I bought my sweet friend Elisa a little birthday gift a few weeks ago. But how to wrap it? I didn’t have birthday wrapping paper in the house, much less a box. I’d have to get creative and scavenge for supplies.
When I was a kid, I could find boxes by digging through the pantry. If I emptied cereal or cornstarch into a plastic bag, I’d have a box. I would cover up the label by gluing on construction paper and yarn in fun shapes. By the time I was a teenager, labels had gotten more complicated, so I figured out how to cut open food boxes and turn them inside out before gluing on my designs. Somewhere along the way I also found that scraps of felt and other fabrics were good for enhancing my paper and yarn designs.
The scavenger wrap for Elisa’s gift is a grown up version of my childhood pantry boxes. I took a spaghetti box, cut it open along the glue lines, turned it inside out, and reglued it.
This was straight forward but difficult. The box didn’t take the glue very well. I suspect the cardboard was waxed because it had contained a food item without having an internal plastic bag to protect the contents. A better glue might have helped, but I only had children’s school glue on hand. I ended up taping the box with removable painter’s tape until the glue dried. Then I removed the tape and popped the gift inside.
I have the remains of a dress in my sewing box. Last year I bought the dress from Goodwill just for the material. A full skirted, plaid dress with eyelet trim for 3 dollars is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than buying the material new. From this scrap material, I cut circles and hearts and glued them onto Elisa’s box.
For the tag, I raided my address box for an index card I could cut down to size. Fortunately, I found a pink card! A little glitter glued around the edge, and I had a gift tag. I glued it in place over the cellophane window.
The ribbon was left over from a box of chocolates I received at Christmas. I don’t save a lot of ribbon scraps, but when I come across a rare double-sided satin ribbon, I definitely save it!
And the big question, what did I get Elisa? A pair of fancy ink pens.
Make this day even better. Consider:
- What is the next gift you plan on giving? Is there a box in the pantry you can use when the time comes?