Mothers are the best. They’ve done it all and seen it all, all in the name of love and parenthood. This year, make that special lady in your life smile with something from the heart made by hand. Take your annual breakfast in bed idea up a notch this Mother’s Day, and bring it to her on a tray with a personalized message. It’s all about the little things, right? Nobody’s cooking is as good as Mom’s, right? This etched casserole dish will have your mom thinking of you every time she makes that famous green bean casserole! Last year we created a modern jewelry box using sequins for sparkle, a great gift for your glam mom! Does your mom have a green thumb? These watering cans have a beautiful floral design on them, created with vintage flower illustrations and Mod Podge! Is Mom an avid reader? Take photos of kids or grandkids as if they’re holding onto a rope, and then cut out the developed photos and attach to a string or ribbon to make inventive bookmarks! Is your mom the sentimental type, or does she love a good laugh? What was your mom’s favorite Mother’s Day present, or if you’re a mom, what was yours?
At M&J Trimming we know a lot about wrapping presents. Our beautiful ribbons aren’t just for adding to fashion items, they’re also perfect for wrapping those holiday gifts! Over the years we’ve collected a few tips to make your wrapped presents enviable, and keep your headache at bay.
Keep it Simple – Skip the reindeer wrapping paper. Grab a roll of brown butcher paper or white craft paper instead! If you want something a little more vibrant, get a big roll of silver or gold wrapping paper. By buying a large quantity of one type of wrapping paper you’re saving money, space and time! You also get the opportunity to make each present a little bit different by using various ribbons and tags.
Custom Colors – If you took our advice on the butcher block paper, now’s the time to get creative. Use stamps to make some patterned wrapping paper, and vary the colors for each present. Draw notes or doodles directly on the wrapped box!
Under the Wire – Looking to adorn your present with a beautiful bow? Wire edge ribbon is perfect for puffing up holiday bows. The wire hidden in the edges of the ribbon helps your bows keep their shape.
Tag It – Making tags is a quick and easy way to personalize a gift. Because tags are small, you can pull out all the stops with them. Add some Swarovski crystals, attach them with some gorgeous vintage ribbon, or paint on some abstract patterns. A simple way to give your tags some pop is to use a pair of scalloped scissors when cutting them out.
Card Catalogue – Re-use old holiday cards by cutting out the images and fastening them onto gifts with double-stick tape or glue.
Use the Unusual – If your gift recipient is a big comic book fan, use comic book pages to wrap your present. If they love Jane Austen, use a few pages from an old book. Thrift stores usually have very cheap books for sale, so you won’t have to sacrifice your copy of Sense and Sensibility.
What tips have you picked up over the years? Share them with fellow wrappers below!