Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Christmas Lights Gift Wrap Inspired by Stranger Things

Christmas lights gift wrap inspired by Stranger Things | Popcorn and ChocolateThis Christmas lights gift wrap is so festive and fun and it is perfect to make for any of your Stranger Things obsessed friends. Keep reading below to find out how to make this Christmas lights gift wrap!

Christmas lights gift wrap inspired by Stranger Things | Popcorn and Chocolate

When Stranger Things first came out and everyone was raving about it I convinced myself I would not like it. I mean sci-fi isn’t quite my forte. But, I just couldn’t resist all the hype and I am so glad that I got sucked in because Oh.My.God. That show was ahhmazing. The actors/actresses, the costumes, the 80’s vibes… everything – so good.

Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Once Halloween rolled around there were so many costumes popping up inspired by Stranger Things. My favorite by far was this pair. But, as it is near Christmas and not Halloween, we’ve taken this inspiration into some gift wrap that you can easily DIY onto any present you are giving this holiday season. All you need to make this gift wrap is some colored paper, string, and glue.

Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Make your holiday season strange this year with this Stranger Things inspired gift wrap.

Materials:

  • Colored paper
  • Black string
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Glue gun
  • Black marker
  • Present

Instructions:

  1. Start with a wrapped present. We used just plain brown craft paper because the wall was a yellowish/brown color but feel free to use any plain color you desire!DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  2. Cut out small Christmas light bulbs from your colored paper.DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  3. Cut out small black rectangles to top your bulbs.DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  4. Using Mod Podge and a paint brush, glue on the bulbs and black tops to your present. Be careful not to glob a lot of glue on – just a little bit will do. DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  5. Taking a black marker write out either who the present is for or a festive saying.DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  6. Cut a piece of black string to the length you desire and then place it on your present above the bulbs. Lay out how you want the string to fall – we added some curlicues to ours by just twisting the string into a circle.DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  7. Once you have your string placed where you want it, take your glue gun and put the tiniest of dots underneath various points of the string. We glued ours down at the beginning and end and then where it met the Christmas lights as well as any curlicues so they would stay in place.

Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Your friends and family will love receiving a gift wrapped up in Christmas lights reminiscent of the wall on Stranger Things. It is simple to make and a lot of fun to give out!

Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Let us know in the comments below if you watched Stranger Things and who your favorite character was! Make your holidays strange this year!

Christmas lights gift wrap inspired by Stranger Things | Popcorn and Chocolate

 

Last minute gift idea for your creative friends and family

DIY last minute gift tag idea from Popcorn & ChI’m sure you guys are all super on top of your holiday shopping, and I’m sure none of you have any last minute gifts to buy. But if you’re like me, you’ve finally remembered how to Christmas shop and finally (one week before Christmas) you’re getting into the groove of it!

DIY last minute gift tag presentDIY last minute holiday gift tags from Popcorn & Chocolate

I find that one of the most fun things to give is something you made. Every year, I like to make my presents unique in one way. I like to make unique gift tags every year. One year I used paint chips and made small snowy chalk drawings on each one. It’s fun because you can make each one different. This is what I made last year. I thought they came out great! And I may just have to make more of our ugly sweater gift tags this year.

DIY last minute holiday gift tag present idea from Popcorn & Chocolate

If you’re like me and have friends and family who also like to be crafty and creative with their gifts this DIY is sure to be a hit for the holidays. I came up with this holiday gift tag gift based on what I gave my mom last year as a gift. And mom, if you’re reading this, just send me a quick text if you want me to gift you the DIY from this post!

DIY Last minute holiday gift tags from Popcorn & ChocolateDIY last minute holiday gift tags from Popcorn & Chocolate

Since gift tags are so fun for everyone, I thought why not grab a bunch of craft paper in fun prints for birthdays and holidays and neutral or solid prints and cut it into the classic gift tag shape.

What you’ll need:

  • fun printed craft paper
  • a single hole punch
  • string (I particularly like baker’s twine, but we didn’t have any)
  • optional: washi tape, stamps

 

After you’ve cut out the gift tag shape, punch a hole in the top, and stick on hole reinforces if you like. Tie a cute string through the hole by doubling the string over and sticking the looped end through the hole. Then feed the two loose ends through the loop so that your present receiver can tie the loose ends of the string to their gift. If you’re feeling really inspired, you could make a few of our ugly sweater to add to the gift as well :). Use some washi to outline some of the tags if you want! Also, if you have stamps, you could stamp “to / from” on some or whatever you want, but personally, I think blank will get the most use out of it. Package that up in a cute box with tissue paper, throw in a few rolls of washi tape and maybe a cute jell pen or two, and there’s the perfect gift! My mom would love it (right mom?) and I’m sure your friends and family would too!

