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Friday, December 16, 2011

DIY Wrapping Paper

This year, I wanted to put a little more effort into wrapping my gifts. I remember when I was little helping my mom wrap presents while we watched a VHS tape of recorded Christmas shows from the 80s (Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas, The Christmas Toy, Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, The Night Before Christmas). The best part was the commercials, especially the Kraft ones where they actually tell you how to make the recipe.
That VHS is sadly no more...a few years ago we had to suck it up and buy all the DVDs and watch them individually. It's not as much fun.
I do love wrapping presents though. I wanted to stray away from the bright red and green and little snowmen for Christmas this year. I was feeling a little more au natural and decided to keep my bright ornaments stashed away and only hung the silver and gold ornaments. My mom passed down some baubles for me to use on my tree this year so I ended up having a very shiny tree, which I love. Of course, my gifts had to match the tree decor, and I didn't want to do just gold paper. I wanted the eclectic juxtaposition of something natural with something glitzy.
My result was the photo above. It was so simple and I am crazy about the result!

Here's what you need:

1) Metallic gold paper 2) Martha Stewart Circle Cutter 3) Cutting Mat* 4) Postal Wrapping Paper all from Target. (*My cutting mat came from Target too but I can't find it online) 5) Zip Dry Glue

The process is simple!
Place the gold paper on your cutting board to keep your table free of scratches. Using the circle cutter, place it over a portion of the paper, positioning the desired circle size on the area you want cut. With the razor tool, cut your circle (Read the instructions on this first to know how to do took me a minute but then I was good) and collect the dots until you have successfully made the gold paper look like swiss cheese.
Then, wrap your gift with the postal paper and glue the dots randomly on the top of the package with the glue. I used my Zip Dry glue because that's what I use for my business but any kind of fast drying glue will work.
Find some pretty gold and silver ribbons of different sizes and textures and knot them all together to make a carefree bow.
For my gift tags, I just got the large manila tags and luckily found a gold glitter paint that was very thin at Michael's and brushed it lightly on the bottom edge of the tag. It dried very quickly and I used a metallic Sharpie to write the name. I wanted it to look dipped lightly in glitter, but if you want to paint the entire tag, go for it!

Here's a look at my holiday decor in my apartment this year!

My silver and gold tree. I incorporated my collection of owl ornaments too!

My Fontanini nativity with wisemen and their camp which I absolutely love. I put it with my Moroccan lamp and tea glasses in my display cupboard.

My other nativity is a little smaller, by Department 56. It's so sweet and dainty and has the shepherds, wise men, and some animals as well. I do have to keep a close eye on this one because my cat enjoys stealing the sheep.

In keeping with my neutral Christmas theme, I stacked some postal paper covered books and put two white vases on them along with a white owl vase, a sparkling snowflake, a tiny poinsettia and a delicious smelling candle in a silver owl holder.

If you have a lovely Christmas display in your home, send a picture to and you might see it on here!

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