Hello! I’m excited to introduce my good buddy, CELESTE SHAW of CHAPS DINER & BAKERY, as our featured expert here on the KI NASSAUER Community! Celeste will answer your questions on the topic of HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS!
Here’s how it works:
Feel free to post your questions for Celeste NOW through Friday, December 12th, 2014. Celeste will check-in and answer Qs Monday, December 8th through Friday, December 12th.
Let the discussion begin! Have fun and happy junking!
A note from our expert, Celeste:
I absolutely love this time of year, the holiday season! It seems that I find myself remarkably inspired by all things fresh, old, new and seasonal. Like most of you, I seek out ways to make the season memorable while recognizing budget and the ability to generate any additional time during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
This week I’m thrilled to chat about gift wrap and gift presentation! With a bit of a discerning eye and some creativity, you will delight your family and friends as you present your gift. Join me this week and imagine your way to a gift wrapped holiday!
Read about Celeste:
Celeste is a Spokane, WA businesswoman, entrepreneur and contributing writer and speaker for several magazines including Flea Market Style, Where Women Create, Where Women Cook and others. Her interest and involvement as a recognized and respected figure in the world of flea markets and antiques shows and events has earned her a loyal following of supporters. Her home as well as her restaurant have been featured for vintage salvage and style in several books and magazines including Pie-ography and Celebrations by Jo Packham and Flea Market Style magazine by Ki Nassauer. Celeste’s highly successful restaurant, Chaps Diner & Bakery, opened in 2006 to immediate critical acclaim. Chaps is now considered a ‘must visit’ destination for the area, as underscored and featured on the Food Network’s “Diners Drive Inns and Dives®” in November 2010. In addition to her business accomplishments, Celeste is extremely proud of her country girl, Montana roots and heritage. As a teenager, she excelled in track, being selected as one of the the youngest members of the 1980 U.S. Summer Olympics Team before the Games were boycotted. By education and training, she has a degree in nursing, specializing as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse, and was voted ‘Nurse of The Year’ and has traveled world-wide with pediatric surgical trauma teams.
A big thank you to my friend Celeste for answering our Qs re: Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas! What a fun and fabulous discussion!
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Thanks again Celeste! Happy Junking!
I am wondering if you have any great gift wrap ideas for children. My niece who is 5 years old loves Disney princesses but I would like something with a vintage flair that isn’t commercialized. Any ideas? Thank you!
yes yes yes!
Take a page from your childhood crafting days by layering snowflake patterns cut from construction paper add glitter and sequins to princess taste.
Carve your own stamps into potatoes for a cleverly crafty wrapping paper — no drawing skills required.
Felt pom poms give your wrapping paper a touch of whimsy when they’re nestled under the tree.
Confetti or glitter dipped paper.
Thank you for the ideas for wrapping a DVD! I love the idea of using simple brown craft paper and writing lines from the movie. So simple, and very cool. As you and others have talked about, I like to use kraft paper, and always seem to have it on hand. My family likes to stamp designs in different colored ink, and simply tie with string. I find stamps at yard sales all summer long and add to my collection. Tags and other embellishments can easily be attached to make the gift special.
As the owner of a vintage shop, , I come across lots of fun inexpensive items like old plastic poinsettia blooms, and ornaments. Sewing notions, toy cars, birds, and various doll belongings are favorites of mine to stockpile (I don’t like the word hoard; one could infer I might need an intervention) and can make a great add on to a gift.
I loved all the clever ideas about what to use instead of plain boxes and bags in addition to the vintage tins I gravitate toward. What an inspiring forum this has been. I found this vintage sifter, added a couple of cookie cutters, and stuck in a bag of baking mix as a gift for my neighbor who loves vintage as well. And finally, here’s the photo you asked to see! XX
Ever wonder what to do with all those groovy neckties in thrift stores or grandpas closet?
tear the fabric into strips and make super cool bows!
Wrapping paper if not careful can be waste of resources, both for the planet and your wallet, and there are so many other options out there. Old newspaper is one of the most common, but why stop there? Recycled aluminum foil, greeting cards, paper bags, children’s drawings, old posters, outdated road maps … all can make a beautiful statement under your tree. Also consider natural fabric wraps or even using part of the gift as the wrapping.
Reuse, re-imagine and repurpose, may just be the mantra for your gift wrapping preparation. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relax.
Almost as much as I love vintage gift wrap and accoutrements, I love vintage fabric!
