Subtle Christmas Wrapping

Sometimes receiving a beautifully wrapped gift is far better than anything that could be inside the box!  It gives a sort of magic to the gift and tells the recipient that you have gone to great lengths to show just how much you care. Of course, you do not have to spend endless hours wrapping into the wee hours of the night to produce outrageously wrapped gifts.

Just grab beautiful papers and spend a few minutes hand stamping your own tags. Then embellish the presents with little things you probably already have in your stash like pretty buttons and ribbons! Don’t be afraid to use things that are not from the Christmas department, wander around your home and other departments for less conventional ideas.

For a twist, wrap your gift with the paper flipped over so it is white on the outside and a wonderful polka dot surprise on the inside!

Styling and photography by Tina Fussell for A Subtle Revelry, The Holiday Issue.

Posted November 27, 2012 1 Comment
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wrap it up | with graphic lines and floppy bows

Of all the wrapping photos flooding in this week, this one is my favorite. I love the simplicity of a straight graphic line along with the whimsy of a big floppy bow. You just can’t go wrong with that! Make your own with tape, twine or ribbon. See the tutorial for the graphic cube name card here.

I am off to catch my breath after posting the crafted gift guide, planning for two upcoming editorials and a birthday in the works for my almost three year olds. Along with, holiday preparations and 102 temperatures around my house (yikes!). Tis the season for a crazy week… I will see you Monday to share a final gift that I started to make and then decided to keep for myself (smile) I just loved it too much! Then onto celebrating Christmas in full force. Hooray and happy weekend friends.


Posted December 02, 2011 3 Comments
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wrap it up | in stitches

Hand stitched wrapping paper is an easy way to put a sweetly personal touch on your holiday gifts. Use festive words, names, or designs to give each present a special and unique presentation.

To recreate the design, first measure out the box top in the correct place on the wrapping paper. Freehand or stencil a sketch of the word on the inside of the paper. Since you are working on the opposite paper side, a mirror image of the word (basically writing it in backwards) is what you will need to trace. Thread your needle with embroidery thread and hand-stitch your way around the word.

Have you begun your wrapping or shopping yet for the holidays? I am having a blast compiling the DIY Christmas gifts to share with you in December and will be spending the weekend working on a couple of them myself. Happy Friday!


Posted November 18, 2011 13 Comments
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wrap it up | with glitter and bows

I’m taking advantage of the holiday weekend by showing a good friend around my new city. I wrapped up a present for her daughter’s birthday with a bit of glitter ribbon! It was really easy to make by coating ribbon with spray adhesive and sprinkling glitter right on top. The sparkle brings a nice touch of glam to go with the gift.

Hope your long weekend is filled with glitter and love.

PS. Other links to inspire you until Monday, a Thanksgiving picnic, adorable little notes, calligraphy stamps, a hair bow to wear anywhere this winter, pretty photo calendar, artwork from leaves, and a guide for getting rid of stains this party season!

Plus, in case you missed it, my favorite advent calendar and advent wreath (can you believe it is almost here!) more holiday goodness coming next week.


Posted November 10, 2011 17 Comments
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wrap it up | with free art

If you are ever in a bind for last minute wrapping paper (I totally was earlier this week) it is so easy to make your own by printing out free art online. No stress and beautiful images to adorn your gifts with!

There are quite a few sites for finding great art available online now. My favorite is feed your soul, where they have a new collaborative download every month (I just put up September’s adorable print in the twins room this week). One of the party scenes from Styled. issue one would also look splendid topping a present, find them here.

Happy first fall weekend friends, hope this tip might help you to enjoy it even more:)

Photos by me.

PS. Give bright birthday candles for gifts this fall… they bring smiles, I promise.


Posted September 23, 2011 10 Comments
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wrap it up | with a men’s button up shirt

I am excited to share with you a new get-into-the-weekend series. Wrap it up, where I will be detailing creative wrapping ideas along with the usual links and updates every Friday.

This week; giving gifts to your main squeeze. How to wrap a present with a men’s button up shirt.

Just follow the steps, it is the easiest! Top photo by me, illustration via country living.

Other weekend inspirations (for you, not him) classic cakes for two, fox and hound tray for fall, and a feather print scarf I would really like to own.

PS. Don’t forget the contest to win A YEAR OF FREE STATIONARY is still happening. Help me spread the word about Styled.magazine if you haven’t yet. Thanks a billion and have a happy fall weekend friends.



Posted September 16, 2011 17 Comments
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wrap it up | with streamers

I included this brilliant project as one of the 100 reasons to celebrate. I love it so much, I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss it. Wrapping presents in streamers this summer is pretty and incredibly easy.

To recreate; run a length of streamer around your package and tie off with two bows on top. I especially love its look over plain craft paper with a simple note written directly onto the paper.

Photos and project by Concrete and Honey.



Posted June 07, 2011 7 Comments
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stripe your wrap

I am prepping for a styling project in May involving a whole bunch of stripes, which has (of course) lead to a slight obsession with them. I just love this bright spring striped wrapping, done by Riffe Raff. You could make it yourself with a brown bag and a bit of paint.

Spotted on Superkitina.


Posted April 25, 2011 6 Comments
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