The Gifted Blog

October 26, 2009

Wrap Story: Monogrammed Greens Box

This Wrap Story is part of a mini-series, documenting every present I’ve wrapped since the launch of The Gifted Blog. Click here for the whole series!

We know E. and B., who were married this summer, through our church. E. is the one whose bridal shower rose I documented in an earlier post.

This is one unique couple. They registered at some unusual places: Ten Thousand Villages and the gorgeous Heath Ceramics. In their desire to live simply, their first home is in a trailer park! Here they are happily riding into their outdoor reception on a tandem bike.

Image by Michelle McCotter

I got them some pottery from the Pasadena City College ceramics sale since I was so jazzed about it. I hoped the gift was in the spirit of their registry tastes.

There were a few challenges. First, I'd wrapped M. & M.'s similar gift in a gift bag. I wanted to try something different, but I didn't have a box the right size. Inspiration hit when I noticed our neighbor was using a plastic food box to store her son's toys. Ah ha!

We'd been eating salads all summer long and already had an empty box of mixed greens ready to go.

I cut the bride and groom's initials from security envelopes and glued these and a red heart onto white cardstock. Next, I dip-dyed some paper I had to pad the bowls. I like this effect - it has the benefit of looking good even when crinkled.

I interspersed the dyed paper with strips of newsprint to protect the bowls, put on the lid, added a purple ribbon, and voila!

I enjoyed getting resourceful for this Wrap Story. I hope the gift and its wrapping reflect some of the quirkiness and shared values of our friends E. and B.


  1. ooo! i like it! the dip-dyed paper has a nice effect

  2. Finding nice-sized box is really difficult even at Michael's... Wow, you found it in fridge!
    And, I like these pink and purple combination. It looks cool!

  3. i like this idea too!! thanks for linking it from your other recent post. honestly the first time i read this entry i was so focused on "who is that couple? do i know them?" that I missed the idea hahaha

  4. Hee hee. Well, they're a very intriguing couple. I can see why you would be distracted.


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