It's a Wrap! {Well, Almost..}

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OK, OK, so technically I do have one more present to wrap - but at the rate I'm going if I wait any longer it'll be New Year's before I show you my kraft paper presents! As you'll recall from not so long ago, The Great Wrapping Paper Shortage of 2011 forced me to think about getting creative in wrapping holiday gifts using plain brown paper. Now for the eagerly anticipated reveal... ahem.... drum roll, please...

Oh wait, hold on a minute! First, let me show you some of the supplies I used:

  1. First and foremost, you've got to have your brown kraft paper!
  2. While out on a walk with my pup, I snagged several sprigs of greenery and, of course, a few pine cones for good measure
  3. Don't forget that great tip about using up holiday odds and ends! Grab some baubles.. and don't forget your paper scraps and ribbons (as I did for this photo!)
Now I'm ready to show you the goods (one more drum roll... pretty please...):
Gold ribbon, greenery, a felt reindeer, and some pine cone wrapping disguising brown paper
This snowflake paper is one of my favourites; I'm so glad I was able to muster up enough to use for this gift:
Scraps of snowflake paper actually match and enhance kraft wrapping!
I just couldn't resist trying out Carolyn's idea to use a sweet little bird to accent a gift; and I just realized that the bow I tied using jute looks almost like a tiny nest (...I mean, I intended that, total genius!):
Darling little bird by Geninne Zlatkis perched atop this gift
I managed to have just enough of this candy cane wrapping left over to almost entirely cover a gift; ah well, close enough! I think it looks great even with a tad bit of plain brown paper peeking over the sides:
Some left over candy cane wrapping makes another appearance, this time with a white satin ribbon,
sprig of greenery, and faux mercury glass ornament
This green damask print is one of my all time favourites, and I've had it for a few years now. Unfortunately I am down to my absolute final scraps, so here it is in one of it's last performances (I'll miss you Green Damask, you were a star!):
Green damask paper scrap, polka dot bow, and green balls
Phew! I'm tired just showing you all those wrapped gifts! Using kraft paper was a bit more cumbersome to work with, as it does not fold as easily or crisply as regular wrapping paper. However, I think that in the end it was worth it - at least I hope so. Alright, I suppose it's time to stop procrastinating and wrap that one final gift...

What about you...

Are you ready for the holidays yet? Only a few more days to go and I actually think I might finally be finished. Now, if only I could get motivated to take some photos of the house! I would love to see what everyone else has been up to in terms of decorating, so please don't forget to leave me a link in the comments!

This week I'm linking up to the following blog: The 36th Avenue. Don't forget to grab a mug of hot chocolate, mosey on over, and get comfy for some inspiring other projects over there.

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