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11 creatively simple gift wrapping ideas

Fancily wrapped presents will always impress but let’s be honest- who has time for that this time of year? Here are a few ideas you can really work with, less over-the-the top but still impressive.
scrappy junk bow
My favorite is the scrappy junk bow- made with leftover ribbon ends, rick rack, yarn and lace with buttons, beads (clay bead pictured) or gift tag tied in the middle.


gift wrap with lettersPaper monogrammed letters cut out of cardstock or other paper source. (Martha Stewart)

fabric wrapping paperFabric wrapping paper, I know what you’re thinking… the kids will have this unwrapped the minute I turn my back… perhaps use this method for older kids and adults. It’s just so eco-friendly and easy for a fabric collector like myself. (Merriment Events)

stamped wrapping paperGood old rubber stamps-  add a name, phrase or just go crazy on plain brown paper with your collection of stamps. (Redesign Revolution)

cupcake holder gift wrapPaper cupcake liners as flowers. (Notions Handmade)

popsicle sticksPopsicle sticks and yarn as name tags. (A Little Hut)

gift wrap ideasA bit of fresh rosemary, other herb or winter greenery to freshen up the look, I also love the newsprint wrapping. (Refinery 29)

wrapping gifts with yarnYarn, I don’t know about you, but I have oodles of yarn just waiting to be knitted (not likely) or put to good use wrapping something. (Tip Junkie)

lace doiley for wrappingSimple, easy and darling- brown paper, twine, lace doiley, and a deer friend picture. (Unicorn Dream Magazine)

junk fabric bowAnother junk bow, because there is no right or wrong answer on this one. Created from what crafty leftover lay about the room. Paper, trim, ribbon, lace, fabric scraps, whatever you’ve got handy, all tied together and looing fantastic. (TOWF)
lace for wrappingLace as ribbon. I have a box of different colored lace and I love this idea. (Boxwood Clippings)


making wooly, felted wreaths

I’ve had the idea of a felted wool wreath rolling around in my head, and scattered around my sewing room for a few weeks now. In the wee hours of the night I put the last stitch into place and here she is.

For a project like this you will need to make a trip through your local thrift store or your mending pile or your grandma’s house… What you are looking for is 100% wool sweaters (or very close to it) and this is harder than you would think to find. After searching and checking tags on hundreds of sweaters, I found only a few that fit the wool criteria and were good bright colors I liked.

I took all tags off, added a few other sweaters that I’ve been saving up and tossed them all into the washing machine.

I set the washing machine to ‘sanitize’ because that was the longest, hottest cycle the machine has.

This is what they looked like after a couple of washes- baby sweaters. In hindsight, I think I could have only washed the sweaters once and gotten a good felted result. I got a little overzealous and kept on washing. The more pure the wool the better the wool felts when you wash it. The orange sweater in the picture was kind of experimental, I liked the color but it wasn’t 100% wool (95% or so with something synthetic as the 5%) but I tried it anyway. It took a lot more washes to really felt up, I think I washed it 5 times on the super hot cycle.

And here the sweaters are now, keeping themselves, the door and the foam on the inside of the wreath warm, and of course looking cute.

There are many ways you could go about a project like this, after cutting up the sweaters:
– piece them together using a zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine, top stitch with embroidery floss (pictured above).
– no-sew method- wrap strips of felted wool around a styrofoam wreath form (or other shape like a Christmas tree) pinning or hot gluing the wool into place.
-cut the wool into shapes (such as circles, bows, flowers) and glue or pin the shapes to a wreath form or another finished wreath that needs some jazzing up.

I’d like to try making these wooly wonders too:



a field trip

estate sale finds.jpg
We took a peek into the local estate sale and while I was looking to fall in love with a shelf,  I came home with these treasures instead.

vintage paper dolls.jpgThese paper dolls are about 8 inches (20 cm) tall and have a thick cardboard backing, very sturdy. Great baby name ideas, by the way.

vintage valentines.jpgWho can pass up vintage Valentine’s, especially one with a devil (I mean Imp) on it?

large vintage paper dolls.jpgThese large paper dolls are 17 inches (46 cm) tall and very flimsy. They have a equally flimsy cardboard prop-‘er-upper piece on the back, I’m going to have to do some repair work to get them to actually stand up. Once again, love the names.

bird needlework.jpgThis was an impulse buy, I walked by and snatched it up without thinking twice. I’m awfully thankful I did, it looks great in the kitchen.

vintage birds.jpgA few little birdies, after minor repairs have joined the Easter parade.

needlework on burlap.jpgAre these letters- V’s or unfinished A’s? Anyone got a clue? I don’t have any V’s or A’s in my troop, but I couldn’t help myself anyway. There are other uses, such as making them into pillows and confusing visitors or a close up picture for your blog header or both.

pedestal dishes.jpgAw… I’m such a sucker for pedestal dishes and bright colors.

Christmas paper train.jpgThe kids had a good time puzzling out the bag of paper Christmas train pieces with lots of ‘put tab A into tab B’ instructions.

vintage paper train.jpgLove the illustrations.