Remember when getting clothes for Christmas was a big bummer when you were a kid? Nothing was worse than opening boxes filled with sweatshirts and socks. Isn’t it weird how much that changes as we get older? Now I love getting clothes for Christmas!
Something I like to do when giving apparel as gifts is to be as clever as possible with my gift wrapping. This year I teamed up with LOFT to bring you some easy and interesting ways to wrap your holiday presents.
Instead of wrapping your apparel boxes in the standard wrapping paper fare, try decorating them instead. There are a ton of ways to do this, and you probably have everything you need in your craft arsenal already. You can use markers, washi tape, stamps, stickers…just let your creativity flow.
I went with gold accented clothes boxes this year, so all I had to do was paint random brush strokes with gilding adhesive and then laid my gold leaf over it. I brushed the excess off and ended up with a really chic gold accented gift box.Another thing I did was used metallic gold tape to create abstract line patterns.I’m telling you these are so easy and inexpensive but make a really beautiful presentation. Yay for DIY metallic gift boxes in any design you want!
Another fun thing I like to do for stocking stuffers and little gifts is to use a cute pair of socks instead of standard Christmas stockings.The socks act as an extra little gift that the recipient can actually wear and use.
Now go pick up a pack of cheap-o apparel boxes and decorate them to your hearts content!
This post was sponsored by LOFT through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about LOFT products, all opinions are my own.
As you all know by now, I’m participating in Martha Stewart’s “12 Months of Martha” this year. Martha Stewart Living sends me and a handful of other bloggers the latest tools and products from the Martha Stewart Crafts line. We then use those tools to create a new project every month. See what we’re all up to with the hashtag #12monthsofmartha.
This month they sent over the new gift box maker and I LOVE IT. Do you know how many times I’ve needed a random little box for something? Now I can whip one up in seconds. Game changer. There are three sizes in one tool which is also super genius. Bravo MSL, bravo.
I have found that this tool works best with thicker paper and light weight cardboard. Luckily, I always keep a stash of heavier weight printer paper on hand. That way I can print the patterns of my choice without having to go out and buy paper. I told you this is a game changer.
You can find adorable patterns on stock image sites like I did, or you can create your own, and simply print them out on your heavy weight printer paper. The small and medium box templates work perfectly fine with standard letter sized paper.
This tool is really simple to use. You just trace with the stylus to create the fold lines.
Then use the blade to cut out the shape.
Fold it on the scored lines and use double stick tape or glue to seal the edge.
What you end up with are custom DIY pillow boxes that cost pennies to make.
To finish the boxes I used pieces of palm leaves as ribbon and I made paper flowers with left over tissue paper.
These pillow boxes can also be used for things other than gifts. I’m thinking treats, party favors, storage, and more!
Every year I set out on a quest to find my gift wrapping ensemble. For me it’s like putting an outfit together. I make sure to find the right patterns, colors, and accessories for each recipient. It’s one of my traditions that I wrap each gift with an ornament that my friends and family can keep and collect throughout the years.
I like to use different types, widths, and colors of ribbon to create patterns and dimension. A good tip for using ribbon is use foundation ribbon. Those are the ribbons wrapped around the package. Tape the ends of the foundation ribbon to the bottom of the package instead of using a knot. That way they’re easy to rip off in the frantic gift opening excitement. Tie any bows or adornments onto your foundation ribbon. It works perfectly for wrapping gifts for children so they can tear right in.
Top Left: A gift for my 3 year old nephew, Brian. A glittered ‘B’ ornament and fun colorful paper. Big, curly, white foundation ribbon.; Top Right: For my mother in law, she loves aqua color tones and the glittery silver ornament is just her style. I used 3 colors of foundation ribbon to make a plaid pattern; Bottom: A very special gift is inside this package for my 12 year old cousin. She’s almost a teenager so I used the ‘grown up’ paper but kept it young and fun with a bright ribbon, metallic snowflake, and a penguin ornament. Love the black, white, and red with the silver geometric paper.
Don’t they look great under the tree? They’re a decoration all on their own! Can’t wait for my family to rip open these bad boys.
Less than a week until Christmas! Get wrapping!