12.13.2011

Brown paper packages tied up with string

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is decorating. Since it's my first year of having a house to decorate (my house was a torn up mess, with a broken furnace at Christmas time last year)

I didn't go all cuckoo crazy with decor, I don't have a whole lot yet... just a tree and some ornaments, really. Nor do I have the extra cash lying around to spend on new stuff. My mom gave me some of her old decor and I DIY'ed a few things too but I'm really happy with how it all looks!



The red frames were just Goodwill cheapies I tore the artwork out of and spraypainted, the origami star garland is from a local store that sells fair trades goods, the white candle stick was a dumpster dive find and the Believe sign I made myself with stencils, glitter and old barnwood!

I think my favorite piece is my Christmas tree though. It looked like such a sad little Charlie Brown tree when I first put it up.
But with a little love, a lotta burlap I am now in LOVE with it!



To make my garland I just roughly cut 2" strips of burlap and knotted the ends together. Super simple and I loved how it turned out!


Ok, I totally lied though. My absolute favorite are the gifts. I wrapped gifts in newspaper and washi tape the past couple years but this year I went with kraft paper and yarn. I used a chalk marker to write the receiver's name. Not to toot my own horn, but I adore the way they look all bundled up under my tree!

(For all who have asked: I got the Kraft paper at Staples, look near their shipping supplies. The ChalkMarker is from Joann's and I just bought 3 different colored skeins of cheapo yarn there too.)
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31 comments:

Kelly said...

Yep. It's official. Your home is TOO cute for words. It all looks SO great, Chelsea!!

Heather said...

I love the burlap on the tree and the presents are too cute!

Mandy said...

adorable! I might steal your idea of writing on the gifts with chalk! Love that!

David and Elizabeth said...

love your packages! so cute!! wish i was that creative!

Carolyn said...

So cute! I love that wrapping idea!!! :)

Jess - PrettyPhysicist said...

I love the burlap and your gift wrapping!

Jenna said...

The tree looks great, and I love the way you wrapped your gifts! Too cute :)

Erica said...

Love it all! The gifts are perfect.

whitney said...

yeahhh. horn tooted.

Amanda said...

LOVE IT! I also loving your living room curtains! I like that you wrapped everything in brown paper with strings too. I did newspaper this year (eco-friendly) with pretty ribbons!

Mateya said...

Love the way the burlap turned out...so cute!

And the presents...love them!

And I have officially decided I want you to make one of your adorable signs for Baby B's room. Yes, it's happening.

Mallory said...

I'm obsessed with your burlap garland! & the adorable way you wrapped all of the presents:) Nice job decorating on a budget!

Melanie said...

I love the burlap on the tree.
I love the glitter barnwood sign.
I love the red frames.
But I absolutely love the wrapping. I'm stealing this idea for future gift wrapping.

Marian said...

Seriously, you give Martha Stewart a run for her money!

MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

Love the kraft paper gifts. Very cute :) The sparkle believe is adorable...

Daniela said...

love the burlap and the wrapping!

Alana Christine said...

OMG! I love that idea! Your tree looks so good!

Megan said...

I love it all!

Michelle (michabella) said...

OMG. Teach me your ways o'crafty Pippa.

Seriously... I love your creativity!

Emily said...

everything looks so adorable ! Im such a fan of burlap it is so cute on your tree and those packages are so great! I love home wrapped packages the best!

Chelsea said...

You are so creative!! I absolutely love every single piece of decor!! Wish I was that talented anything I make turns up looking like a 2 year old made it.

the girl in the red shoes said...

SO adorable! I love how you wrapped the presents!

Jennifer said...

I love everything you've done to decorate!

Neon Blonde Runner said...

GORGEOUS and simple wrapping on the presents......and I love the burlap on the tree too!

Aly @ Analyze This said...

I love it!!! I still need to come over and see it in person! The burlap is such a great idea!! I am stealing that idea next year!!

KRISTIN said...

It all looks amazing! LOVE the tree! Your house really is too adorbs for words.

Aubrey S. said...

I'm loving the simplicity of your wrapping. I may have to steal it.

Michelle said...

I wrapped my presents in kraft paper for the first time this year, and I love how it looks! I used some wire tinsel and twine to decorate. It's so fun to get back to basics! I bought a silver Sharpie, which really rocks because I don't have to worry about gift tags. :D

i love the glitter sign! good idea!

Lacey in the City said...

You are so creative and I love your home! Where did you get the curtains in your living room? I've been meaning to ask you for ages, and now that I am finally living solo again, I can buy whatever the heck I want without having to wonder if someone else will like it!

Stephanie said...

I looked EVERYWHERE for burlap ribbon stuff and couldn't find it any where at a reasonable price!! Everywhere I went wanted like $30 a roll!! I don't sank so!

LOVE the brown paper! I use that as well this year and mixed it with red packages and wrapped them in twine. Love that look!!

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

Can I come to your house, please? Kthx.