christmas giftwrap

Last year, since our Christmas BHG shoot was in January, I needed fake gifts to sprinkle around the house. I used black, white and regular kraft paper. I wanted it to feel handmade with a touch of modern (thank you black paper) and then I embellished the gifts with string and doilies and sequins and paper. It was fun to get to hang out in the dance mom section of the fabric store and get some sequinsey bling for the gifts too!

I took all these photos last year in the rental house, oh how I miss that room of windows with the glorious light…


yarn pom with felt leaves/black paper for ribbon


pom on a gift wrapped in stock market wallpaper I found years ago at a thrift store, wall paper is great gift wrap, it folds nicely and I usually hot glue it closed


simple gift wrap

stars punched out with a little punch (I found mine at Michael’s craft store last year but can’t find the same one online) and glued onto paper



Sale clay gift tags from Anthropologie last year paired with a black ribbon and a pedal pusher I had in my closet


finally! this boy mom has a reason for sequins!


thrifted doilies tied on and helped with a few tiny dots of hot glue


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lace & stuff from the fabric store



I’m a crazy person who sometimes saves interesting parts of clothing

refer to this project for further evidence:

embellished throw


I’m slightly partial to the pom, sorry for all the close-ups



I like my gifts to look like they are friends but not twins.

When it comes to wrapping I LOVE a pretty gift but it’s not the most important thing. Last year since a magazine was coming and my pretend gifts were going to be forever recorded to inspire people I made sure they were lookers. And in a perfect world every gift would get good attention because I secretly LOVE to embellish gifts. I secretly want the gift I give to be the prettiest gift in the room because I have gift vanity. But in reality, I’ve hired help to wrap (remember how we buy stacks of Jesus Callings?) and our boys help wrap and really, we don’t even have that many gifts to wrap anyway. But I don’t want you to get the idea that I’ve never used Sponge Bob paper because duh, who wouldn’t love getting a pink starfish on their Christmas paper?


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