After spending years wrapping gifts on the floor and on the bed, it was time to turn an old college desk into a Christmas wrapping station! I’m in love with the change (that took an hour of my time) and more importantly my back appreciates a little help not having to wrap on the floor this year. 😉
Hi friends! I’m so excited to share a fun little Christmas DIY project and wrapping station with you today. Plus some Christmas wrapping tips and a whole bunch of inspirational goodness at the end! Thanks to Minted for partnering with me to bring you this post and these gorgeous wrapping papers.
I started by transforming this old desk from college into a painted beauty. Most recently my plain and simple dark stained desk has been relegated to the corner of our master bedroom covered in wrinkled laundry in need of a good ironing. Womp. Womp.
I’ve toyed with the idea of getting rid of it, but never have in case I wanted to use it someday. And I’m glad I kept it now. I think it goes perfectly in this space in all of its white chalk painted glory. Don’t you think?!
I painted two coats of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Pure White. Then I gently sanded the edges and places that would be naturally worn with a fine grit sandpaper, sealed it with clear wax and called it a day!
Now I love it in this space!! But enough about the desk, let’s talk about the pretty papers!
Here’s a little tip about me. I hate, hate, hate wrapping gifts. Eek! Don’t stop reading now, because I hope to redeem myself. Maybe your a wrapper hater, too, so this is how I get myself excited about wrapping.
I make wrapping like decorating. I want the gifts under the tree to look as pretty as the rest of the room. So I pretend like I’m picking out coordinating fabrics when I’m choosing my wrapping papers and embellishments. So that it feels like decorating instead of wrapping gifts. LOL And I have no idea why I hate it so much, but now you know my little secret. 😉
And because the gifts are all part of the decor, I search high and low for beautiful wrapping paper.
This year I found some at none other than Minted. You know the place where you can buy beautiful art and get gorgeous Christmas cards?? Well, I absolutely fell in love with the gorgeous navy, green, blush and mint colors that go so well with the rest of my decor.
I grabbed the …
I absolutely love that these are unique designs by individual artists for Minted, not to mention absolutely stunning in person. You won’t find papers like these in the stores.
Simple Gift Wrapping Tips
1. Use a variety of coordinating papers. You knew this one would be first, right? It’s so fun to find wrapping papers that look good together under the tree. I try to do a large pattern, small pattern, and solid colors. You can never go wrong with a roll of kraft paper, so I always keep one on hand for large gifts that I don’t want to use up all of my expensive paper on.
2. Don’t hold back on some cute ribbon and twine. I’m beginning to have a ribbon and twine hoarding problem (the likes of which will not be seen here). But I just fall in love with some of the cutest stuff. And of course I had to grab several rolls of the plaid ribbon from the Hearth and Hand line. It’s just too cute!
And don’t hold back, like I said. Wrap the heck out of those presents. Multiple wrappings of twine go a long way to making a present look super cute. Trust me on this. And bows galore. I shot these photos when my wrapping was only partly done. So expect to see a lot more ribbon and twine when you see them finished under my tree.
3. Add fun embellishments like ornaments as gift tags, figurines, wreaths. Be creative and let those ideas flow. It’s so much fun to open a gift with a fun figure or ornament on top that is now part of the gift. The recipient will then take it home and hopefully remember you when they pull it out year after year.
4. Grab some fun Gift Tags. I haven’t gotten to this step yet, but last year I rounded up some of my favorite free printable gift tags out there (click here). They are all too cute, so check those out and warm up the printer for some adorable holiday gift giving!
There you have it! Some simple tips and ideas on getting that wrapping done and making it fun even if you’re like me and don’t looove wrapping gifts. It’s so much more fun when you think of it as decorating under your tree (and blessing your friends and family with cuteness)!
More Gift Wrapping Inspiration
Some of my friend’s are sharing their beautiful and creative DIY Gift Wrap Ideas today as well!! Hop over to check out what they have in store for you…
We know you are going to find some awesome inspiration! Enjoy…
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