It’s the second week of December, I haven’t bought a single gift and my christmas decorations have only made it from the attic to the entry hall. And there they sit.
I’ve decorated 3 houses and one business for Christmas and hope…HOPE…to start on my own house this week.
Last year, by the time I wrapped my packages, it was too late to post about them. So, today’s gift wrapping is brought to you by Christmas Past.
I love it when a package is really a presentation but I rarely have time to put that kind of time into my gift wrapping. Who does? I also like to use paper that’s a bit outside the norm. Not your typical red and green Christmas paper.
Last year I purchased gray and white striped paper to wrap our gifts and I loved the way they turned out.
I stayed simple using twine, yarn, a few pine cones and rusty jingle bells.
With some of the packages I used two different types of yarn combined with a bit of twine.
I rusted my own jingle bells a few years ago…just days before I saw a package of pre-rusted bells at Hobby Lobby!
Let me tell you it’s a whole lot easier to just by a bag of rusty bells than to rust your own. But in case you’re open to the experience…
How to Create Your Own Rusty Jingle Bells
Soak bells in bleach for 24 hrs
Remove bells and dispose of bleach in toilet
Give bells a second soak in a bath of apple cider vinegar and salt for 24 hrs
Remove bells and dispose of vinegar
Allow bells to dry outside in the sun. Bells will continue to rust as they dry
It’s best to give your bells a coat of polyurethane to seal the rust. The rust tends to want to spread to your hands, clothes or whatever project you’re using them on.
Allow the bells to dry.
See? It’s a bit time consuming but it’s a cool process. Especially if you need to rust metal objects for a craft or art project.
I used free printable gift tags printed on kraft paper (These came from Jones Design Co), plain shipping paper/kraft paper and pom-poms my girls had made in my wrapping scheme. At the rate I’m going I’ll probably be wrapping gifts at the last minute again this year. What’s great about this technique is that it’s easy, doesn’t require a PHD in Creative Gift Wrapping and looks great!
Much better than a sticky bow any day.
This year I’m using a gold sparkly eyelash yarn I found in the knitting section of Hobby Lobby. I’ve purchased paper but I’m still looking for something a bit more unique.
Anyone else find it ironic that I haven’t bought a single gift but I’ve already purchased wrapping supplies?