Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It’s the Little Things…

Last minute everything is happening around JaG’s house, but I thought I’d share how I take care of all those little gifts that are given at the holidays.  When it comes to little boxes, I think general wrapping paper can appear overwhelming on such a little trinket box.

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Since I tend to lean toward a more simplified look in the first place, I pick up these little white boxes in various shapes at Michaels throughout the year.  The best part about wrapping this way means you can play up the boxes with all that gorgeous ribbon out there.  I purchased these at Michaels.  They were 1/2 off, and I went into a frenzy when I was picking them out.

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Combine the boxes with the plethora of ribbon combinations, and you’ve got some pretty swank little packages to give away. Or keep for yourself so you can stare at them.

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One of my favorite things about this idea is that, with essentially a few spools of ribbon, you can come up with so many variations of gift wrap!

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I just kept throwing different combinations of ribbon on there until I came up with something I liked.  There’s no science behind it.  However, I sure wouldn’t mind knowing how to tie a really good bow.  There’s definitely a science behind THAT.

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One project down, and 6,241 chores to finish.  Happy Wrapping!

47 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How did I miss that ribbon??? I love that! Oh well, maybe it will be on clearance next week. I have vowed to watch a bow tutorial come January and practice all year so I've got it down to a science next Christmas!

peace.love.applesauce said...

They all look so beautiful!

Kathy said...

I never that I would but Im really liking the idea of coordinating all the gift wrap. Thank you for bringing it down 10 notches and making it seem more possible! Your packages look sooo GREAT!!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I'm loving this. I think that is so much better and creative!

jociegal said...

This looks WAY better than normal gift wrap. I love it!!

And - can I just say HOLY COW to the amount of snow you have? Sheesh!!!

Merry Christmas!

Country Dreaming said...

I haven't started the wrapping---maybe you could do it for me??????
:)

Melinda

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I like that you collect those boxes throughout the year - I've got to start doing that!

Aura said...

Beautiful! I've gotten really into wrapping the last couple years. I keep a folder of pictures saved on my desktop for wrapping inspiration. I love your color scheme!

Joi said...

Wonderful idea!

debra said...

Love it! I saw that ribbon at M's and passed on it since I have soooo much. Now I wish I had gotten it. :)

Anonymous said...

wow... never thought of that... looks amazing!!!!

Anonymous said...

wow... never thought of that... looks amazing!!!!

Jordan J*

Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

Love the mixture of blue and brown! I would be ecstatic to get a pretty present like that!

Angry Julie Monday said...

I saw all that ribbon. I need to inventory all my Holiday stuff though. It's scattered over several places in my house. I love the blue/brown combo.

High Heels and Aprons said...

LOVE it, what a great idea! Blue and brown in my favorite combo... Who says Christmas has to be red and green?

Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

Jennifer Juniper said...

They really look great all together like that! I'm thinking this is a great idea for when my kids are older and we move on from Santa and snowman papers :)

sissie said...

I really like how the ribbon looks on those boxes. What a great idea.
Love it!

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

That ribbon is A stinkin' dorable! I love brown and blue and especially Christmas themed... Those boxes all look fabulous!

Tammy said...

I love this idea! Blue and brown are some of those two colors togehter! you are so creative!

Kristi said...

The presents are just beautiful... and how about that snow outside!!! Yikes!!!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Awesomely cute. What a fabulous idea. If I had ANY energy left, I'd go get some white boxes and ribbon right now. Sadly, I can't move, I'm so tired.
Thanks for sharing!

kiakai/Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

What a cute idea! I just came by to tell you Merry Christmas, and thank you for being the most influential person in my blog this year.
Kelly :)

Yvonne said...

I learned how to make bows when I worked at a florist - and the secret is wired ribbon - although I got adept enough at it that I can make them with plain ribbon as well! Maybe someday I will do a how-to video!

Kristen said...

OMG you seriously cannot make a real bow? I have so much to teach you...they are the easiest things in the world. I promise. Maybe I should do a tutorial for you. Would that help that hot mess of ribbon you have going on there? (actually, I'll give you some credit considering the skill level.) ;)

Lisa said...

Ok, when I saw that gorgeous ribbon at Michaels I just HAD to have it too - it is awesome isn't it!?!
Great idea with the little white boxes!

Mom's Place said...

I LOVE it!!!!!! So beautiful!

Janean said...

thank you!! i have boxes and very little time to make them look...festive...complete. i'm using your idea. yay!

Paige said...

Those are gorgeous! We don't have a Michael's around here and our Hobby Lobby ribbon has been long gone. I need to keep my eyes open for ribbon like that for next year!

Merry CHRISTmas!

2 little Boys said...

I love the ribbons, where did you find them? And I love how you used them to layer and create a beautiful box. So glad I found you, you have great decorating ideas, I am always looking for new inspirations.

Daily laying it at the Master's feet!
Laura Ann

Kristi said...

Such cute ribbon and it looks great on the boxes!!

The Pampered Mom said...

Those are beautiful, I love the blue and brown look!

queenbee said...

Love your packages, they look great. I was in the same boat as you about making bows until I found these two blogs about it. I hope these help.

http://smallnotebook.org/2008/12/17/tie-a-trouble-free-gift-bow/

http://allbowerpower.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/12-days-of-christmas-bower-bows/

Carla said...

Just beautiful! Makes me want to go tear all the gift wrap off my presents and start over. :o)

Thanks for sharing!

Maureen said...

I am on it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cereal In My Stiletto said...

These are great!! Hmm... finding white boxes. I will have to keep my eyes peeled at Michael's next time. LOVE your ideas.

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

That ribbon is so cute! I don't know how I don't have that in my 'stash' yet. Great job!

Trina said...

wow - love your blog!

I can relate to your desire to tie a nice bow! Here's the secret - wired ribbon! I have a toot on my blog here...

http://trintje.blogspot.com/2009/12/sugar-and-spice-gift-wrap.html

Blarney said...

Love the box & ribbon idea ... next reason to wrap it's a staple in this neck of the woods!
Merry Christmas!

Melanie said...

All the presents look wonderful. The ribbon is so pretty and creative.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I love it! All of it. My packages looked a mess and yours are almost too pretty to unwrap. You're amazing. Merry Christmas friend! I'm so grateful I met you a year ago :).

Vicki said...

Fabulous idea! Your packages look so beautiful!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

This is the best idea I've seen for "wrapping" this year! I will have to keep it in mind for next year. Thanks!

PenelopeLovesLists said...

Love this! Heading to Michael's now to see if they have some of the ribbon at great, after-Christmas pricing.

Thanks for sharing this. Honestly, I just hate wrapping gifts and anything that makes it simpler but still pretty is appreciated!

Lesley @ The Design File said...

These are so beautiful. I spend so much time wrapping little gifts like this and these look so much better. Thanks for the great ideas!

Tamara Jansen said...

Even the Big Guy is impressed with these BOWS! What a great idea. Check out ribbon at Costco if you want a good deal on wide wired ribbon. I promise you, it is cheaper than I can buy at the Floral Wholesaler

Lauren said...

OH WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!! beautiful pics- straight out of a magazine!!!

xoxo

Charissa - The Gifted Blog said...

What a great way to streamline your gift wrapping and still have everything look beautiful!

I write a blog about gift wrapping (www.thegiftedblog.com). I'd love to share your idea on it! Drop me a comment if that's alright by you.

Thanks!
Charissa

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