CHRISTMAS WRAPPING

CHRISTMAS WRAPPING


The stockings are hung and I am almost on Christmas vacation!!! I thought I would get a head start on the wrapping to get in the festive spirit. Each year I tend to have one ‘theme’ for wrapping. Two years ago it was using a punch-label-maker on hand stamped paper. Last year was flocking the names and woodland creatures on butcher paper and tying  them up with bakers twine. This year I decided I wanted to use some Popsicle sticks I had lying around…

popsicle stick used as christmas gift tagsIf I hadn’t used flocking last year, I would have loved to create that velvety look on the wood again this year, but to try and switch things up I decided to use a wood burner. The whole thing was far easier than I thought it was going to be. I had visions of splitting wood while trying to drill and tons of discards while using the burner free hand. But the reality was it is super easy. I used a 1/8″ drill bit and was able to drill through 6 (or so) sticks at a time. If I wasn’t a lazy crafter I might have taped them together, but to be honest, there is no need. I was able to drill through the sticks by  just holding them in a stack. popsicle sticks used as labelsI used  an old wood burner I have had for years. It works just like a pen and is really easy. Coming back to the lazy crafter theme, I didn’t pre-draw the names. I just took the burner and started scripting the names. They are far from perfect or any structured typeface, but we can just classify the ‘winging it’ style as character and all the mistakes as rustic additions. wood burned popsicle stick as gift tag

wood burner used to create gift tags

wood burned popsicle stick as gift tagThen all it took was tying up the popsicle sticks with rough twine and pulling them around gifts that were wrapped with;  kraft paper, Costco Envision Brown paper towel rolls, and some awesome Birch wrapping paper from HomeSense (this is what I wrapped our pipes in). All things I had in the house.

example of wooden gift tags(the ‘pick-me’ tags are for the multiple White Elephant rounds we play at Christmas parties :) )

example of wooden gift tags

example of wooden gift tagsPaired with two accent ribbons I think they turned out quite sweet. Now that I am in the Christmas spirit I think I will go make myself some mulled wine!

Here they are under the tree waiting to be opened….

gifts under the tree with easy diy gift tags

present with diy label

gifts under the tree with easy diy gift tags using popsicle sticks

christmas present with diy label

present with diy popsicle stick label

present with diy popsicle stick label

diy gift tags

gifts under the tree with easy diy gift tags

present with diy popsicle stick label