spruce up your gift wrapping: a guest post

Hello there lovely readers! I am Citlalli, and I am the over-caffeinated gal behind Sew Beastly. Sew Beastly is my creative business where I love to sew the day, and night away as I rock out to my music. It's a pleasure to meet you all, and I couldn't be more excited to be here today at sweet Megan's blog sharing this easy tip with you. Thanks for having me over Megan!

OK lovelies, so the holidays are approaching....that means lots of shopping, which only leads to lots of gift wrapping. I don't quite despite gift wrapping, and I try to make it a bit different and fun by experimenting with different types of wrapping material and wrapping techniques. No, I am not a champ at wrapping presents, but I have found that the simplest folds here and there on the wrapping material makes any wrapping job seem so much more unique and personalized. The tip I am sharing here today is quite simple, and it will give your wrapping job a little oomph...you don't need any special techniques or materials.
Ready? Here we go...

First, pick out your wrapping material.
*I like to use this technique with plain wrapping paper in order to keep the focus on the folds.*
I used both tissue paper, and re-purposed some packaging paper from a past delivery. {the brown paper used to fill empty spaces in packages during shipping} I went ahead and crunched it up even more to give it an extra wrinkled look.
Other great materials could be newspaper, comic strips, magazines...the possibilities are endless!!


Make even, parallel folds any width and direction you want.

Here is a look at how your paper should look once you get done with the folding part.
*Don't worry if your folds are not perfectly even, but feel free to measure where you need your folds if you need to*

Finally, wrap it up!

OK, now we are done with the wrapping part, but here are a couple more tips on how to spruce it up a bit more:
use some jute twine and wrap it around the gift both lengthwise and widthwise. Tie a pretty bow, and look at that.......Cute!

Also, if you have a sewing machine....

make some super cute tags by taking any piece of card stock and using your handy dandy sewing machine's decorative stitches. {great way to use those scraps of card stock you have lying around}

So there you have it friends, a few super easy ways to spruce up your holiday gift wrapping. These are all great ways to give your presents a more fun, personalized, and unique look.

I hope this has inspired you to use some of these tips this holiday season. I would love to hear about what you tried out, and how it turned out.

Wishing everyone awesome family time, rad gifts, and yummy food this holiday season!!

Thanks for having me over Megan! It's always a pleasure being at your lovely place!


thank you so so much, Citlalli for your awesome tutorial!! i don't know about you guys but i SUCK at gift wrapping. so i was beyond excited when Citlalli offered to share her skills with wrapping paper. and isn't it so amazingly cute!?! i love it!!

thank you again!
now make sure you go and show here some love at her blog here.


... said...

Love this wrapping paper idea! :) What a great way to wrap a present!

Unknown said...

I love this!! Something different from just your usual store bought wrapping paper!!

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Amy Bateman said...

I love the folds on the wrapping and decorative stitches on the tags. It's one of those "Duh, why didn't I think of that?" things. Ready to pull out my sewing machine now! :)

Ruthie Hart said...

I love the natural look!! I have so much Christmas wrapping paper...I need to stop buying it after Christmas 90% off!

Emma Frances said...

So cute! I can't wait to dress up all my presents this year!!

amber said...

What a great idea! Super cute. :)

Desiree @ Mano y Metal said...

citlalli you are so amazing and always have teh best DIYs!