Monday, December 21, 2015

Oh Brother... Christmas Wrapping, and MORE....

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Welcome back to another installment of the Oh Brother series... a blog series chronicling my adventures in learning my Brother ScanNCut.

You might remember the fun 3D flowers, turned gift toppers? Well... I couldn't stop making them, so I crafted some up for my Christmas Presents!

Oh, but I didn't stop there! Being in a frugal state of mind as the holidays approach, I decided to craft my own wrapping paper.... out of security envelopes, no less! 

Now, this envelope/mail "art" is no new idea... I recently fell into the rabbit hole of mail art and such on the inter-webs and it inspired me...

Here you can see them all lined up and glued together...
 Want a more in-depth "how to?" Here are the steps:

  1. Open junk mail. Throw most of it away, except for the return envelopes with fun printing (aka security envelopes) on the inside.
  2. Pull apart the envelopes so they lay flat.
  3. Line them up together, almost like you are piecing together a puzzle.
  4. Using a glue stick, adhere the edges together to form one long, continuous piece of "paper."
  5. Use a spare envelope to cover the clear window portions of the envelopes.
  6. Use your "paper" to wrap gifts as though you would use any piece of wrapping paper.


YAY FUN!

And here is a present wrapped in just that way, topped with one of those fun flower bows!
And, some wooden leaves, red twine, and a little metal circle tag dress things up a bit... 
 That one long piece of "envelope paper" went a long way...
And here are just a few of the final presents wrapped this way...




AH.... but I was on a roll!

So, thanks to some recent Gelli Printing fun (more on that later) I decided to work up these little wrapped gifts as well...


There's more of those flower bows... 

And then, I had some scraps from what I did with the larger gifts and I used them to cover a plain white envelope...

Complete with a cut off envelope window as a gift tag...
Oh, and then my mind was spinning with all the ideas for cheap and free gift wrap possibilities. That's when I headed to Pinterest....

Oh man....

Just one search for upcycling and you can fill your schedule with things to try!

Luckily I managed some semblance of self-control and only opted to attempt reusing a milk jug. You see, I need a gift for the lady that runs our milk co-op. Isn't that clever? A container for cookies out of a milk jug? For the milk co-op lady?

LOL... well... as many things go on Pinterest, this is not nearly as easy or as cute as "they" make it look. But, I fussed with it long enough to make it into something presentable....
It's actually pretty cute. BUT, is not going to serve as a reusable and functional item...

....Especially since my husband left it on top of the car when he was headed to the co-op this past Saturday to deliver it. Turns out this does not hold up well when falling from a moving car. Oops.

Oh my.... well, it's the thought that counts, right?

4 comments:

  1. wow, this packaging is Amazing....I love all this super cute gifts....lucky family!!

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  2. Cutest ever use of recycled mailing envelopes, a festive gift wrap for all. 🎄

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  3. Oh, your gelli printing is so beautiful, that paper is so lovely. I can't wait to read more about it. So clever to use envelopes as wrapping paper. Just so awesome. Michelle t

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  4. Well--thank you to Corrine for showing me your blog -- how could I have been missing it? I am a mail artist with a blog too and I love security envelopes. I do all sots of things with them but I haven't done this. Cool!

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