Sissies are all about living more simply-giving us the time and energy to be creative and fully engaged. One of my most successful efforts to simplify involves Kraft paper and raffia. I would hit the stores the day after Christmas and buy up all the 50 percent off wrapping paper that I could carry to the car. What I wound up with after a while was a lot of wrapping paper that I didn’t care for and didn’t use. I am no longer sure what inspired me to chuck the mishmash of wrapping paper and go to Kraft paper and raffia ribbon, but it was one of my better ideas : )
I now wrap just about every gift I give with Kraft paper and raffia. For the upcoming holiday season, pine cones are a perfect little add on. For birthdays I add other little doodas-like charms, buttons, etc. For weddings I use Kraft bags and tie water tubes filled with fresh flowers on the end of the raffia. But I think my favorite is wrapping Christmas presents:
We have one Colorado Blue Spruce in our yard, and I gather up pine cones from there every year; but I confess, I do buy bags of them from craft stores, because they are so perfectly shaped and they look darling hot glued on the end of the raffia. I love the finished product – maybe that is why I started wrapping my framed pieces so I could enjoy the natural, charming and very simple feel of Kraft paper, raffia and pine cones in my home instead of giving it all away : )
iSissies, do you have a favorite way to use raffia – or any gift wrapping tips?