IMG_9153

Tell us – are you all set for the holidays are do you have some last minute scrambling to do like us? Do you put gift tags on your presents?

DIY last minute gift tags | Popcorn & Chocolate

Holiday Gift Tags

IMG_4363Happy countdown to Christmas! We’re starting to get in the holiday spirit and thinking about how to wrap our presents in a fun and creative way.

IMG_4334Every year I like to come up with a fun and different way to wrap my presents for my family. Last year I made pop-out card gift tags for everyone. It’s a way to make all the presents you give unique, plus it makes it easy to identify which presents are from you when they’re all under the tree.

IMG_4276We decided to make gift tags that could be used not only for Christmas but for all sorts of occasions. We have a ton of stamps, washi, and fun shaped punches that we used to make each tag unique! These are so easy and fun to make. We used the traditional gift tag shape, though Haley was inspired to change up the tag shape up for a few.

IMG_4419

IMG_4285

You can get really creative with these and go all out, or you can always keep it simple, whatever your preference. Even just stamping letters would look nice. This craft is so simple and you could make some really fun stuff with just a few different colors of paper, some good markers or pens, and scissors. The stamps, punches, and washi add a personal touch to the tags, but are no means necessary to make some cute gift tags!

IMG_4297What you’ll need:

  • Colored paper (TJ Maxx always has a good set of 6×6 scrapbook paper that would be fun to use. We used this paper for our Advent Calendar)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stamps
  • Washi Tape
  • Metalic Pens (we used Gel pens)
  • Fun Shaped Punches
  • Hole PunchIMG_4339 IMG_4301

What we did:

We started by cutting out a bunch of gift tags out of paper in different colors and sizes. You can either free hand the design of the gift tag like us, or trace an image from offline. For the designs on the tags we used several different methods. For some we stamped out simple shapes and would either leave them plain, or would color over them in metallic gel pens. Other tags we used washi tape to create stripes and other shapes. Lastly, we used punch out stamps to create unique designs, such as the snowflakes.

IMG_4370IMG_4406

As you can see, we made all sorts of different designs such as ornaments, Christmas trees, stockings, presents, snowmen, tea cups, macaroons, and cupcakes. We also made ones that aren’t just for the holidays. These are some of the striped ones and others with a simple stamp or a cute cut out. Go wild and let your creative juices flow!

IMG_4323 IMG_4302IMG_4309

Christmas Advent Calendar

IMG_4150We hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend full of lots of delicious Thanksgiving food. We sure did and now we get to have leftovers for the rest of the week! Pumpkin pie brownies for breakfast anyone?

IMG_4195Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can look forward to Christmas and begin shamelessly decorating our apartment full of snowflakes and moose. So far we have hung up some Christmas lights and put out fun decorative pillows, but as Christmas approaches we are sure to add more!

 IMG_4167 IMG_4260

Because tomorrow is the first day of December, we have a simple advent calendar that uses minimal supplies. All we bought for this project was a small 6×6 pack of scrapbook paper at T.J. Maxx for $3. This pack was from American Crafts and had some really cute pages that we just couldn’t resist. T.J. Maxx’s always has the best craft supplies for cheap. Along with the craft paper we just used some plain white paper to cut out the numbers.

IMG_4147What we did for this advent calendar was ripped out 25 pages from the scrapbook paper book and then laid them out on our floor in a Christmas tree shape. We decided we liked our tree to be taller rather than wide and so ended up with two rows of 5, two rows of 4, and then it went 3, 2, 1.

IMG_4108 IMG_4113

Once the tree was in a style we liked, we then traced numbers1-25 onto white paper and cut them out. Okay, we have to admit we first tried to free-hand the letters, which came out horrible, so we had to trace the numbers.

IMG_4212Now is the fun part – instead of creating a advent calendar that gives out a piece of candy or present each day, we decided to make ours interactive. We wrote down 25 different activities to do, so each day we flip up the day and reveal something we have to do that day.

IMG_4177IMG_4257Here are some examples: make hot chocolate, go ice skating, watch Elf. We thought this would be a fun activity to get us in the Christmas spirit and maybe even do some things we wouldn’t normally do, like go ice skating. Since we work during the day we broke up our weekends differently and had slightly more involved activities on those days. We stuck to the more simple tasks for the weekdays, such as making hot chocolate.

IMG_4247We wrote the activity on the back of piece of the paper, but you could put it hidden on the front as well. We mostly wanted to be able to use the paper again so we didn’t write on it.

IMG_4126We hope you enjoyed our advent calendar and let us know what activities you would put on your calendar! Happy December everyone!

IMG_4221 IMG_4163

 

DIY paper Christmas tree advent calendar | Popcorn & Chocolate