Sunday, December 23, 2012

DIY Holiday Gift Wrap

Every holiday season, I try to come up with a unique gift wrap for all the presents that we end up buying for our loved ones and friends. For the past few years, I opted not to purchase holiday wrapping and instead usually wrap the presents in brown craft paper and then gussy it up somehow. Reason gift wrap is way pricier then buying a roll of craft paper at an office supply store or better yet, online. This year, since I ran out of wrapping paper, I decided to use the brown paper rolls they sell at the local hardware superstore which turns out to be pretty much exactly like craft paper. Score one for me! The only thing left was to figure out what I can do to make it stand out. 

After countless searches on the internet and local blogs that I love, I found one that I thought would be perfect for me. I found the idea on the blog ManMade. Though the name may seem that the blog is solely dedicated to the male species...I am here to tell you that it is not. The blog has amazing and fun DIY tutorials that any do-it-yourself-er will appreciate. 

The tutorial that I chose was the post on how to make Typographic Gift Wrap. It is quite an easy process and you don't need may tools to do it.  I strayed from the instructions a bit just because I found it easier to do certain thing differently than they described in the blog post, but the outcome was pretty much the same. 

The tools I used were:
old magazines
exact-o knife
pair of scissors
double sided tape

I went ahead and made a font template on Adobe Illustrator using the font, NeutraText. In ManMade, he provides three sets of fonts to use that you can easily download onto your computer. I printed the letters onto heavy card stock and then, using an exact-o knife, went ahead and cut each letter out. I now have a stencil to use. I traced the letters that I needed onto pages from an old magazine and then cut the letters out with the scissors. Using double sided tape (Tombo mono adhesive), I pasted each name onto the present. I think they came out amazing and a big thank you to Chris from ManMade for posting the how-to.

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