Festive wrapping inspiration

December 8, 2015

Festive wrapping inspiration | These Four Walls blog

I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping Christmas presents. I tend to set aside a weekend afternoon, put on some festive tunes, pour myself a glass of wine, and take over the entire living-room floor with paper, tape and tags. In fact, it’s become something of a seasonal ritual.

I always think beautiful packaging makes a gift seem that little bit more special, but that doesn’t mean spending lots of time and money on fancy ribbons and ties. So, here’s my take on easy yet stylish wrapping.

Festive wrapping inspiration | These Four Walls blog

Festive wrapping inspiration | These Four Walls blog

Simple parcel paper is always my favourite choice (there really are few better things than brown-paper packages tied up with string!), and this year I’ve mixed it up with a bit of plain white paper. White wrapping paper can be hard to come by, but you can always buy another colour and use the other side – just make sure it’s thick enough to prevent any pattern from showing through.

Festive wrapping inspiration | These Four Walls blog

For the decoration I’ve opted for grey and white baker’s twine (available via my shop), grey gardener’s twine and simple white string. I try not to worry about tying anything too neatly as I prefer a relaxed, natural look, though I often use double strands on larger parcels to give them a bit more impact.

Festive wrapping inspiration | These Four Walls blog

For the tags, I’ve chosen a combination of brown and white luggage labels, which are easy to find at post offices and craft shops. If, like me, you have a cat who likes to play with presents waiting under the tree, you can tuck the gift tags behind the bows to protect them.

Festive wrapping inspiration | These Four Walls blog

Festive wrapping inspiration | These Four Walls blog

As a finishing touch, I’ve slipped a sprig of festive foliage under each bow. I’ve used leaves and berries from the woods, along with a few branches snipped from the back of our Christmas tree, but almost anything works – flowers, holly, ivy…. It’s best to leave this bit until the last minute to stop the greenery from dying, but if you need to wrap anything further ahead then I’d suggest using eucalyptus or fir, which will slowly dry out without shrivelling up.

Festive wrapping inspiration | These Four Walls blog

So there you have it – wrapping that’s very quick, very easy and very pretty!

Photography by Abi Dare

P.S. There are more gift-wrap ideas on my Pinterest page – just click on the images below to see more…

7 thoughts on “Festive wrapping inspiration

  1. Jill

    Love these shots Abi – I share your love of plain parcel tape for gift wrapping too, though am super grateful for the hints on using eucalyptus as extra decoration. The styling of the shoot is also gorgeous as ever 🙂

  2. MARILIES

    Wonderful ideas – I have a big family and grandchildren who love pretty wrapping, but I do not want to spend lots of money, as wrapping just gets torn apart IN ALL THE EXCITEMENT!

    1. Abi Post author

      Thanks! I got some white paper from a local stationers, but if you can’t find it you can always buy a really plain, pale wrapping paper (e.g. silver) and turn it over.

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