The Gifted Blog

February 15, 2010

Wrap Story: Farm Fresh Gift Wrap

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!

Our new nephew is just a few weeks old and, from what we can tell from the online album, very cute! It's not easy to be a long-distance aunt and uncle, so we sent his parents a book to celebrate with them across the country.

We special-ordered a library favoritefrom our local bookstore.

This book rocks. I ended up ordering another because N. saw his cousin's copy and wanted to read it so badly. Definitely worth a place in the family library - just page after page of beautiful, rich illustrations by Lois Ehlert. When I saw my brother-in-law chopping kohlrabi over Christmas, I knew we had to get this book for them (see above)!

I wrapped the book in a sheath of bubble wrap, then plain packing paper. I revisited the bright graphics on a Fresh & Easy ad to add some colorful produce decorations.

To carry the theme further, I put some fruit and veggie stickers on a flat card and taped it to the back.

For a finishing touch, I added a red mesh produce bag that once held onions. Many thanks to Ez of Creature Comforts for this great idea! She executes her ideas so beautifully; I highly recommend a look at her post.

I had hoped to tie off one end of the produce bag with a ribbon, but the book just barely fit inside. Instead, I used a needle and red thread to secure the open end of the bag.

It was kind of fun to have it look like it was sealed on both ends!

I was proud of carrying the fruits and veggies theme throughout the gift wrapping. It was also a nice coincidence that this gift could be shipped without fear of a bow or other embellishment getting crushed.

What do you think? Do you have any other ideas for using these fun mesh bags?


  1. How very cute! :)

    My family uses those mesh bags in the utensil compartment of the dishwasher to prevent chopsticks from slipping through to the bottom of the machine and getting all cut up (believe me, it's happened several times before and is not pleasant!). But I love the use of it for a produce-themed gift! The fruit stickers on the card are adorable, too!

  2. Thanks, Shawna and silverkeys!

    Using the mesh bags in the dishwasher is a good idea - our utensil basket has some broken parts and we usually avoid certain compartments so the forks and knifes don't slip through.

    Thank you for the fruit sticker compliment...I was feeling a little middle-school for saving them (were they trendy when you were that age, too, or was it just me?).

  3. Re: the fruit sticker fad. I think we played with them, trying to stick them on one another without being noticed, etc., though I don't remember them being a giant fad. I do remember that in the Ramona books, Ramona goes to school with a banana sticker on her forehead to "start a fad"! I had a couple of second grade friends who used to do that in imitation of her. :)

  4. i love that you finally got to use those stickers! must remember to save otherwise "trash" after I go grocery shopping....

  5. Thanks, Sora! I felt a little silly explaining why we had a paper full of fruit stickers on the fridge...

    I would love to see what you do with all the non-food "stuff" that comes with grocery shopping. Please report back! : )

  6. What a cute idea for wrapping and reusing those onion bags! I also am a big fan of this book...

  7. Anna M - Ooh, you know Eating the Alphabet? It's a keeper. I had to special order it at our local bookstore, and when I went to pick it up the guy at the window said, "I have to tell you, we were so excited to see this book."
    : )

  8. i always keep these vegetable bags for some magical future project. maybe I should just use them as gift wrap! it looks great!

    1. Thank you, Michele! I think you should hold out for that magical future project. I'd love to see what unfolds as you play around with these guys!


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