The holidays are a major time for gift giving and those presents need to be wrapped! I don’t typically enjoy the every-year holiday gift wrapping that’s available in stores and the really nice ones can become quite expensive… just to wrap a present that you’ve already spent so much on.
This is where a DIY wrapping comes in. I’m a big fan of making my own wrapping paper and making it special from the moment they hold the package. Sure, the gift itself may be special but why not make the whole experience a special one? Or if the present doesn’t really have a “wow!” factor, you can showcase that with some awesome wrapping.
Here are two of my latest DIY wrapping ideas. Not only are these perfect for this time of year but can easily be used for any occasion.
To top off the perfect wrapping, I’ve created some foil I See Noise Prints holiday cards.
Photos by Sarah Boland.
With the help of Joanna Kado, my interior designer extraordinaire… I’ve learned the simple ways of putting together my very own gallery wall. Okay, simple is an understatement… it took us 2 hours and that’s not including putting images into the frames! It’s a lengthy process but if you know your steps you can do it quick enough but don’t forget to be precise.
Below are images from the gallery wall that I recently installed for my apartment, you can see the final look once the photos have been released of my apartment tour, can’t wait!
STEP 1: You’ll want to purchase a roll of paper. This can be anything really, from trace paper to craft paper.. it all works. You’ll need to roll it from each end your gallery wall will hang from. Mine reached from 8 inches into each side of the wall, so we cut it accordingly. You’ll also want to figure out the width of your gallery wall, our paper wasn’t wide enough so we needed to layer one on top of the other to get our final dimensions.
STEP 2: Lay your paper down on an empty and even surface. This is where you will arrange all of your frames how you want them.
STEP 3: Using a level or ruler, make sure each frame is straight and trace around it.
STEP 4: You’ll need to measure the distance between your hook and the top of the frame. We measured at 1cm between the frame and where the nail would be. After measuring, place your mark.
STEP 5: Once you’ve finished, place the sheets of paper back onto the wall and measure till straight.
STEP 6: Place your nails into each marker and then pull the sheet off the wall over the nails. If you pull away from the wall you’ll only have holes where your nails were and won’t ruin your sheet in case you need it again.
VOILA! Your gallery wall is complete! Below is a sneak peek at what it ended up like.
Peace hands & Chanel Perfume Bottle - I See Noise Prints
Quotes – Pinterest
Map – Wrapping paper.
A few weeks ago I posted about a set of lamps and table that I purchased from a garage sale with Eric and had planned to repaint and basically overhaul it’s look. Well, it’s finally complete and I am so happy with the final result!
While I was sanding down the lamps I was shocked to see the original paint color come through…it was YELLOW AND RED!!! They must have belonged to Ronald McDonald or something. Suddenly the orange and gold wasn’t so bad! I stripped down the color as much as I could and sprayed both lamps with a white semi-gloss spray paint. Then with the mint colored premium wall paint I hand painted each area. Cost for both lamps $5 + Cost for paint $10 + Cost for lamp shade $12 = $27!!
I still need to track down the second lamp shade at a Home Sense location because I couldn’t find another one. I may just scrap it and buy 2 new ones.
The table needed some major sanding and cleaning and after 3 cans of white semi gloss spray paint it’s still looking a little grey, I need to add at least 1 more coat to get the vibrant white. The handle and hinges were also painted gold. Cost for table $10 + Cost for paint $20 = $30!!
Take a look at the previous post (here) to see the before shots and how it has come to life!