How to Gift Wrap with Coastal Flare

This past weekend I had so much fun letting my imagination run wild with coastal inspiration for wrapping gifts for friends and family! I kept to one theme this year for all my gifts, Nature's Snowy Coastal Morning.

I first went hunting for relatively cheap wrapping paper and boxes (unfortunately :( I found rolls at Target and bought them during the credit card hacking time frame) that would paint a picture of a snow-covered shoreline. I really liked the idea of putting together neutral colors like white, cream, and cardboard brown so that the greenery of the rosemary would standout when laid on top of the boxes. Those colors would also help make it easier for me to pick out sets of wire-lined ribbon that wouldn't be too appear too bold or lavish.

The Christmas tree paper reminded me of snow covered driftwood trees, and when paired next to the paper withlittle red cardinals on branches in the snow, they both were just too cute to pass up! The cardinals would help make the red and white checkered ribbon stand out too. I chose to use half see-through white and gold ribbon on the Christmas tree paper to mimic seashells sparkling underneath the winter sun in the sand. Then I hot glued seashells I picked up off the beaches of Sanibel Island and placed them in the center of the ribbons and hung them from string with one of my coastal holiday printable gift tags. I got a bit creative and used common jingle shells to make a 'ribbon' on one of the presents too.

Do you spot my favorite animal? Yup, there's a penguin on one of the boxes! :) Cardboard gift boxes, tags and bags are some of my top favorite, just something about the texture and recycling element I guess. That's why I opted to feature gift tags and upcycled calendar pages from The Coastal Collection by Susan Fairgrieve Photography. The coastal holiday photographs on her gift tags capture the essence of coastal living by the sea during the holidays with a creative design touch. My Coastal Collection calendar wouldn't be used after 2013 finished, and I didn't want to throw away a great quality product and photographs, so I used one of my favorite pages on the outside of a gift bag, and topped it off with one of my handmade salt dough starfish (see my DIY tutorial here).

How did you wrap your gifts this year? Share photos of your gifts on the ArtSea Chic Facebook page!

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