That’s a Wrap!

I’m back again with one last post before Christmas. I am looking forward to a few days filled with family, food & drinks! Christmas is most definitely my favorite time of year. As a child, I would be up all night on Christmas Eve filled with excitement about what gifts I might receive the next morning. Now, I get giddy with glee over the gifts I have wrapped and ready to give!

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Here are a few of the ways I’ve decorated my packages this year. I stuck with my rustic Christmas theme, which you saw this morning with my rubber stamped wood gift tags. I used lots of Kraft paper, twine & ribbon, and rubber stamped just about everything in sight.

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Some of the leftover artificial boxwood I used to make my mini boxwood wreaths made for pretty toppers.

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The gifts for my cute little niece and nephews got some fun touches, like this jingle bell topped package:

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And this one, topped with a blue dinosaur (a little preview of what’s inside…shh!)

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For those small & special gifts, I decorated gift boxes with ribbon & topped them with some mini bottle brush trees.

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And, sometimes, simple is the sweetest way to go…

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So there you have it, my simple & rustic gift wrap for this Christmas! How about you? Do you stick to a theme when wrapping holiday gifts, or do you go for mixed colors & patterns? Are you done wrapping, or will you be pulling an all-nighter on Christmas Eve? Make sure you listen for sleigh bells!

Wishing you and yours the merriest and happiest of Christmases!

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Rubber Stamped Wood Gift Tags

I can’t believe Christmas is only two days away! I’ve scheduled two(!) wrapping-related posts for today, in case you are looking for some last minute ideas. I have work today, and we will be traveling on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so I managed to finish all of my wrapping already in preparation! It was a long process, but is probably my favorite pre-Christmas activity each year. I love admiring every gift one last time, and imagining how happy it will make the family member or friend it is intended for. I also LOVE wrapping and experimenting with ribbons, string, toppers and more. Hence today’s wrapping posts!

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First up – a simple little DIY gift tag/topper in line with my rustic Christmas theme this year. You can buy a little bag of these slices of birch at Michael’s for $1.99, or, if you live in the country/woods, you can cut your own!

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Screw little eye hooks into the tops of the wood pieces to turn them into gift tags, toppers, and/or ornaments!

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I used my trusty alphabet rubber stamps to create little tags that can be used as ornaments once the gift has been opened!

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This one is going to a sweet little baby celebrating her first Christmas this year!

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I hope you enjoy these simple little toppers!

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Good luck with all of your wrapping and final preparations! I’ll be back in a few hours with one more wrapping post before I sign off for a few days!

DIY Holiday Card Display

It’s that time of year, when the mailbox is filled each day with beautiful holiday cards from people far more organized and productive than me! I love getting holiday cards from friends and family members, mostly featuring adorable babies these days. I always try to come up with a fun new way to display our cards, and this year I created this rustic, painted wood holder!

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This was something I completely threw together out of stuff I had lying around. I had some leftover pieces of 1×3 pine from another (secret gift!) Christmas project, and so I just grabbed one and gave it a quick coat of white paint.

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Then I painted the tops of some clothespins a nice holiday red, glued them to the wood (four inches apart) and hot glued some mini bottle brush trees to them!

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I didn’t want all of my friend’s babies showing up on Pinterest someday without their knowledge, so I snapped the pic above with some non-photo cards (like my favorite postcards from Rifle Paper Co. seen below!)

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In real life, however, you can picture this whole thing full of pretty families! A great reminder of all the wonderful people in our lives!

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What about you? How do you display your holiday cards? I’d love to hear about/see your ideas! And can you believe there are only 5 more days until Christmas! Oooh I am just getting so excited!!