Did Martha cover this already? Oh well.

November 25, 2008

I really get into giftwrapping, so I thought I’d share my secrets to a wildly successful packaging-of-a-product-to-be-given-to-another.

- I like to attach the greeting card itself (no envelope) onto the wrapped gift.
- Fabric and paper are different and interesting substitutes for ribbon. (I used a strip of fabric on the package above.)
- Monograms are always cute. I go about this by hunting down some decorative font on dafont.com, download it, print out the initial onto colored paper, cut (use a craft knife), and affix.
- Kraft wrapping paper is cheap and versatile. You can go all sorts of crazy by layering different textures and colors on plain kraft.

If you don’t want to wrap your gifts this Christmas, I will do it for you in exchange for chocolate.


  1. Comment by Jen@OurDailyBigTop on November 25, 2008 5:58 pm

    Clever ideas. Love the monograms. I will gladly trade you wrapping for chocolate.

  2. Comment by Kylee on November 25, 2008 7:11 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog and I am in love! I adore your style and creative ideas! Hope you don’t mind me checking in from time to time-also I think it is a must to add you to by blog list-hope thats o.k.! :)

  3. Comment by Michelle Hinckley on November 25, 2008 7:17 pm

    I love when a person actually takes time to wrap a beautiful gift instead of just gift bag it. (Although your personalization of your gift bag is fantast)!

  4. Comment by Aubrei on November 25, 2008 8:21 pm

    these are great!!! please excuse my ignorance…but what is “kraft” paper and where do you happen upon it??? i’m going to copycat for sure.

  5. Comment by Mimi on November 25, 2008 8:56 pm

    So talented my dear. Your packages are beautiful. I’m doin good this year to actually get the items to go in the wrapping.

  6. Comment by kristine on November 25, 2008 9:17 pm

    Thanks for this post! It got me all excited for wrapping gifts and you gave me some new ideas. Man, I love this blog!

  7. Comment by Jenn on November 25, 2008 10:30 pm

    Aubrei, kraft is basically brown paper bag and you can get a roll at Target or Michael’s.

  8. Comment by ruby on November 26, 2008 11:57 am

    i love kraft paper! i wrap all things in butcher paper or kraft paper… or trader joe’s paper bags!!!

    all lovely!

  9. Comment by Aubrei on November 26, 2008 2:52 pm

    oh shnap! i have some of that, i just didn’t know what it was called. thanks my gift wrapping guru!

  10. Comment by Aubrei on November 26, 2008 2:52 pm

    what i really want is that polka dot paper….love it!!!

  11. Comment by Becky on December 2, 2008 8:17 pm

    Great ideas. I’m a terrible at tying bows, so I stick to tulle because no matter how you tie it, it looks pretty.

  12. Comment by Caroline on December 13, 2008 5:27 pm

    Ooh – love those monograms. Is there any chance that you remember which font you used? I just went on a downloading spree at dafont, but didn’t see a font quite like the one you used, and I love the flourishes on those letters. Thanks!

  13. Comment by Jenn on December 16, 2008 1:16 am

    Caroline, I actually lost that font from my system during a platform switch from PC to Mac. It’s been driving me nuts trying to figure out the name, but I’ll definitely post back if I can find it.

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