Embellished Gift Wraps

 this post and Monday's post are companions to my article in
the current Holiday issue of Creating Vintage Charm Magazine 
(available here)

add a handmade touch to your gifts this Christmas  
by embellishing them with re-purposed materials!

these gifts were wrapped with paper that has a sweater print 
(from an old line by MODA Home called 'fUnKy MoNkEy'!)
and then embellished with vintage trims...
detail shots below:

 a lace doily evokes snowflakes
and a tiny grass nest with vintage flower petals adds a touch of real nature.

 Vintage lace and a sweet carnation pin made from vintage fabric (re-usable!) stand in for a bow
[similar pins available from Rose~Marie Designs]

pinwheel posies are made from the edges of canvas painter's tarps, rolled & glued.
attach to a gift with glue dots, over a piece of Christmas sheet music.
[this makes a great solution for gifts to be mailed - no bows to squash!]

feminine vintage trims make for luxurious wrappings...

wrap a gift IN a sweater!
sew an 'envelope' from the body of a sweater, pop a gift box inside, and safety pin the top closed.
On top, a pouffe of beautiful ribbon or trim, a satin bow, and a bling-y rhinestone clip.

rosettes are made from cashmere sweater arm cuffs. just roll up and stitch to hold.
attach to gift with a drop of hot glue. 
the perfect accent for a sweater is PEARLS... dripping on top of the gift like a tree garland!
sometimes very simple materials get BIG results: 

Sew an envelope from canvas, and tuck in vintage sheet music or a favorite magazine.
Fold closed and tie with vintage trims - like velvet ribbon or seam binding and a canvas flower.

for a more rustic masculine look, combine burlap and twine (from the hardware store!). 
a vintage belt buckle on it's original sales card adds more texture. 
making use of vintage trims not only makes for beautiful packages that save resources
[including your MoNeY]
 but they also offer a 'bonus' re-usable gift to the recipient:
a pin, some twine, flowers, a nest, ribbon, pearls.... 
take a peek in your junk drawer and craft closet, 
and see what you can find to embellish YOUR gifts this season!


  1. Oh- How beautiful! I would hate to have to "undo" any of those wrappings- they are wonderful- xo Diana

  2. The gift wrapping is so pretty! I agree I would not want to open it either!