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December 15, 2011

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inspiration | gift wrapping for my favorite bloggers

I’ve put together a little post of inspirations for your Christmas gift wrapping.

The catch?  I wrapped each gift as if I were giving Christmas gifts to some of my favorite bloggers: Bri Emery, Grace Bonney, Jenny, Jordan Ferney, Joy ChoMr. Goodwill Hunting, and Will.  And I wanted to put a twist on the traditional Christmasy colors.  Read on to see my ideas and explanations for each!!

Bri (Design Love Fest) definitely has a quirky, glamorous side, so this exciting burst of gold tinsel garland on finely striped gold paper seemed entirely appropriate.  To recreate this look, simply cut a few short pieces of gold garland (I bought mine at Walmart for 97 cents) and hot glue the ends together.  Then you can glue the mass to the wrapped gift, and twist & bend to make your perfect shape.

I knew I wanted to use pretty ribbon for Grace (Design Sponge), since her website and new book, Design*Sponge at Home, incorporate ribbon so nicely.  I snagged this pretty red and pink striped ribbon at the Hagerstown Ribbon Factory last May and have put it to such good use (I used it to decorate my antlers, too).  For Grace’s gift, I simply tied a large, floppy bow and added a little twist of gold pipe cleaner to complete the fun look!

I used Christmasy green grosgrain ribbon for Jenny’s (Hank and Hunt) gift, and thought the green stripes would compliment her current blog design well.  I love love love her recent addition of green and white candy canes.  One day, I want to be so on top of my blog and design that I plan ahead to make seasonal headings.  For the star, I simply cut and twisted pipe cleaners until I had the size and shape I wanted.  

This one is pretty self-explanatory.  Jordan (Oh Happy Day) is the queen of DIY pinatas and fringe, so of course, she got a red and white striped fringey gift.  I love the way this one looks with the greenery in the background.  I used white crepe paper (on a roll) and sheets of red tissue paper (cut to the correct width – about 2 inches), and just glued the layers directly onto the brown paper wrapping paper (starting at the bottom and overlapping layers).  

This might be my favorite wrapping inspiration.  I decided to use the silver and white for Joy (Oh Joy!) since her pretty designs sometimes incorporate metallics and neutrals.  This silver and white tissue paper has been in my wrapping paper box for a while, and I save it for the most important occasions.  And those tissue paper tassels and flowers were simple to make.  I used crepe paper to make both the tassels and flowers by bunching them together and taping the ends or “stems” together at the bottom.  For all the fringe in these wrapping ideas, I used my sweet Martha Stewart fringe scissors.  What a great purchase!

Rashon Caraway, the man behind Mr. Goodwill Hunting, gets a cute little bow tie, since he’s the thrifting and bow tie king.  This was simple to make.  I glued one piece of ribbon around the entire gift. With a new piece of ribbon, I made a loop with ribbon (hot gluing the ends together).  Last, I bunched the center of the loop together, and glued a small piece of ribbon to cinch it all and make it look like a bow tie.  

Will (Bright Bazaar) is the winner of my most labor intensive inspiration.  His love of bright colors is contagious!  To make this look, I merely wove together pink and green grosgrain ribbon until I knew I had enough to cover the top (and sides) of the gift.  Then I hot glued all the end pieces in place, to keep it from unraveling.  I then placed the woven wrap on top of the gift (pre-wrapped in brown paper) and flipped it over.  On the underneath side, I tied all the pink ends together (which was a really cool looking gift wrap idea, too).  Then, I cut the green strands, and neatly hot glued the sides down, being careful to tuck the green ends underneath the pink.  
And there you have it: my gift wrap ideas for some of my fave bloggers.  
My #1 tip: use hot glue.  It’s awesome for wrapping presents and making decorations stay put.

Hope you have a blast wrapping your gifts this Christmas!!

till tomorrow,
Rebecca
  1. Style Servings

    December 15th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Amazing creations, really lovely post!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

  2. sherri lynn

    December 15th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I love how creative this post is! All of your wrapped gifts look great. I think you most perfectly wrapped for Jordan and Will!

  3. Nicole

    December 15th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    perhaps my most favorite post yet, Rebecca! I've never seen so many wrapping project done with hot glue, but you show why it's so worthwhile – these are awesome. i think my favorite is the bow tie – good for a guy and yet not boring! and what a great idea to tag different bloggers 🙂

  4. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt

    December 15th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    EEK! Love it darling! How sweet are you! I love this post! Best wrapping one yet…got everyone to a T! How did you know I liked stripes? LOL!

  5. Liz {Sequins And Stripes}

    December 15th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Wow! Such an amazing post!

  6. Elisa

    December 15th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    this is a splendid idea! i really enjoy reading your blog!i'm following you so i wont miss you're posts!! good job!!

    ps:i'm doing a christmas giveaway, it would be great if you'll like to partecipate!! http://www.theivenothingtowearcloset.com/2011/11/christmas-giveawayfendi.html

  7. Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com}

    December 15th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    great idea for a post! loving the yellow in there 🙂

  8. Anna of IHOD

    December 15th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Okay I can't even tell you how much I love this post.
    You are so thoughtful to put all these together for some of your fave bloggers (and mine too;)!
    Each idea is seriously spot on with the blogger and each so creative!
    Thanks for linking up!
    <3
    Anna

  9. Sarah

    December 15th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Ooooh I love the use of the pipe cleaners =)

    – Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

  10. kelly

    December 15th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Hi! Over from IHOD! LOVE all of these…what a fun post!

  11. Niina - It seems pretty obvious.

    December 15th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    This is such a cool idea for a post! You and your lovely and unique ideas! 😀

  12. Dana {Southern Inspired}

    December 15th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, I love these ideas! Especially the woven ribbon – so cute! I'm over from IHOD 🙂

  13. morgan.

    December 16th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    How creative, I love it! Such thoughtful gift-giving!

  14. la petite coquine

    December 16th, 2011 at 2:10 am

    This is AMAZING! Each gift as more gorgeous than the last!

  15. Mariah

    December 16th, 2011 at 3:01 am

    OMG REBECCA! THIS IS AMAZING.
    you seriously amaze me (ive said 'amaze' one too many time)
    but for real—i think this is my favorie blog post. ever.
    wow. this is super cool.

  16. Colleen / Inspired to Share

    December 16th, 2011 at 6:43 am

    OMG YOU ARE SO AWESOME!!! I LOVE THESE AND THEY ARE SPOT-ON!!!

    (ok sorry for the all caps but it deserved that enthusiasm!!) xo

  17. Jen @ A Touch of Lovely

    December 17th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I am madly in love with this post!!!

  18. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    December 22nd, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    HOW stinking sweet are you?!?! I'm sure they're all going to be so touched and overjoyed to receive a present from you!! Love your big heart! <3

  19. Hilary Inspired

    December 22nd, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Wow!! This is an incredible post Rebecca!! I am seriously impressed with you gift wrapping skills and creative interpretation of each fave blogger. Spot-on!

    The blog is looking good too! Loving the design!!

  20. Hey Look

    December 28th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    woah, these are super-awesome! Such a cute idea.

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