With Christmas round the corner, I’ve been in a panic to finish off our Christmas shopping and – deep breath – wrap all those presents whilst creating some personalised gift tags. Now I’m no Christmas-wrapping Grinch, I actually quite enjoy the odd menial task, and if there’s a Christmas film on in the background, mince pies on standby and hot chocolate ready to quench my thirst, all the better.
But this year, I have to admit, I’ve been putting it off. I’m not sure if I OD’d on Pinterest (a whole board dedicate to Christmas wrapping ideas is too much isn’t it?), or if I’ve simply lost a little Christmas mojo, but with all the choice out there I just couldn’t bring myself to buy any wrapping paper, especially after last year. In 2014 I’d made the mistake of buying a few rolls of wrapping paper from M&S with real glitter patterns. I learned the hard way that glitter should never appear on wrapping paper. I was still finding glitter flecks on my cheeks in April.
I vowed never to buy the stuff again and so this year when I finally got round to stocking up on some rolls, I went for brown parcel paper. The antithesis of last year’s OTT glitter wrapping. I liked the idea of attaching some festive ferns with string, or even some edible gingerbread tags with an icing piped name. But then I stumbled across something even better. Inspired by Poppy Talk (who made doggy inspired gift tags into Christmas ornaments) I thought what better way to adorn my plain wrapping than with some personalised gift tags. My inspiration? As always, Leni.
Seeing as I didn’t get chance to do a Christmas-style photo shoot, I used two great apps to make Leni look that little bit more Christmassy and the whole thing was ridiculously easy.
So here’s how it’s done. The things you need? Your phone, a few apps, a printer, card or photo paper, scissors, a hole punch and some string.
Firstly, choose a photo editing app to create your cute circles, I used A Beautiful Mess. It’s really user-friendly, high quality and quick. I chose circles, although there are hearts, triangles and hexagons. On the app, I selected around 6 different photos of Leni (although you could just do one or two) and turned them into circles. Then, save them to your camera roll.
Next, I downloaded the app Christmas Booth. This one is free and allows you to decorate your photos with Santa hats, reindeer antlers, snowman noses and more. Select the circular photos from your camera roll and choose your Christmassy accessories. I loved the little antlers and Christmas hats on Leni, plus you can change the size until it fits them perfectly.
Once all your Christmas photos are saved, pop them onto a word document and print them off onto some thick photo paper or card. Wait for them to air dry (no smudged dog faces here) and cut out your photos.
Then, punch a hole through the top of your little tags. Be careful you’re not putting a circle through any stray antler or Santa hat. Thread your string through each tag.
I’m wrapping up this adorable little La Redoute dress for one of my friends little girls. It’s so soft and cute with the words ‘happy’ stitched into the fabric in a darker pink.
Once wrapped, attach your personalised gift tags onto your wrapped presents and voilà! All done.
I think I need to pick up my speed if I’m to finish wrapping the presents this side of Christmas, but I love this idea. Plus, it’s such a fun, personal way to gift your presents. Let’s face it, if you’ve gone through all the trouble of trying to find the perfect gift, it deserves to be wrapped beautifully.
Until next time,