Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wrapped up

The weather of late has been stormy with some rain. It's still very muggy though, but today is a bit cooler with what looks like another storm on the way. Meanwhile I've been wrapping up my Christmas presents and have them all finished.  If, you are like me, and are rubbish at wrapping anything I find placing things in boxes the most easiest way to make nice looking presents. Buying boxes can be expensive a cheap alternative is to recycle food boxes. And if you are feeling humorous on the day you can leave the box undecorated and let folks think you've given them a box of ice cream cones.

A fast way to place items in a cheap box is to use cupcake boxes. Don't put the cupcake tray in them. You'll get three cupcake boxes per pack for about $3 which is pretty good value. Line the box with crumpled up tissue paper or cellophane and add your smallish presents. If you have scented items and food items together like chocky's, wrap the scented item so the smell doesn't go through the box contents and or leak.

Boxes like ice cream, mochaccinco boxes and any other boxes can be used to. Wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper, washi tape, paint, ink, stenciles can all be used to decorate them. Give all boxes a good coat of Gesso paint first which covers well. If you are just going to paint your box try to avoid using any box with a raised embossed writing and design as it will show through the paint. Use these boxes for when covering in paper.

If you buy tea bag boxes, especially the big boxes they can be used like cupcake boxes. Sometimes the writing shows through on the inside so paint and cover the inside of the box however you like. This teabag box I used crepe paper party streamers to make ruffles around the edges and for the bow. I added a thriftstore brought card and sequin trim for next to nothing decoration.

And before you know it you'll have all your presents wrapped and ready to go.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening whereever they are.


  1. hmmmm,.... I might just try this and use some old sheet music pasted on to the boxes collage-style


  2. Amei conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!
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    Beijos Marie.

  3. One year we had a fun time using empty cattle feed bags as wrapping paper and used hay bale twin to tie the paper on. Everyone laughed and loved the idea. hmmm, maybe we need to try that again soon! :)

  4. Olá amiga,vim retribuir sua carinhosa visita ao meu cantinho.
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    Beijos Marie.

  5. My Grandmother, saved every box,to use for gifts.At never knew what was really inside the box....a double surprise!

  6. Dear Shiralee ... I love your idea of the cupcake boxes for putting gifts into. I use a lot of craft paper with raffia or bakers twine for the gifts that we give. I love making our gift tags. I go for the old fashioned look. Your little bundle of gifts looks very nice. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. Hugs ♥ Teri