DIY Wrapping Paper + A Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. The winner of the gift wrap kit from Give It Pretty is Becca Jensen! Becca, please check your email for a note from me!

After getting married and having a baby in the past few years, I haven't had to wrap a gift in a long time because I keep just working through our massive gift bag stash. But I'm now four years in from our wedding and I recently noticed my stash is diminishing (particularly for bags that are not light blue with bears on them), which means I'm going back to wrapping paper. 

At first, I was a bit bummed, I mean bags are just faster and way easier to conceal irregularly shaped objects. But no more. When my dear friend Kim, from the Etsy shop Give It Pretty connected with me about trying one of her gift wrap kits, I jumped at the chance. You see, one of her main products is not just regular wrapping paper, it's chalkboard wrapping paper. And if you know anything about me, it's that I have a love of anything chalkboard. 

And also Fritos. I love both equally. I must be fair here. 

Check out this paper, isn't it pretty? 

I couldn't resist first trying out a few of my chalk colors on it. I have to be honest, I'm not sure I believed it would work all that well, but I was totally wrong.

I had the chance to test out this wrapping paper a couple times before pulling together this post - the first was for a going-away gift for a friend of mine and her husband. They're moving to Portland and while I'm thrilled for a free-place to say when I finally get to visit that city, I wish she didn't have to live out there permanently. Maybe just like a sweet vacation home or something, that'd be nice, right? 

Anyway, a few friends and I pulled together to throw a surprise going-away dinner party for her and her husband, and I did a little chalk art on her gift, and used the bakers twine and gift tags that were sent in the gift kit from Give It Pretty. 

I'm sure hoping you all know what state that is. 


Just in case it wasn't clear. 

For her gift, we gave her four gift cards to popular restaurants (according to Yelp) in Portland. She and her husband love trying new restaurants and we figured this would be a great way to get them acclimated to the city. 
But wrapping gift cards in a cool way is tough work. So I took an old Saltines box (Pregnant, remember?) and cut up about a billion pieces of cardstock into tiny strips, and then accordion folded each and every one-of-'em. 

Eli also helped to tear a few of them up. So helpful, my boy. 

Then we stuffed the "confetti" in with the gift cards in the box and no one would be the wiser that it's just a ton of paper inside. Except for maybe the fact that the box weighed about a half pound total....

For the second present, I wanted to do something personal for Mike for Father's Day and get Eli involved, so I fell back on my trusty finger-painting activity, but instead of cards, Eli "made" the wrapping paper. Originally I wanted to just do handprints. You know, super cute and frame-worthy adorableness - but this boy would have none of it. 

I mean, I don't understand why my 14 month old wouldn't follow directions and reason perfectly. 

After attempting to smoosh his hands down on the gift in a nice, orderly, neat fashion, (See the blob in the middle up there?) Eli went rogue and all hope for my Pinterest-perfect gift was gone. 

So we rolled with "abstract art."

I'm so happy that I have still have lots of this chalkboard paper left. It makes loosing my gift-bag stash way easier because this kind of wrapping paper is way more fun to give than a store-bought gift bag! I can see a million different ways to decorate it going forward and I'm sure you can too - which is why I'm so excited to announce that one Oakland Avenue reader is going to win one of these kits from Give It Pretty for themselves!

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  1. i love the dictionary confetti! so cute. and i feel you on the running out of gift bags thing....we got married 5 years ago and pretty much have a few random christmas bags and some large awkward wedding bags left. all the good ones are gone!

  2. This is so cute! I adore wrapping materials, and even though I have a massive stash of bags from our wedding... I still buy pretty wrapping paper any chance I get. I typically go with the brown craft paper but the chalkboard paper would be a blast to try out!

  3. LOVE the dictionary confetti! When we had our baby shower's for Jackson, I kept a few bags and gave some back to the givers-those bags are expensive, felt bad keeping them ;) The Dollar Store always has some cute bags too.

  4. The kraft paper envelopes and probably the bracket cards would be great for gift wrapping!

  5. Cute! I love the idea of drawing the state on the package :-)

  6. Lindsay HutchinsJuly 16, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    i'd love some baker's twine in a variety of colors - so fun!

  7. I love all the colors of baker's twine!

  8. Love the twine! And the chalkboard paper!

  9. Love all things I probably need to give chalkboard paper a try!

  10. Love the chalkboard giftwrap set!!

  11. I still have a crap ton of gift bags, but this gift wrap is too cute to pass up!

  12. I live in Seattle and my husband and I love going down to Portland for a quick getaway. It really is a great city to visit because they have such awesome public transportation and it's so incredibly walkable. You should totally visit them. You did well with the gift certs to Mother's and Voodoo. Mmmm, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it... Great job on the gift wrapping. I love a well wrapped gift! And I have a little abstract painting at my house that was supposed to be a cute handprint Mother's Day gift. I discovered that if you want a "print" craft project before they understand what they're doing, do a FOOTprint instead. Those little hands are just too busy.

  13. I love Seattle! I haven't visited Portland yet (glad to hear it's such a great place), but Mike and I went to Seattle a couple years ago and we haven't stopped talking about going back since. Good idea with the foot! Gah! You're right, that would have been much easier!

  14. Oh! And if you do wind up going to Portland someday and stay in a hotel, we enjoyed the Hotel deLuxe a lot (granted, that was pre-baby). It's romantic if you're going for that vibe. Also, POWELL'S BOOKS! Oh my word. I'm about ready to hop in the car now.