wednesday: wrap it up

December 1, 2010

wrap it up
This week’s ingredient for wrapping is paper! We have all types in our houses I am sure, from newspaper to tissue paper to tons of old magazines lying around. Since we are sticking to utilizing supplies we already have, paper is something I am sure we all have in an abundance!
This first present was wrapped in some old sewing pattern tissue paper that I had on hand. I am always saving patterns, but never use them to sew, thus they are just stacking up collecting dust. It’s time I use them for something! It is really a thin tissue so you may have to use a couple layers to hide the gift, but the results are so cute. I added a cut out from a recent anthropologie catalog to create a little scene on the wrapping and top it off with a cute little velvet bow.
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The next paper I used was some newspaper from last weekend. You probably don’t want the colored ads (or maybe you do), but I just used the plainest page I could find to use to wrap the gift. Again, I cut out some cute images I liked from an anthropologie catalog and glued them onto the newspaper. Makes the simple wrapping a bit more fun (and maybe to hide some news that just isn’t so interesting). The bows are some vintage ribbons that I have been hoarding forever.
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This last gift was wrapped with torn out anthropologie catalog pages. One page was too small, so I had to use two (depending on the size of your gift you may need more). The page was festive and colorful already that all it needed was a simple velvet bow!
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I am sure you all could recreate these wrappings easy! All it was is paper and just grab some of your old magazines or catalogs and start looking and cutting out cute images. Plus, I am sure most of you hoard anthropologie catalogs too cause they are just too darn pretty to throw away, so it is high time to put those stacks of paper to good use! I think their catalogs make such good wrappings, I first got the idea from one of my friends (thanks Jane!).
I was browsing through my local anthro last week and noticed they are selling items to aid in gift wrapping. I think their prices for it is a bit high (as you can find cheaper on etsy or your local thrift shop), but they are nonetheless adorable, so maybe you want to take a peek for some ideas.
Some resources:
vintage sewing patterns for the tissue paper
Another cute idea, is to wrap gifts using old fold out maps! I am sure your local thrift shop would have an abundance of these fold out papers. Any one have any suggestions of other types of papers that could be used for wrappings? Please do share!
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