Saturday, September 24, 2011

Coastal Style Gift Wrapping for the Time Deprived with Ikea Boxes

I love a pretty or unique package who doesn't?  I have always enjoyed wrapping presents.  I like ribbon in silk and velvet and heavy lacquered paper but this is the shortcut wrapping method I will be using.

 A visit to A Gift Wrapped Life written by Sande Chase causes many oooohs around here.  Sande wraps with pure elegance and flair, in wonderful colors using  mink to feathers. I love it all.   

It's finding the time anymore to do it and a place to store 
pretty embellishments.
Packing supplies for my Etsy shop took over.

 (Strikt box)

I like a sturdy box and these navy blue document boxes from
Ikea seem to fit the bill.

What I like about these, is the hinges. No lost covers.

For some reason I don't like seeing store names on opened gifts sitting under the tree unless it says Chanel No.5 on it. I'm a put the stuff away quickly and, get rid of the boxes so it looks pretty again like it did before the ripping off the wrapping frenzy started.  This shouldn't bother me anymore especially since the house looks more like a storage unit from said Etsy shop mentioned above.

These will look neat and tidy stacked up and the best part is no paper wrap is required.  So, for the cost of a roll of wrapping paper you can buy one of these and use it again.

 I rarely visit Ikea; when I do it never fails I leave with a pretty hefty bill from white flower pots, and fabric to organizing systems for my Etsy shop.

I am thrilled that the boxes are a nice dark shade of navy blue.  If you haven't realized it by now, I like the crisp look of navy blue and white.

They hold a nice amount too. 

You can glam them up a little like I did with this clip on jeweled feather bird.

I also found these white assemble yourself boxes.


A lesson learned cut the bag open containing the little metal pieces. 
Don't tear it open. The little metal things go flying otherwise.

Before assembling you can rubber stamp them. 
Get your self some nautical and sea life rubber stamps

Be sure to get an ink pad for "glossy or coated papers" 
otherwise the ink will not dry and smear all over the place.

I use them to hold some wrapping supplies.

Add a pretty shell and some tulle for a soft look

Okay the white may look a bit too office.
I may have to work on that.

What do you think?


gpc said...

I love the Kassett boxes- use them for everything! I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for the hinged variety the next time I shop IKEA!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Thank you for the surprise mention but I think you are doing very well on your own........with no help from me! Love the idea of the Ikea boxes, no wrap, no fuss, just wonderful embellishments as you have shown so beautifully. Especially the nautical version with rope and starfish. I just might stock up on those boxes too. Lovely post. XO

rjerdee said...

Love the feather/ribbon tie!
I'm a big fan of IKEA...go there at least four times a year and leave with a huge bill every time...never thought of using their boxes for gift wrap. Thanks for all the ingenious ideas!

La Dolfina said...

I love it Rita!!!
Now on top of everything else, you're giving Sandee a run for her money!!!

Love navy and white too :)


Completely Coastal said...

The navy box is great, and looks so elegant with that crisp white rope! Wish IKEA was closer!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

What a great idea! I will have to keep this in mind.I love the fact that you can also use the box~Cheers Kim

Julie@beingRUBY said...

.. blogger stole my comment..

I was saying.. love these wrapping ideas.. especially the navy box with ribbon.. so beautiful and clever!! and time saving!!.. Will check out my new Ikea which is opening soon..

ciao xxx Julie

Jane said...

What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Looks like a trip to Ikea is on the calendar...

Re: the pelicans...It is a beautiful and exciting site to see. We have seen as many as 35 flying in a row. For such "ugly" birds, they are so graceful in flight.
Jane (Artfully Graced)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is such a great idea, Rita! And the box is a gift in itself! Thanks for sharing!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I tried to leave a comment yesterday but it wouldn't "stick". So I'm back today.
I love the navy blue box with the white and blue ribbon and also the white rope. It is so beautiful and so elegant.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea. I might just have to find an Ikea and pay a visit!

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