Check out my 6 best gift-wrapping tips that will save you a lot of time!
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- Christmas Stocking Pattern
- Adorable Diy Holiday Garland
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6 Smart Gift Wrapping Tips
Are you always late for parties? Leaving your home at the last possible moment just because you were actually ready to go, except for - realizing you still hadn't WRAPPED your gift? So you're just like me. Let me show you what tricks I use to make LAST MINUTE gift wrapping quick and easy.
Christmas doesn't have to cost you a fortune - Here are a few time-saving and frugal tips for Christmas gift decorations.
1 - Use gift TAGS
I put tags on my Christmas and New Year's gifts, for practical reasons, since I don't want to accidentally mix up the gifts when there are many.
So, if you are crazy about gift tags, make some in advance, use my free gift tag templates in 3 sizes from the FREE Handmade Holiday Series to make adorable hexie gift tags, or these other playful diy gift tags. The template is free, and both ideas are super easy!
A Super Quick solution - these free printable gift tags
Or, to make them even faster, have them printed out. You can get several cute and free printable gift tags here if you want them:
I made these gift tags specifically for New Year and Christmas. Feel free to use as many as you need, I made these free templates for you!
2 - Use decoration in Place of wrapping paper
Avoid the hassle of carefully and slowly encasing a present into wrapping paper: I often cheat by just using decoration instead, like here:
I used decorative twine - it often depends on the style, but in fact any will do. While you're at it, grab another decorative item, add it while tying the rope and you're good to go.
Make Your Own Diy Gift Toppers - In Advance!
You can make decorations for your gifts in advance by yourself, like
- these sweet diy felt bows
- these diy no-sew tulle bows
- these DIY pompoms I made from tissue paper a while ago
I keep my diy gift toppers in an upcycled box that is just perfect to store diy decorations (some call it hoarding, but it's creative storage, actually :))
3 - Keep gift bags in stock
Ok, this one looks like a no-brainer, but you'll need to think in advance: you should make sure you've got a stack of gift bags ready... You might want to buy them or make them yourself. Here's how a plain black purchased gift bag saved the day:
This one in the photo was purchased, but honestly, I feel happiest when I have a few of DIY gift bags on stock. Did you know you can make a gift bag yourself? Read on!
4 - Make your own Gift Bags (EASY!)
Why not make your own, beautiful DIY gift bags? It's easy and quick - and the boxed corners are made the EASY way! (The best sewing hack ever!) And yes, totally BEGINNER-friendly!
This gift bag pattern comes in 6 variations, perfect to hold all your Christmas gifts. The PDF pattern has detailed step-by-step instructions with lots of photos, tips to make your project easy and fun. Make tons of them, fold them and save them - and you're safe for the entire holiday season! (Even a great Christmas stocking alternative!)
5 - Diy Drawstring bags Are So Useful!
You can make your own drawstring bags to put presents in. You know, just open it, tuck the present in, pull the string, DONE. I love drawstring bags. They take no time to gift wrap!
I made them some time ago and showed it here, too. I still remember, I made them in no time. Fast, easy and no tiresome measuring needed. They are perfect for me, and here's a post about probably my first batch of diy drawstring bags I made to store my gifts in.
And here's an easy tutorial I made later, for super quick drawstring gift bags:
But remember: it's best you get or make many of them at once and store these bags for future use. I keep them in a box, nicely stacked together, the largest at the bottom and the tiniest at the top of the box. Yes, I made them in various sizes, not bothering about the exact measures. Also presents are never of the same size, are they?
6 - Closing the gift bag: make it simple
Clothespins, washi tape or ribbon will secure the bags shut in no time. I use ribbon. All. The.Time. It's quick and easy, even in a jar gift variants like here:
Stock up on gift wrap materials after the holidays, when prices are down. You'll save money.
I hope you'll be able to use some of the ideas to save time AND make gift wrapping fun and easy. And happy gift-giving, of course! Save to Pinterest so you have this post at hand when you need it:
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