Guest Picks: Relaxing Holiday Gift Wrapping
Angela Liguori of Studio Carta imports this unusual and lovely string-wrapped cotton thread from Italy.
In tight or loose weave, Studio Carta's Italian cotton ribbon is available in a myriad of colors.
Every year before the holidays, I head to Ikea for some basic, inexpensive wrapping. This year's favorites are these retro Santa bags. They're great for party favors, Christmas candy or small gifts.
Olive Manna's festive twist ties are great for a quick closure, as well as a myriad of other craft projects.
This holiday season, try a little chartreuse instead of evergreen. It's a fresh twist on an old theme.
Made in collaboration with Angela Languori, Pikku's cotton ribbon comes with a wooden paddle that is hand-carved in Vermont.
Great for the holidays, or any time of year, Olive Manna's aged tags have a vintage appeal that's totally contemporary.
A little bling, especially these cheerful gold leaves, makes everyone happy.
This year I'm going with a little blue twine. It's so pretty with either gold or silver.
Serene and simply lovely (much like the real thing), snowflakes made from Japanese washi paper are an easy way to adorn a package. I apply only one, off center, and then maybe add a sprig of evergreen.
Graceful berry and weed stamps from Tara Hogan of Ink + Wit are also great for DIY wrap and cards.
Mimicking frosted pine needles, Dream & Candies' silver cord adds a delicate touch.
I often eschew gift tags in favor of simply writing "To" and "From" directly on the wrapping paper. Whether you do this or not, your note is most festive written in metallic gold and silver ink. I prefer a fine point.
Japanese washi tape is great for all your holiday craft ideas, including wrappings. Crisscross it or create a tree, star or other design. It's especially handy for presents that need to be shipped.
I love black swirls with gold. This adds just a hint of noir to the holidays.