At the table (2)

( lack of natural light made it almost imossible to take good photos today, so excuse the poor quality!)
I really enjoy giving my friends and family personal presents which have been thoughtful wrapped and decorated, but in a simple and natural way. Using brown paper, kraft paper, wax paper, I`m  just adding  finishing touches as twigs, cones, sticks of cinnamon, berries and dried fruit. Specially dried fruit as lemon, orange and grapefruit works really well. I think that looks beautiful on top of a gift.
How to dry slices of orange, lemon and grapefruit for decoration :

Dry oranges for decoration by slicing them about a half a centimetre thick and softly squeeze out as much of the juice as possible. Try not to squeeze and misshape the slices. Place the slices on a cookie sheet and leave for about 4 - 6 hours at  between 80 -100 degrees to dry. ( Keep the oven door slightly ajar for air circulation )
~ It looks beautiful and the wonderful scent makes your home smell amazing also.
Photos © Aina - Modern Country
I also use natural twine, jute, wool and straw as ribbon. I thought about using strings of handwoven linen also. These whole anise seeds were actually meant as a subtle flavour for my favourite cake, but I think they look pretty cute on top of these small gifts for my mother. Looks like christmas stars.. 
How do you like to wrap your gifts ?
~ Aina ~


Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Hello sweet Aina..been far to long since we have talked..how are you? There is such a warmth in your photos..as though they just say "welcome" to all who visit your lovely blog. Wishing you a wonderful,happy Christmas.Lots of love,Chrissy

All Seasons said...

Wat heb je dit erg leuk ingepakt, Aina!

Ik wens je hele mooie dagen met je vrienden en familie. En alle goeds voor 2014. Een jaar met nieuwe inspiraties, veel liefde en geluk!
Geniet van deze sfeervollen en warme dagen!


Jo said...

natural and elegant;)
for me, the packaging is very important

G:a Affären said...

Det märks att du tycker om att skapa, så fina paket! Och jag tycker om den lugna färgskalan också, och paketet med anis är något din mamma säkert uppskattar!
Det är så trivsamt att kika in här hos dig och nu var det flera inlägg jag missat men har läst ikapp.
Är det redan slut? Ungefär som att få en vacker och god pralin och så är den uppäten, men jag kan kika tillbaka på dina vackra bilder!

Önskar dig en riktigt God Jul!

Varmaste kramen

DANY said...

adoro questi pacchetti fatti con la carta da pacchi.
Mi immagino all'interno un bel regalino fatto a mano con amore.

manon 21 said...

Le naturel est toujours une belle idée raffinée.

Belle fin d'année


Jolanda said...


Fijne dagen!!

Lieve groet,


Anna said...

OOhhh!!! Beautiful envelopes!!

coco said...

for christmas or someone's birthday, i usually use colorful paper with silk ribbon. for simple occasion, brown paper like you use and then add pretty ribbon on it to make it look pretty on the outside. i like seeing receiver's reaction when they see my presents which is the fun part of giving.
but i like the idea of your simple, yet so lovely wrapping idea of using natural material. very thoughtful of you. i will try putting cones and etc on 24th when i go to sister's for christmas dinner. thank you aina.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love it.

Johanna, St Raphael, Var said...

Je te souhaite de très belles fêtes de fin d'année.

Rummet för välbefinnande said...

Åhhhhh så fint!!!! *jublar*
Tittar in för att önska dig en riktigt God Jul och nu fick jag med mig en alldeles underbar känsla som jag ska smyga runt med i kroppen precis hela dagen. TACK!!!! <3
Kram Mia

It's me said...

May the spirit of Christmas bring us
love, hope and peace!....love you Aina !!!..thanks for your friendship !!!....xxx !!

Blomkje en Wenje said...

This is my kind op wrapping, love it! Sometimes i don't want to open presents because their so beautiful wrapped...(check my blog, i received a beautiful wrapped wooden sign: http://blomkjeenwenje.blogspot.com) Wishing you a wonderfull Christmas

X Pietrik

Leslie said...

Wonderful wrapping! Nothing is more elegant than simple, natural elements.

letrecivette said...

Merry Christmas Aina!
I love your packaging

Petra said...

Deze manier van inpakken vind ik zo mooi en tijdloos. Puur natuur, en daar hou ik van...

Aina, ik wens jou en je man veel geluk en liefde voor 2014 en Fijne feestdagen toegewenst.

Lieve groet van Petra

BiancoAntico said...

Lovely, lovely packaging Aina! Merry Christmas :-)



The Cloth Shed said...

So stylish and classy Aina.
Thank you for your kind words and a Merry Christmas to you too
Julie x

Gry Karlsen said...

Ønsker deg og dine kjære en vakker jul! :)

kråke said...

En riktigt God Jul och Gott nytt år önskas dig och dina kära:))) Tack fina Aina för detta året!:)))

Stor kram


Bratte Bakka said...

Ynskjer deg og dine ei velsigna jolehelg!


Lory said...

Merry Christmas dear Aina! Wishing you a peaceful day filled with love and joy

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

So elegant. I often use craft paper tied with strips of naturally dyed cotton - selvedges torn from pieces I've dyed - but I have never thought to add star anise :)

Aisle 24 Food said...

I will definitely be using this wrapping method for gifts this year.

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