Autumn gift wrap

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Posted On October 01, 2014 / Posted In Wrap it Up / Tagged wrap it up, gift wrapping ideas, autumn

Text and images by Sarita Rajiv

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus

The leaves on the trees around me are slowly beginning to transform into fall's flowers. After a fantastic summer in Copenhagen, autumn is slowly settling its mosaic of colours over the city. If you've seen my floral gift wrapping ideas here and here, you know that I enjoy using natural materials to create gift wraps that are simple but one-of-a-kind.

A couple of days ago I spotted some leaves that had transformed from a lush green to warm, earthy reds and oranges and they inspired me to work on an autumn gift wrap.

Autumn crafts and autumn gift wrapping ideas

Here’s what you’ll need to create this autumn inspired gift wrap:
-    Black wrapping paper
-    Acrylic colours in yellow, orange, red, green and white
-    A paint brush
-    A few autumn leaves 
-    Twine
-    Satin ribbon

autumn inspiration - how to gift wrap using leaves

Dab the leaves with the acrylic paint using a paint brush. For each leaf, I used a mix of two colours to create a natural variation in the shades. 

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Press the leaf gently onto the black wrapping paper. Make sure you use just a bit of paint and it isn’t too thin. It's a bit like block printing; only you're using leaves instead of blocks.

autumn crafts and how to gift wrap using leaves

Repeat this step to cover the paper with the printed leaves. Here’s what it will look like when you’re done.

This autumn and fall season gift wrap is beautiful. It's an autumn pictures

If you want you can round it off with a satin ribbon. I used a light shade that contrasts well against the black. 

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I still had some leaves left over so I used them to make this simple gift wrap. I made a hole in the leaves using a punch and strung them together with twine. I love how it gives an earthy, rustic look to the gift wrap. What do you think?

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Sarita Rajiv is a writer, gifting specialist and founder of The Orange Gift Bag. She’s on a mission to uncover the ‘best gifts after love’. When she isn’t dreaming up unique gift ideas, she writes for The Copenhagen Post and The National Geographic Traveller India among others.

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01/10/2014 at 14:02

This Looks very easy to do and beautiful at the saMe time chechi. GooD one


The orange gift bag

01/10/2014 at 15:07

Thanks Anu. It is easy and fun too!

Anne @ Unique Gifter

01/10/2014 at 12:19

You always make the most GORGEOUS wrapping! The colours on the leaves you found are stunning.


The orange gift bag

01/10/2014 at 15:09

Thanks's so sweet of you to say that! Yes the leaves are gorgeous...was hard trying to replicate those gorgeous natural colours so I just made my own combination:-)