And the second project I want to share this week, right before I close my laptop and enjoy Christmas, is this last-minute gift wrap idea. If you missed my first quick project, it was this pair of pom-pom gnomes that you can make while watching tv.
So, the inspiration for this gift wrap idea came from Love That Party, where she used a sprig of rosemary to dress up a plain white wrapping. I decided to add a bit of personalization to that by creating my own wrapping paper with letter stamps to indicate the recipient of the gift. For my family, this type of wrapping is perfect, since J can’t read, but he can recognize letters. Opening presents then becomes a game of figuring out whose name starts with each letter. And oh, I also never seem to have gift tags on hand (I can’t find the ones I made last year ever since the move).
Personalized Stamped Gift Wrap
First, figure out how much wrapping paper you’ll need. Then take a letter stamp and just go nuts all over the paper. I chose to stamp mine in diagonal rows about 2.5 inches apart. Looking back, I should have stamped them closer, especially for the smaller gifts where the letters almost all disappear.
I might also try stamping all over without a pattern and see how that works.
Then, I used the idea from Love That Party, wrapped the gift in a length of yarn, around and around, and stuck a sprig of rosemary in it.
I mentioned on Facebook that this idea struck me because we have a rosemary bush outside on the porch. A huge rosemary bush. As in, I could pair rosemary with lamb chops every day for the rest of my life and not run out, a huge rosemary bush. (I might be exaggerating just a little…)
Well, glad this is a simple way to wrap gifts, because I’m running out of time and I’ve got a lot of stuff still left to wrap.
Happy holidays, and Merry Christmas to all of you. May you cherish the reason for the season, enjoy peace, family and friends! Hugs to you all!