book inspired gift wrap is my fave

December 13, 2013

Today’s fab gift wrapping ideas come to you courtesy of super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook.

christmas wrapping

I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of gifts to buy for kiddos this year. Instead of wrapping them all with the same paper and bows I’m using for other gifts, I’m thinking it might be fun to make the wrapping as exciting as the gift inside. You know, “It’s all about the presentation” and all that stuff. So today I give you three different ways to wrap your gifts using Christmas-y picture books as inspiration. Because, when it comes to gift-giving, it’s not actually the thought that counts. It’s the way you wrap it.

gift wrapping ideas

gift wrapping ideas

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Supplies:
-white wrapping paper, scissors, tape
-paint: a melon-y pink and a bright orangey red
-black sharpie
-paint brush
-1 1/2in red wired-edge ribbon

To make:
Begin by wrapping all your boxes in white paper. When finished, paint one or two sides of each box with your pink and red paint. Let dry. Next, draw along all the edges of each box with your black sharpie, and add some squiggly shadow lines to resemble the boxes in the illustration. Stack your boxes into a wonky tower, and tie a bow onto the top gift with your red ribbon, making sure the loops of the bow point vertically to create a quirky, Who-Ville-y look. Bonus points if you can find a can of Who-hash to wrap.

Click through for two more gift wrap ideas inspired by books.

gift wrapping ideas

gift wrapping ideas

Richard Scarry’s Best Christmas Book Ever
Supplies:
-white wrapping paper, scissors, tape
-4 rolls of 5/8in ribbon: red, yellow, green, and light blue
-a small green wreath

To make:
This look is the simplest to create, but the bright colors still pack a punch. Begin by wrapping all your boxes in white paper. Tie up each gift with a different color ribbon, and stack. Top it off with a small green wreath (I used a few sprigs of boxwood from my yard, but evergreen or even a small faux wreath will do!) and tie a red bow on the side. Easy peasy.

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White Snow, Bright Snow
Supplies:
-white wrapping paper, scissors, tape
-small sheet of grey paper
-paint: white, black, yellow and orangey-red
-paint brush
-small white house ornament (I found one at Michaels for $1.99)
-one pack of small white pom poms
-needle and white thread

gift wrap ideas

To make:
This look is definitely the most involved to create, but it’s not difficult, and I think it might be my favorite. To create the larger gift, begin by rolling out enough white wrapping paper to wrap one box. Mix your black and white paint until it starts to turn grey, leaving it slightly streaky. Paint a small patch onto the paper to resemble a dark, snowy sky. When dry, paint a branchy black tree over the grey patch. When your tree is dry, use your white paint to create piles of snow on the branches and small dotty snowflakes. Repeat these steps all over the paper, creating a pattern out of the small tree vignettes.

To create the smaller gift, wrap one box in a sheet of grey paper. Using a needle and thread, thread the white pom poms to make a garland long enough to wrap around the box. Finally, use your yellow, red, and grey paints to decorate the house ornament to resemble one of the snow-covered houses in the book.

There you have it! Three different ways to wrap gifts that will hopefully inspire a cozy book-reading snuggle fest. Don’t forget to wrap the book, too!

See more from Amelia on The Homebook

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