Hey, remember back in the days of yore when I wanted to make “creating envelopes out of unusual materials” a thing?
In November, I showed you, gleefully, the envelopes I’d crafted from a recycled roll of wallpaper, hoping to kick off a glorious new age of extensively eccentric envelope fabrication–and then I proceeded to spend the next eight months making envelopes out of nothing but magazine pages.
There’s no time like the present, though, and I’m happy to say that in my continued quest to catch up on all the pen pal letters I owe (if you’re still waiting on me, you should have yours soon!), I decided to turn my manufacturer’s eye to a new substance: wrapping paper. (Specifically, ridiculously cutesy forest creature wrapping paper probably designed for literal babies but I don’t particularly care.)
I sought out this paper, initially, while organizing a plan of attack for wrapping a hilariously cumbersome box containing a birthday present. I thought that I’d need to to use all thirty feet of it, but when I noticed I had about a quarter of a roll left, I wondered if the remaining paper might find a new life in the post.
I had some trepidation about the durability of the paper–but in the end, I determined that though it was thinner than usual craft paper, the wrapping paper was still stronger than your average magazine page, and those seem to be doing just fine in the mail!
I experimented with a variety of address label styles, and I think I like the edgy-DIY torn scraps the best, which provide a fun juxtaposition with its cutesiness.
Juxtapositions aside, though, these eager forest critters really are just darn cute! I’m glad they’ll experience a longer life preserved in pen pals’ drawers and boxes than the ephemeral existence of most wrapping paper. Torn too soon!
(A little housekeeping before I go–as I begin a whirlwind few months of finishing my job, transitioning to grad school, and embarking on new adventures at a historic site, I’m going back to my twice-a-week posting schedule! See you Tuesdays and Thursdays for the foreseeable future!)