Vintage Holiday Wrapping Ideas – Part Two

Wi9   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.

Wi10   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.

Wi11   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.

Wi12  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.

Wi13  And lastly, these two gifts with the adorable photo embellishments are wrapped in vintage flocked wallpaper. Just photocopy one of your favorite black and white photos and trim accordingly.

Wi14   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 

Comments

  1. Absolutely beautiful Heather!!!!! You are such an inspiration!!!!
    Happy Holidays!
    Jodie

  2. i LOVE the map with the pink tree….if that were mine, i doubt i could ever open it!

  3. Gorgeous! I will probably come back and look at these pictures a thousand times…thanks for making the world a little more beautiful!

  4. Heather, thanks for the beautiful inspiration! Just love the vintage flocked presents with the heritage photos. They remind me of my frames. Lovely ideas!
    Julie

  5. Gabrielle says:

    Simply adore the religious cards with the angel.
    And the map with the little pink tree is too cute!!

  6. Thank you Heather – what amazing ideas in the last 2 posts!! I REALLY love the map idea – very inspiring (and I’ll use that for my husband’s birthday this Sat since at this moment I ONLY have Christmas wrap). I also love the idea of making my own paper with the printer. Inspirational as always!!

  7. O.K. Heather, when is your book coming out? – I want a book with your fabulous ideas and gorgeous photos!!!

  8. Just great ideas – thank you!
    Lorraine.

  9. I agree with what someone else said – when is your book coming out? If I received packages wrapped like yours, I would have a very hard time opening them – so pretty.

  10. LindaSonia says:

    You have the midas touch! Thanks for sharing these beautiful ideas. xo LindaSonia

  11. OMGoodness I just love the pattern paper one and the flower ! Totally beautiful , I’m so excited ….can’t wait till tomorrow.

  12. …you are amazing… :)

  13. Great ideas! I am a big fan of non-tradtional wrapping, and you know I love, love the maps considering my addiction to maps and globes!

  14. For years I’ve recycled paper such as magazine spreads, vintage wallpaper and old maps but never have my packages looked as truly scrumptious as yours.

  15. Gorgeous ideas here Heather! I am now officially inspired. :)
    Joy
    xo

  16. thanks for the inspiration – once again. absolutely beautiful!

  17. You could write a book on the subject, and give Martha a run for her money!!
    Love your ideas Heather.
    By the way, I am going to make that peppermint bark again from last year.
    Thanks again,
    Rosemary
    PS you should put the recipe back on your blog for anyone who didn’t see it last year.

  18. Sharon Rohloff says:

    What clever ideas and gorgeous photos! You’ve inspired me to pull out my wallpaper stash and start wrapping up presents :) Thanks for the inspiration and beauty.

  19. Oh my gosh !!! too sweet ! I love the rose ~ I am off to see the video ~
    xoxo,
    Lori

  20. Brenda Klomp says:

    You could wrap a package with a map of a cruise or some trip that would be on the inside of the package!!! hawaii, cruise, camping…whatever! How fun!

  21. What wonderful ideas…and the presents look so pretty! I especially love the idea of using maps for wrapping paper. And there’s a bonus — recycling:)

  22. More beautiful ideas. You inspire me to get creative this year. I ecspecially like the idea of making my own with my vintage photoes and clipart.
    Peggy
    http://pegslifeinthebuttonjar.blogspot.com/

  23. Heather, all of these ideas are just wonderful and inspiring, but the one with the prayer cards and the angel really made my heart go pitter pat.
    Beautiful as usual!
    Thank you so much for sharing these ideas!
    ~Cerri xo

  24. All beautiful ideas on how to make wrapping meaningful and pretty, what a creative way to recycle.

  25. Great ideas! I especially like the one about using the photocopy machine.
    Also, love your husband’s idea of using the boxes to give a gift card, plus the wrapped box would be an extra present to keep and display.
    ~elaine~

  26. Oh yes, I could just look at an empty box wrapped as beautifully as the top two….it would be a shame to unwrap it in case you were disappointed with the inside…yes i sould just love to look at it…better go and find some road maps. Love that group photo by the way, some of those expressions crack me up!! Kiss noises Linda Lilly Cottage.

  27. All so beautiful. Thanks so much for including the video on the tissue flowers. I am off to give it a try.

  28. You make everything look so pretty!!!

  29. I actually think the Man’s idea is Fantastic. My favorite is the gift with the old patterns and the topper. Lovely, See you Saturday. Jamie

  30. as I said to the last post ga-ga-gorgeous!
    I agree, you should write a book! LOVE the maps as wrapping, big flea markets this weekend and you can bet what I will be looking for. I also LOVE the idea of using old photos for tags, going to totally go through family photos this weekend and pull some to do just that, You are wonderful! Thanks as always for sharing!!!

  31. Hello Heather; My what beautiful wrapping, you come up with such wonderful ideas. Love all different papers.
    Hugs;
    Alaura

  32. Gorgeous….love it all and such a blessing to see what’s new each time I check back….. Thanks for sharing!
    Dian

  33. Thank you for sharing so much beauty at once!! Gosh I am speachless and full of admiring of your unique crativity.
    Have wonderful days ahead!
    Greetings from Norway,
    Aina

  34. these packages are gifts by themselves! so beautiful. i used maps to make a card the other day, the package is no where near as beautiful as these thouse!
    http://brand-eye.blogspot.com/2008/12/recycled-wrapping-paper-and-card.html

  35. So lovely…I always enjoy wrapping with vintage sewing patterns…

  36. Bonnie Schulte says:

    I love your wrapping ideas so MUCH.. This last Christmas I used vintage sheet music to wrap CDs and vintage pages from a paperback book, written in French, to wrap other paperback books. That is as far as my talent?? in wrapping went. I thank you for all of your new and exciting ideas, and can’t wait to put them to use.
    The other girls are right..you should write a book…

  37. Bonnie Schulte says:

    I love your wrapping ideas so MUCH.. This last Christmas I used vintage sheet music to wrap CDs and vintage pages from a paperback book, written in French, to wrap other paperback books. That is as far as my talent?? in wrapping went. I thank you for all of your new and exciting ideas, and can’t wait to put them to use.
    The other girls are right..you should write a book…

  38. Bonnie Schulte says:

    I love your wrapping ideas so MUCH.. This last Christmas I used vintage sheet music to wrap CDs and vintage pages from a paperback book, written in French, to wrap other paperback books. That is as far as my talent?? in wrapping went. I thank you for all of your new and exciting ideas, and can’t wait to put them to use.
    The other girls are right..you should write a book…

  39. Eek!!!
    I hope those weren’t real vintage patterns- there are people out there who collect and pay good money for vintage patterns.
    Seeing them ripped up like this, however beautiful the end product may be, is heartbreaking.

  40. I’ll be featuring some of your wrapping ideas tomorrow on my blog… I love your site you have done a fantastic job!

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