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.


Wrap Story: Mini Assistant

August 31, 2009

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

My sister- and brother-in-law have been parents to a beautiful little girl for over a year now. Back when they were expecting, a baby shower was thrown for them with a book theme. The idea was to stock the little one’s library with stories for her to enjoy later.

Being half a country away, we weren’t able to go to the shower, but I was excited to get a copy of a personal childhood favorite for our niece-to-be. When I had the opportunity to babysit in the weeks before the baby shower, I knew exactly the project for my young friend:

Decorate wrapping paper!

Here you see the kraft paper in action. I used a few strips of painter’s tape to secure one end to the table and weighted the roll down at the other end to keep it from curling up. (I suppose that is one downside of kraft paper – it keeps a very strong curl, making it somewhat difficult to manage.)

My young assistant drew some lines himself, but he was more interested in having me hold the pens and then moving my hand around. Hey, whatever works.

I found some cute teal ribbon in my stash that matched one of the colors of ink. I paired it with a sheer gold ribbon to make a bow.  I really like the idea of kid-made wrapping paper for another kid. And I cannot wait until my own baby is old enough for art projects like this one!