How to Wrap with Wallpaper

December 3rd, 2008 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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I guess I will be going with the holidazzle look this year. Very different from the plain postal packages last year.
Yes, indeed these are pretty swanky wall paper scraps. The ornaments turned bows are part of our new family tradition.
Wallpaper with a keen sense of fashion and a good personality? Wow, you dont find that every day.
Measure your box and cut your paper to size for wrapping ease. The scissors slides nicely down the paper for a clean edge. Make sure to use sharp scissors!
Using double-stick tape keeps your packages beautiful from every angle. Note to parents: This does make it a little easier for little peepers around your house to unwrap and rewrap without suspicion.
Cut tape at correct angles, lay on paper, remove paper from tape, stick together, and poof youre done.
Now will you look at that nice clean edge. Martha would be proud!
I told you I would be recycling ribbon from my Thanksgiving centerpiece. Ahh, the ribbon that just keeps on giving.
These perfectly gaudy Christmas ornaments are constructed from tin can tops and flashy beads. This one is apparently a regular grind.
They came already fitted with a pipe cleaner making it easy to attach as a package topper.
Just run your ribbon right through and youre good to go.
If you need a box for a gift, I encourage you to use a recycled one. This one holds small ornaments so it is now without a job for the season. After the gifts are opened and the holiday over, the ornaments can go right back in!
I guess I will be going with the holidazzle look this year. Very different from the plain postal packages last year.

I guess I will be going with the holidazzle look this year. Very different from the plain postal packages last year.

Every year I look for new and innovative ways to wrap my gifts. Actually, I guess I should say old ways to wrap. Ha! Any hoo, these wallpaper scraps set the wheels in motion for this holiday season. To simplify things I choose a color scheme for each person who will be at the grand opening of gifts on Christmas morning. This way I don't have to tag them as the recipients can just look for their own special color. This year we have a new member of the PJs only squad. Hannah, my son’s girlfriend will be joining us. Looks like things are getting pretty serious. Do I hear junk wedding bells? No pressure kids, I've only been waiting over 20 years to do a JUNKMARKET Style wedding! Sorry, the thought of a wedding made me lose my train of thought.

Back to the wrapping. I thought since Hannah would be on board this year I would start a new tradition for the ladies of the house. Obviously the color selection has been set by the wallpaper samples and ribbons. Elizabeth is gold, Laura green, and Hannah a pinkish orange. I chose ornaments from my collection to use in lieu of bows. Aren't these ornaments to-die-for beautiful! I love the fact that they are made from garbage...tin can tops. The ornaments are extra special gifts for the girls. They are given with love from me to them. From this year forward I will select an ornament for each of them from my box of goodies to give them a start on their own beautiful trees. New beginnings!


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Comments (13)

gramdeb writes: I saw on HGTV where you can take a pic of someone and attach it to their gift as name tags--I bet this would be fun for children !!! Posted: 8:04 pm on January 14th
shabbychick writes: Tres chic!! And just so creative - what fun the girls will have on Christmas morning - but they're so pretty, they won't want to unwrap them!!!

Thanks for sharing your holiday with us!

Kathy Posted: 10:53 am on December 9th
pizzawife writes: Hi Sue: Great minds think alike. I go to my local Sherwin Williams, Lowes, etc. and ask for their out of date wallpaper books and they give them to me. I wrap small items and use the pages in my Scrap Booking backgrounds. I also took months and cut 4x4 squares out of all different patterns/colors and put them on my friend's wall above her gas fireplace. Looked like a tile of patchwork quilt. My friend loved it.

Thanks for your feedback on my wild furniture. My name comes from my husband, he's an owner of a pizza restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio (City of Silverton) called "Italianette", so it was only fitting I be "pizzawife".

