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Embellished Gift Wraps

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, 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!

 this post and Monday's post are companions to my article in
the 2012 Holiday issue of Creating Vintage Charm Magazine 


  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!