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I love tips on wrapping presents. Especially during the holidays! There are a few rules that I always follow when I’m deciding on what design, paper and ribbon I use and it’s usually a reflection of how I’m decorating my home for the current Christmas season.
It’s important to me that my paper picks up the tones in my color scheme and the style in which I’m decorating the house. Everything looks more pulled together and cohesive when you consider the overall look… This year I knew I wanted to keep everything soft and feminine.
When choosing wrapping paper I usually look for 2-3 different style papers that are similar or at the very least, complimentary in color. Whether it be sheen or design, I like to pair them with silky fabric ribbons that match or compliment what I have going on with the rest of the house. I don’t get extremely fancy like some of my talented blogger friends but I think my overall look is just as effective in it’s elegant, simple styling.
Another thing I consider when choosing paper is I try to keep my selections classic, clean and complimentary to one another. If one of the papers I choose has a floral design then I like for another to be geometric using a shade from the floral. A 3rd can even be more simple/tailored. The most important thing is to select 3-4 papers that can blend beautifully.
You don’t need to spend too much for good paper… This year I found all my holiday wrap at Homegoods. They had so many great choices in all of my favorite colors. I went with a blush, white and silver/rose gold theme.
As to my ribbon selections… Paper Source, Hobby Lobby and Michaels are my go to stores for ribbon. All the fabric ribbon I chose is soft and silky, ruffled and feminine.
Another important tip… Go to the fabric section, not the gift wrapping section when looking for fabric ribbon. I don’t like wired ribbon when making bows for gifts. A more romantic soft style is what I’m aiming for. The best silk and grosgrain ribbons can be found in the fabric aisle of any craft store.
To make wrapping a little easier this year I added a few ‘ready made’ decorated boxes in the same white and silver tones to mix with my wrapped presents. I love that you can find these types of boxes everywhere nowadays. Ready made decorated boxes make gift giving so much easier and they always add a more professional look. What’s not to love? ;)
Where are the best places to find wrapping paper and fabric ribbon?