Christmas Decorating & Gift Wrapping Update

Welcome to the 462nd Metamorphosis Monday!

In a previous post here at BNOTP, I shared how I’ll be wrapping my Christmas gifts this year. This adorable wrapping paper was my inspiration. (Wrapping paper is available here: Wrapping Paper.) I love this cute design so much, I ended up purchasing four rolls. Each roll comes with a lot of paper, love that!

Christmas Vacation Wallpaper, Perfect for Christmas Presents


For my present topper this year, each present will be sporting a vintage car or truck bringing home the family Christmas tree. (Vintage toy truck is available here: Truck.)

Gift Wrapping Idea, Toy Chevy Truck with Christmas Tree on Tartan Plaid Paper


The other little vintage cars I had ordered came in, so last night I got busy wrapping a few more gifts.

Paneled Living Room, Christmas Tree


Still haven’t had time to look for a topper for my tree, need to get that done soon.

Living Room, Judges Paneling, Christmas Tree


Haven’t finished wrapping gifts, but at least for now I can share how the other little vintage cars are looking atop the gifts.

Whimsical Vintage Car Wrapping Paper


Let’s take a closer look.

Christmas Tree with Gift Wrapped Gifts


Christmas Gift Wrapping Idea with Vintage Cars & Christmas Trees


My favorite car of all the vintage cars I’m using is this adorable Volkswagen Beetle.

Fun Christmas Gift Wrapping Idea for All Ages


Notice below on the wrapping paper, how they tied the tree onto the yellow VW Bug using the bumpers.

Christmas Vacation Wallpaper, Perfect for Christmas Presents


I loved how that looked, so I did the same with my little VW bugs. I bent the tree over the car in the funny way they show it on the wrapping paper. Love that! As mentioned in THIS earlier post, I removed the disk from the base of the trees and covered the metal stem with jute yarn for a more realistic look.

I have three more of this car in different colors, all covered in flowers. I’m going to keep one for myself, but I’ll be using the others atop Christmas gifts. As mentioned in last week’s post, I found this little car HERE, but they may be out by now.

VW Beetle Bug Car Bringing Home the Christmas Tree Gift Wrap


The Volkswagen vans arrived and I love how they look with their Christmas tree.

VW Van Bringing Home the Christmas Tree, Chritmas Giftwrap


I left the surfboard that each van came with on top, and it works great just placing the Christmas tree on top of the board. This cute van is available here: VW Van.

Volkswagen Van Bringing Home the Christmas Tree, Chrisstmas Gift Wrap Ideas


The other vintage car I’m using is this old Chevy Nomad. These little cars make me smile just to see them. I’ve always loved antique and vintage cars. This one is available here: Chevy Nomad.

All the little trees are from Hobby Lobby, but you can find trees in Michaels and other stores, as well. When I shopped for those, the best price I found was in Hobby Lobby. Make sure you buy them large enough, they actually look very whimsical and adorable when they are almost too big for the vehicle. I’m totally a Clark Griswold when shopping for a real tree, my eyes are always bigger than my room. lol

If you have any trouble finding enough vintage cars to use on your gift wrap, here’s another one that I would love to have used: Vintage Chevy Car.

Vintage Chevy Nomad Car Bringing Home the Christmas Tree


Haven’t decorated the front porch yet, but I did get the wreath hung above the mantel. Hope to get the porch done in the next few days.

Firescreen with Cardinal Birds in Birch Tree


I love using this fire screen for fall and winter when the fireplace isn’t in use. I found it many years ago in a local shop, A Classy Flea. I haven’t visited the Flea in a while. We need to plan a visit there soon to see what they have in for the holidays.

Autumn Fall Firescreen Depicting Cardinals and Birch Tree


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  1. Susan, how wonderful it would be to receive a present from you with the fabulous wrapping paper and the bonus of a vintage car or truck! Your tree is just beautiful and I love the fire screen!

  2. Susan, this gift wrap idea is absolutely adorable! How fun to receive a gift with a vintage car carrying a tree on top! Your wreath over the mantel is gorgeous.

