Gift bucket

I recently attended a friend’s baby shower (first one I’ve been to if memory serves). Among the gift suggestions that came with the invitation are practical baby items so hubby and I shopped for some items that we know would be useful. We got some nappies, baby wipes, baby bottles, milk container, rattle, baby oil and a nappy bucket to put it all in.

Since the bucket is a bit odd-shaped and big, I initially thought of not bothering with the wrapping and just sticking a card to it and perhaps a pre-tied ribbon bought from a shop. However as the days passed and I got tired of seeing the bucket without any wrapping, I thought about how good of a challenge it would be to be able to wrap it nicely. On the other hand though, I have a love-hate relationship with gift wrapping. I love a nicely presented, creatively wrapped gift that not only keeps you guessing its contents but could also an art in itself. What I hate though, is the cost associated with the wrapping and trimmings that are meant to be ripped and thrown away afterwards. Why can’t we just invent some cost-effective way to have beautifully wrapped presents without the guilt?

Which is why I love the idea behind Wrap Art with its tag line “How to wrap presents creatively, using fragments of paper and miscellaneous items from around your house”. The site showcases several examples of beautifully wrapped presents which used recycled materials, some traditional trimmings and a lot of creativity.

So taking inspiration from the site, I decided to wrap my gift bucket with some things that I do have lying around the house. I used some drawing paper from Ikea, tape, glue, paper punch, old colourful catalogues, recycled gift wrapping paper and the only thing I bought specifically for wrapping the gift, a roll of white and gold ribbon. I came up with the idea of wrapping the whole thing with drawing paper and then tying it up with the ribbon while hubby had the brilliant idea of using my paper punch to decorate the whole thing with mini-flowers.

I was quite happy with the finished look and didn’t feel as guilty as the paper was ripped away during the party! After all, wrapping paper is meant to be enjoyed then ripped!

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 7:53 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. Er, since I was responsible for the ripping, I better get a word in. I wasn’t the only one impressed with the wrapping, as I recall the other girls ooh-ing over both the effort and the aesthetic impact. Also, I’m from the school of thought that enthusiastic ripping indicates greater appreciation — like burping after a good meal. It’s what’s inside that counts, right? Most importantly, thanks heaps for the gift bonanza!

  2. @John Boak: I individually glued the paper punch outs to the plain paper during breaks on my TV watching. So much than watching those repetitive commercials, me thinks.

    Thanks for visiting our site! Would love to see more of your work. 🙂

    @Rick: Haha… don’t worry about the wrapping. I had fun doing it anyway. Besides, that’s why I took a photo, everybody could still enjoy it long after it has been torn to shreds. 😉

  3. It looked FANTASTIC .. It didn’t even occur to me until just now how hard it would have been to wrap. So now I feel kind of guilty for not appreciating the wrapping more!


  4. Nice Wrap! How are the paper-punch “flowers” attached to the wrap?

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