Wrapping up Presents

I've started wrapping presents and I always forget how long it takes!

I love a beautifully wrapped gift, lovely wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. The presentation of a gift can be almost as wonderful as the giving. I used to spend more time worrying about the wrapping than what was inside (an exaggeration, but not by much). Now I have two little ones (Baby M is celebrating her first Christmas this year!) and the wrapping isn't taking as much of a priority, sadly. I'll get back there, I promise myself!

My color scheme this year is gold and red. I went to Ikea when their Christmas decor first went on display and was able to pick up some super cheap wrapping paper - gold/white nutcrackers, gold origami-looking boxes (or are they owls? who knows!), flat red and some gold ribbon. I thought this would look great on top of the Ikea sheep skins I'm using as a tree skirt.

Since I've got a ways to go before my own wrapping is complete, I thought I'd share some images of amazing wrapping, do-it-yourself projects, and other things I found that could make the giving of gifts a bit more fun and original. I've got to try some of these next Christmas (or for someone's birthday before then)!

If you're completely lost when it comes to wrapping a gift, here's a fun tutorial that takes the guess work out of making beautiful edges.

Check out more inspiring wrapping images on my Pinterest board Wrapping Presents.

Good luck with all your wrapping, no matter how ornate (or not) it is! Merry holiday season!