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An Easy (and Cheap!) Idea for Gift Wrapping

So, I feel like there are two types of people in the world—those who wrap Christmas presents as they go, or those who wait until December 23 and wrap them all at once. I personally wrap the gifts I buy as I go because I love how they look under the tree—basically another layer of holiday decor—and while my apartment is pretty sizable, I don’t have the same amount of storage as I would in a single family home.

This year, I’m wrapping all of the presents I’m giving in the same wrapping paper. I think it looks so chic when everything matches. (You can see how in 2015 I went with a kraft wrapping paper theme in this post.) At this stage in my life, I usually give only between 15-20 presents each Christmas to my closest friends and family, so it’s easy to get everything wrapped with four or five rolls of the same paper. I know one day I’ll be giving many more presents, and buying whichever paper is on sale will be the way to go.

I picked up the tree pattern shown here at World Market on Black Friday—it’s sold out online, but might still be in stores! I’ve also linked some of my other picks for you to shop below. However, instead of topping it with a bow or ribbon, I’ve got an easy (and affordable!) gift topper for you—faux cranberry vase fillers.

easy gift wrapping idea

That’s right—vase fillers!

I picked up the cranberry ones shown in this post at Michaels on Black Friday for $0.75 per stem, but I’ve linked some below if you prefer to shop online. Any craft store—Michaels, JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby—would have these in-stock this time of year.

Affixing them to your gifts is an easy, two-step process. First, use a wire cutter to trim the stems to your desired length so they fit the gift they’re going on. (I picked up my wire cutter at Michael’s for $10.) Then, hot glue the stem to the wrapped gift. I usually glue it at the top and bottom of the stem and hold it down pretty firmly until the glue has cooled. That’s it!

I’d love to know if you have any favorite ways to wrap presents this time of year—I’m always on the hunt for fun, new ideas! x

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  1. Ah, I love gift wrapping!! And I’ve done this before, so chic!

    Xx Taylor

    Published 12.11.17
    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Taylor! High praise coming from you! x

      Published 12.15.17