DIY Fabric Gift Wrap: Cozy Parisian Holiday

Hi guys! So a little while back Waverly got in touch (exciting right) to ask if I would like to participate in their special month-long 12 Bloggers of Christmas feature. Of course I said yes…

…and today I am pleased as punch to finally be able to share my little project with you. Here’s my take on a Cozy Parisian Holiday:

I like to keep the paper simple on most gifts that I give, so as to allow the adornments to really shine. In this case I wrapped everything up in basic kraft paper that can be found in stores such as Target and Michael’s Craft Store. Affordable and classic!

Next I picked out a Waverly fabric with a whimsical Tres Chic Parisian print that I knew would look adorable topping a gift. If you don’t have the same fabric available to you, you can easily substitute any other heavier-weight printed fabric that inspires you. Maybe you won’t end up with a Parisian theme, but that’s totally fine. Have fun looking through your local fabric store (JoAnn’s carries Waverly fabrics, including the Tres Chic version used here – online only) or thrift shop and see where your imagination takes you.

Next (for my version) I cut the Eiffel Tower “photograph” out of the fabric and attached it to my wrapped gift using a standard glue stick (applied directly to the wrapping paper).

Once the main “image” is attached you can really go nuts adding any sort of adornment you like, such as Glitter Velvet Ribbon (left) or Japanese Masking Tape (right). The key is to let the main element shine.

For a vintage sparkle, you might also enjoy gluing the fabric element to an old book page, sheet music, or map. Cut out around the image with enough of a paper border so that it shows nicely. Use as-is, or take it a step further by adding a line of glue topped by a dusting of Smoky Quartz Glitter. Let it dry and attach it to your wrapped gift with a glue stick.

There are so many creative options, but in this case I decided to keep it cozy by finishing my gift with a wrapping of red yarn along with a few yarn pom poms. Remember how I told you there would be a project coming up where you would want to know how to make them? If you missed my quick 5 Minute DIY: Yarn Pom Poms video tutorial, you can find it here.

Be sure to leave the tails on your pom poms (as seen in the tutorial video) so that you’ll have a way to easily attach them to your gift…like so:

Next I decided to make some easy ribbons by quickly ripping some gorgeous black ticking into long 1.25″ wide strips. You can also cut the fabric into the widths/lengths that you want, but I personally love the raw edges of the torn fabric, as I feel that they look so much more time-worn and charming that way.

After I prepared my ribbon I wrapped it around wooden spools for easy storage. I also plan to give a few as little stocking stuffers this year!

This method of creating ribbon should work with just about any woven cotton material. Just think of what you could create with scraps from your fabric stash, the thrift shop, or a quick trip to the fabric store (of course the Waverly fabrics work perfectly for this particular project too).

After tying a ticking ribbon around another wrapped gift I decided to add an extra touch of charm with a fabric element from the same Tres Chic fabric that my original gift was wrapped with.

I carefully cut out the images I wanted (aren’t these fashionable ladies so great), applied a layer of glue to a piece of heavy-weight cardstock, placed my fabric cutout on top of the glue, and smoothed it down with my fingers.

I then carefully trimmed around the image to remove the excess paper, leaving a nice sturdy paper-backed cutout.

It’s easy to personalized the toppers by simply writing a note on the back with a fine-tipped pen. When you’re ready to use it, just attach a 3-D glue dot to the middle and stick your fashionable lady onto your gift. You can also add additional touches to your toppers using glitter, sequins, or beads (not shown).

I hope my little projects will inspire you to include fabric in your gift wrapping this holiday season. There’s no wrong way to do it, so just dive right in and have fun! xo Ez

Supplies used with these projects:

Check out the other eleven amazing bloggers who are a part of this great month-long series:

And finally, a quick heads up before you go. If you visit the project page for Waverly over on Facebook you can enter to win $100 from Michaels and JoAnn’s. I hope one of you guys wins!


Full disclosure: Waverly provided the fabric and yarn for my use with this project along with compensation for the additional supplies I chose to use in the completion of my designs.