I was just browsing my vintage magazine collection for Christmas baking recipes when I came across these adorably creative gift wrapping ideas from 1947, which I thought I'd share.
These Christmas boxes are so delightfully gay that your friends will be thrilled with even the simplest and smallest of gifts.
- Powder-puff muff: Three powder puffs in round celluloid boxes (which you can buy in the shops) covered with pleated transparent cellulose, and tied round with ribbons.
- "Ballerina": Circular piece of white tulle sewn on top of box, with side piece gathered in at top. Add a posy of flowers.
- Sequin monogram: Cover box with gold paper and fasten at one side with black ribbon, which is sewn to box and tied in a bow. Stick on black sequins in a monogram or pattern.
- Padded tuffet: Box covered with a circular piece of satin, gathered at the sides and the top padded with cotton wool. Catch down the padding with a few stitches at regular intervals.
- To hold a buttonhole: Square, transparent cellulose box tied with tinsel ribbon.
- Swathed with pink: Flat box covered with felt and swathed with transparent cellulose which is held in place by a ribbon. Stick a greetings stamp on top.
- "Basket": Ribbon looped round transparent cellulose box, the ends tied to holly on top.
- Leather trunk: Leather paper stuck on box. Make straps also out of leather paper, and sew on buckles. Write your friend's name on the "luggage label".
- Sealed box: Wide ribbon tied round box and secured with sealing-wax.
- Special gift: Mistletoe secured with ribbon at corners of box. You can make the mistletoe with round pearl buttons and silk leaves.