Good friends of mine just adopted a newborn baby girl. I was attending a celebration party for the new arival and wanted the gift to be and look special.
Her mom loves to read so I decided to get baby Lia a stack of books. I also included a book for the parents.
I didn't have much time to wrap the gift, so I relied on my collection of interesting papers, ribbons and embellishments. I was in such a rush that I neglected to include a flower. Imagine that.
Yes, I know I could have gone to the store and bought a baby shower shopping bag. But to me, that wouldn't have been special enough. And even when I cave in an buy a ready-made gift bag, I nearly always replace the "handles" with my own ribbon, embellishment and tag.
If I'd had any idea, I'd be posting on this, I would have taken pictures showing each step. Anyway, here's what I did:
Creative Gift Wrapping Using Your Own Stuff
1. I wrapped each board book in different yet coordinated colored papers. One of them was a tiny multi-colored print so I used it as my inspiration. It's the same process I often use when I'm designing a flower arrangement.
2. I tied each book with an interesting piece of ribbon. Why bother if the books are going to be stacked? Because I wanted each little gift to be a piece of joy. Gift wrapping creatively for others is something I love doing. I like making people feel special. It's not just about the real gift for me.
3. I embellished some of the books with hand-made paper. I make these papers out of paper towel, scrap paper, paint, glue, glitter, water and other stuff lying around not moving. But, that's for another post I think.
4. I stacked each wrapped book on top of each other. To make it a bit fancier, I sort of twisted each book a bit so they weren't lined up in a neat pile. Why? It's just how I roll. Always on the hunt for the unique twist. No pun intended.
5. I wrapped this twisted bunch of books with a wide, mocha colored lace. I had no idea why I bought this lace, but knew it would come in handy some day. Prior to arriving on this approach, I must have tried using 10 or 12 different ribbons of varying textures and widths. Grosgrain, velvets, double-faced satins. Each of them stood out too much and actually took away from the overall look of the package. But, when I tried this tulle lace it looked right with the vintage style of the gift tag.
6. I made a vintage-style tag. I found a black and white photo of a baby. I glued it to several layers of paper and backed it with some cardstock. I hot-glued a tiny tulle bow onto the baby's dress. I could have substituted a little millinery flower here. The leopard paper is actually a little paper bag. When I realized it was open on the right side, I cut a piece of cardstock into the shape of a tag and wrote this little message on it:
"If you believe, you will receive, whatever you ask for in prayer."
Matthew 21:22 NIV
It was a lot of funny assembling this baby shower gift. I hoped they liked the wrapping as much as I did. Oh yeah, and the books featuring one of my all time favorites, "Good Night Moon." A pleasure both the parents and baby will enjoy for many years to come.
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Do you fuss over gift wrapping or do you just throw it in a bag with tissue paper and keep on going? Please let me know in the comments below.
Gift wrappingly yours,