The Gifted Blog

December 23, 2009

Wrap Story: Lump of Coal Gift 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 drew names (or rather, my sister randomized a spreadsheet) for a Secret Santa gift exchange on my husband's side. I got my sister-in-law, T. (T., if you're reading, stop! And don't read tomorrow's post, either.)

I consulted with her husband for gift ideas, and he suggested some stores she might like gift cards for. Since we were traveling cross-country, this seemed to be a nice and easily transportable idea. G. kindly picked a gift card up at the store, and I brainstormed gift wrapping ideas.

I had this coal gift box idea from Martha Stewart in the back of my mind.

Cute, but complicated. There was a box template, but beyond that it involved papier-mache and glitter and other things I didn't have on hand. I set out to make my own lump of coal to use as a gift topper using an old shirt and a bit of crumpled paper.

Definitely a personal crafting first!

However, when we got to Seattle (our first stop on our family Christmas trek), I told my family my idea. "Why don't you use a real lump of coal?" my dad asked. He's funny like that.

Of course they had charcoal on hand. As well as acryllic matte medium, which I painted on the coal to keep it from rubbing off.

(Really, what is family if it's not the people you can turn to when you need a charcoal briquette and obscure art supplies come Christmastime?)

I covered a box with some decorative paper and hot glued the coal to the top of it.

I added a raffia bow and homemade tag and called it good!

There's a joke to this Wrap Story, but I'm going to tell it tomorrow. Just wanted to give T. fair warning to not peek!


  1. Hey, that's my present! I'm happy that I had not read your blog recently so your gift wrap was indeed a fun surprise...and now I know the process behind it:)

  2. Yay! I'm glad it ended up a surprise. You'll have to let me know what you end up getting at Kohl's!

  3. Hey, you have very cool gift box. i like them. Thanks for sharing. I also want to share new gift box designs. :)


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