Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Super Easy DIY Geeky Christmas Gift Wrap



Wrapping presents is one of my favourite things about Christmas! I mean, I could write an entire blog post about all the reasons why I love Christmas, but wrapping presents would definitely be in the top ten.

Last year Daniel and I colour-coded our presents - pink for me and purple for him, as they're our favourite colours - to go with our pink and purple decorations, but this year I wanted to do something different, so I decided to wrap his presents to make them look like other things he likes. 

Some of his presents that aren't mentioned here I wrapped to look like a slice of watermelon and his favourite animals, and one I covered in drawings of pretzels, but they didn't fit in with the 'geeky' theme so they didn't make it into this post. 


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Mario Question Box:

I really wasn't kidding when I said these gift wrapping ideas were super easy! For this one all you need to do is wrap your present in yellow paper, then cut out a question mark from white paper and stick it on. 

I measured the question mark from a photo of the question box that I got off the internet, and just enlarged it until I was happy with the size and how it would fit inside the square. 




Lego Brick:

Even though Lego bricks come in a range of sizes, the rectangular ones with six dots always seem like the main ones in my eyes. Whenever I think of Lego, I picture those blocks, so I would recommend using a rectangular presents for this one, such as some DVDs or books. 

Cover your chosen gift in wrapping paper (once again, red seems like such a staple Lego colour, but you could go with nearly any colour) and then figure out what you're going to use for the dots. I used cardboard for mine, but I wouldn't recommend that unless you have some really thin cardboard, as anything thick would be difficult to cut - hence the very jagged edges on mine. 


 You could also use foam, felt, stacks of paper, pretty much anything that you can easily cut into a circle. Once you've got your circles, cover them in the same wrapping paper as the present, then glue them on. SO easy!




Back to the Future Speed Limit Sign: 
Back to the Future is Daniel's most favourite movies in the world. He honestly doesn't like many things (which makes me even more special 😉), but BTTF is something he genuinely loves, so of course I had to wrap one of his presents with a reference to the movies on it. 

Whilst this speed sign isn't actually in the movies, it's still something that any die-hard Back to the Future fan will understand. Of course, you could totally wrap a present to look like the hoverboard or something, but that seemed much more difficult.


For this present, I just chose another rectangular item and covered it in white paper. Then I traced the present onto a black piece of paper to see where I wanted everything to sit, and drew the outline, words, and numbers with thick lines. I cut everything out and stuck them onto the present. Ta-da! I told you these were super easy.




Rubik's Cube:

This one takes a little longer than the others, but it is still super easy. I chose a square-shaped present for this design for obvious reasons. First, cover your present in black paper, then get six sheets of different coloured paper. I used the same colours as a Rubik's cube has, but I substituted one of them for purple since it's Daniel's favourite colour. 

Measure one of the faces of your present and figure out how big you'll need each small square to be in order to fit closely together, but with enough gap so that you can see the black paper in between. 


The exact size of your squares will depend on how big your present is. Do this for each coloured piece of paper you have, then start glueing them on! You could totally decorate this as an unfinished Rubik's cube, but I feel like that would get to me since I wouldn't be able to complete it!


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I had so much fun wrapping these presents! I love the idea of customising the gift wrap to the person you're giving the present too, I think it makes the whole thing even more special. 


Do you enjoy wrapping presents at Christmastime? Is there anything special you like to do for certain presents? Let me know in the comments!


Until next time,

Indya xx