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Inexpensive ways to wrap presents…

With only just over a week to go, there’s been a shopping frenzy and now for the wrapping.  Don’t you love the look of all the presents wrapped and happily sitting under the tree.  I have a wish to have all the presents wrapped in similar tones, sort of themed but of course it doesn’t work like that as presents come in from family and friends and so that goes out the window!   In the UK we use over 83 square km of wrapping paper – enough to wrap up the island of Guernsey.

Here in the office we’ve been loving Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, on Channel 4 with all the table decorations and things to make, it’s just been such fun and so inspirational.

Here’s a few ideas for wrapping presents this Christmas, it doesn’t have to cost a bomb, and you can fun doing it!


1. Brown paper and ribbon

Brown paper can look lovely

Brown paper can look lovely

Use plain brown parcel paper and a bit of pretty ribbon, you could even get the children to make some tags.  I have seen tags made from all sorts of things including some metal plant tags which were very effective.


2. Map Books and Atlases

Just the job for wrapping

Just the job for wrapping

This is a lovely way to wrap presents.  You’ll find old school atlases in charity shops for very little money and here you will have pages and pages of colourful paper to use to wrap your gifts.  Spray with a little fake snow to add that Christmassy feel.


3.Black paper + white marker pen

Fun with black paper and a marker

Fun with black paper and a marker

Decorate your presents with your own designs, wrap the present first and then use one side as a design area, with drawings and messages, it will be so pretty, you can even draw your own ribbon!


4. Bright ribbons

Brighten up your wrapping

Brighten up your wrapping

5. Newspaper or music score wrapping

It’s very effective – the black and white of the print with a fun piece of ribbon or a bright string of raffia.  For those who are keen musicians, why not wrap presents in old score paper, it looks really attractive.



6. Natural accessories

Christmas gift and fir tree branch

Christmas gift decorated with some fir twigs

Small fir branches, (you could snip a few bits from your Christmas tree!) are ideal as they keep fresh for quite a few days.  Otherwise use Rosemary or Lavender and these smell delicious too!  If you are staying in one of our self  catering  holiday cottages in the UK, you could pick a few springs from the garden and really add to your wrapped presents.


7. Make your own tags

Easy to make

Easy to make

There’s still time to book one of our holiday cottages for Christmas and we have got a few Christmas and New Year holiday cottages available.  Our friendly bookings team members are on hand to take your call on 01227 464958 or you could book online at www.mulberrycottages.com . If you wish to take a look at the whole collection of holiday cottages please visit our website .

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