November 17, 2010

wednesday: wrap it up

wrap it up
We have about six weeks until Christmas, can you believe it?!! I have mentioned that I am pretty much done with shopping (just a few more things to get), so I figured I would start wrapping things up. Yes, I am starting to wrap presents. So as I start wrapping, I am going to share various ways to wrap up your presents using things you probably already have lying around your house. I refuse to buy anything to aid in Christmas gift wrapping as I could probably open up a little craft store with all the crafting junk I have in my house!

I hope you like this little bit as the next 6 wednesdays will be all about wrapping and every week I will utilize one specific element in the wrapping. This week's special element is... YARN!

As I was writing the above line, I felt a bit Iron Chef-ish and can hear all their sound effects and music as they reveal what the key ingredient for the recipes will be. Anyone know what I am talking about?!!

For the first gift, I crocheted a mini scarf and attached some buttons and wrapped it around the present. I think the present scarf is so cute and simple. After, I guess the recipient could use it as a cowl of sorts.
wrapped with yarn


Yarn is so easy to use that for this one, I just tied a knot at the back and then wrapped the yarn around and around vertically, then horizontally and "voila!" You can even mix other colors, keep the lines straight or go crazy with it.
wrapped with yarn


For this last gift, I wrapped yarn around again, but this time I added a bit of a yarn ornament along with it.
wrapped with yarn
Now, you might be thinking how do I make a yarn ornament? Well, I will have the DIY for you tomorrow. It is really easy and you are all such geniuses that I am sure you could make do without my step-by-step, and once you see how I do it, you will say, "Ruby, I could have done that with my eyes closed!" Then, next thing you know you will already have made 10!

I love wrapping gifts. Presents are always nice, but presents with pretty wrapping is just a tad bit nicer, don't you think? It makes opening a gift fun! Scratch that. Opening gifts is just plain fun no matter how it comes, but a little extra oomph never hurts!

Be back tomorrow with a little DIY...

I know some of you have already shared your favorite ways to wrap presents on this post, but if you have any other ideas, do share, and maybe I will use one of your ideas for one of the weeks!

24 comments:

  1. They look amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love wrapping gifts more then I enjoy buying them so i can't wait to see all your fun wrapping ideas. i have plenty of buttons this year so it would be great to see some ideas with the buttons used too.

    www.crazylifeofus.blogspot.com

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  3. so lovely, thank you! I'm going to wrap a few fake gifts to decorate my table at an upcoming craft show, I think I may just use this idea for a box or two!

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  4. so, so pretty. (i even love the picture in the header! (smile))

    last year i wrapped a lot of presents in scrap fabric. (and orange crates and whatever else i could get my hands on.) but i'm pretty sure i never used wrapping paper.

    can't wait to see the rest!

    ~Michele
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/chelebert12

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  5. love these!! so inspiring. :)

    i'm impressed that you are already done with your christmas shopping!!

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  6. I love using yarn to wrap presents!! can't wait for the DIY! Happy Holidays:)

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  7. This is such a great feature. :) I am more excited now to wrap everything as I was dreading it before. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. This is so cute!

    I have a question though (might be kinda silly)-where do you find boxes to put the presents in?

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  9. that first crocheted one is so cool. i'm suer it could be used as a super cute headband!!

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  10. great ideas! i love the yarn ornaments.

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  11. oh i love this new feature! i just picked up some gold paper doilies at the 99¢ store! and spools of vintage velvet ribbon and crochet lace trim that i am going to be using for the holidays! i have some plans to make paper flowers out of gold cupcake liners!!! and maybe some mini cats eyes out of toothpicks and yarn!!! maybe i will have to share on my blog and link up to your post!!!

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  12. LOVE the ideas. I have a serious yarn addiction and just can't pass it up at estate sales and thrift stores, so I was actually planning on using it for wrapping gifts this year so this is perfect. Very cute ideas!!

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  13. these are some really adorable ideas! thanks for sharing!!

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  14. I have a big box of this & that so I'm really looking forward to your posts!

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  15. i love pretty wrapping, too.
    sorry your gifts today had NO wrapping... NO originality, NO fun! :(
    but i hope you liked what was inside the boring, plain, store-given boxes! :)

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  16. This is right up my alley! Love your aesthetic and playful approach to wrapping gifts. My favorite is the first one - definitely bookmarking for future reference!

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  17. This is great! This is my first year of creative gift giving and this type of thig is exactly what I need! Tnaks!

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  18. cute ideas! i'm getting excited for wrapping Christmas presents now!!!

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  19. thanks for these simply cute ideas to wrap with. I love to wrap presents beautifully without generic wrapping paper.

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  20. what cute little wraps!!! hey i ate at a oceanaire in seattle. it was ubber nice!!! kiss kiss!

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  21. What a darling idea! I could see this at Anthropologie.

    xoox
    http://nickienoel.com

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  22. wow--your ideas are amazing--I've been clicking through all of them. Found you through Made. I love the one with the pom pom trim and the map--so beautiful. Thanks for sharing all your creativity with us.

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