Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on Part One of my little series. Many of you said it wouldn't matter if there was just air in the boxes, which is exactly what's in them! I wish I had the foresight to buy my presents early. The Man told me to put them under the tree anyway and stick gift cards on them. We'll see about that.
Today I'm featuring unique papers for wrapping your gifts. I forgot to mention that none of the presents I'll be sharing with you were wrapped in holiday papers. Mostly because I wanted to show you versatility in what you can use but also because the Christmas papers weren't even in the stores when I started this project. As you can see in these two photos, vintage road maps can be used for guys and gals.
And now with computers and navigation in most cars you can find maps for a song at flea markets, thrift shops, antique stores and yard sales. They are usually made of a strong quality paper and have wonderful nostalgic graphics.
Vintage sewing patterns are perfect to wrap a handmade gift in. I used several layers on this box to give it texture and coverage. To make the rose topper you can check out this videoon YouTube. The little vintage button card makes the perfect tag attached with a glittery clothespin.
You can also easily make your own paper using your home printer and a selection of Christmas postcards or vintage prayer cards. An 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper will wrap many small gifts such as Cd's, jewelry boxes and stocking stuffers. You can also take them to your local copy center and have 11 x 17 sheets made for under $2. Just make sure they aren't copyrighted.
This group photo could say "From All of Us" or "To All of You". It's easy to be creative with this idea because you could use old family childhood photos for each recipient or an antique photo of something that represents the gift inside. The possibilities are endless.
Well, that's it for today's installment. I hope you were inspired to think outside the box (no pun intended). I'm looking forward to sharing more of my ideas with you so please remember to drop back by. Oh, almost forgot. For those of you with questions, I'm going to be answering them in the comment section. I think it will make it a fun way to communicate and I'm less likely to forget. Smiles, H