Are you left wondering what to do with the pesky pile of gift wrap scraps after you finish wrapping all your presents? Lucky for us (and you!), Ariel of PMQ for Two came up with the perfect way to repurpose these unavoidable scraps: a DIY gift garland! Using her go-to bright and bold style featuring Gift Wrap from the Marketplace, follow along as Ariel shows how to bring a pop of color into your home for the holidays.
Ariel: It’s not just enough to buy and hoard wrapping paper this time of the year, (I mean, how can you not?! So many colourful patterns), you actually have to use it! Once you’re done wrapping gifts what do you do with the little extra bits? You could re-fashion them into gift tags, OR you can use them to wrap mini gifts and hang them on a garland around your fireplace (or even as a table centerpiece!)
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I didn’t have any small boxes lying around, but I did have small square canvases that I found at my local dollar store. I grabbed a few colours of ribbon and small baubles, and a fresh roll of tape as well.
To make the presents for the garland, it’s as simple as wrapping the canvas as if they were gifts. I like to center the canvas so a nice portion of the print is front and center.
For the ribbon selection, I went with colours that complimented or contrasted, in order to give the patterns on the paper a little razzle dazzle.
I added smaller ornaments for flair, much like I would when wrapping a real gift.
To attach the gifts to the garland I used floral wire and created two hooks. The first hook goes around the X at the back of the wrapped gift created by the ribbon. Clamp the wire ends together to close the loop. The second hook (on the other end) was a bit bigger, and it allows me to hook it around a branch on my garland.
To hang the gifts on the garland, loop the hook much like any ornament. Easy peasy! As you can see, it makes quite the statement, especially at the beginning of the season when there might not be any gifts under the tree yet.
Meet the Guest Blogger
Ariel creates bright, bold, colourful and creative home décor and DIYs (and cocktails). She’s worn several hats to date but has settled on the crown that comes with being a colour-wielding Queen and décor blogger, not to mention, businesswoman. Follow Ariel on her crazy journey called life while she figures what colour to paint the walls and where to hang that darn mirror over on her Instagram feed @pmqfortwo!