Monday, August 26, 2013

DIY Gift Wrapping


We have a family wedding to go to in a few weeks up in Newport, Rhode Island, and we're so looking forward to it! My husband and I haven't attended a wedding since our own and we have a flurry of them coming up over the next year. It's really a joy to be a wedding guest, don't you think?

Something I always enjoy is picking out a gift for the bride and groom. Getting married is such a big, wonderful life change--there's nothing quite like it. And a wedding gift, as I see it, is more than just a material way of sending congratulations to a newly married couple--rather, it's a little token of support and love, a way of helping a newly married couple as they fuse their lives together.

After I picked out my cousin's gift (do you remember these tea towels from this post?), I decided that it needed some beautiful wrapping to go with it. 


First, I carefully folded the tea towels and tied them up with several bamboo spoons. A healthy mix of practical and pretty, wouldn't you say?


I found the perfect-sized white gift box at Walmart (it was sold as a "shirt box") which made for really easy wrapping and resulted in clean, smooth edges. I also picked up a roll of Kraft paper and a white paint pen.


As a little side note--after doing this project, I don't think I'll ever buy regular wrapping paper again. Kraft paper is not only very cute and rustic-looking, it's also ideal for DIY projects. What could be better than a blank canvas waiting to be dressed up? It's also much sturdier than regular wrapping paper and really inexpensive (I think I paid about four dollars for a large roll of it, which will last a long time). 

To add a little character to this paper, I decided to cover it in white polka dots. I had so much fun with this part. It was easy and foolproof to just dot randomly on the paper (after measuring and cutting the length of paper I needed), and I think the end result is quite sophisticated. 




I let the dots dry for a few minutes and then went on to wrapping. Since I was covering a box and had carefully measured the paper, the wrapping was pretty simple. The Kraft paper is so durable that it really doesn't wrinkle like thin gift wrap sometimes does, and I love the clean look of these wrapped corners.



I then used some white paper raffia ribbon that I already had to tie up the present, criss-crossing it in the back. A few stems of faux flowers (also available at Walmart, for less than a dollar) lends the gift just a bit of elegance.



Finally, I added a gift tag (another item I already had) and tied up the gift with a simple bow.



And that's all there is to it! I was really in my element as I was dotting and cutting and tying bows--I love simple DIY projects with a really lovely end result!





24 comments:

  1. KB {Tragic and Lovely}August 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Seriously beautiful! I'd love to give OR receive a present that looked like this :)

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  2. Gorgeous! Pretty presents are always so much more fun to open-- and give!

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  3. This is such a great idea! I love wrapping with brown paper, but it's tough to know how to dress it up. So pretty!

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  4. Totally agree...I always notice the wrapping on presents I'm given and appreciate cute wrapping just as much as the gift itself! That's why I try to put a little extra love into my own present wrapping (and also, it's just fun:)). Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thanks Kelsea! I agree, I can't wait to go crazy this Christmastime with my new roll of Kraft paper! Maybe I'll share other decorating ideas as they come to me. :)

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  6. Kristyn @ Milk + CrownAugust 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE the little white polka-dots...reminds me of my blog banner :) How cute!

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  7. Kraft paper is such a great idea! I love how much detail you put into this simple gesture of wrapping a gift. So thoughtful!

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  8. Great idea! I like the look of brown paper like that. Though knowing myself, I would probably throw a bunch of glitter on it... because you can never go wrong with glitter. :)

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  9. So pretty and so much cheaper than buying it in the store! I love it. :)

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  10. Glitter is soooo messy, Sarah! Haha! (That is the pre-k teacher in me coming out!)

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  11. It does! Your blog banner is so precious, I love it :)

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  12. Hi Leah! Glad you liked this. I wish I'd discovered Kraft paper ages ago,

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  13. I know! Wish I'd swapped in Kraft paper for regular gift wrap ages ago!

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  14. I think you can buy glitter spray paint that works on paper? A happy compromise? :)

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  15. So much more practical than expensive paper...plus you have the freedom to be creative as possible!

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  16. I bought all the things I needed today to be able to emulate this. Love it!

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  17. Exactly! I'm excited to come up with different ways to decorate the brown paper.

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  18. Makes me so happy to hear this :))

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  19. that is so sweet! One of my friends did something similar for the gift she gave us - it was wrapped in Kraft paper with purple flowers stamped all over it. Happily, she gave me permission to reuse the paper :)

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  20. Is that the paper my sweet little gift came in?! I loved that!! Maybe I'll buy some stamps the next time I have a special gift to wrap. Great idea.

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  21. haha YES! it was not my artistry, alas, but hers.

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  22. You still get credit for wisely saving and re-using it. It was too pretty!

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