Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pimp Yo' Presents Tip #7: think outside the box

You've got 'em, why not play with them?
Empty boxes, that is.

Dr Pepper box into gift topper

If you pretend you're making a newspaper poof but use cardboard instead, it'll look like this. 
A leftover strip gets wrapped around the middle instead of ribbon, and defines her waist.
This ain't no diet soda.

Dr pepper gift topper

Okay, so maybe you aren't a soda drinker, but are you cuckoo for cocoa puffs?
Loopy paper bows look merry and bright using a cereal box. 
Heaven knows our recycle bin has a least five empty containers tossed in every week, which is certainly enough for Christmas AND a year's worth of birthdays.

gift topper out of a cereal box

Doing a (frozen) pizza night? Then you've got the supplies for the cheesiest gift topper ever.


No - literally. The cheesiest. Same technique as the paper poinsettia, minus the creasing.

pizza box ---> gift topper

If you don't want to SEE the graphics and print {which I think is part of the fun}, you can take the modest is hottest route and cover it all up. 
Print out a letter to use as a template, cut it out of your box...


and wrap it with some yarn or twine, hot gluing down the ends.

yarn wrapped cardboard letters for gifts

Happy Gifting.

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  1. Off to go bin-diving - those look great!

  2. Love them! I'm sure I can find some boxes around to make these. I'm thinking a silver diet coke box would be pretty. I think my great nieces and nephews would get a kick out of something like this too.
    I took pics of the gifts I gave at our party yesterday and will be posting them on my blog, so pop over later this week and check them out.

  3. you are such a peach...and a talented one too...oh my goodness these are terrific. you must write a book....hear me...write one. your grasp of how to make chicken salad from chicken poop is epic. i am loving these christmas ideas. i am on a spending diet next year so keep 'em coming....maybe some posts of gifts to go IN the great packaging in 2013!

  4. ps...can you tell me where you got the font for those giant letters? i cannot find one.

  5. love this idea! I think I have some cereal boxes laying around... perfect!

  6. These are really cool! The top one actually looks like SF 49ers wrapping - my in-laws would LOVE this ;)

  7. I love those! They look great and won't flatten like bows when another gift is stacked on top. Wonderful!

  8. This may be a conversation of mine in the future: "Honey, we're getting this frozen pizza for dinner." ('But the kids don't like sausage...') "I know, but the box is amazing!"

  9. Check out my blog and this post to see what I've done with your inspiration.

  10. oh my goodness, adore this. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my new post and latest style column for xo

  11. Can you re-visit using Sunday comics and children's drawings for wrapping paper with an updated look? I love using the comics. Bet you can make it exciting.


  12. Char-

    I did a post last year that had some more newspaper/comic ideas. Here's the link:

    Hope that helps!

  13. Just found this - yes, I know it's 2015 - via Pinterest. Two words: you rock.


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