My BFF is a designer. So you'd think I would totally take advantage of that and that my house is gorgeous. I don't, and it isn't. I know what it's like when people ask you to work for free and I can't afford her. Check out Wendy's amazing work at Stylecoachstudio.com.
However, I do like pretty packages under my Christmas tree. I consider them part of the holiday decorations. And Wendy creates BEAUTIFUL packages. Check out her Instagram. And they truly ARE part of the holiday decorations - she gorgeously wraps empty boxes to coordinate with the tree and the room and to be brought out year after year. I love this. Right when the tree goes up you have beautiful gifts underneath it.
So I packed up my boxes and wrapping paper and ribbons and headed over to Wendy's for a gift wrapping class.
Tip #1: Double-stick tape and a glue gun are your best friends.
Tip #2: When wrapping gifts to be used as decorations, use the sturdiest boxes you can find. Sorry, but those Amazon boxes won't last.
Tip #3: You can change/adjust/alter things.
I thought I was clever when I found this bird at the Dollar Store, especially because he was on a clip. Easy to attach, right? But when I put him on my beautiful package the clip showed. I was looking for something to glue onto the clip to cover it up when Wendy said "Just pull the clip out and glue the bird on." Genius!
Tip #4: You can use anything to decorate. Wendy used a vintage saucer on a package. It looked amazing!
While I was wrapping boxes, Wendy was wrapping gifts for a client. (Yes, she will do that.)
Tip #5: ANYTHING can be altered. I know I kind of said that already, but check this out. Wendy's client had already signed the gift tags to go on these beautiful candles. But after wrapping them, Wendy realized that the tags were too big, and distracted from the lovely packaging. Did she panic? No. Did she settle? No.
She simply cut the tags so the names still showed but they were smaller and looked more appropriate on the packages.
Here are some more pics of what I did that evening.
I especially love this box.
The top and bottom are wrapped separately so it can be reused. I have gold ribbon and I'm on the hunt for a vintage black belt buckle so it looks like a Santa belt.
Tip #6: While I was at Wendy's house I noticed that she has gifts not only under the tree, but as part of tablescapes, or on a shelf. Like I said, she's genius!
Wendy lives in Grand Rapids but comes over to the Detroit area for clients all the time - in case anyone is interested in hiring her. And I'm going to find a place and make her come over next fall for a wrapping class. Let me know if you'd be interested in that!
P.S. Tip #7 is from me. Take advantage of all the holiday decorations on sale after Christmas and throw them in with your wrapping supplies for next year.