5 Creative Gift Wrap Ideas You Can Do With Stuff Around Your House
You’re an excellent shopper. When it comes to finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, you’re at the top of your class. The only thing? You don’t always remember to wrap those gifts until the very last minute. We’ve all been there. I’ve been known to turn paper grocery bags inside out and use those as gift wrap with a very elegant shipping tape seal and stolen-from-the-tree ornament topper.
Today, we’ve teamed up with Google to up your gift wrap game twofold. First, use the Google app to set yourself a reminder so that you remember to wrap presents when you get home. The app will send an alert your way the moment you get home — how awesome is that? All you have to do is speak to set a reminder up. It’s like having a personal assistant!
Second, you need a few pro gift wrap hacks up your sleeve. Here are five creative gift wrap ideas you can make using stuff that’s probably already lying around your house.
1. Twine Pom Pom Present Toppers: Can’t find ribbon or a bow? Pom poms to the rescue! You can turn just about any fabric or string into a pom pom, so start foraging around your house for possible future pom poms. Baker’s twine is a great option, especially if you’ve got a spool that’s multi-colored like this red and white combo. I’ve also made pom poms out of old t-shirts, fabric scraps, rope and more. Get creative!
2. Create Your Own Wrapping Paper: If you want to jazz up a roll of plain paper, paint pens and Sharpies are all you need. You can do this with printer paper, brown paper bags or even newspaper to really make it your own.
3. Peekaboo Patterned Wrap: Take two scraps of last year’s saved wrapping paper and combine them to mimic this peekaboo present. If you don’t have wrap from last year, you can do the same sort of thing by combining white printer paper with colorful magazine pages.
4. Printable Gift Wrap and Gift Tags: We’re doing you a solid here — as long as you’ve got access to a printer (or a Kinko’s). Download these patterned papers, gift tags and holiday cards and you’re good to go.
5. The Good Old Potato Stamp: And if all else fails, you can always turn to your friend ’til the end: the potato stamp.
Still looking for creative inspiration? You can ask Google for that as well. Your future as a wrap star is just moments away ;)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)