Our mother (the original BBB) set the bar pretty high with her gift wrapping each season and forever influenced the way that we paper, tape and top our presents. We admit to a little bit of (friendly) Blessing sister rivalry on the morning of December 25 when we eye each other’s creations under the tree, but this year we culled our resources and put together our favorite DIY present toppers, emptying our craft drawers and button jars to adorn each gift. We tend to recycle our papers and ribbon year after year, and if you get creative with what you use to decorate, you may not have to spend a dime! —
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Greens and Feathers
Use branches from the bottom of your tree or swag you have from decorating (many tree lots discard their trimmings!)
1. Cut tiny pieces and put them in small boutonniere bunches.
2. Wire-wrap them together, then cut the wire, leaving two to three inches.
3. Rip 1/2-inch to 1-inch strips of muslin or fabric (old dress shirts and sheets work well; if you’re using a woven fabric like a t-shirt, it will work better to cut it).
4. Wrap muslin around the wire to hide.
5. Secure by bending the bottom of the wire.
6. Attach to a ribbon on package.
Gather newspaper, magazines, paint swatches, last year’s wrapping paper, tin foil, magnolia leaves or anything you can think of to punch holes in!
1. Using a large punch (we used a 2 1/8-inch punch, but this will work with smaller punches as well), punch out anywhere from 5 to 10 circles.
2. Using a standard hole punch, punch a hole on the top and the bottom of the large circle.
3. Thread thin ribbon or twine through the holes.
4. Wrap around gift.
Vintage Pins, Hair Clips and Shoe Slips
Vintage shops and eBay are good resources for finding super inexpensive brooches and pins; pretty hair clips and vintage shoe clips work well, too.
Pin any of the above items onto scraps of ribbon or ribbed fabric and wrap around your gifts.
Last year’s tags and holiday cards, cut up and repurposed! If you collect letterpress cards and interesting papers, chances are you have a lot to work with. We made all of these with tags and cards we had collected over the years.
1. Cut out desired section of the card to create a “new” tag.
2. Using a standard hole punch, punch a hole on the top and the bottom of the tag.
3. Thread ribbon, string or twine through the holes and attach to a gift.
Beads and Buttons
We have a ton of buttons, as well as a bunch of beads from past craft endeavors, and they both make for great toppers.
Simply string buttons onto twine, waxed cords, embroidery thread, yarn or ribbon, or string a row of several beads in a pattern.
We used a variety of ornaments that we have collected over the years and don’t mind parting with — we love to change our tree every year anyway!
Just tie ornaments to the top of any gift!