It's A Wrap! Photographic Wrapping Paper

Published July 19, 2012

I’ve always felt that the presentation of a gift is just as important as what is inside. When you think about it, the recipient is presented with the wrapping first so it really does set the tone of the gift. I’m not saying that you should spend hours on wrapping your gifts this season but to perhaps spend some time enjoying the activity rather than dreading it a day before Christmas. There are so many different ways to wrap your special person’s gift and with a little creativity you will be surprised to see the results of your efforts.

This year you can make someone’s Christmas special by wrapping his or her gift in paper that has been made from a photograph. The idea is very simple and very pretty. Simply take a photograph that you may have off the recipient when they were young or perhaps more recently and photocopy it several times in black and white. Cut out the photocopies and glue them side-by-side on one or two sheets of 11″ x 14″ paper. Photocopy these new 11″ x 14″ sheets so that you are left with two sheets of photocopied pictures. These are now your wrapping sheets. Wrap your present and tie with a contrasting satin or organza ribbon in shades of light blue or black. Tie off with a gift tag.

I love these miniature pom poms for kid’s presents. They add texture and dimension to the gift and the kids love them. Wrap your present in a bright and bold solid colour paper or something with a very soft design. Glue your pom poms on the paper in a random fashion. Finish off with a bright ribbon and tag.

Another twist on this idea is to use tiny, crystal sequins that you can find at craft stores such as Michaels. Purchase a small package of these sequins in packs of 100 or more. After you have finished wrapping the gift, simply glue the sequins to the package. The result is a very glitzy and fashionable gift for the distinguished recipient.

If you are looking for a more rustic look, try using plain, brown paper wrap from the Post Office. This paper is great for writing on and adding twigs, pinecones and other rustic elements. Tie off the gift with natural raffia and attach a gift tag made from a dried leaf. Perfect for the “green” recipient.

Lastly, if time is of the essence, gift bags are always a hit. Purchase some coordinating tissue and tie off with a seasonal tag. And remember, a quick wrap is better than no wrap at all.