You either love it or hate it: that inevitable holiday evening spent with a tower of gifts, a good ream of wrapping paper and – if you’re lucky – a gluten-free Christmas cookie or two. We’re the gift wrap-loving kind and were thrilled to spend an afternoon learning to wrap things up in style with Pressed Juicery neighbor, Abbot Kinney’s adorable Urbanic Paper Boutique.
Urbanic’s Audrey Woollen, who’s graced our digital pages a time or two before, and knows a thing or two about great-looking paper, let us in on a few of her favorite all-natural looks, ribbon-tying tricks and how to achieve the perfect crease (it’s all about double stick, people!) to make your holiday gifts next level amazing and ready to grace that tree skirt in style. Rifle through our slideshow for all of the looks and read Audrey’s tips and tricks below!
Patterned recycled wrapping papers, kraft paper, velvet ribbon, baker’s twine, metallic cord, crochet yarn, rosemary, jingle bells, pompoms, feathers, foiled ornaments, woodland painted arrows, assorted tags – and tape!
Outside the box:
Common household materials can make for charming wrapping supplies: old maps, children’s artwork + painted newspaper all make great wraps. Stacked cupcake liners can be gift bows, old photos can be tags or toppers and circular label stickers can be used to embellish solid colored papers
I love snipping rosemary from our neighborhood to tuck into the ribbon. I enlist my sons to help and they love to gather up a few natural materials. They love to help place the tape on gifts too.
In the fold:
Detail that makes the difference:
Eco-Odds and Ends:
Some of these papers are so pretty, I love to reuse the scraps left over from other gifts to fold and wrap around other gifts like a band. This adds a pop of pattern to a gift and will perfectly frame a ribbon or a bow.