DIY : Holiday Gift Wrapping with Burlap and Gilded Accents

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to put together a gift wrap DIY using some of our favorite materials. Keep reading to see how we’ve incorporated burlap, yarn, ribbons, lace, and gilded accents into our holiday gifts!

burlap, satin, and gold leaves gift wrap DIY


  • neutral wrapping paper (we used simple packing paper)
  • assorted ribbons and yarns also in neutral shades (we used linen, silk, grosgrain, satin, and lace ribbons all within the cream, taupe, and gray families)
  • burlap
  • twine
  • plastic yarn needle
  • various dried leaves, acorns, and twigs
  • liquid gilding (we used Martha Stewart’s liquid gilding in gold)
  • paint brush
  • double-sided tape

DIY Holiday Gift wrap in neutral colors.


STEP ONE:  Begin by painting your natural elements with the liquid gilding. This way, they will have time to dry while you complete the rest of your wrapping.

DIY gift wrapping using gold gilding

STEP TWO:  Wrap your gifts using neutral wrapping paper.

STEP THREE:  Wrap bands of ribbon, yarn, or burlap around your gift, securing each band on the bottom of your gift either by tying (for yarn) or using double-sided tape. You can create the look of very wide bands of ribbon through layering. For instance, for this gift, we first wrapped 2 bands of linen ribbon (A), then 2 bands of gray grosgrain (B), then wrapped yarn around the middle (C). We topped this all off with a cream satin bow.

gold gilded leaves holiday gift wrap DIY

STEP FOUR:  When your gilded elements are dry, weave them through your layers of ribbon to create lovely golden accents to your gifts!

pretty holiday gift wrapping in neutral tones


This one’s a little challenging, but oh so worth it!

Pretty DIY holiday gift wrapping ideas. Satin ribbon braid on burlap fabric.

STEP ONE:  Cut your burlap strip to the size needed to wrap around your present. Cut your length of satin ribbon to be roughly double the length of your burlap, then thread your ribbon through your yarn needle.

STEP TWO:  From the top right side of where your braid will begin, pull the ribbon from back to front (1). As you’re pulling the ribbon through, make sure to leave enough at the end to later wrap around the box. Pull the needle and ribbon diagonally down towards the center of the burlap (2), and pull through to the back. This “stitch” of ribbon should be snug but still poofy. Then, bring the needle up on the left side of the burlap strip, equal in height to your first stitch (3), then back down just to the right of the first center stitch so the center part of the stitches overlap (4).

braiding satin through burlap for an elegant, rustic gift presentation.

STEP THREE:  Continue weaving and “braiding” until your braid is the desired length. When you are done braiding, both ends of the ribbon will be dangling along the back of the burlap. You’ll want to pull both ends of the ribbon back to the front so they can wrap around the present. (Note:  you’ll have to take off your yarn needle and rethread the ribbon from the beginning of your braid to poke it back through to the front.)

STEP FOUR:  Tie your gilded ornament to one end using twine. The final braided ribbon should look something like this:

DIY present wrapping with burlap.

STEP FIVE:  Secure the burlap and satin ribbon around your present using double-sided tape.

gold gilded acorns, leaves and twigs for beautiful gift wrapping details.


After that satin and burlap braid, this one’s a cinch!

DIY burlap and ribbon pom pom, the perfect gift topper.

STEP ONE:  Cut all of your ribbon scraps to approximately the same length.

STEP TWO:  Layer all of the ribbon pieces on top of each other, fanning them out a bit so you can see every scrap.

DIY burlap and ribbon pom pom, the perfect gift topper.

STEP THREE:  Wrap the twine around the center a few times and tie in a tight knot.

STEP FOUR:  Poof up your pom pom, and tie it around your present!DIY burlap and lace bow for holiday gift wrapping

Deep Purple Fabric Wedding Inspiration

Living in Southern California makes me totally incapable of dealing with the dark, dreary skies and steady rain of the past two days. (Case in point, my husband and I had a 10-minute strategy session about who gets the ONE umbrella, taking into account distance we would travel and which kid would hate being wet more.)

One fun upside? Getting lost in rich, dark color palettes like this beautiful deep purple that has been popping up here and there in the wedding world, and I’m loving how it pairs up with a deep purple silk!

Deep purple fabric inspiration for a winter wedding

Credits (clockwise from top left): Bridesmaids by Eric Kelley Photography; fall fig, pear and grape wedding cake by Hansel & Gretel Cakes via Burnett’s Boards; deep purple boutonniere by Fleuriste via The Bridal Theory; deep purple bouquet by Karen Kaufman Design via Once Wed.

The Ultimate 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to get excited for Christmas, and what better way than to be part of a super fun giveaway!!

My dear friend, Phyllis, over at LuxeFinds, an amazing lifestyle shopping engine, has pulled together some great vendors (such as Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and Plated) for her Ultimate 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, and we’re joining in the fun by giving away a $150 gift certificate to our Etsy shop!

If you (or someone you know) has a wedding coming up in 2015, this would be a such a great holiday surprise! And even if you don’t have a wedding on the horizon, we have beautiful fabric stationery and DIY kits in the shop (with more to come in 2015)!

Blue Magpie - LuxeFinds Christmas Giveaway

Click here to enter the Blue Magpie Etsy Shop giveaway. Winners will be chosen on December 24th at 5PM. Good luck!!