When you buy gifts for a lot of people at Christmas time it can become very expensive buying wrapping paper and all of the things to decorate them. I have been known to spend around £40-£50 in Marks and Spencer on my wrapping paper and decorations which could be spent on better things in my opinion. In a few easy steps you can create beautifully wrapped presents for a fraction of your usual cost by making DIY Christmas Wrapping paper. My supplies cost under £20 and some bits will last until next Christmas.
I love the smell of dried fruit as it reminds me of Christmas when ever I smell it, to make it I slice Oranges, Lemons and Grapefruit and bake in a very low oven for 2 hours turning over once. Once the fruit has cooled I place on a radiator or in the airing cupboard for a couple of days to completely dry out. We always take a family crafting foraging trip where we collect pine cones and pretty branches that would make a good base for a project and I tend to use them in my decorating at Christmas time, you can also use some of the branches from your Christmas tree (only pick the bits that you can’t see so chop from the back). If you can get hold of glitter spray, pine cones can look amazing all glittery and twinkling (a tip from my friend Kate)
I start by wrapping my parcels in brown paper which I buy for £1.25 for 15 metres, I then wrap the parcel in ribbon or gardening string, it gives a fabulous rustic feel to the present and makes you feel like you are back in olden days where brown paper was used to wrap everything.
It’s entirely up to personal preference what decorations you use on the present but I quite like to use pieces of cinnamon and fruit, holly berries and sprigs of cedar, pine cones, sprigs of rosemary and coloured jingle bells, Miniature baubles or home made gingerbread.
I cut my own tags from old cardboard boxes (recycling is good) and either leave them plain or add a silver sticker. If you have time you could draw something on the tag or stencil the initial of the recipient. I love this tutorial for Felt Gingerbread men gift tags on Grace’s Favours blog.
Not only do these presents look and smell great your recipient can recycle the decoration next year! You will have saved so much by not purchasing expensive wrapping paper and decoration that you can treat yourself to supplies for next year in the January sales saving even more money the following Christmas. Brown parcel paper can also be recycled so you are doing your bit for the environment too!
How do you wrap your presents?