I love the wrapping of presents, a glass of mulled wine and a Christmas movie – it’s a lovely thing to do.
This year I have decided I wanted a change from my usual Kraft paper wrapping. It’s everywhere now, and I must admit I am a bit bored of it, having wrapped my gifts in it for the past 4 years it’s time for a change. So I’ve been searching for alternatives, wanting something that has a rich warmth to it, but doesn’t break the bank – after all it’s only wrapping paper and it will be burnt on the fire once the gift is opened.
I scoured the internet, trawling the usual high street shops looking for something that was right. I knew what I wanted, navy blue with a gold pattern. Not too garish or shiny, but with a hint of opulence. I couldn’t find what I wanted – until I searched on Ebay. Good old Ebay eh? A women was selling a ream of this pretty paper – it seems very old, and has a yellow tinge to the inside, which means she must have had it for a while.
I love the result. Using a wide pale grey velvet ribbon and a sprig on pale yellow berries to add a flourish. I hope my family will love receiving their gifts.
How are you wrapping your gifts this year?
Here are some of my favourites:
Discover all of these and more on my ‘Wrap it up’ Pinterest board. It has all kinds of paper inspo, and if you are a stationery/paper nut like me – you will love it! And yes it does have Kraft paper on there, I do love it really and will probably go back to it next year. But for now – it’s a bit of bling!
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.