HANDMADE HOLIDAY | WOODLAND WRAPPING

December 19, 2011


Last Friday afternoon my sister, mom and I took advantage of a gloomy afternoon to start wrapping the pile of gifts accumulating in my mom's spare bedroom. The wrapping is simple and we used only a small number of materials but I love, love, love concept. My mom has a beautiful collection of old black and white photos from both sets of grandparents that my sister and I drool over every so often. When is a  better time to display them other than Christmas?


This Christmas, our gifts will be adorned with a few special photos from the collection to act as part of the gift as well. Because the photos show themselves off, the wrapping is simple. Butcher's paper, twine, a roll of ribbon and evergreens do the trick. My parents have a home nestled in the woods, surrounded by pine and maple trees...pretty easy for us to gather a basket of evergreens. 


Usually this time of year NY is blanketed with snow, but for some reason we have not a drop this season. Total disappointment...and my fingers are crossed for snow before Christmas Eve. 


I snipped a few sprigs from an arborvitae bush, made a paper ring, and hot glued the tine branches to make a mini wreath. 





I hope our afternoon of wrapping inspires you to try something new this year. If you don't want to give away an original photo, scan a copy. Also, if tree snipping is not an option for you, head to your local florist or market where evergreens are usually inexpensive this time of year. Enjoy the rest of your Monday! 

*On a side note, sister and I do not wrap our own gifts. Instead I help my mom wrap presents for my sister and vice versa. In case you were wondering. ;0)


*Revision...You can see a detailed tutorial how to make the mini wreath in this post by clicking HERE

20 comments:

  1. thanksss super blog
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  2. This gift wrapping is so beautiful! Wonderful to have so many photos to use - makes the gift so much more special and personal!

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  3. Beautiful! How did you attach the string? What does it look like on the back?

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  4. Love the ideas so pretty gift wrap.

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  5. I love the simplicity! You certainly put a lot of work into the wrapping...but definitely worth it all the same. Natural & organic looking.
    ~Becki

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  6. I love the little wreaths to use with gift wrapping. Where did you purchase the red and white string?

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    1. Hi Tracy! I purchased it from Crate and Barrel last holiday season.

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  7. love it! thank you for inspiration :)

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  8. Very lovely! I had a question: How long will the fresh evergreens last? - Could you wrap a gift say, two weeks in advance or is is it better to wait until a few days before you give the gift if using fresh evergreens?

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  9. Very lovely! I had a question: How long will the evergreens last? - Could you wrap a gift say, two weeks in advance or is is it better to wait until a few days before you give the gift if using fresh evergreens?

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    1. I added them to my packages a week before Christmas. They were ok...just dried out a little bit. I wrapped everything weeks in advance them added the wreaths closer to Christmas. I hope this helps. =)

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  10. I love this! So simple and gorgeous. The little wreaths are super cute :)

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  11. Your packages look lovely and I've got this linked to my gift wrapping post too today, for unique ideas!

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  12. Very lovely. I like the simple beauty, too. Thanks!

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  13. So so perfect. I absolutely love this. :)

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  14. Beautiful! I love your scissors - which brand are they and where did you get them?

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  15. Beautiful idea! I made some easy cutout gift wraps, no ribbons necessary:
    http://www.highondiy.com/cutout-gift-wrap-holiday-diy/

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  16. Oh gosh this is so gorgeous & thoughtful!

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  17. Love your blog and this gift wrapping is amazing! I just featured this post on my last post with the link back to your site: http://canvasjune.blogspot.com/2013/12/8-simple-gift-wraps-using-craft-paper-holiday-canvasjune-url.html. I hope you like the feature! :)

    - Flora
    Canvas June

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