12.17.2010

I {heart} gift wrap guest post: Pretty Teacher Gift

Today we have a real treat! My friend Heather has agreed to guest post! I must say that I adore her stylish taste, and she is such a loving and faithful mama. I really admire her and sometimes wish I could pack up and visit her lovely home! Pretty sure it's a bit warmer where she's at.

 
Hi there For the Love readers!
My name is Heather from Blessed Little Nest and I'm so excited to be here today to share with you how we add a little lovely to gift wrapping.My six year old son and I set out to wrap his Kindergarten teacher's gift. First we started with a lovely cardboard box, compliments of Anthropologie. Just a note- Every time I stop in and pick up a little something from their sale table I always accept their offer for a gift box.  Always.  In my humble opinion, they have the loveliest paper boxes a girl can get, especially for free. And since I don't want to confuse the recipient, I cover the Anthro label that's on the inside of the box with a pretty scrap of paper. Instead of using tissue paper I opted to make my own filler by taking three sheets of paper from a vintage dictionary, accordion folding them, and then cutting them into one inch sections. This is what I was left with. 
Next we added the gift. One part handmade one part special treat.
Once the gift was snug inside it's box, I grabbed some of my Japanese tape and wrapped up our package.  Because the box is so lovely I skipped the wrapping paper and simply added the pretty tape in place of ribbon. Just another note- My favorite place to buy Japanese tape is Pretty Tape.
The last step, and the one that totally steals the show, was to add the handmade ornament my six year old made for his teacher.  It's a felt ornament of their class hamster, Blackie, that he created entirely himself.  I just wrapped a few layers of twine around it to ensure it would stay securely attached to the box during the class party chaos.
And there you have it. Proof positive that brown paper packages tied up with string really are the most lovely of all.  Thanks for having me Sarah and Merry Christmas!

9 comments:

jboogribs said...

love it and I need to get some of those boxes! Great idea!

McKinley said...

So cute, and very creative!!

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aPearantly sew said...

I've never thought to accept their free gift box! What a great idea, and what a lovely gift!

A La Mode et Plus! said...

this is so cute and creative! Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

you cut up a dictionary?

Angela said...

Jealous. I want to be his teacher! My school discourages Christmas gifts. I agree with our "use the money to go to someone in need" philosophy, but I would LOVE a homemade gift! :o) This is wonderful!

iamwoman said...

This is just darling!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

hi anonymous!
yes i did cut up a dictionary because it was printed in the early seventies and is now out of date.
have a happy day,
heather

rebeccaheartsslc said...

I LOVE the idea of cut of books/newspaper as gift box filler! I'm stealing that idea. I love unique and inexpensive stuff like this. Thank you!