Great reuse with vintage style!
You can even slip a Christmas card in a Fabric envelope …
Skirt hanger or clothespins
Protect work surface with a piece of waxed paper. Lay fabric flat and brush decoupage finish onto both sides.Clip fabric to hanger; let dry, about 1 hour.
Fully open up envelope, as shown. Place on fabric and trace with a pencil. Cut out fabric.
Using paper envelope as a guide, fold fabric and crease it with your fingers. Remove paper envelope.Cut a piece of waxed paper to fit inside folded fabric as protection. Brush on decoupage finish to seal three sides. Let dry, then slide waxed-paper square out.
When in college, studying Interior Design, we were always taught one simple rule; Less is more. And it really is true (except when it’s handbags….more is definitely better). At Madelia Mercantile we have a wrapping station filled with fun elements! Wrapping and packaging has been one of my favorite things for a very long time. It’s all about presentation. When cooking a meal, decorating a house, selling merchandise, and giving a gift.
Even more than giving the gift, I love wrapping it. Nothing makes someone feel better than a delicate, thoughtful, and beautifully wrapped gift. Why not make what’s on the outside even more fantastic then what’s on the inside?
Often when wrapping a gift, using just the most simple of elements can give any package the WOW effect. My favorite wrapping paper is Kraft paper. You can keep it plain, and you can dress it up. It provides a great backdrop to what ever little pizazz you place on top.
This month one of the classes we taught at Madelia Mercantile was paper poinsettias with Jennifer Walker (seen in one of the photos). This design is so creative and can be tweaked to fit any style or color pallet. Here we used one to embellish a gift. I love working with very organic items too, for example this piece of sliced birch that I made a button out of and put on a package.
Dare to be different! Use items that you wouldn’t normally think of.
So happy to see you featured here! Creatively wrapping a package makes even the most humble gift amazing, and I’m wowed by the examples you’ve shown. Every year I recycle the fronts of old Christmas cards into tags, using all kinds of punches to cut them out. I also attach old cookie cutters I find (and can part with! LOL) to packages of homemade cookies my daughter and I make, and tuck sprigs of greenery in as well.
At my shop, we like to repurpose things and inspire one another to get creative daily! Old tins with pictures or advertising make great packages, and are wonderful to use as décor. After seeing some of the ideas in Flea Market Style, one of my dealers is using old belts on her Christmas gifts this year. Totally cool.
I’d love to get advice on wrapping a gift that is easy to recognize, like a DVD, other than using an oversized box. XXX, Susan
Dear Susan, I would love to see some photos of what you have created, and Im certain others would as well. Your creativity sounds inspiring!
For some of the smaller Packages, I do love the use of vintage lunch pails or suitcases. You can always use the condiment bags I posted earlier. Im going to agree with Lisa who posted earlier that Kraft paper is always a great start. Costco and Ikea carry large commercial rolls which would probably be enough for the next 3 Christmas’. You can write on them with a sharpie or a special doodle pen.
One idea would be to create your own gift wrap out of Kraft paper, begin by wrapping the gift and doodle your own images. You could always attach a vintage ticket as a tag or a treat inside a popcorn condiment bag.
Here is a small sample of creating your own paper by doodling..It may be fun to take a few lines from the movie and use on the wrap?
Finally one idea for you if you have a bit of time, If you are able to find an old book-maybe the DVD story in print, open the cover and hollow out the pages to the size of the dvd? The Book would serve as the package ….surprise! I have a fun idea for jewelry as well you will love it, Ill post it this evening 🙂
As a restaurant owner each time I get to run out and shop at the local wholesalers one of the items I have come to love and use for occasions and parties are condiment bags. They are easy to find at flea markets and shows as well as your local wholesale grocer. For packaging and tags filled with messages and treats they are adorable and affordable!
Celeste, Happy to see you here as an expert. My first questions is “how do you find the time?” No really, I do have a real question.
Looking at your samples, I’m wondering what the most unusual item you have ever used in wrapping a holiday gift? And do you have any go to “standard” items that you use often, or a “signature look”?
Hi Margo! Time whats that! I dont sleep 🙂
Oh thats a hard one! I think the most challenging gift I had to wrap was a trip for my family. I didn’t want to just hand them a card with tickets so we created a scavenger hunt with questions about the place we were going. They had to know the answer to proceed, it was so fun watching them search and squeal with delight as they got closer and more and more excited as they began to realize what was happening.
