Let’s Wrap

December 2, 2011

20111202-065937.jpg Wrapping a gift is one of those tasks that makes certain people sweaty with fear. I know this because I am told this on a regular basis at the check out stand at the shops, when I ask a customer if they would like us to wrap their gifts for them. The stories I have heard of wrapping misadventures is comical. The scenario when you are in the middle of it–not so comical. I thought I would do a few posts this month on wrapping ideas that I hold near & dear, that are fairly quick and painless, and will add a bit of flair and creativity to your gift wrapping/packaging this season.

My first idea is a filler idea we have been using at Watson Kennedy for quite some time. This works well when you have put a gift in a box, and the box is a tad large for the item, so you have a bit of wiggle room around the gift. We use pages from old books I have found at flea markets that are falling apart. We consider this recycling at it’s finest, as these books have been terribly neglected and the pages have separated from the binding. We put the pages thru a shredding machine that is used for shredding documents that you find at office stores. It creates this incredibly beautiful stuffing, that has an aged, warm patina. Plus, it is fun to see the variety of words littered throughout the filler. I also like to use old sheet music for this too. If you don’t have access to a shredding machine, shredding scissors work great, as does a regular pair of scissors and you cut the pages into small shreds.