Wrap Story: Shape Shifting

November 11, 2009


This Wrap Story is part of a mini-series, documenting every present I’ve wrapped since the launch of this blog. For more, click the “Wrap Story” link in the right-hand column!

Our friends and neighbors, J. and C., are having a baby – soon! We threw them a shower recently to celebrate their growing family.

We put together a bedtime-routine kit. We learned with N. that it helps to have a bedtime ritual, a series of things that always happens before lights out so they know it’s time to wind down. Pictured below are a lullaby CD, two books, and a SwaddleMe (which was great for when N. learned how to bust out of his swaddling blankets).

I also gave them two pairs of earplugs in case all of the above doesn’t work.

I saved this bag from a gift we were given for N. It was too cute not to. But it was a little bent, so instead of saving the whole thing, I cut circles from the patterned paper and saved the four hanging ‘badges’. I have had these little circles for month. And finally, a reason to use them!

Because there were so many square and rectangular gifts in the basket, I thought it looked a bit flat overall. I wanted to make each present a little different. More importantly, I wanted to give some of them a different shape for variety. I wrapped one of the books in plain white packing paper.

Then I wrapped it with a band of yellow, gauzy paper and added two stacked circles from the bag. The ‘badge’ was originally sitting on a little foam spacer. Here, it floats above the green plaid circle and adds dimension.

Here are the rest of the gifts. I tied a bow on the top of the other book to break up the homogeneity of the rectangular shapes. I put the CD in long sheets of pink tissue paper to make another new shape and add variety. The CD is one of the shortest gifts in the basket, but with the tissue paper it’s the tallest! The earplugs got their own recycled box that I topped with a decorative marbled paper.

Here’s another shot of the end result! I was really pleased with how this turned out. For some reason, the word ‘commercial’ came to mind when I looked at it. It could be because of the decorations I transferred from the gift bag, but it felt like something that would appeal to people on a broader level. It felt exciting to do something informed by my normal taste but somehow different.

And I didn’t mention it before, but the sex of the baby is a surprise! It was fun to use lots of colors. Not that you should feel stuck with using baby blue or pink – expecting parents receive so many gifts in those colors that I think it’s fine to mix it up.

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