I went to a wedding this past weekend for a coworker of my husband’s. I was faced with the daunting task of choosing a wedding gift for a couple I did not know very well. I found the perfect gift (a Crockpot! Something every person needs) then procrastinated wrapping it until the night before the wedding. This is when I realized I was out of wrapping paper and had to improvise with butcher paper, a crafty trick I had seen often on Pinterest.
As you can see, it is not at all pretty like on Pinterest. Who has unwrinkled butcher paper?! However, my faith in Pinterest can never be shattered, so I browsed until I found some wrapping example that inspired me to make then wrinkled paper and terrible wrapping look artful.
Couples today are expected to give gifts to their bridal parties, their parents, and any other special people who really helped out during the wedding planning. It can be difficult to find the perfect gift for all of these people, especially if they are all a little bit different. Yet you can make every gift more special by the thought you put into wrapping it.
Butcher paper is somewhat of a throwback material to the 19th and early 20th century. It was commonly used as wrapping for things picked up at general stores or shipped on trains. Using butcher paper on gifts today shows that you are putting extra thought and care into their present instead of picking out some random roll of paper at the store.
Butcher paper alone is not enough (as evidenced by my first picture, although being able to actually wrap presents helps). You should add decoration to the butcher paper, such as ribbons, twine, large gift tags, artwork, lettering, and even nature such as twigs or leaves. By wrapping your gifts in butcher paper and other design elements, you are becoming an example of the crafty and unique bride.
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