DIY | Christmas Wrapping

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One of my favourite things on the Christmas to-do-list is to decide on my wrapping theme. Before decking the halls or even buying presents, I will dream up a theme that’ll usually require a trip to a stationary/art store to get supplies.

This year is all about white, sparkles, stags and brown craft paper. I opted for gift bags over paper roll/sheets because I’ve got some seriously odd shaped presents and the perfectionist in me likes to have crisp corners. With odd shaped stuff, tissue paper and gift bags are your friend; there’s nothing some tissue paper can’t make look special!

There’s loads of ways you can personalize this (embarrassingly) simple DIY. I wanted something fresh and modern so went with a monochromatic look using white and silver.

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What you’ll need:

  • Craft paper bags
  • Ink pad (I chose moonlight white)
  • A festive rubber stamp (I’m loving stag heads at the moment. Etsy has loads of great stamps)
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon
  • Sharpie
  • A hole punch (I accidentally bought one in a heart shape, but a simple round one will be perfect!)
  • Scissors

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What you’ll need to do:

Step 1: Layout all of your tools and bits’n’bobs so you have everything handy

Step 2: Pour yourself a glass of wine and put on a jolly good playlist

Step 3: Press the rubber stamp on to the ink pad. Ensure you haven’t got too much or too little ink.

Step 4: Press the inked-up rubber stamp on to the area of the bag you’d like to print on (duh!). Make sure you do it in one easy movement to avoid smudging. Press down firmly with even weight {it’s worth doing a few trial stamps on a bit of scrap paper to get used to how much ink you need and the right amount of pressure}. Lift the stamp off with the same easy movement. This really isn’t rocket science, is it?!

Step 5: Take another sip of wine

Step 6: Using a Sharpie and in your most fancy writing; scribe the recipient’s name or message under your stamp.

Step 7: At the top of the bag, between the handles, punch a hole. Don’t do it too far near the top as you might rip the bag when you tie the ribbon.

Step 8: Wrap the present using tissue paper and put in your nifty looking gift bag. In addition to tipping all the staff in our building, we wanted to give them something personal so I homemade these Brookies over the weekend. I popped some Brookies into a party bag and wrote their name and message on a card and then popped all of the party bags in the gift bag.

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Step 9: Feed the ribbon through the two holes and make a bow

Step 10: Voila. Enjoy your very easy work! Wash, rinse, repeat!

You could mix up the stamps and colours you use to suit the receiver, but I like to keep things the same mainly so when I put them all under the tree they look cute!

We’re never meant to judge a book by it’s cover but what’s the rule with judging a present by the wrapping? (guilty… I can’t help it!)

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