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Creative Corner: Gift Wrapping 101

For all of you analogue lovers who order your lomo loot online, here's a way to take your packaging trash to a new level! I've taken the ugly, crumpled brown papers that come in the boxes and put it to good use. Read more here after the jump!

I’ve accumulated a number of cardboard boxes and brown paper packaging after ordering so many things from the Lomography Online Shop. Some sit in the hallway, and others are piled up in my room. It felt like a waste to just throw them away, so I kept them. But things were starting to get messy, so I decided that I would do something with them!

My friend’s birthday was coming up and I had ordered her the Split Cam. I wanted to wrap it nicely but I didn’t have anything but old Christmas wrapping paper…So, I turned to my plain, brown packaging papers.

For this tipster, you’ll need:

  • The brown packaging papers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • A box that will fit your present
  • The present
  • Paint (I used acrylics)
  • Paint brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Opt: Tag
  • Opt: Glitter
  • Opt: Pen

I’ve included step by step photos and instructions for those of you who are, like my brother, incapable of wrapping presents.

1. Take the present that you’re wrapping right in the middle of your paper. Make sure that it’s just enough to fit around the box, too much extra of the wrapping will make it look poofy. Cut off the excess paper!

2. Wrap it up from bottom to top and tape it down.

3. Fold down the left and right sides and flatten out the creases. Then take the the top or bottom flap and fold it up. Fold the other side over that and tape.

(Your package should now look like this!)

4. Take your box and a piece of brown paper and press it down the inside. Now place the gift inside it.

5. Now if you’re like me and you love glitter (and also if you’re giving this gift to a girl), sprinkle some glitter over the present! You can also include a little happy birthday messages here!

6. Close your box and wrap it the same way you wrapped the gift!

7. Now comes the fun part; it’s time to whip out your paint and paintbrushes! But first, use the bigger scraps of paper to protect your carpet/wood/table and place your wrapped box on top in case the paint drips off. Now you can paint the entire box any way you like! I used pinkish colors and scribbled paint all over for a splotchy look. You can also use a sponge brush, which looks really cool! Don’t forget to paint in the creases!

8. While you wait for your paint to dry (which shouldn’t take long if you used acrylics and didn’t glob on the paint), you can…Make a birthday card, clean up the mess, or watch your cat sunbathe like I did.

9. Time to finish off with some ribbon! Cut a long piece off and wrap the middle of it around the top of your box, making sure you keep the ribbon in the same place, flip the box over, cross the ribbon and flip the box back over. Then tie a knot!

10. I like my fries curly and my ribbons curlier, soooo take your scissors and lay the ribbon over the sharp side. Press down firmly (but not too hard!) with your thumb and pull up! Continue to tie extra pieces of ribbon and curling them, adding as many as you want.

11. For the finishing touch, cut out a small card (I used a photo from the Lomography x Tungsten film box because it matched the colors of my box) and punch a hole through it. Thread another ribbon through it and tie it on, don’t forget to curl!

And there you have it, you’ve successfully made trash into treasure!

Creative crafts and words by Natalie Fong. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan. Natalie now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read more of the Creative Corner series.

written by natalieerachel


  1. philippa


    oh how i love wrapping presents -- can't wait for the next birthdays coming up! (:

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  2. ehmahh


    Great idea!

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  3. skrutt


    Nice idea! Too bad Im too lazy to put so much effort into the wrapping :P

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  4. neanderthalis


    You are infinitely creative. :D

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  5. natalieerachel


    Haha thank you! I try :)

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  6. pheebs


    I love the fur ball :)

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  7. natalieerachel


    @pheebs I love her too! :)

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  8. dearjme


    ur so kewl <3

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  10. naomiwonderland


    Love it!! Wrapping is an art!! I always spend quite a lot time wrapping the presents for my beloved ^^

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