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12.20.2021

sweater-wrapped gifts

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when i choose a theme, my mind runs rampant with ideas
to incorporate that theme in every possible part of my decor.
case in point: the presents shown above.

it's not enough for me to deck the halls and mantels and doors and tree
in my preferred colors and materials...
i have to make the gift wrap match, too! LOL

this year i found three different ways to incorporate sweaters into my gift wrapping,
to coordinate with my Sweet Sweater Season theme...

continue reading for more inspo & info!

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embracing my current color fave of yellow, white, and gray
meant that i grabbed every snippet of ribbon, yarn, twine, and sweaters
that i could possibly use as gift wrap...
and i managed to get three distinct looks in the process:

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THIS is what actually inspired my theme this year!
as soon as i saw this cable knit sweater - print wrapping paper, i was smitten...
and though Deb is incredibly frugal when it comes to spending money on decor & crafts,
i gladly handed over the bucks with a smile as i nabbed this stuff!

the paper is substantial - important because it won't tear. 
the print is crisp and clear, and looks for all the world like a REAL sweater!

i simply wrapped gifts in it, then added ribbons and trims like yarn pom poms...
i decided that i'm going to make some trees out of it, too,
to add to my winter decor!!!

the paper is the 'knit sweater' print made by Jillson & Roberts - 
find it in the Jillson & Roberts Store on Amazon.
(note: right now all they have is bulk multiple rolls.
i was able to buy just
one roll back in October. and this is NOT a paid ad.)

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next up, i wrapped gifts with actual sweaters!
i cut the bodies of sweaters (XL size, always) into squares,
then wrapped the boxes just as i would with paper,
using safety pins to hold it all closed.

thing is, thick sweaters are a LOT more difficult to work with than paper.
that yummy yellow cable knit LOOKS great - but it's bumpy because it's thick.
 so my top tip would be to use thinner knit sweaters for this - 
like the white open-weave sweater seen on the smaller box. MUCH easier!

ribbons, a yarn pom pom, and a vintage Shiny Brite ornament finish the look.

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the last look is created by simply using knit accessories...
gifts are wrapped in regular gift wrap paper then embellished with
some truly eye-opening yellow knit headbands!
i grabbed some of those (and their matching beanies) at Habitat for Humanity Restore,
and they've been fun to use in many ways this year.
here, they easily slide right onto a box, to become a cute trim AND a bonus gift!

another package is wrapped with fuzzy yarn and adorned with pom poms as trim.

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another real sweater - wrapped box, trimmed with more fuzzy yarn and a large pom pom
and a tiny white box with a white pom pom.

the handpainted yellow striped ribbon is from a previous project (tutorial link is below this post)
and it works perfectly on a package!

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i love this nice cosy look!
finding ways to use everyday materials and unusual materials
to create decor and wrap gifts is a fun way to challenge my creativity -
i hope you are inspired to try it!

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funky junk interiors | new upcycled projects to make #608

creatively beth | creative crafts linky party #73

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