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Art From the Attic: Gift Wrap

Nostalgia and warm memories are a big part of Christmas and other holiday celebrations. This year, bring old photos and a bit of nostalgia to your gift wrap for a truly personalized gift wrap that the recipient may appreciate even more than the gift itself!

  • Brown grocery store bags
  • Scissors
  • Tape and double-stick tape
  • Antique-look paper and stickers
  • Old family photos, small keys, cameos, jewelry or similar items
  • Glue
  • Ivory cardstock
  • Brown inkpad
  • Old typewriter key scrapbook letter stickers

Step 1: Cut a brown grocery bag along the seams and flatten the paper.

Step 2: Wrap the gift with brown paper; use tape to secure paper.

Step 3: Create a collage of antique-look paper and old photos on top of the gift box; use double-stick tape to adhere it to the box. (Tip: Tear some pieces of paper instead of cutting it for a rustic look).

Step 4: Use glue to add trinkets to the collage like keys or cameos and accent the design with antique-look stickers.

Step 5: Cut ivory cardstock into a gift tag.

Step 6: Hold the brown inkpad by its plastic base and lightly wipe the pad on the edges of the tag and torn paper to give it an aged look.

Step 7: Spell out the name of your gift recipient on the tag using typewriter letter stickers or simply write the name with a pen.

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