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it’s a wrap

I’ve been so into wrapping gifts creatively this past few weeks. I think it all began with the vintage French ephermera I purchased at Sweet Salvage and turned into wrapping paper.

I was so happy with the end result, that I’ve gone crazy for wrapping everything with just about anything except store-bought wrapping paper.

From there, I began searching out pretty wraps on Pinterest and ended up creating a new board dedicated to it, called That’s a Wrap.

Marissa’s birthday was a week ago, today. Here are a few of the gifts I wrapped for her.

A hard to wrap canvas shoulder bag was enclosed in a burlap sack wound with twine and accented with fragrant fresh herbs of rosemary and bay leaves.

More of the vintage French ephermera paper, this time simply tied with French wired ribbon. When it comes to wrapping gifts, you don’t have to just stick with simple paper. It is completely your choice if you decide to buy wrapping paper with polka dots or glitter. Even if you buy plain wrapping paper, you can always personalise it yourself. By just adding something as simple as personalized stickers (or Personalisiert Aufkleber as they’d say in Germany) and a ribbon, you can turn something basic into something appealing, which is great for whenever you need to wrap a gift.

I have a thing for maps and globes, so I wrapped this package with a map of Phoenix for my San Francisco dwelling girl, to remind her of home. Then I used garden twine to attached a little wooden fleur-de-lis to remind her of our mutual love for France and all things French.

I wrapped twin square boxes in plain white craft paper and tied them together with some very cool but way too delicate paper script ribbon. Which I no doubt paid way too much for. This stuff was a pain in the “you know what” – it ribbed and tore like crazy! The vintage player cards, on the other hand, were a steal from a consignment store. I used the 2 of hearts and the 5 of clubs to represent her 25th year.

Lastly, a Cuban cigar box secured with more garden twine and cinnamon sticks tucked in the center.

This afternoon, I am going to an Christmas ornament exchange. I need to bring one wrapped ornament to exchange.

I used the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer circular, that came in the mail earlier this week, to wrap the ornament I’m bringing. I tied it up with baker’s twine, tucked in a little fresh holly, and attached a red glitter bell and a stamped “Dream’ key.

I’d be happy to recipe a gift wrapped like this, how about you?

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1 Pat { 12.08.12 at 2:41 PM }

You are just so clever and artistic! What great ideas & significance to boot! Love ya

2 Marissa { 12.09.12 at 2:57 PM }

They were all so pretty, I didn’t even want to open them.

Just kidding.

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