Hoydens are apparently going to be showing you some crafty goodness as a regular weekly feature around here so stand back. If you follow my personal blog then you know I’m a goddamn craft-cynic so it doesn’t really make sense that I am kinda kicking the feature off here at Hoyden About Town. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the beauty and skill of crafty stuff, it is just that over time I have been beaten down by an art n’ craft lovin’ six year old kid. Once you’ve repeatedly picked up a truckload of someone else’s paper scraps and cotton threads you lose a certain craft sparkle in your eye.
But moving right along. Here’s how you might care to wrap your Christmas presents this year. First piece of advice? You should have bought your presents already. Don’t leave it until Christmas Eve to shop, that’s so ‘1995 me’ to do that. It is now 2011 and we have the Internet, so even if you hate being in actual shops you can still do your shopping – do it online, hurry up. (If you’re one of those crafty types who makes your own gifts then start writing a post for the Weekend Womenscraft feature). The wrapping ideas I’m about to show you were inspired by Pip Lincolne. You can see a little tutorial on her present wrapping ideas here.
Now, here’s my idea.
Brown wrapping paper. It’s cheap and it’s old-fashioned. Or maybe it’s hipster. Anyway, don’t argue.
String. It’s cheap and it’s Sound of Music.
Plain labels. They’re cheap and they’re a blank slate.
And here’s what I did with my blank slate, I bought an old book from an op shop and I let my six year old cut it to pieces. I know, I know. My punk brother-in-law is living with us at the moment and he has zero respect for any conventions, particularly the ones involving replacing my wine when he drinks it, but even he shuddered when he saw this sacrilege. Anyway, it wasn’t a great book and it wasn’t in great condition and it cost me a dollar but oh my, its illustrations (and later when I’ve devoured all illustrations, its wonderful font), make great scenery on gift tags. Don’t worry about whether the illustrations are actually Christmassy in theme, I sure didn’t. I’m a big fan of obscure.
Cut out something and stick it on your plain label. Scissors, glue, craft.
But next, actually make the present a little bit Christmassy. I had amazing luck at a discount shop where I found these Christmas cocktail recipe cards for $2 a deck. Honestly, they looked like nothing much at all, the outside of the pack gave nothing away about how truly pleasant they are inside. I’ve glued one of these cards on to each present, like so.
Right, that’s enough Christmas for the decorating of the presents.
And here’s another tip. Pip Lincolne said ditch the bottle gift bag if you’re giving a bottle of wine to someone this year. Those gift bags are hideous, just decorate the bottle a bit instead. I went with pipe cleaners, and then I would have liked to staple the cocktail recipe card on to the gift tag but my stupid stapler had no staples so it’s glued on instead. But let the record show that I’m a massive fan of staples in craft.
One more for the road.
That’s it. Happy Christmas if you celebrate it, happy everything else if you don’t.
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