Wrapping Christmas presents…It’s a love or hate thing, doing ‘the big wrap‘ each year, and it can be very daunting when you are faced with a huge pile to wrap. Its a job that if you don’t enjoy, then you need to make it as easy as possible. So in this post I’m going to give some hints and tips and gorgeous wrapping ideas for this Christmas.
- First up and most importantly, get together everything that you will need – I try to double up, as there is always a point when you can’t find a pair of scissors or a pen. So with twice as many, you are more likely to be able to put your hand on one.
- Try and recruit some help – It will seem less of a job, if you can get the family involved.
- Either dedicate a day to wrapping, or divide it up in bitesize chunks – family on Friday night, and friends on Saturday night whilst watching Xfactor. Children, well leave that up to Father Christmas!
- Correct tools for the job – There are some real time-saving things out there, that are going to make life so much easier. Try using the Scotch Pop-up tape on a handband. It dispensers pre-cut tape, so you only need one hand to grab it whilst still holding down the paper you are wrapping. It’s also a lot stronger than tape I usually use. If you like wrapping with thicker paper, or brown paper, this is going to be the tape for you. The hand dispenser is also perfect if you are going to let the children get involved in the wrapping. No need for them to use scissor cutting tricky sticky tape, much less fiddly too!
- Christmas Music or a Movie. Get into the Christmas spirit!
- Make your own gift tags – This is another area that you can recruit to save time. We bulk make lots of tags to use, so they are ready for when we start wrapping.
This year we are using different coloured luggage tags, which are really reasonable to buy in bulk, and can be decorated, giving your gifts a lovely home-made feel. We cut strips of fabric to attach to the tags or ribbon, and then used different things to decorate them with.
Here’s Miss A drawing Father Christmas –
- Buying a couple of Christmas stamps is also a quick and easy way of decorating tags (or wrapping paper) too. Also the Scotch Pop-up tape, is even strong enough to hold these ribbon and material tags!
- How about those gifts that are awkward to wrap or disguise?
I thought I’d try to disguise a gift card, something most of us buy at Christmas time, but it’s so obvious and a bit boring, when you present it in its envelope.
So to wrap this, you will need a small sheet of wrapping paper and Scotch Pop-up tape. Cut out two equal size star shapes out of the wrapping paper, big enough to hold the gift card.
Using the tape join all of the sides except two, leave this gap so you can place the gift card inside.
You can then decorate the star, I used twine and a bell. Remember to close the gap with the tape! I love this, and I’m going to be using it this year for some other small gifts.
Wrapping a teachers gift.
Together with Miss A (5) we got our heads together for a gift wrapping a teachers gift.
It took sometime but we managed to find a free printable world map, to use as wrapping paper. You can print one-off HERE.
Then I left Miss A in charge of wrapping the notebooks, using our world map wrapping paper. This was printed in black and white, so you could ask your child to colour in the map beforehand. We decided we liked it in black and white though. The Scotch Pop-up tape is such a simple and safe way to wrap, I could leave Miss A to tackle this job all on her own, which she loved, especially as this was a gift for her favourite teacher!
We added a simple satin bow to complete it. A great opportunity for us to explore tying bows!
Miss A was VERY pleased with the results!
So am I, I think it looks really effective.
- Beautiful and simple wrapping –
This is a really fun way of wrapping gifts, what do you think?
I wrapped the gifts in brown paper and then using sticky vinyl paper, cut out the name and either a star of Christmas tree shape. I used my Cricut Explore to do this, but you could also do it freehand.
It’s a simple, modern and uncluttered way of wrapping a present, and because you’ve saved so much time on the wrapping using my tips, it gives you more time to decorate the packages!
Want to know more about Scotch products? If you like their Facebook Page HERE, you can find out lots more information.
There is also a website National Wrapping Day, where you can find out more information and videos about wrapping, together with competitions and where to buy the Scotch products I mentioned.