Only 80 days to go!
So far I'm feeling pretty on track with Christmas - lists have been written and quite a few gifts are even ready to wrap. Yep. I always aim to have the majority of my gifts made/bought and wrapped by December 1st, so they're ready to put underneath the tree at the start of the month.
Since I do have gifts ready to go, I've already started to think about wrapping and tag ideas for this year. I'm doing budget again for 2012 - I bought a HUGE plain roll of brownish paper for $2 at a local store, that will hopefully be sufficient for all of my wrapping. I also purchased a roll of lunch wrap (baking paper) from the supermarket ($1-20) and some shipping tags + little manilla envelopes. You can pick these up at most newsagencies (stationery area) and they're cheap! Some cupboard searching found my final supplies of deco tape, fabric scraps and green felt.
- Brown paper
- Lunch wrap
- Spotty fabric scraps- or Christmas fabric to suit
- Felt scraps
- Deco tape - or clear tape
- Shipping tag
- Small manilla envelope
- Sewing machine - other options are to stitch by hand or glue.
Right, let's get wrapping!
Step 1: Wrap the gift with brown paper.
Step 2: Tear off a generous piece of lunch wrap, ensuring that the length is able to wrap around the gift comfortably. Scrunch the lunch wrap a little bit (use the above photos as a guide), wrap around the gift and secure each end at the back with deco tape.
Step 3: Cut a small strip of fabric and wrap around the lower section of the manilla envelope. Secure with a piece of deco tape at the back.
Step 4: Fashion a Christmas tree out of a small scrap of felt. If you're not confident with free hand cutting, draw up a template on paper to use.
Step 5: Slide the shipping tag down behind the fabric, pop the felt tree onto the lower right hand corner and machine stitch roughly around the tree. I used a zig-zag stitch for this, but straight stitching or hand stitching would be fun too. Alternatively you could adhere the tree into place and omit the stitching.
Step 6: Cut a small strip of fabric and tie onto the shipping tag, at the top.
Step 7: Add a Christmas greeting on the tag and staple onto the lunch wrap. You're ready to start wrapping the other gifts now!
I'm going to make up a big batch of tags over the next few days, so they're ready to go as I start wrapping next month.
Don't forget to pop over to Tamar's blog, to take a peek at her Christmas post. She's having a night out tonight, so her post isn't quite up yet - tomorrow though!