Handcrafted Christmas: Wrapping in style

The Christmas tree is up, the mulled wine is simmering away on the hob and I have one week of work left until I go home for the season. The tradition I usually loathe is wrapping presents, so this year instead of using a roll of WH Smiths finest and a bunch of ugly tags and trying to get the whole charade over in the quickest time possible, I decided to get a little bit creative for very little money.

I bought a huge roll of simple red and white striped paper from Ikea for about £2 and this will be enough to wrap both mine and Ed's presents this year. I love the way that it's simple enough to add my own touches, but still looks a bit more luxe than the ubiquitous brown paper.

I've seen paper doilies used in quite a few American DIY's over the last few months so decided to crack out my pound shop pack from a couple of weeks ago, bought for a doily emergency just like this. I either cut them in half (for the smaller presents) or kept them whole and stuck them down with a small dab of pritt-stick. I raided my sewing box for oddments of ribbon, chiffon offcuts and gingham fabric to add a final flourish and then secured that down with sellotape.

The tags are made from the same book that I used for my paper bunting, which I just cut into luggage tag shapes and stuck on with tape.

So, was it worth the extra bit of effort and time? Yes. I love how they look and it was surprisingly therapeutic to sit and add whatever I wanted to customise each wrapping. I can't wait to give them all away, but for now they are sat under my tree looking (even if I do say so myself) very pretty indeed!

P.s The lovely Amy at WolfWhistle is one of the entrants of Matalan's Style Project for December, so please go and show your love by commenting on your favourite girl here.

33 comments:

  1. I love the little mirrored decoration on your tree :) Your presents look lovely, the paper reminds me of candy canes! x

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  2. I have the same deer tree decoration :D haha!
    x x x

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  3. They look amazing! putting mine to shame x

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  4. They look very nice!.. My wrapping always sucks ass :(

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  5. Love this idea, and it looks so great- I had made a similar resolution this year- I normally hate wrapping, so might pinch your idea!!
    Thanks:)

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  6. Oh, how lovely! The presents look gorgeous, as does your tree!

    xoxo.

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  7. Your tree looks so wonderful! <3 I love your present wrapping skills too - the wrapping paper is gorgeous!

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  8. Owh, I'm not going to want to tear into that come christmas day!

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  9. This is so pretty. I'm afraid I bought mine from Next. I know bad! But I love the doilies!

    dp

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  10. Oh gosh serious wrapping envy. I loathe wrapping up and I really hate it when it's impossible to find the end of the cellotape. I usually end up throwing some sort of tantrum.
    Great DIY, these sure are very you and you can't quite beat a personal touch xxx

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  11. Ahh...that is exactly the kind of wrapping paper I've been looking for. Hoorah!

    And I am a big fan of using doilies to spruce up gifts. So pretty and so cheap. One of my favourites.

    Looks rad.
    x.

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  12. Such a lovely festive post, we haven't even got our tree up yet :( x

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  13. So gorgeous! The wrapping looks absolutely perfect!

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  14. I tend to buy my wrapping paper in January when it's massively reduced - but this looks great. Love the doilies.

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  15. Your presents are wrapped so cute!

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  16. Gorgeous. OH, aren't doilies wonderful things! :)

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  17. I feel so festive after this lovely post and thos gorgeous photos, your presents look great! I feel very inspired for my own wrapping now

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  18. I absolutely LOVE wrapping presents, it's my fave bit :) But the wrapping paper from ikea is genius, reminds me of candy canes, very christmassy indeed X

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  19. Love the wrapping paper you used - ikea is so good for things like that - stylish *and* cheap!

    Glad you're feeling christmassy!

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  20. The tree looks gorgeous, lady! Can't wait to come and see it in the flesh.

    I've actually been less inventive this year with my wrapping. Last year was all about brown paper packages tied up with string with wooden initial letters! But this year I found some beautiful red and white paper and have gone with that.

    Thanks for my shout out - much appreciated xx

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  21. So simple but UBER stylish! Those Swedes really know what's what! xx

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  22. Well hasn't this post just made me feel nice and christmassy! Love your wrapping, I think thats the best part sometimes! xx

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