Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gift Wrapping with Darlybird: 3 Ways!

Allison here with a few gift wrapping ideas! 

Let me start by saying: In order of things I'm good at, #1 would probably be hugging. I'm great at hugging. Then second, writing, and third, maybe crafts. Maybe. Which is why I am the perfect person to write this post on gift wrapping: if I can do it, anyone can!

Rachel and I decided to go with kraft paper as a base for all of the packages, which you should be able to find at Walmart, paper stores, etc. We then decorated the packages with beautiful vintage trims, washi tape, and jewelry available from Darlybird. 

Continue reading after the jump...!

washi tape, vintage sequins, and earrings from darlybird
When I wrap packages, I try to coordinate them in some way. Even if you are incorporating a lot of different elements into your wrapping, a similar color, pattern, or decoration can pull the whole thing together. For example, the Scandinavian-inspired gifts below, while using a couple different coordinating trims, keep one trim the same in both packages. You could easily wrap all of your packages using different combinations of 3-5 different trims that follow a similar color scheme, pattern, or theme.

vintage ribbon from darlybird, swoon!
The two black and gold gifts below coordinate by using the same vintage black sequin trim for both packages.
vintage trim, vintage sequins, and jewelry from darlybird

You want a closer look at that gorgeous jewelry, you say? Can do!

You can also coordinate package toppers, tags, or wrapping paper. When you have a coordinating element in the design, it will tie the whole picture together.

Some things I learned while wrapping these packages:

1. Tape doesn't stick to kraft paper very well, both scotch tape and paper washi tape (though we did use it for one design and it worked fine enough. I guess some washi tapes stick better than others).

2. If you're wrapping a package with, say, a strand of vintage sequins, break out the hot glue gun. A dot of glue at the ends of the sequins will hold them in place perfectly.

3. When I wrapped the packages, the paper was a little poofy, but I didn't think much of it. When I brought it to Rachel, she smoothed out the edges with her fingers and made it look much more crisp. She's a pro.

How are you wrapping your gifts this year? Leave a comment, we'd love to hear from you!

P.S. I jumped on Pinterest to find some inspiration for these packages. Here are some of the things I found!


Tiffany said...

What tape did you end up using to seal your packages? I have been having a lot of trouble with using scotch tape on kraft paper wrapping.

Allison said...

Tiffany, sorry for the late response! This is going to sound a little silly, but have you tried just a dab of hot glue? That kraft paper is so stubborn!