A pretty wrap makes even the tiniest gift seem bigger and better. And sometimes the wrap is better than the gift itself. Which is why gift wrapping is so much fun!
I used to get my gifts professionally wrapped but then several years ago I fell in love with Martha’s brilliant gift wrapping idea: take a plain brown paper and have fun with it! Write on it, put stickers on it, cut it with decorative scissors for fancy edge. So I bought a gigantic roll of brown packing paper (and I mean gigantic – it came with its own commercial grade dispenser) and for years I had fun decorating my gifts with huge bows, simple but colorful raffia ties, etc.
Now I am all about funky papers and keeping it simple. And since my bow-making capabilities seem to diminish with age, funky paper and super-duper scotch tape is enough these days.
Other un-orthodox ideas for gift wrapping?
– Use a calendar page with ribbon bow
– Use a magazine page with thread bow
– Phone book page with rubber-band bow
And my new favorite:
– White craft paper with hand-drawn bow
Not into making your own wrapping?
Take a look at some really cool papers I found for you from Anthropologie, Erin Condren and Things Geek.
Happy gift wrapping. And stay tipsy!
Olga Adler is an interior designer based in Delray Beach, Florida providing design and decorating services to some of the finest homes in Palm Beach County.