DIY: Add a Personal Touch to Your Christmas Cards and Gifts

It's the time of year that you are frantically sending out Christmas cards, wrapping presents and thinking of ways to show your family and friends that they mean a lot to you.  Gift giving, and card sending doesn't mean you have to spend tons of money to show people that you care.  By putting a little bit of extra time into the packaging, your presents will seem 10 times as thoughtful!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Our favorite way to add a little something special to our gifts and cards is through stamps.  We use a mixture of store bought and our own custom stamps that we make.  Making your own stamps is easy, here's how: 

Supplies; Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Supplies; Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Materials List: Pencil, Rubber, Cork, Carving Tools, Glue, Cutting Board

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

This is so easy, I promise!  First, section off your rubber into smaller pieces, just a tad larger than you plan on making the stamp.  Sketch a pattern or original design on the rubber.  Now, carefully carve around the stamp, what you carve away, throw away.  Hot glue works best to attach finished stamps to the corks, but any glue will work, just depends on how much patience you have for waiting on glue to dry.  

Now you are ready to stamp!  I told you it was easy!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

We started our gift wrapping inspiration with this burlap ribbon we found at Michaels.  Christina had these cute little arrows she had cut out for a previous project, so we decided to use those.  We alternated red and white, which looks so simple and beautiful on the natural burlap texture.

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Once the ribbon dried, we wrapped our package in simple brown paper and added a strip of white wrapping paper to the middle to visually separate the browns.  We finished it off with a cute package tag that we stamped with a store bought to and from stamp.  Such a simple, beautiful presentation, who cares what's inside?

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

We were on a roll, so we decided to stamp tags, envelopes, and these beautiful pieces of rustic paper we folded in half to make an elegant Christmas card.

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Photo by Christina Wedge, Styling by Alexandra Hernandez

Michaels also has these great, and inexpensive brown boxes.  A row of stamps and $1.00 Christmas ribbon from Target makes this presentation so beautiful!

Hope this gives you some fun, creative ideas for holiday wrapping and gift giving!