The Gifted Blog

July 19, 2010

Wrap Story: 1:00am Gift Wrapping Abandon

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!

For my 1-year anniversary week, I wanted to share this special gift wrapping project. It's my favorite so far. When I finished, I thought, "I didn't know I had it in me!" (Not bragging - more that I didn't know I could make something so...different-looking.)

It started with the paper. G. and I went to the 75th anniversary show at SFMOMA earlier this year. The last room had a stack of posters by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, arranged in similar fashion as this. (You can get a clearer look at the poster in the second image here.) I took one, with future gift wrapping on the brain.

Fast forward to the week before S. and D.'s wedding. I was home alone for 4 days while G. and N. visited family. I went a little nuts. I had dinner with friends, babysat for neighbors, returned 5 pairs of sandals, embellished a t-shirt inspired by this tutorial and finally tackled the big Crate & Barrel box staring me down from the corner of the living room.

Once it was wrapped in the paper, I made the big ol' fabric flower on the right (above). I thought, "That is the ugliest thing I have ever made." In a moment of 1:00am abandon, I embraced a "more is more" approach. Tying strips of t-shirt to the handle, I completely covered the white plastic, then added long strands for texture and movement. Yellow flowers from my t-shirt project were a happy detail.

I used up the bright yellow thread attaching those and put the wooden spool on one of the 'streamers', then threaded another one on the other side for good measure. When we'd all signed the card, I used the photo corners idea to affix it to the back of the box.

It was thrilling to try something new for this gift - new colors, new technique, new materials. I love working with fabric, but I've never used it like this for gift wrapping! I worried because this isn't S. and D.'s aesthetic, but I realized that they would "get it". They know that I love doing this and that God is doing something here.

What do you think?

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  1. I LOVE it!!! I loved it when I saw it! and it looks even cooler when you tell the back story. Yes... one of the most original and unique wrappings yet. Question, was the handle functional? How'd you get it that way?

  2. I love your gift wrapping Charissa!!

  3. @twofourone - Thank you! Yes, the handle was functional (and super comfy!). I knotted strips of fabric around the plastic handle that is built into larger Crate & Barrel boxes. I usually see that handle as kind of a pain (how to wrap the paper around it? how to hide it or decorate around it?), so it was cool to see it become a focal point for the gift.

    @-Sarah - Thank you so much! Were you by any chance the recipient of this gift?
    : )

  4. Happy Birthday to you!
    Love the idea to use t-shirts for the decorations, the color choices, the spool....the whole gift looks great.

  5. @annekata - Thanks, Kathrin! That means a lot coming from you.

  6. it is funky and fab--i love it. it's one of your more artistic interpretations.

  7. @Hanna K. - Aw, thanks. I had so much fun doing this.


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