As I’ve been decorating for Christmas this year, I’ve shared that I’m all about keeping it simple. Pretty things, fresh greenery, a few traditional touches and that’s about it. I don’t want to have bins and bins of Christmas decor.
One touch that I do like to add each year is a few fake presents. Empty boxes that I wrap just to look pretty.
I started doing this years ago when I didn’t have very much money for decorating. I had empty boxes, wrapping paper and ribbon, so I could wrap a stack of boxes and set up a pretty arrangement on the cheap. I also think that adding a few presents under the tree adds a little life before the real presents are put out on Christmas eve.
I have a really hard time finding Christmas wrapping paper I like. The blue & white paper selection is usually pretty thin, I’ve found, and those that I find are not my taste. They’re too cartoonish, too shiny, not the right shade of blue, etc. I’m picky about paper. Maybe unreasonably so.
So, I’ve decided to just go with white and brown craft paper and some blue & white gingham paper I found on Etsy.
Some of the plain paper I stamped or stenciled to make it a little more interesting.
And, since the paper is simple, I add lots of texture and interest with ribbon. It’s all in the blue, white, green and light brown family, so it’ll work together, but there’s enough variety that the collection of presents will look eclectic.
I found most of the ribbon at Home Goods, World Market & Hobby Lobby.
Since these are “pretty packages”, I used hot glue to stick the ribbons into place.
And I like to layer smaller ribbons over thicker ones, to make them look more custom.
I love this gray crocheted ribbon…
See how some fun ribbon, layered in creative ways made these plain papers pop?
I also tucked some greenery into the bows…
And I wrapped a few wee-little presents in sheet music…
And all of the presents are stacked under the tree and on the goat cart…
Calvin, my youngest, helped me put the presents out and he called the one with the bells “the little jingle guy.” I loved that one, anyway, and his name endeared it to me even more.
I did save enough paper and ribbon to wrap my real presents like this, too.
And, yes. I am the girl who asks for the bows back, so I can reuse them!
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