My husband has family in Minnesota and we took the girls there this past Summer for their 40th Wedding Anniversary. We had a lot of resistance, because they are city girls, but once they got there, they loved it! My younges (10) still talks about the farm, cows, etc. Posted: 2:10 pm on December 8th
CottageElements writes: Sue, I'm glad you mentioned that. I got an e-mail from them, but totally forgot about it! Amy is coming down from Duluth tomorrow and we're going to Buffalo. Might just have to swing by Hunt and Gather. Not quite on the way, but I think it would be something she could get into!

Lani Posted: 12:16 am on December 5th
WhisperWood Cottage writes: Gorgeous and inspirational as always! I like the simple tip of re-using boxes from year to year. I always save my boxes, bags, packing, etc. I even re-use old cards as gift tags. With such simple strategies, helping the environment is so easy (and less expensive)!

Amy Posted: 10:00 pm on December 4th
MimiToria writes: Thank you Sue. Maybe, I'll get down there tomorrow. I'm on Chauffer Patrol for 5 teenage girls tonight, so can't make the open house. I really appreciate the info. though, as this is something I've been searching for several months and still haven't found it.
Missed you today, but had a nice/quickie lunch with Kimberly. I had to get back in town as I thought I was having 5 extra girls here after school, but they're coming a bit later than originally planned.
Hope all is well with you.
Gotta get you to that new junk shop I told you about and soon. You'd love it.
Gretchen Posted: 4:19 pm on December 4th
bridiemurphy writes: Super pretty...would adore finding something like that under my tree! Junk Wedding Bells...hmmmmm...I hope so, can't wait to see what you dream up for the reception! Posted: 10:46 am on December 4th
suewhitney writes: Hi Gretchen,

A vendor at Hunt & Gather in Minneapolis had oodles of these scraps/samples. These are vinyl wall paper and really work well for wrapping. I have done it before with the vintage paper variety and it didn't work as well. The paper tends to get a little dried out and brittle and can tear easily. You might want to give them a shout at H&G and see if they have any left. Their Holiday Open House is tonight and their super sale goes through this weekend. The contact for details; phone # is 612.455.0250. This might be a fun thing for you to attend.

Sue Posted: 8:34 am on December 4th
MimiToria writes: Hi Sue - I love what you've done here. I've been searching high and low for some cool vintage wallpaper for wrapping presents with, but to no avail. I would never of thought the presents could look this fabulous though. Now I will have to search even harder. I was at GW yesterday and all they had was cheesy 1980's stuff. Nothing great like this.
Love the oranment tops as bows too. I've not seen anything like that before. My hubby had a hat made out of crochet and a Squirt can growing up, that their Great Aunties made for them though. Ha! Your ornaments are somehow much cooler than what his hat was. : )
I to am wrapping my gifts according to color codes and love the whole idea of that. Problem is, I'm not finding my wall papers to wrap them in.
Gretchen Posted: 8:23 am on December 4th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Just beautiful! And your family traditions are so fun!

Candy Posted: 6:37 am on December 4th
fellowjunker writes: Too funny about the wedding planning. I bought a vintage cake topper the other day in preparation for one of my boy's weddings.......trouble is they are only 15, 13 and 11!!! Ha,Ha
The vintage wallpaper is beautiful as are the ornaments made out of old tin cans.
xojanis Posted: 8:47 pm on December 3rd
CottageElements writes: Sue, love the colors on this wallpaper. What a great find. Who would have thunk? Oh, wait . . . of course you would have. The tin can ornaments are fab, too. My friend purchased some flowers made from them (I have dibs on them if she ever wants to part with them). And I love the idea to wrap the presents in different colors for each person. That way they won't know who they're for until Christmas. Ingenius!

Lani Posted: 7:52 pm on December 3rd
georgiamoon writes: Wow, wow, wow these colors are to die for. I have never seen the ornaments made out of the tin can lids before...I learn a LOT from hangin' with you. I think the richness of the wallpaper gives these gifties a very special and grand look. Your son's girlfriend is in for a treat with you buying and wrapping the gifts. It's the same at my house...hahaha. I am sure everyone will just ooh and ahh over these beauties. Love them, Geo
Posted: 7:41 pm on December 3rd
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