Friday, 23 November 2012

diy christmas wrapping ideas

wrapping presents has always been part of the fun for me (i know a lot of people hate it!) and i love coming up with new ideas each year. last year i found some old traditional wrapping paper, the year before that i hand stamped tons of tissue paper, and the year before that everyone had their own coloured ribbon to identify their presents. 

this year i decided to go back to (reclaimed) brown paper which i have always loved, though i don't think everyone appreciates it; a few years ago i used brown paper and string which led to one family member rudely asking if i was broke!

anyway, i decided to try and work a few ideas together- the first being using old books to create name labels (i'm sure you've seen this kind of thing all over pinterest!). a charity shop round the corner from me currently has an offer for 5 books for £1, so i picked up some of my favourite classics to use. i have to admit it was quite horrifying cutting into books, but i made sure i picked up particularly battered ones so i didn't feel too bad! i then printed out some letter templates, traced around them and cut them out- easy! 

i bought the red and green butchers twine after sophie did a blog post about it and i really love it. i bought it here, and i think it adds so much to the feel of the presents. i also bought some gold ribbon from tiger (my new favourite shop) which was 250 metres for £1, total bargain!



the brown luggage tags can be found here, and the merry christmas stamp and ink pads are from paperchase. the stamp fits perfectly onto the tags, and i then used my typewriter to write little messages to people on the back. 

so there we have it, this years festive wrapping! all of these ideas have also been pretty thrifty, coming in at a grand total of £9.79. it's not until i see wrapping paper etc. on the high street that i realise how much money you can spend on it all, so these ideas are perfect if you have a strict budget.

i hope it's inspired you or at least made you a little more excited to get wrapping this year- let me know if you try any of these ideas out!

27 comments:

  1. This is a super cute and creative idea! Love it. Now I feel like I want to do something extra creative with my christmas wrapping this year.
    xo Natasha
    http://thenightiswild.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. ah thank you!! it was so simple but hopefully they'll stand out under the tree :) x

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  2. HAHHA I too had the same "joke" about brown paper!!I much prefer it to all the spangly stuff though! Last year I put people's initial on their presents, I can't decide whether to do it again this year, depends on time I guess! I love that you've typewritered/typewritten the messages too! This would solve my issue of hating the look of my writing on labels! xxx

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    1. haha glad i'm not the only one!! me too though, i love it. the typewriter was a good plan, but if you do it don't write too much coz it takes ages haha! x

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  3. I love this idea sooooooooooooooooo much! I might give away all my wrapping paper so I can do this :] xx

    brutalfashionandbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. ah thank you!! i hope you try it, it was fun! x

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  4. how rude of them to ask if you were broke! I think it's so cute :)

    burgundybeauty.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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    1. haha i know!! so cheeky! thank you :) x

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  5. Great Wrapping ideas but I don't think I could be strong enough to cut a book....book worm here
    J
    http://lifelovesand.blogspot.ie/

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    1. thank you! i know, i did find it very hard! i only did it coz i knew i'd make the most of every single page :) x

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  6. Lovely idea. I'm all for these handmade touches, they really make the presents more special. (Problem is by the time I think to do it I've run out of time!!) Glad to have stumbled across your blog!

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    1. thank you :) i know exactly what you mean though, but i have managed to prepare quite well this year- phewf! x

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  7. I would be so happy if I received a present wrapped as beautifully and thoughtfully as that, in fact it is so unusual and pretty it would be a shame to spoil it by unwrapping it!

    blushingpeonies.blogspot.com

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    1. awh thank you so much that's really sweet of you to say! i'm glad you like them! x

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  8. Jé to je dobrý nápad s těma písmenkama na dárcích:)!!

    www.andreykab.blogpsot.cz

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  9. Wow, this is so effective! I wish I had the patience :(

    Lea x

    It's Such A Wonderful Life -
    http://shebeginstosee.blogspot.com

    Why not check out my Christmas Yankee Candle giveaway?

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  10. This is such a cute idea! They look super personal. I always think gifts seem better if they're wrapped lovingly. Definitely going to give this a go :D x

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    1. ah thank you so much :) me too, i always notice the different ways people wrap! x

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  11. Great ideas! I especially like the cut-out letters, so pretty! It's extra fun to give presents that look pretty! :)

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    1. thank you :) i totally agree! x

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  12. We're obsessed with these and even want to feature them on our blog with a link to your page! Thanks for the great inspiration!!
    Warmest, Liz and Lo {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}

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    1. awh thank you!! i'd love that, i'll definitely have a look x

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  13. That's such an awesome idea! Last year I used pages from surfing magazines taped together since they're so colorful. I'm definitely going to have to try this out.

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  14. Love and enjoyed all your great wrapping ideas. They look very personal, nice you took time to do something special for everybody. Love the initials from the books with a bit of illustration almost on each one. Lucky how the stamp just fit on your tags. Sometimes people just don't understand creativity. I'm the only one of family and friends that crafts so they never know what to expect from me.
    One year we were quite broke so I got some bigger pine cones from trees by lake. I spray painted them and put a Christmas pick on them with some ribbon to decorate their doors. A few of recievers asked what they were supposed to do with it. Ah well. We wanted to send something so did what we could with what we had.

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