Easy Nature Inspired Gift Wrapping

Photos by Breanne McMahon.

Photos by Breanne McMahon.

Let’s be honest, as a working Mom, pulling off the holidays in the midst of a very overbooked schedule is always somewhat of a miracle.

I am lucky if I get a Christmas tree with ornaments up in time let alone any other more complex or time consuming holiday traditions.

However, one thing I do like to take a little extra time and care with is gift wrapping.

We keep gift giving simple at our household with only a small handful of more meaningful gifts offered. As such, I like to take some extra attention in wrapping them in such a way as to represent the love involved in selecting them.

I got to sit down with Breanne McMahon (@saltandstemslc) of Barebones Living (@barebonesliving) for a little nature-inspired gift wrapping and here’s what we made.

First, Gather:

  1. Gift Boxes: Keep things simple by selecting gift boxes in recycled craft that look just as beautiful bare as wrapped.

  2. Kraft Paper: I love Kraft paper in all it’s myriad iterations from plain to polka dot to striped and find it makes the best backdrop for nature inspired gift wrapping.

  3. Ribbon: I’m particularly fond of hand dyed silk ribbon. It is a little pricier but a little goes a long way. I picked up these darling gift wrapping spools from Frou Frou Chic.

  4. Indian Bells: these little darlings seem to be everywhere this year and I can’t get enough of them. You can get them in any shape or size from tiny to large.

  5. Foraged Finds: Here’s another opportunity to spend some time in your garden or go for a nature walk and see what can be found. My favorites this time of year are bare Juniper Twigs, Juniper greens with berries, Spruce, Cedar, lichen and dried garden finds like Hydrangea or Lunaria. Don’t be afraid to get even more creative with pine cones, acorns or even feathers. I like to take my daughter, my husband and our foraging coonhound along with me on this holiday expedition.

  6. Tools: Scissors, Tape and a good hardy pair of Pruners as well as a bag to transport your foraged finds will all come in handy for this project. You can find all of these things at Barebones Living.


Little Spruce Wrap:

For this look I let the beauty of this little Kraft box stand on its own and did a simple ribbon wrap using some tea dyed silk from Frou Frou Chic.

Add to that a sprig of Blue Spruce borrowed from an obliging neighborhood tree and top it off with an Indian Bell for a beautiful minimal look.


Wildflower Pods Wrap:

Here’s an opportunity to get creative with some roadside weeds. These pretty wildflower pods pair perfectly with black striped Kraft wrapping paper, some thick twine and an Indian bell.


Forest Finds Wrap

I like to use my evergreen sprigs and foraged sticks on the larger packages, making little bundles of a few things, tying them in twine or hemp string and topping off with an Indian bell or two.


Garden Finds Wrap

No amount of hand drying can replicate what wind and sun can do to the pods and flowers in your garden creating the most magical things like glassy Lunaria and golden papery Hydrangea. These more delicate things are the perfect addition to a little Kraft jewelry box wrapped in gold crafting wire.



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• Photos:
Breanne McMahon
• Floral + Styling: Beehive Floral Co

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