  3. Gaaa…that IS SO ADORABLE…I’m STILL SMILING!! (and, just ordered cars & trees!) We’re OFF….fran

    • Have fun, Franki! I set up a little assembly line…covered the stems with jute first, then put the tree on the car, then the car on the package. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh, my word!! The paper! The vintage cars and trucks! It’s all so adorable!! I’d be happy receiving an empty wrapped box with a little truck on top…no other gift necessary!

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Vicki! I had to keep one of the little flower-cover VW Bugs for myself. They remind me of “flower power” and all the hippie clothing, etc… back in the 70’s.

  5. Susan, that paper and those cars are outstanding…and adorable! I love the cardinal screen. Several years ago I saw it on your site and I picked an old one out of the trash. I had planned to repaint it, but it’s still sitting in the garage. Maybe this is the year that I finally take your pretty inspiration and get it done! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy week!

  6. Susan, what a cute idea for wrapping detail! I love it! Liz

  7. Everything looks delightful. I would take an empty box just to get the wrapping. Another item that took my eye…the screen for the fire place. Looking forward to the porch.

  8. The way you wrapped your Christmas gifts is just adorable. I’m sure the recipients will just โค๏ธ the cars and trucks as adornment. We sat in a restaurant last night watching cars and trucks heading home with Christmas trees tied to their roofs. I guess they were driving home from a “you cut your own tree” lot,

  9. Ann Seigman says

    Susan, I love your family room all decked out for CHRISTmas! It is so warm and inviting. The presents with the vintage cars/trucks and trees are just wonderful! Your grandsons eyes will certainly light up when they find them under the tree. I can only imagine what wonderful memories that they will treasure for years to come! Blessings of the Season, Ann

  10. Jean Sprimont says

    Much as I love the wrapping paper and cars/trucks it’s your fire place screen that I swoon over every time you feature it. Some manufacturer/craftsman would be smart to duplicate it. What a find from your wonderful Classy Flea!

  11. Too adorable for words. I hope your son/DIL promised to send you video of them seeing and opening those gifts. Or maybe skype it.

    • I’ll be there for New Year’s, so I will take all their gifts with me then. It will be like a second Christmas for everyone, especially my grandsons. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Marlene Stephenson says

    That wrapping paper and cars are so cute, i’m not sure whether i could open it or not,i know it would make me smile. The tree and fireplace screen are scrumptious.

  13. Hi Susan,
    I love your little cars on the gifts. I am sure if any of the gifts are for your grandsons they will love opening the gift and enjoying the little cars and trucks the rest of the year. You are a smart Grandma.

    • Aww, thanks Betty! They are and also for their parents, so they should have a nice little collection after everything has been opened. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Oh the vintage cars on the packages are adorable!!

  15. I am so impressed with all your wrapped packages and of course the adorable toppers! I have only barely begun my shopping, much less wrapped a gift!

  16. Thanks so much for hosting!!

  17. You are such an inspiration! Everything you do is beautiful and your decorating warm and inviting. A question I had was where did you get the two larger vehicles you have sitting under the tree( one is a red truck- looks like people sitting in it and the other vehicle green has the light colored top)? Thanks so much!

    • Thanks so much, Gail! I purchased those on Amazon last year, but I discovered later that Costco had them in stock way earlier in the season for a really awesome price. I think the Amazon sellers must shop in Costco. I haven’t been in Costco in ages, so not sure if they had them this year. If they did, they may be all gone by this point. I think they sell out quickly when they do have them. If you’re a member though, it might be worth checking out.
      You can see the green one on Amazon, but the prices are really high, even higher than last year. I don’t want to link to it since they are so high, but just search on Amazon for “Large Vintage Holiday Truck or Car with Lighted Christmas Tree” and it should pop up. Wonder if Costco got them in this year…would be interesting to know. You may want to check on eBay, too.
      I have these two cute reindeer people inside the red truck. ๐Ÿ™‚ I found them in Target last year. I’d love to find more, I need to make a Target trip.
      You can see a post with them in one of the trucks here:

      Here’s one more post that shows them a bit better:

  18. I love the Cardinals on the fire screen. It really hits home when cars that we’ve owned are called vintage. LOL. My parents had a VW bus and I had a yellow 1973 Super Beetle. I loved that car and had it for 10 years before my husband wanted a bigger car that he would fit into better.

