I think we all agree that there are just not enough hours in the day… especially this time of year!
If you are looking for quick and easy holiday decorating ideas that save time and money, here are 3 simple ways to decorate with wrapping paper…
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#1 – Decorate with Wrapping Paper While Hiding the Clutter
With all the shopping and decorating going on, our houses can sometimes get a little messy. Well, at least I know mine does…
In our home, the TV cabinet is one area where clutter seems to gather. Originally, I had a bunch of seagrass baskets in there. For awhile, they helped contain things. After I moved some of the baskets to the console table behind the couch, the cabinets started getting sloppy again. Since the cabinets have glass doors, I either have to keep the shelves really neat or find another way to hide the inevitable messes.
I came up with a quick solution to hide the clutter…
Actually, I do this every year around this time. It helps to have one area I don’t have to worry about while I am decorating.
As a quick solution, I cut a couple pieces of wrapping paper to fit glass doors.
Then I just tape the wrapping paper to the doors and hang a festive swag on the outside.
I have been asked a few times about how I hang things on my cabinet doors. Basically, I just take a clear Command hook and hang it upside down so the opening part is facing down…
Then I just loop the ribbon around the hook and hang the swag in the front. Since you can’t see the hooks unless you open the cabinets, I just leave them up all year round. Believe me, it makes it so much easier when the time comes to put up the decorations.
On my kitchen cabinets, I do the same thing…
Since the top cabinets in my kitchen never get opened, I can definitely leave the hooks up there all year too! You can see how the whole kitchen looks with the mini wreaths in my recent Christmas kitchen post.
Now where was I?….Ah yes, the wrapping paper… Each year, I just use a different wrapping paper to change the look on my TV cabinet.
Here’s a nice sun-glare picture of the entire cabinet so you can see how it looks. I am still tweaking my accessories up there but this gives you the general idea. By the way, if you love those little white ceramic houses, be sure to check out the other ways I’ve decorated with them!
If you want to see the how the cabinet looked each year, I wrote a post, Three Looks for Glass Doors where I shared them all. The first year I used burlap and I think that one is still my favorite!
#2 – Decorate with wrapping paper on a table setting.
Recently, I shared my Festive Christmas Table where I used red and white striped wrapping paper for place mats.
This couldn’t be easier – just cut the size that you need and you’re done. It’s perfect for decorating the kid’s table too. If someone spills something on the “place mat”, you just throw it in the garbage!
Originally, I had the idea when I threw a Lego Themed Birthday Party for my son a few years ago. Instead of “making” wrapping paper place mats, I used a sheet of wrapping paper for the table runner…
Once again, kid friendly and disposable! And if the wrapping paper runner doesn’t get dirty, you can still use it to wrap presents.
#3 – Dress up some picture frames.
If you want to add some color to your photo displays, try covering a mat with some wrapping paper.
For my project, I used scissors and a box cutter but my son suggested I get an X-Acto Knife for next time. Surely, that would make it easier and the edges would be a little more precise.
Either way, the wrapping paper can make any photo seem more festive. Sometimes, very simple ideas can make a big impact.
Hopefully, my 3 simple ways to decorate with wrapping paper have inspired you to come up with some different and creative ideas for the holidays!
If you don’t feel like running out to the store, here are some pretty wrapping papers that caught my eye:
Have you ever decorated with wrapping paper?
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