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!
MATERIALS WE USED:
- 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)
- 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
DIRECTIONS — LAYERED RIBBONS WITH GILDED ELEMENTS
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.
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.
STEP FOUR: When your gilded elements are dry, weave them through your layers of ribbon to create lovely golden accents to your gifts!
DIRECTIONS — SATIN BRAID ON BURLAP
This one’s a little challenging, but oh so worth it!
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).
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:
STEP FIVE: Secure the burlap and satin ribbon around your present using double-sided tape.
DIRECTIONS — SCRAP RIBBON POM POM
After that satin and burlap braid, this one’s a cinch!
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.
STEP THREE: Wrap the twine around the center a few times and tie in a tight knot.