So the other day I’m in the store and I’m doing my thing buying groceries and glitter and whatever, right? Things are fine and I’m doing that whole “can’t we get past Thanksgiving before they start shoving Christmas in my face?” And then I see it… There are only a few over 30 days until Christmas. I’m going to sit here a moment while you process this… You feeling it? Is it starting to come on? CHRISTMAS HAS PRACTICALLY ALREADY HAPPENED AND I HAVEN’T DONE A DARN THING ABOUT ANY OF IT. I have purchased exactly ZERO Christmas gifts. I have done exactly ZERO Christmas decorating. In fact, I don’t know where my freaking tree is in the sea of junk that is my garage these days.
In that moment, yes, I panicked and pretty hardcore but today I’m a lady with a plan and I’m gonna be absolutely fine. Everybody will have a gift. I’ll make my hotel reservations in time. My work will be wrapped up in a good place for me to leave and enjoy time with my family. It’s. All. Going. To be. Okay. You hear me out there? Repeat after me. It’s just Christmas. Nobody is going to die because we don’t have all things Christmas ready to go before even Thanksgiving. IT’S ALL GOING TO BE JUST FINE!
I had a big think about it and every year I freak out to have the prettiest wrapped presents. And why, exactly? I can tell you with absolute certainty that there is only ONE person who cares how pretty the gifts I give look and that person is ME. And during this big think I decided that I’m going to be as loose as a darn Christmas goose and I’m going to totally go with the flow. Walking through the aisle I was determined to make a plan for Christmas and first up I’m dealing with that pesky problem of presents wrapped to department store standards. I grabbed myself a bottle of Gallo Pink Moscato (it’s lovely and light and sweet, y’all, I LOVE it! Find out where to buy it.) and then I hit up the craft store. I really am so excited about what I finally came up with for my theme this year because it’s crazy cute and super easy. I mean, I’m wrapping presents with red paper and then spending a few minutes, tops, to fancy them up. I can basically assembly line this business, to be honest so boo-yah for that.
For this project you will need:
- Red wrapping paper
- Tissue paper
- Black ribbon
- Gold cardstock
- Double-sided tape
Neatly fold your gift and place it in an appropriately sized gift box. And to anyone who is worried they are getting a boring tan sweater for Christmas, no worries… It’s MY boring tan sweater! Because I, you know, have purchased exactly ZERO gifts so far! <— It’s all still gonna be okay. Pinkie promise.
Remove the gift and place a piece of tissue paper in the box with just a slight amount over lapping the top, bottom and one side. The fourth side will have the bulk of the paper. Since we’re doing Santa’s belt packages I went with this “ho” paper. How fun, right?!?
Fold the large bit of paper over the gift and tuck the extra paper around the sides. Isn’t this a lovely gift within a gift to unwrap? I love double wrapping!
Wrap your gift in plain, red wrapping paper. *Quick tip, double-sided tape used on gift wrapping helps the packages look more professionally wrapped.
Cut a piece of black ribbon long enough to fit around the package.
Cut a belt buckle out of gold cardstock. It’s really quite easy. Cut out a rectangle and then two slots to run the ribbon through. You can do this with a fancy cutting machine or by hand. Remember that the ribbon is going to cover all but the outer frame of the buckle so your inside cuts don’t necessarily need to be perfect making hand cutting a totally reasonable option for this project.
Tape the ribbon to one side of the middle of the package and then run the other side of ribbon through your paper buckle.
Trim the ribbon so that when folded over the buckle appears in the middle of the package without excess ribbon peeking out of the side.
Apply double sided tape around the edges of the buckle.
Place the buckle down in the center of the package and press down to adhere. Be careful here because the double-sided tape does not want to give way if you place it down in the wrong place.
Now I grabbed my Mr. Rob and we set up shop at the kitchen table to wrap up a few gifts for y’all and things went as they always seem to…
I dragged my little multi-color Christmas tree over to the table even though Rob side-eyed me like, “what?” What can I say? I’m a freaking mood setter. It’s not like I busted out the ornaments and made him help me trim the tree first. And because things are always crazy around here we were constantly shooing kitty cats away to keep their fuzzy faces out of our Gallo Family Vineyard Wines. They had to be moved while attacking our Santa’s belt ribbon and shooting their paws underneath the wrapping paper every time it made the smallest movement, ’cause that’s just what cats do. And as we wrapped and talked and shooed I realized that this is my chaotic little life and it’s a happy one. It’s a good one. It will be a good Thanksgiving and it will be a good Christmas and I’ll be happy. It’s all totally under control.
Repeat after me… “I’ve got it on lock and my presents are going to be cute as all get out.” Merry Christmas wrapping, y’all. Why don’t you check out Gallo Family Vineyards Facebook?