As most parents of school-aged kids will tell you, weekends are for two things: 1. Trying to convince your child to sleep in, and 2. Kids Birthday Parties.
Olive is lucky to have a group of friends she’s grown up with – so we have quite a few parties to attend through the year. We had another one this past weekend but while I had bought the present in time (Thanks, Amazon!) I unfortunately didn’t think about gift wrap. I had zero. How?
So I did what any lazy person would do – (truly, I’m not going to target at 9pm, it’s just not happening) …I made my own. I use a lot of kraft paper for wrapping my merchandise for shipping, so I had lots of that to spare. With that in mind, I decided to create a simple birthday gift wrap.
What You’ll Need:
– Kraft Paper (make sure you measure the item you’re wrapping first – nothing more annoying that not making ENOUGH paper for your gift)
– An inky brush pen. I used the Pentel Fude Brush Pen in Bold which has a great, saturated color when wet, dries matte, and lets brush strokes show through. Love this pen.
– Scotch tape for wrapping
– Ribbon for the finishing touch. (Or not)
Think about a phrase that you’d like to write out. I chose something simple and to the point, and easy to repeat. Take your kraft paper and turn it at an angle – start writing from one of the corners, and just keep writing in straight lines across until you get to the bottom of the page. I prefer the look of writing from one pointed corner of the paper down to the other, so when you wrap it the words don’t go straight across the package; but that is just personal preference.
WAIT FOR IT TO DRY. I cannot stress how much you need to remember to do this….because I got impatient and didn’t do this, and smudged the wrapping paper onto the present. Twas fun.
Wrap it up. The present, and the project. You’re done!
Hope you enjoyed this! Now go out and crush all those birthday parties like you mean it!