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How To: Elegant Thrifty Gift Wrapping

The May Arts Design Team is hitching a ride with Little Yellow Bicycle to bring you a fun and inspirational week of projects.  We have several near Christmas birthdays in our friends and family circle so we often give combination presents since they’re all adults.

I wanted a wrap that hinted of the Christmas season but also had a bit of feminine vintage charm.  One of my favorite wrapping papers in addition to freezer paper is plain brown Kraft paper.  It’s inexpensive and can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion.

May Arts Wired Burlap Striped Edge Ribbon, Faux Suede Leaves and Little Yellow Bicycle Fresh Verse Cardstock Stickers made wrapping this gift a quick and easy project.  I purposely frayed the ribbon ends to add a bit more charm. A spritz of Glimmer Mist added some holiday sparkle to the paper flower in the center.

Thanks for joining us on the May Arts blog.  Be sure to check back often to see what the May Arts Team has designed for you then pop over to the Little Yellow Bicycle blog for even more creative ideas.

Blog post by: Charlene Driggs

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  1. Kim H

    love the ribbon with the kraft paper wrap. wonderful addition of the ribbon  leaves and flower, thanks for sharing.

  2. Lori Poffenroth

    This gift is almost too pretty to open.  The burlap ribbon pairs beautifully with the kraft wrapping paper.

  3. Wendy Crowe

    I am so in love with these ribbons!!  What a classic style!

  4. Pam Sohan

    Love this idea for wrapping a package. SImply beautiful ! 

  5. Lee

    Just lovely!  I love the burlap!

  6. Cindy Krueger

    I used to wrap using the curling ribbon and now am a believer in using real ribbon.  This burlap ribbon is fabulous!  I am all about making the presentation as great as the gift inside!

  7. Ange

    Cute and fun gift wrapping idea!

  8. barbara f

    May Arts has the most beautiful ribbon!  I love using ribbon in my projects and this is beautiful!!  Great job!!  Great inspiration!!

  9. SuZeQ

    Isn't that the sweetest gift-wrapped present ever?  I love it.

  10. SuZeQ

    Now THAT'S a gift I wouldn't want to open … it's just so very beautifully wrapped.  Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Marcia Scantlin

    So pretty.

  12. rush

    lovely packaging!

  13. ava

    love the look on this gift. parcel…… great color combination.
    ava g

  14. Kristie Maynard

    What a beautiful gift.  Who wouldn't love to receive something like this?  Just gorgeous!

  15. Robin Buchholz

    Very elegant, I love it!

  16. Jackie H

    My son celebrates his birthday on Christmas! The gift wrap would be perfect!

  17. Lisa L. ( Lisa's Creative Niche)

    These are stunning! I love how beautiful the outside of a present can look!

  18. Sue D

    Love this vintage look!

  19. Jeanne Kelly

    I love the vintage look of this wrapped present!!

  20. Jennie W.

    This is a beautiful package! Great idea for using those leftover scrapping stickers.

  21. Wende

    So pretty!  Thanks for the chance to win. 

  22. Julie A. Shearer

    Beautiful package . I love that ribbon ! So pretty .

  23. KellyG

    Beautiful package!  Love that ribbon!  Great idea to use kraft paper!

  24. Emily H

    Oh my! So gorgeous! I want my packages to look like this!

  25. Mary S - Big Mamma

    What a great idea and it turned out perfect.

  26. Miriam Prantner

    You really don't need wrapping paper, you just need ribbon….plus you can keep it to use on other stuff after you unwrap!

  27. Virginia Fynes

    Pretty wrapping! 

  28. Jennifer Reynard

    Wow, the wrapping of the gift is a present in itself! beautifully done!

  29. Carla Hundley

    This really dresses up the package!
    Carla from Utah

  30. {vicki}

    so pretty!
    I struggle with putting bows on my gifts

  31. Margaret

    Love the decorated clothspins…looking forward to making some.

  32. Nikki C

    The burlap ribbon is just so pretty 🙂

  33. scrappymo!

    This does look vintage and gogeous. Love those suede leaves.

  34. Nicole Martel


  35. Marcia Dehn-Nix

    I am in love with that burlap ribbon!

  36. heaney

    what a beautiful diy packaging…!

  37. Cheryl Hutcherson

    So pretty!  Love it!


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