Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Small Holiday Confession



A small holiday confession: I hate wrapping gifts. The process of picking colors that aren't 'too girly' or 'too babyish', the excessive cutting, and running out of invisible tape goes to waste as soon as my children come down to the Christmas tree and rip the wrapping paper to shreds. It's a lot of work to throw all that wrapping paper away! So this year, I decided to do something different for Christmas presents.

My daughter turned 16 on December 7, and it was hard to pick wrapping paper for her. She's at that age where pink is for little 5-year old girls (even though she is obsessed with One Direction, but I digress!) She loves quirky things, from loafers to toast-printed blouses, so I knew she would go crazy over this kooky wrapping paper I bought from the craft store.
I felt as though it was missing something, so I added a few glitter balls and felt hearts. She's eyeing her presents as we speak!

I think that in the span of blogging, I have made well over 60 pillows, some creative and others, well...you know how that goes! Some of the pillows I've made had satin roses with burned edges on them and the idea transpired to Christmas gifts!
I used gray wrapping paper as a background for a cluster of black flowers made of tissue paper, and placed a lace doily underneath them. A green striped ribbon ties it all together (pun perhaps intended.)


When I get frustrated with wrapping presents, I usually cut and tape things together and pray it looks good. This time was no different! I used wood-printed paper, regular brown paper, and a chevron goodie bag from my daughter's Sweet Sixteen. My son's persistent questions and my daughter's peering eyes indicate that I did great with this year's presents! Maybe they'll think twice about tearing the gift wrappers into pieces this time around!
Hopefully you can file these tips away for next year's holiday wrapping, and for birthdays and other holidays throughout 2013.
As always, have a wonderful holiday and a merry new year!


This post is part of BlogHer's Get Noticed For the Holidays editorial series, made possible by Cover Girl.

20 comments:

Geechee Girls said...

Merry Christmas to you. I love the wrapping paper you chose. I try to match my wrapping to the tree I got that from my mom lol.

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

The lace doily looks so sweet on the gift! I love wrapping but this year it took me a total of 12 hours... Crazy!
Happy New Year!

Decora Adora said...

Brandi Merry Christmas to you. look so sweet on the gift.
Happy New year

Simply LKJ said...

Merry Christmas! Your packages look lovely!!

Becca said...

I have to admit... watching my daughter rip the paper off my carefully wrapped presents WAS a bit of a let-down! But it's worth it, right? :-) Your presents are beautiful!

Karen said...

You sure are good at wrapping gifts Brandi, they look gorgeous.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

you are so talented in many way. These are too pretty to unwrap, great for just decorating a shelf.

The cookie recipe in your other post reminds me of the one my grand mom gave me. I usually make them every Christmas but this year was too busy. So I will drool over your photos!

Have a blessed and SAFE New Year and keep those fingers busy! I love seeing what you have created...

shaking my head...WOW 60 pillows~~

Vanessa said...

Hi, Brandi

These gifts look great and I am sure your daughter loved them. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's.

Hugs,

Vanessa

Sherry said...

Cute wrappings Brandi; wishing you blessings throughout the holiday season!

Karen said...

I love all your wrapping styles, Brandi! Very unique and lovely! I especially love the wood grain paper with the little wreath. Wishing you New Year Blessings! xx

Ivy and Elephants said...

You are just the perfect mom, making sure they get even the right wrapping paper!! Now I'll pay closer attention to my chosen from now on. Yours are so unique.
Wishing you a happy and blessed new year.
Hugs,
Patti

Kristen said...

For someone who does not enjoy wrapping these look pretty awesome! The the one with the roses!

Reggie said...

Whenever I wrap anything it looks as if someone wearing baseball mitts wrapped it.

Kathy said...

Super cute wrapping ideas! and not limited to Christmas! :)

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Oh Brandi, I could take some wrapping lessons from you! I usually put mine off to the last minute and end up just grabbing the closest roll of paper, slapping it on and calling it done! (did you see the tree picture on my blog on Christmas day?) :) Oh well, next year I'll try to start earlier and use some of your great tips. Have a great day!
Debbie

Patty Hibble said...

Brandi...did you make the bow-tie bow shown in the first gift?? If so, tutorial please. I LOVE to wrap and try NOT to use bags unless (the lack of) time is a factor, or the item is odd-shaped, etc. Please keep the pillows, recipes, tips and pix coming! Happy New Year!

Jen Price said...

I love beautifully wrapped gifts! Great job!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They're all beautiful, Brandi. I love receiving gifts that have been wrapped with love and creativity.

Erica said...

I'm the same way! I hate wrapping things so beautifully only to have them destroyed in a matter of seconds. At least you have pics!! ;)

Kelly said...

Your packages turned out great! I love how you incorporated different things into your wrapping. You do a great job for someone who doesn't like to wrap!