DIY Holiday Gift Wrap

Presents are purchased, gifts are DIY’d, and the only thing left to do is to wrap, wrap, wrap. Beautiful wrapping can be just as special as the gift itself – after all, it sets the deserved anticipation for the wonderful surprise waiting inside, doesn’t it? Today I’ll be showing you how I like to incorporate natural, organic elements atop of brown paper packages tied up with string. Because these are a few of my favorite things . . .
You’ll need:

  • postal wrapping paper
  • jute twine
  • tallow berries or any dried berries
  • spun cotton mushrooms
Wrap the gift with postal wrapping paper or kraft paper. Center the bottom of the present on a long piece of twine, bring the twine over the top and criss cross in the opposing direction. Bring the twine back around the bottom and criss cross again the opposite direction. Wrap it 2-3 times and keep the cross sections close to each other and off center. On the last crossing, tie the twine into a double knot over the top of the present. Lay a few bundles of berries over the knot.

Layer mushrooms and more berries over each other. Tie the bundle together into a tight double knot.
Trim the tips and tie the twine into a bow. Easy!
You’ll need:
  • postal wrapping paper
  • tartan fabric
  • sprigs of natural pine or fir
  • baker’s twine
  • lace ribbon
Cut a knick into the fabric, along the crosswise grain, and rip for a straight strip. Pull out any stray threads on either side.
After wrapping with kraft paper, tie the strip of fabric around the present and tie it into a double knot in the back. Do the same with the lace ribbon or trim.
Center the baker’s twine along the top of the fabric, wrap around the backside and criss cross in the opposite direction before brining the twine back around to the front. Tie it into a double knot. Lay a few branches of pine or fir (add some glitter with a bit of glue for sparkle) over the double knot and tie it off with another double knot and a bow. Trim away any excess twine. A simple way to wrap with scrap fabric!
You’ll need:
  • postal wrapping paper
  • jute twine
  • small pine cones
  • assorted dresden trim
  • gold bullion

Start by squeezing the jute twine into the tiny crevasses of the bottom of the pine cone. Wrap the twine all the way until the two pieces of twine meet.

Add on a second pine cone. Place the pine cones on top of a wrapped present.

Wrap the twine around, cross around the back and back to the top into a double knot.

Bullion is finely coiled wire – once pulled apart, it looks like gold fairy floss! Stretch out the entire length of the gold bullion and start to wind it into a bow, keeping it pinched in the middle.
Once the entire wire has been wound, twist the center a couple of times to keep it in place.
Put it between the two pinecones and tie it in place with the twine. Trim away any excess twine.
Put a few dabs of glue under the dresden medallion. Slide it under the pinecones and/or glue on more dresden trim to decorate the rest of the package. Oh, so shiny!
Happy wrapping!
(all images by HonestlyWTF; fabric courtesy of Roxy)

 by Erica in D.I.Y.

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