    Did you feel well enough to go on the housewalk last weekend? They had beautiful weather this year. We went on Saturday.

    • lol I remember many of these cars, too. My best friend growing up got a cute Beetle when she was old enough to drive. It’s was such a cute car!
      I went on the tour, but I was really tired, not sleeping so great with this terrible cough. I went on Saturday too…did the combo tour that included the candlelight tour. Wonder if we passed each other at some point. I never took the shuttle, a friend and I just parked and walked. I really loved the homes on this year’s tour. I saw a few decor tips that I wanted to remember, but of course I’ve forgotten them now. I should have written it down. Did you see anything that inspired you, Pam?

      • I especially loved house number 2. It was in Whitlock Heights (I think that is the subdivision name). It was very traditional and just had a good, cozy feel to it. I loved the way she did her dining room. There was a picture of a WW2 English soldier in the family room with a story attached. I believe it was her grandfather. He was a pilot and was missing in action. Her grandmother always left the door unlocked in case he came home. Sadly, he did not. Very moving. We took the shuttles on Saturday because the houses were so spread out this year. I wondered if you were there

  19. It is so refreshing to see the beautiful fabrics and classic furniture in your cozy and rich family room. While we are inundated with the cold, steely, sterile rooms of white and gray it’s such a joy to be able to “walk” into your place. I have several pieces that have similar upholstery and am so on the fence about having them redone in a cream color. The one thing l refuse to do is paint my dark wood pieces and seeing yours reaffirms my decision. Keep up the unique way you style everything and thank you for the wrapping paper inspiration! It is wonderful!

    • Thanks so much, Diane! I get my all white fix out on the screened porch, but I love color too much to go all white it in every room. I do love a cozy, paneled room, especially this time of year. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a cabin in the mountains and a beach house to decorate. I would be in decorating heaven! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I covet those little cars. Unfortunately, Iโ€™m old enough to have owned a1962 brand new red VW bug. I think it cost $1,000.00 or $1,200.00 new when I bought it. Then I moved to California where I bought a new 1967 cream VW bug. Wish I had them now here in Mexico where theyโ€™re very popular and people paint them wild colors. They were great cars.

    Your tree is beautiful! Glad I didnโ€™t miss this post. I have been cooking for 2 days in preparation for my annual Christmas lunch. I just may have a picture for Thursday.

  21. I absolutely love your cozy holiday home and that cute paper. Of course the trucks are adorable too. Merry Christmas!

  22. Susan, I love your wrapping idea with the vintage cars. I also am a vintage car lover, I have one myself! And funny you should show the Nomad, which my first boyfriend had! This brings back great memories! Merry Christmas!!

  23. Susan, I can’t pass a car carrying a Christmas tree on top or see an ornament of a car / truck with a Christmas tree atop without immediately thinking of you. I have several hanging on our tree too. This is such a darling idea. Your grandsons are going to be thrilled.

  24. Happy December Susan! I just love all your wonderful ideas! Thanks again for having such a wonderful blog for us to all come share! I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season!

  25. Susan, I love wrapping presents and have a couple themes going every year. A plus on your theme! Unique and wonderful. If u don’t find the perfect topper this year, why not go with plaid ribbon bow and drape as garland. It would go lovely with the wrap and your room. Also not a very big investment or long term commitment?

    • Thanks for that suggestion, Debbee! I was seriously thinking of doing that, such a great idea! I remembered yesterday that I have some angels tucked away that I’ve used to decorate my staircase in the past, so I’m trying one of those this year. Love the plaid ribbon idea, too!

  26. Linda Lennard says

    Sooooo glad you haven’t “finished” decorating!! I am just beginning. My goal every year is to start some Christmas decorating in November but it seems like I never get there. I always feel so much better when I read that you haven’t even gotten to your front porch yet!! I did peek into some of my Christmas decoration boxes yesterday. I always forget what new things I bought last year. Heading to the fence today to do greenery, burlap and bows. It will have cotton bunches if I can talk my hubby into pulling me some.

  27. Susan your tree is gorgeous!! I know it was a pain finding one that was just right but I think it was well worth it!

  28. thanks for another great party Susan. your gift wrapping adornments are adorable. lucky recipients. xo- maryjo

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