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Christmas is… gift-wrapping

By spotogspindel | December 4, 2009

Giving extra attention and care to the wrapping shows the receiver that you care. By spending just a little extra time in wrapping, you can make the most beautiful gifts.  It´s almost like a gift in itself, as someone told me yesterday. 

Yesterday I took my dear friend Runa with me to Fusa and my sisters´s shop, Velkommen. She was arranging a Christmas gift wrapping inspiration table, and wanted us to demonstrate. I can tell you right now, we had a great time! And since presents are part of the holiday, I thought I´d show you some of the things we did.


Astri and Runa having a good time with paper and ribbons.


Here are some of the presents ready for the tree 🙂


Runa concentrating on a tall, slim gift, twirling paper-ribbons into curls around a closed scissors.


Adding a couple of crystals gives it more sophistication. 


Astri trying to find the right ribbon.


Actually I made this one. Copper-colored paper, copper and brown colored plastic ribbon and a beaded metal wire used as ribbon too. Sari-covered beads (from Hannah Grey), and a yellow parrot-feather on which I used a rubber-stamp (from Teesha Moore).


Runa 4 year old daughter, Ylva, helped make this one. She painted blue and purple suns on white paper, and Runa wrapped it. Using broad taffeta ribbons in the same color-range, and a silver wooden tag, gives it class!


Using Christmas-ornaments as part of the decoration is an easy way to make any wrapping look great. On this one I added a small glass-bead I had glued down on some written words. Here it says “Dream wide awake”, but it could say  “to Bob from Sue” and be the coolest gift-tag ever….


Another example of ornaments adding interest… (this time with feathers too)


Or you can pick apart an old candle-cuffling.


Newspaper does the trick too. Just add a textile ribbon, an old ornament and a little something green from the garden.


If you already have a box, concentrate on decorating the top. Oh, and add dried pot-pourri to the silk-paper inside. 


You can even use fabric instead of paper. Here is a combination of silk-paper and fabric, with an ornament for decoration. 


More subtle tones for a loved one…


Black might seem like such a sad color, but dressing it, can make it quite elegant! I have played with contrasts, the difference in matte and shiny, ribbons of plastic and ribbons of paper, metallic threads, fake leaves and fake snake-skin.


Here I used MOO-cards as a gift tag.


And to end of the day, I can actually check something of my 41 things-list: I ate something I´ve never tasted before today: ox-tounge with edamer on quesedila. Served by a para-medic ambulance-driver. (Who was just stepping in for a friend who owned the café) And pinnekjøtt in tomato-sauce. both surprisingly good! 🙂



Topics: Christmas, Diverse | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Christmas is… gift-wrapping”

  1. 41 things to do before I turn 42 | Spindelmaker Janne Robberstad Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 12:48

    […] Christmas is… gift-wrapping […]

  2. spotogspindel Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 12:55

    Check out my former student Cecilie´s blog Christmas-countdown at:
    She´s taking photos and writing poetry in Japanese (and translates it to English, don´t worry. She´s a student in Japanese)

  3. Monika Gåsland Says:
    December 7th, 2009 at 20:28

    Ditta såg skikkelig inspirerande ut. Takk for gode tips 🙂