Gift Wrapping with Photos

Hello, friends! I am so excited to share today’s project because giving gifts is one of the number one ways I express my love. Obviously, I do my best to “speak” all the love languages, but giving gifts is something that has always come naturally to me and that I love to do!

Enter the world’s most adorable 3-year-old and I’m pretty much toast! Gift giving (and wrapping) has never been cuter. I am definitely in my happy place right now and enjoying every moment.

This post is in partnership with Canon USA. I used my PIXMA TS9512C printer and love the way it captures the contrast in the photos. It can also print up to 12×12, so it’s possible to fit quite a few photos on a page if you’re working on a project with multiple images.

Also, I just wanted to note that I am loving their matte photo paper. It’s perfect for a project like this—making tags. I would highly recommend this matte paper for anytime you don’t want a shiny finish. The quality is awesome and it’s easy to write on.

To make these tags, I simply printed 3×3-inch photos. I turned them black and white using A Color Story on my phone, AirDropped them to my laptop, resized them to 3×3, and added them to 8.5×11 size new files and printed them on matte photo paper. Then, I cut them out with scissors and left extra space on the bottom for handwriting. After that, I punched holes in the photos and added some twine to tie them to the gifts. Easy!

My favorite part about this project was printing photos of loved ones, like my daughter and our nieces, to use on their gifts. I love the personalization that when they open their gift from me, it will come with a memory we made this year together!

As an added bonus, Nova can see which gifts are for her (since she can’t read yet) … although I’m not sure I want her to know. Haha!

For wrapping, I like to use a mixture of neutrals with a LOT of texture. This year, I purchased one wrapping paper with a neutral pattern and then rest of what I used is plain craft paper. Then I mix in a lot of lace, rope and yarn (you can find these in the fabric section of any craft store) in a shade of white.

Last, but not least, I chose black and white photos because I love how all the neutrals blend together.

Thanks so much for reading! I feel so inspired to begin new traditions this year. I am feeling the magic BIG TIME. Check out these tips for wrapping odd shaped gifts if you have those in your present pile as well!

If you have any fun gift wrapping traditions, I’d love to hear! xx – Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson.Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I’m a bit behind on your blog, so it’s after Christmas, but I love this idea! Definitely saving for next Christmas.

  • Love the photo tags! Where can I find the “With love from Santa” wrapping paper???
    I love it!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • What a great idea. So many of us take pictures which sit in folders on the computer. I definitely will share this with friends and family.

  • This is such a cute idea!! I’ve been trying to be really good this year with printing photos and this is such a fun way to showcase them!

  • In a post from The Larson House you mentioned that you aren’t religious. Do you celebrate Christmas? Or do you focus more on Santa rather than the religious side of Christmas? No worries if that’s too personal, I was just wondering what your family did. 🙂

  • This is such a fun and creative idea to replace traditional wrapping and nametags! I like it – it’s a great personalised approach!! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • This is actually a really cute idea instead of name tags 🙂
    You could pick some really funny photos as well!
    Debs @

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