Monday, December 19, 2011

DIY: Gift Wrapping Guru

Christmas again! And yes, I confess, I am addicted to wrapping gifts. Lately I would find myself happily wrapping gifts til 3am. My boyfriend already suggested I get a job at a department store's gift wrapping section. (Yes I'm THAT addicted!)

Every year, I have a "theme" for my gifts. There was one year my theme was "Microwaveables". All my gifts were inside plastic microwaveable containers, wrapped in japanese paper and covered with confetti. Another year it was "The Blues" --- Blue wrapping paper, blue cards, blue ribbon, blue boxes... everything blue! Last year was "Metallics". A mix of Gold, Silver and Bronze wrapping and ribbon --- very bling! For this year, I was thinking of  an earth friendly theme --- First thought, newspapers? EWWW. No way. Its an old idea, plus it's not very clean. I know I'd end up with black fingers after each wrapping session. So my GENIUS idea --- recycled boxes! Yep, I became a major collector of wine boxes, flour boxes, pasta boxes, tea boxes... lahat ng box! Everyone in my household was already asking me why boxes were piling up in one corner of the house. All I said was... BASTA!


I thought the idea was pretty cute. Add a colorful ribbon and voila! But then as I was walking around "SUR DE VI" (That's Divisoria said in class --- Thanks to a new friend, Ben Redulla for introducing me to the most sosyal way of calling it.) I found a GORGEOUS black and white wrapping paper from a street vendor. I just had to get it! I immediately bought everything he had (around 50 sheets - it was so inexpensive, promise!). And so my earth friendly theme transformed into a Earth-Friendly-Black-and-White-with-colorful-ribbon theme. So to the recipients of my gifts... don't think I'm going el cheapo on the packaging. When you tear of the pretty wrapper and see my recycled boxes --- remember, EARTH FRIENDLY!!! =)

My pretty black and white wrapper and ribbons

Recycled boxes inside the wrapper, finished off with colorful ribbons

and because I'm super ARTE... the gifts for the boys and men are made to look like shirts with ties (Feeling gift wrapping pro!)

Half of my gifts almost done... I think I'll be able to fill up the staircase! Hehe =)

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