I'm joining (whenever I type 'joining' my laptop converts is to 'join gin' ... what does this say about me?!) in with something a little bit different and a whole lot of fun, today - a Christmas themed blog hop. Kimberly, from the über glamorous Swoon Worthy, has gathered together a group of amazing homes and interiors bloggers for an extra special, festive feature. Every day this week, at 11am GMT, five of us will be sharing something sparkly and Christmassy. I'll put a full list of all of the posts which will go live throughout the week at the bottom of the page, as well as the next blog on the hop so that you can pop along. Also, a huge welcome to anyone who has clicked over from Love Chic Living - I love Jen's blog and I hope that you're not too disappointed at finding yourself here in comparison.
Being a fan of frippery and faffing, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I'd find wrapping Christmas presents a joy. But I don't. I spend weeks rolling my eyes and procrastinating when it comes to picking paper and tags, and after about two minutes of trying to find the ends, I'm ready to banish all roles of tape to the incinerator. Not even carols and wine can make me feel more mellow and in the mood to gift wrap. I just find it incredibly tedious. However, because nobody likes to receive an unwrapped present and because handing something wonderful over in a carrier bag doesn't seem quite right, I need to get my scissors out and get started.
Over the years, I've realised that you can't go wrong with brown paper and a handful of decorative accessories. Keep it simple and keep it colourful. So, if you're as equally as wrapping averse as I am, here are three quick and easy, fun and festive wrapping ideas which I'm pretty sure that you can turn your hand to in minutes. As they were at the top of my Christmas gift guide list, I've used the boxes from my VQ Hepburn MkII and accompanying battery as examples.
1. Nature themed
I love Thornback & Peel's stag and mistletoe wrapping paper, but at £2.50 a sheet it's a touch too expensive to wrap all of my presents in. So, I decided to wrap the larger of the two boxes in inexpensive brown paper and then add a slither of the nicer paper around the midsection as well as wrapping the smaller box in it. Teamed with red ribbon, a bow, and a decorative pine cone and berries (you could use the real things if you do your wrapping closer to the big day), both presents have natural but attractively adorned vibe going on. It's such a simple and easily achievable way to make your presents look lovely but without too much effort or fuss.
2. Tickled pink
It's amazing what you can do with a bit of ribbon and some washi tape. I picked up the polka dot paper in Paperchase and the ribbon and tape from Hobbycraft. It took seconds to wrap the ribbon around the larger box and then I used strips of the washi tape on both parcels to tie the colour scheme together. I wouldn't say that this is the most festive of the three wrapping ideas, but I like it. It's simple but striking. You could choose any colour of ribbon and matching tape depending on your personal preference.
3. Santa, stars and statement stripes
With two little boys in the house, I had to do a version aimed at them. With stars, a simple red ribbon, and featuring a felt Father Christmas and a much coveted cracker on the smaller parcel, this is the kind a of wrapping that they can't resist. Again, it's very simple. I've not gone to much more effort than quickly throwing some paper on, but spending extra seconds sticking on little decorations makes all the difference. And who doesn't love a Christmas cracker? It's like a gift in itself.
So these are my three fun and festive wrapping ideas for those of you who want a perfect looking parcel but don't have the patience to do much more than throw on a sheet of brown paper. It's all in the colourful accompaniments, I tell you!
Now it's time to head over to see Lucy at Lucy Loves Ya. Prepare yourselves for something wonderfully colourful and inspirational. Lucy's blog is a joy!
If you want to follow the whole blog hop this week, all of the links are below. The posts are going live at 11am GMT each day so if you click before, you'll be directed to the blog but miss the festive frivolities.
Monday 5th December
The Pink House
Don't Cramp My Style
Tuesday 6th December
Little Big Bell
Seasons In Colour
Love Chic Living
The Ordinary Lovely
Lucy Loves Ya
Wednesday 7th December
French for Pineapple
Thursday 8th December
Old Fashioned Susie
We Love Home
Melanie Lissack Interiors
Friday 9th December
Fresh Design Blog
Ana Mum Diary
Well I Guess This Is Growing Up
A Beautiful Space