Green + Black: Gift Wrapping

Last week I mentioned that Friday was my hubby’s birthday.  The cool thing about that is that it was also my father-in-law’s birthday!  Yes, they were born on the same day — how cool is that?  Now, I am usually more of a gift bag kind of girl, but this season I am making an effort to change that.  Not that there’s anything wrong with a gift bag — because, let’s face it, there are so many pretty ones to choose from these days.  But I’m trying my hand at this whole creative wrapping thing, and I gotta say… I’m loving it!

wrapping both
I went to Hobby Lobby for my wrapping paper and ribbon, and I will tell you right now that I don’t think I will ever get my wrapping paper anywhere else.  The quality is completely amazing — strong, crisp paper, yet easy to fold and crease.  It was an absolute dream to work with — nothing like some of those paper thin wrapping papers that make you crazy when you’re trying to wrap something and a corner rips.  Nuh-uh.  This paper is perfection.

wrapping supplies
I decided on the green polka dot wrapping paper and the black ribbon because I really like the way green and black look together… it was that simple!  The polka dots in the green shade looked a little less girlified to me, too, so I thought paired with the black ribbon it would tone it down even more.

I learned to wrap gifts pretty well during my days working at Hallmark, when we would have busy wrapping seasons.  I loved it.  It was a moment where I could be really creative, and I loved mixing and matching colors of papers and bows to make it extra special.

wrapping small
The tag was incredibly simple to make (it took minutes) and I was able to swing it with things that I have in my craft stash.  The tags themselves are from Hobby Lobby, as is the stamp, which is still there — I checked! I simply used Rub ‘n Buff on the outer edges of the tag to glam it up a little bit, and then I tied the twine between the final knot in the ribbon.  Can you tell I am loving Rub ‘n Buff now?  After yesterday’s vase project and this tag decorating technique, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to put the stuff down!  #somebodyhelpme

wrapping tag

So tell me — are you a gift bag person, too, or do you love zhushing your gifts so that they’re extra special?  What are your favorite color/pattern combinations to use when you gift wrap?


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  1. Taylor Orriss

    “Brown paper packages tied up with string!” I love simplicity in wrapping, but I also really like all the colors and fun details I’ve seen in your pictures. Colors warm things up a bit and give the receiver the notion that you’ve worked a little longer on their gift and put more thought into it. Maybe I could try brown paper with colorful string? That’d look cool too!

  2. Kris {Driven by Decor}

    I love the tip about the Hobby Lobby wrapping paper (I’ve never thought to look there!) and your present looks gorgeous! I too have always loved wrapping presents and even made extra $$ as a teenager wrapping Christmas presents for several neighborhood families!

  3. Julia

    I just love this polka-dot paper! And I especially love the fun ribbon! I am using a green and white polka-dot paper with red ribbon this year. As a teenager, I worked at a local department store at Christmas in gift wrap…it was so much fun!!

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