Saturday, December 3, 2011

Easy Peasy Holiday Decorating

I've been seeing some of the most beautiful gift wrapping supplies on Etsy lately.
And I always think...what's the purpose of buying such beautiful ribbon and wrapping paper? It inevitably ends up on the floor in a messy heap at the end of the day and then makes its way into a trash bag just to take up precious garbage space.

And then it hit me.
Why not use those amazingly gorgeous gift wrappings as decorations?
Here's what I'm thinking....
Buy a bee-yoo-tee-full bowl large enough to be a table centerpiece.
(This one is awesome because the outside of the bowl is decorated. That's what you're gonna see when you're done.)
This bowl is from OwlCreekCeramics.

Take these little boxes, you can get them from any online jewelry retailer, or I get mine at my local Michael's. I'd say about 20-25 would do ya' and make sure you get various sizes. The effect will be prettier.

Now, here's the fun part....
purchase some gorgeous wrapping paper.
Make sure you buy your style and also, it doesn't have to Christmas oriented (remember, they're gonna be little gifts) and it can be small papers because you're wrapping small gifts.

Do you like vintage papers?

(These are PRINTABLE! Instant holiday decorating!)

Go crazy. Mix and match vintage and new, or stick to one color theme. Or maybe go all stripes or all prints or all trees. It's up to you.
But, after the paper you'll need...
There is no end to the gorgeous ribbons and twine you can find on Etsy.
Here are a few of my favs...

Lovely paper ribbon from thegildedbee.

Striking gold twine from the same seller.

Frosty white trimming from SuppliesbyAyca.

A collection of Holiday Yarn from LondonTierney.

Oh, and then last thing....
If you want to, grab a couple of gorgeous gift tags and write notes like Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings on each one and tie to your packages for a little extra cheer.

I love this little package from SunriseFiberCo.

This little tag from phytotherapy is adorable.

Fill your bowl with your little packages and use as the centerpiece for your table. It will be different and gorgeous and low enough that you could probably leave it on the table and see everyone while you eat!

Oh, and when you're done? Pick the whole thing up and store it in a plastic rubbermaid container. It will be clean and ready to go next year and you'll get way more enjoyment out of your gift wrap and fancy ribbon. 

I'll leave you with a little gift wrapping inspiration from Pinterest and a very Merry Christmas! 


  1. Wonderful idea Marcie, thank you for sharing.
    Happy Holidays,

  2. Just beautiful and so inspiring! I better get started now! Thanks for some yummy ideas!

  3. Gorgeous!! (as well as your new, ultra prettied-up blog design!) I'm particularly thinking that the last one is doable for me. I seriously suck at Christmas decor and this could be the ticket. :)

  4. I love your new banner. Happy Holidays!