I do have a few go -to’s and you know me, Im so sentimental so I love to figure out an item that meant something special to someone and use it in the gift.
Im crazy about portrait paintings and old paint by number as well as black and white photos.
For history and sentiment using gift wrap of old photos is a gift all its own. So easy now to collect your favorite photos and copy them onto single sheets and wrap a vintage frame with a photo or a special family momento. This season I have a new grand-daughter and will make wrapping paper with photos of my son and daughter in law as children for their
I also love to use tinsel as a filler, and blue berry boxes for candy and treats. In addition, living on a farm lends itself to sneaking outside to take advantage of natural greens and little presents from nature.
Celeste you are such a inspiration. At our store, we make every attempt to inspire others as you do.. From classically upcycled furniture for the upscale home to fun western wear and showing our stuff with irrigation wheels and my great grandfathers windmill. Check out some of the Holiday wrap fun we had with vintage hat boxes. We love anything with a history! Check on new ideas via Facebook and Pinterest. The Reardan Plowboy – urban homesteading. Make today fabulous, Coquille
Do you have any fun ideas for package tags made from castoffs? Thank you for sharing your great ideas and creativity with the Ki Nassauer Community!
Oh Kim, I think tags are my favorite part of the package!
This is the opportunity to create a very personal message to the recipient of your gift. We all love receiving beautifully gift-wrapped boxes almost as much as the gift itself. If you are the kind of gift-giver who puts a lot of thought into making everything perfect for your gift the tag is the icing on the cake. Perhaps for children creating a package this may be their opportunity to participate.
I love to use a base of green, its everywhere and using little bits from wreaths and trees makes it so accessible.
Im going to show you a few of my favorites! But before I do, I would like to mention that stick on bows can be replaced with nearly anything your heart desires. Its a sweet tease to attach a tag or little gift to a package to create intrigue of whats inside. And isn’t that what the gift wrap should represent…. 🙂
I LUV the ‘peanut Reindeer gift tags… Thanx for sharing this cute idea!
A few more fun tag ideas, vintage service station name tags, especially if the gift is a vintage flannel or chambray shirt! What a hit!
Or someone is surprised with the gift of going home for Christmas…. the little red ruby slippers with make the surprise -oh so sweet!
I love vintage birthday party and vintage circus. If you are lucky enough and happen to find
vintage party hats at a great show or an estate sale, snap them up!
During the holidays flip them over and fill them up with your favorite Christmas candy or treat. If you attach a small ribbon handle you can leave on someones door (like May Day) but as a surprise holiday treat.
We are so inspired by you and your business! This year we are really striving to use our love of vintage and “up-cycling” to create gift wrap from collected and re-used paper, along with bits of old trims and almost-forgotten baubles from the bottom of the button box!
I have attached an example of our first effort! Can’t wait to see what everyone else is doing!!
xoxo Debbie & Shea
I love this time of year! Decorating the house comes easy for me but when it comes to gift wrapping I’m lost. Every year I like to make a small food gift to give to my close neighbors and friends. One year it was chocolate goodies, another year cookies and this year it will be an assortment of bite size dessert bars.
For lack of creativity I purchase holiday store bought tins and stick a bow on. How boring!! Can you give me some ideas on how I can amp up the presentation more to make it worthy of the delicious goodies found inside?
Happy Holidays, Karla
Good Morning Karla!
I wish I was on your Christmas list, is there anything better than a homemade gift of goodies!
One idea for next year which is really affordable and simple is the use of Chinese take out containers. Easy to decorate with endless possibilities but also I appreciate the fact they are not air tight which can be a bit safer for some treats!
For The tins you purchased, I suggest some easy and pretty sprucing up. Kyrlon spray paint as a solid color or metallic choices with glitter are fun to create as a base. Any ribbon or fabric bow could wrap the body of the tin, or better yet a little mistletoe or holly! Lastly I suggest a nonbreakable ornament for the top, but if you are delivering you can easily put two small holes in these tins and attach a sweet handle of ribbon or wire!
Thanks Celeste for some great ideas! I like the Chinese kraft take out container with the ribbon and sprig of green. The size looks like it would be perfect. The idea of the ornament and making a handle for the tin is also very clever but a bit more involved so I will save the tins for next year. Now it’s time to start baking, some taste testing lol, packaging and giving. Happy Holidays to you! Karla
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