft supplies I'd completely forgotten about.  Love it when that happens!

Let's start off with some non-traditional Christmas colors: 


1. Yuzen Cherry Blossom paper from Paper Source - it's on the pricey end of wrapping paper so using it on tiny jewelry boxes and the like will give you the most bang for your buck. 

2.  Vintage coasters turned gift toppers - adds vibrant color, texture and is perfect on a gift that needs to slip into the mail easily.

3.  Lace Tape - this was such a fun supply to work with.  It's so unexpected and makes quite the statement. 


4.  Mittens - Using a punch I've had for years, I created a few sets of mittens to string along the top of my sister's gift.


6.  Tiny angel cut-outs - add a little twine, some paper to serve as a backdrop and that little angel will be fit to be tied.


7.  Jingle Bell Jewelry Boxes - these are undoubtedly my favorite holiday craft supply.  You can do so many creative things with these tiny bells!  I love the way they look across a simple label.

8.  Felt Mistletoe - or at least my attempt at making it somewhat resemble mistletoe!  Inspired by this tutorial, this has fast become my favorite gift topper.  Added bonus: they are reusable.


9.  Polkadots - a fun way to use all those leftover pieces of paper.  Again, it slides into a padded mailer quite nicely.

10.  Pom pom garlands - always festive, always cheerful, and particularly fun during the holidays.  You can find them online here or at your local fabric store. 

11.  Woven ribbon - particularly fun with a nice grosgrain or satin trim.

Enjoy and happy gift-giving! 

images by Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo


Mills M. (héron + hibou) said...

Those mittens are adorable, definitely my favorite.

Petra said...

Oh, the lucky, lucky recipients : )

Anabel said...

Beautiful! Where did you get the red and white string?

Lisette said...

What cute and thoughtful wrapping jobs.

The Wight Family said...

LOVE the mittens. Where's the best place to get kraft paper?

The Wight Family said...

LOVE the mittens. Where's the best place to get kraft paper?

Emily said...

These are all so pretty, can't wait to try some of the ideas! I LOVE the mittens! :)

Shannon said...

So inspiring!!! I'm a sucker for cute wrapping.


Stephanie said...

Anabel, I picked up the string in Europe and actually used to sell it in my etsy shop; but alas it's sold out at the moment. Trying to get more for Valentine's Day! Will post an update on my blog if I'm able to procure more.

Thanks for all the feedback girls!

Anonymous said...

This wrapping is so inspiring. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. Do you recommend a kraft paper source?
Many thanks,

April G said...

I love the pom-pom garland idea!

Stephanie said...

Hi Shannon + Bette!

In the past I've purchased kraft paper at the post office, the dollar store, big lots and Xpedx. Here in Seattle the Xpedx is closing so they may not be the best source but Packaging Specialties in Georgetown would probably carry it. I'd give 'em a call first.

Good luck!

MCC said...

LOVE all of your wrapping!

kalanicut said...

Okay now I wish I was on your Christmas list too. ;)

mijbil said...

Just shared your beautiful gift ideas on my blog! : )


sweet and lovely crafts said...

I love the mittens & the bells. Ideas for next year I guess!

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