THE BEAUTIFUL EYE
When I wrap my Christmas gifts I l make the tags truly personal. Sometimes it is a hint regarding the contents. Or suggestions for clever uses for the gift. The best ones require the recipient to guess the contents with the clues you’ve written on the tag. Commercial gifts barely give you room to write “to and from plus names”. Where is the fun in that?
My solution is shipping tags. You can buy small bundles at craft stores or a lovely big container of them from an office supply store.
Now the fun begins. Leave them plain or give them a vintage look with a damp tea bag. I have a lovely big stamp that looked like a letter written in French. I used it for the background. You could use snowflakes, floral or leaf designs or simply leave them plain. Add cut-outs from old Christmas cards or magazines. Spread a little white glue in appropriate places and sprinkle it with sparkle powder. Now write away to your little heart’s content.
Every year I enjoy having a different gift wrapping theme. I’ve draped the base of the tree with rich dark green velvet. The gifts are wrapped with simple brown wrapping paper (very brown paper packages wrapped up with string), then tied with green velvet ribbon. It’s all very simple and very “home made”. For me it is all about taking some of the commercial aspect out of the season and making your gifts very, very personal.
Unlike many gift wrapping paper (tissue paper, metallic paper) is completely recyclable. I even recycle the velvet ribbon . Rolled around cardboard tubes it’s tucked away to use throughout the year. I grew up with mantra “waste not want not”. The word recycle did not exist, but one simply didn’t just throw out something that could be put to use.
Now I’m off to nibble on short-bread cookies and sip some smoky Earl Gray tea. Enjoy!