Luxe layering is the key to making Christmas gifts stand out. Try these easy, inexpensive signature wrap ideas in three fresh palettes.
1. Vintage Punch
An eclectic mix of prints and vintagey ribbons in velvet and lace capture the essence of modern country style. Juicy hues like raspberry and lime keep this colourway youthful and fresh.
Turn plain gift bags into one-of-a-kind packaging by simply stamping them with a design and embellishing with glitter. We accented this charming forest wonderland scene with silver to mimic snow. (Paint craft glue onto the stamped scene, then sprinkle with glitter to suit.) Bag, large forest scene stamp, toggle, Michaels; Martha Stewart glitter, Walmart; throw, Hollace Cluny; ottoman, Decorum.
Getting a crisp, tailored look on packages has gotten a lot easier with the advent of ribbon tape: ribbons that have sticky backing and so can do double-duty as embellishment and adhesive. For a customized look, layer several coordinating colours of ribbon tape including a pretty lace style like the ones on the boxes above, right. Martha Stewart ribbon tape, Michaels; raspberry-pink ribbon, solid green wrap, Waste Not Paper.
Classic paper tags always look handsome on packages, but consider also using sticker labels to colour-coordinate with your wrap palette. We created this pretty dot-edged design to fit Waste Not Paper’s printer-ready labels — click here to find the template. Label sheets, striped paper, Waste Not Paper; green ribbon, Masterstroke; all boxes, Progress Packaging/Luv2Pak.
2. Regal Charm
Dress gifts in rich hues of purple, gold and brown to bring a lush warmth to holiday packages. Feathers soften this bold palette and add a luxe signature touch.
Who says a box has to be wrapped in one paper? For a more varied palette, deck out box tops and bottoms in two different papers, perhaps a solid and a pattern. Just make sure they’re complementary, and choose a ribbon with a hue that picks up on one of the papers (or both) to tie it all together. For a tidy alternative to tape, try using small round stickers to fasten package ends. Brown and cream paper, Snow & Graham; brown stickers, Waste Not Paper; brown ribbon, Masterstroke; chest, Angus & Company; silver tray, ChairTableLamp; decanter, L'Atelier.
Make simple store-bought white labels sparkle by embellishing them with glitter and setting them against a dark-coloured backing to make them pop. Paint the edges with glue while labels are still on backing, sprinkle with glitter, shake of the excess and let dry. Martha Stewart white label, Walmart; purple patterned paper, The Paper Place; gold ribbon, Masterstroke; Martha Stewart glitter, Michaels.
Tiny tassels made of craft feathers are a whimsical adornment. Measure ribbon to fit your box, then add 4". Using a glue gun, fasten clusters of natural-hued feathers 2" from each end of ribbon, wrap end around feathers to form tassels, and glue in place. Brown ribbon, purple ribbon, Masterstroke; plum paper, Waste Not Paper; Elmer’s feathers, Walmart; faux-bois paper, The Paper Place.
3. Asian Simplicity
Japanese-inspired paper and prints pair beautifully with the quiet sophistication of a simple white box. Keep to clean lines and a timeless two-toned red and white colour scheme to achieve this pretty, understated look.
Upcycle scraps of precious wrap or wallpaper by banding them around timeless white boxes. Glue the strip of paper to the bottom of your box and top with a coordinating ribbon. Fan-pattern paper, The Paper Place; red taffeta ribbon, Masterstroke; floral wrap, Snow & Graham; table, lamp, Angus & Company; chair, Grange; bowl, Hollace Cluny.
Individualize a gift by affixing a photo of the person it’s intended for. An old black and white photo of a parent, sibling or spouse as a child is sure to elicit sighs on Christmas morning, but any favourite snapshot, old or new, will work. Just use a photocopy, so you don’t destroy a keepsake shot. Fan-pattern paper, The Paper Place; silver organdy ribbon, silver satin ribbon, Masterstroke.
Put a graphic, artful spin on a simple box by wrapping it in one or two types of smaller ribbons. We used candy-striped baker’s twine and silver braid for a vintagey festive look. You could even use simple kitchen twine for an earthy look. Slowly wind ribbons around box several times moving back and forth across the box, and secure with tape on box bottom. Twine, flat silver braid, Masterstroke; paper, The Paper Place; Create by Martha Stewart tag, Walmart.
Get Christmas gift ideas and more wrapping tips in our Christmas & Holiday Guide!