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DIY: Holiday Gift Wrap, 5 Ways

December 02, 2013 12:00 PM

BY Remodelista Team

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Once you’ve procured the perfect gift for each person on your holiday list, the realization sets in that your task isn’t complete at the swipe of a credit card. You have to wrap your finds, too. To create that final winning touch, here are five simple gift wrap ideas that make use of brown paper and string (and just a few other things).

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Finished Look

Above: Gifts in a range of shapes and sizes, wrapped and ready. Original photography shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. The filmmaker’s camera.

Materials

Above: Accessories to pull the packages together include rubber bands and baker’s twine.

Above: The containers: Weck jars, kraft paper, and boxes.

Wrapped Candles

Above: Start with two sets of three Pure Beeswax Tall Tapers ($24 for a set of two), 18.5 inches long, in white and natural beeswax; group each trio into a pyramid and secure with a rubber band. (For a moody look, Terrain also offers 10-inch-long Pure Beeswax Tapers in black; $28 for 6.) Next, fold in the edges of a strip of kraft paper to wrap around each bunch.

Above: Tie off the paper with white cotton string, twisting it around itself in the front and back three times; secure with a bow.

Cedar Wreath Gift Box Decoration 

Above: A porcelain beaded trivet (see DIY Video: Wooden Bead Trivet for how to make one) and four Washed Linen Napkins in navy blue ($12 each from Terrain) get tucked inside a box and wrapped in kraft paper.

Above: Start with a bunch of preserved or fresh cedar branches (see Materials above); cut off 2-3 inch pieces and then connect the pieces by tying them in the center of each branch with cotton string. Work the shape into a circle and finish it by tying the two ends together. Tie on more pieces of cedar to fill out the wreath to your liking. The result: a tiny wreath sized to fit on the top of your box.

Canning Jars and Baker’s Twine

Above: For homemade holiday treats, Weck jars are a favorite gift box: they keep food airtight and can be used as pantry storage after the holidays.

Above: Simple and to the point: tie colorful baker’s twine around the clamps of the Weck jars to keep everything in place, add a tag to each, and let the clear glass show off the gift inside.

Minimalist Gift Wrap

Above: Binchotan charcoal is the perfect present for spa fans: Japanese activated charcoal is known to increase blood circulation, deflect negative ions, remove toxins, and more (see Black Magic: Japanese Charcoal). Here, a charcoal-infused Eye Mask ($26), Toothbrush ($8), Pumice Stone ($16), and Scrub Towel ($18) are ready for a gift box.

Above: Wrap box with kraft paper, then gather about 10 stems of oat grass (see Materials above) into a bundle and secure with a rubber band. Tie the grasses onto the box with a long strand of cotton string.

Birch Bark Trees Package Decorate

Above: Using a few birch bark strips (see Materials above) and a pair of floral scissors, cut out crude shapes of Christmas trees and pierce them at the top with a small pin creating a hole for string.

Above: Using washi tape to mimic ribbon, tape off the outside of the package. Thread the string through each birch bark tree, knot it, and tape it to the top of the gift—after the present is opened, the trees can be used as holiday ornaments.