I'm not a big fan of Christmas colours in general. My usual theme is either gold or silver with an accent such as teal or lilac. This year, however, it have embraced what Americans call 'candy stripes' - red & white stripes.
During my recent holiday I found some red & white striped wax paper which set me off on this path. I recently also found a large roll of paper in IKEA which has allowed me to to do lots of wrapping in this theme!
Below are a range of presents with different accents or accessories.
I'm starting my Christmas present wrapping early as I get so distracted by all my supplies!
Below are just some ideas for less traditional looking packages ie. no red, green or traditional images used. I admit the packaging isn't for everyone but I like a bit of subversion at Christmas!!!
BROWN PAPER & WASHI TAPES
I used something simple for these gifts for a male. No fuss. Simple. The chevron washi tape came from the USA and I haven't seen it in the UK yet. I will post a link if I find it for sale in the UK.
CRAFT PAPER & STAR TAPE
I liked the duck egg blue craft paper with gold stripes and had a stock of gold star tape which kind of clash when together. This gift wrapping could be used for a birthday but I liked the idea for Christmas.
TISSUE PAPER, CELLOPHANE & FELT STAR
Slightly more traditional as the wrapping contains a snowflake but non-traditional colours and cellophane wrapping. The felt star is actually a coaster! This is an ideal wrap for a flat package but could work with a food gift.
I'm a little in love with pom poms this festive season. I have a selection in my craft store for a few months but haven't really found a good use for them. Today I changed that.
At the beginning of Christmas I saw a pom pom wreath for Christmas trees and thought this would make a great gift tag idea. (See previous post for pom pom wreath from John Lewis)
I started by making a rough circle out of cardboard with a cut out centre which I then covered in washi tape.
WASHI TAPE COVERED CARDBOARD RING
I then attached a ribbon loop for the hanger and covered the front of the ring in pva glue. I then placed as many mini pom poms over the glue to cover the surface. I decided to be very relaxed with colours and pattern but you could use only one colour pom pom or have your colours in a certain design.
POM POMS AND RIBBON
Once the glue dried, I affixed a card to cover the centre space as my message area. I suggest you write your message prior to affixing!
I really like the feel of the gift tag and you could have so much fun with colours and design. I have some larger felt pom poms in my store which may be good as accents on other tags.
Pom poms are widely available from craft stores but can be expensive. Stock up on special offers or even make your own!
On my travels around the USA I found some amazing craft items. I also found some common craft items that also gave me some ideas.
At Paper Source (see previous post for details about this store) I found neon craft thread which gave me an idea for gift wrapping.
I have an excellent gift box from Paperchase (www.paperchase.co.uk) which is a a ridged, clouded plastic which is ideal for jewellery, cuff links, sweets or small gifts. I decided to use the neon thread to 'wrap' the gift box by using two strips of each colour.
I like the simplicity of the gift wrap and the brightness of the colour against the clear box with a darker insert.
SIMPLE KNOTS TO TIE THE THREAD
You could use different colours or type of threads. String, wool and raffia would all work well and you could use more threads to cover a wider area. I like the bright colours that stand out but you could use contrasting colours against wrapping paper or use tones of one colour
Today I completed my first Christmas package. It was for my 6 year old goddaughter Molly.
It is hard to wrap for children as you want it to be all pretty and smart but I think children are more concerned with what is within the package than the wrap. As Molly will be receiving a selection of gifts, I decided on a pre-decorate box. I embellished this with a ribbon, gift tag, a felt reindeer clip (to attach the gift tag to the ribbon) and a reindeer tree decoration.
I hope she likes it!!
The reindeer clip and tree decoration were from Paperchase last year. I always stock up on Christmas items in the post-Christmas sales as most will never go out of fashion. I would always suggest buying more traditional items in the sales as on-trend items may not last until next Christmas
Paperchase has a great range of items available this year including a great selection of felt tree decorations. Visit www.paperchase.co.uk for more information and stock.
Lucky me! I've just returned from a few weeks in the USA and managed to get some shopping done. I also managed to find two amazing craft stores.
Please note that both of these stores visited were in Dallas, Texas. Stores may vary by location and may not be in all US states
I was blown away by this store. It is really one large room holding as many paper items you could imagine. The rear of the store is just racks of paper! There was a paper craft demonstration at the front of the store, friendly & helpful staff and brilliant themed areas. I LOVE THIS STORE!
You can sign up form newsletters and they do ship internationally, which is a bonus. However, there is a flat shipping fee to the UK of $32 (currently this work out to be £22.50)
Visit http://www.paper-source.com for catalogues, ideas and stock range
PAPER TABLE RUNNER - PAPER SOURCE
BANNER GIFT TAGS - PAPER SOURCE
CHRISTMAS FUN AT PAPER SOURCE
This store is very similar to the UK store Hobby Craft. On a much larger scale than Paper Source, this store deals in all arts & crafts items. They have great sale sections running all year round and great seasonal items.
I currently can't see any information on international shipping and you do need a US zip code in order to join the email list.
Visit http://www.michaels.com for stock ranges and info
A new trend I noticed was gift boxes in Chinese take-out style boxes. Many colours, sizes and styles were evident. I only wish I had room to fit some into my suitcase!
Wooden Christmas gift boxes - can be painted for further effect
Another US trend is decorated lunch bags. I also wish I brought some of these back for food gifts