Are we really going to talk about brown paper packages tied up with string?
Because, if you are anything like me, presents don’t get wrapped until the night before Christmas.
And you want something that looks good, so good, but the price of fancy wrapping paper can be like an ornament hanger in your side.
So how ’bout this, the day before Christmas I’m going to give you the easiest present wrapping idea--barring the brilliance of the gift bag which is a wonderful, wonderful thing, but an easily abused, slippery slope into sloppy, whereas this wrapping looks like you tried…
…like the gift recipient is LOVED–and yet, it’s so easy.
All it requires is:
3M Brown Craft Paper (from the 99 Cents Store)
Fresh Pine Greenery (I snipped some from the base of our Redwood tree; if you don’t have a Redwood–or other pine–tree, check where Christmas trees are sold. There are usually scraps and snippets galore and if you ask nicely and bat your eyelashes profusely–or pick up the sprigs and smile and say, “I’ll gladly get this green waste off your hands,” you, too, will have a plethora of pine.)
Mini pine cones (also from Redwood tree; sorry, I can’t think of a free source, but I can think of Michael’s Craft Store or a similar shop.)
Twine (Home Depot.)
Glue gun (I don’t know where you keep it. Just grab it and let’s get started.)
Oh yes, and just to make things a bit more interesting, let’s age some sheet music, shall we? What no sheet music lying around? Have you checked the thrift stores or tag sales? Well don’t bother. I did and apparently sheet music is all the rage now (coveted by crafters) and not so easy to secure. Instead, you can Google “sheet music” and print out your own on regular copy paper. Thank you, Google Images.
To age it, mix 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules (reg or decaf, totally your call) with 1 T of hot water.
Spread on like so, but in a much less drippy, much more elegant manner.
You will get something that looks like this. If you share my disdain for waiting, hit the paper with a hairdryer to get rid of the excess moisture.
Then to further speed things up, nestle your coffee-aged sheet between two clean white sheets of paper to make a paper sandwich (this will protect your iron and your ironing board) and iron the pages until they are completely dry. Note: This will happen very quickly; make sure not to scorch your paper; that’s a whole other level of aging and not what we’re going for with this project.
You can use your aged sheet music to make cute homemade tags for your brown paper packages tied up with string (twine) and decorated with fresh greenery and baby pine cones.
And/or cut your sheet music into triangles and make a Noel banner to swag somewhere wonderful.
Consider covering the top of a brown paper-wrapped box so it really sings. (Sorry, had to.)
Or make a tiny banner (cut triangles from your sheet music and attach them to a length of twine with hot glue) to decorate a plain brown paper gift bag.
I mean, really, imagine the possibilities…and all for pennies!
Preserved boxwood wreath from Target.
Lastly, but not leastly, I want to say a heart-filled thank you to all my readers (old, new, best friends, and perfect strangers). I just read a note I scribbled to myself last year during a moment of “Wouldn’t it be a good idea to write down important dates?” that reminded me I started this blog in February of 2014. What I don’t need is a notation to recall this time, last year, when I was scrambling to build this site (with the help of a dear–and patient!–friend) and wondering if it would ever be up and desperately wishing it was so I could write a Christmas post.
I am so thankful that it is and to all of you who read it because now I can wish you a very, very Merry Christmas and thank you for following along with Design Intervention Diary.
Thank you, truly, and warm holiday wishes to you!