I decided to get a little fancy-schmancy with my gift wrap this year. I found this image on Pinterest a few months back and couldn't wait to try it!
You can check out this blog for a step-by-step guide on how to create these pretty packages. Basically, it involves printing out an alphabet template, tracing letters onto a page of an old book, cutting them out, and gluing them onto the package wrapped in Kraft paper. I added twine as an extra touch.
The blog says to use a lightbox of some sort to use for tracing the letters. Does that bring back memories of high school art class for anyone else? Luckily we still had the overhead projector stashed in the garage from our deer silhouette project. Yay for cheap craigslist finds! The light on that thing is so bright that I actually had to rock sunglasses while tracing all the letters. (Sorry, no picture of that!) Even with the shades on, I still ended up with a bad headache and was seeing spots for a good twenty minutes after I finished. But I powered through for the sake of Christmas cheer!
The concept seems simple enough, but it actually took a
LOT longer than I would have predicted. I love how the gifts turned out, but probably wouldn’t do it again. A word to the wise: Use an X-ACTO knife to cut out the letters. All I had were giant scissors, but an X-ACTO would have made my
life a whole lot easier. Also, this is probably a given, but trace the
letters lightly in pencil. Believe it or
not, I couldn’t find any pencils around the house so I had to use a pen. A lot of the letters still had black ink on
them after I cut them out, which wasn’t very Martha Stewart of me.
Here they are under the tree, looking all pretty!
Confession: The tree picture was totally staged. These gifts were all hauled to my mom's house for our pre-Christmas celebration, and did not live under our tree for more than about 20 minutes.
Did anyone else try any Pinterest-inspired wrapping this year?