wrapped up in words.

12.18.2012

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This year I'm wrapping all of my tiny presents in magazine pages. As you all know, I'm the picture of recycling perfection, so I never have back issues of The New Yorker floating around my tiny apartment...but on this one, rare, never-to-be-repeated occasion, I happened to have a November issue hanging about and so I tore it up and wrapped Christmas pressies.
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I like using magazine pages to wrap gifts because the ink doesn't rub off the way it does on newsprint (hint: don't make like us and wrap all of your white dishes in newspaper when you move--we had to scrub everything)Magazine pages are also amazing because they give you the straightest edges. Nothing brings out the perfectionist in me like wrapping presents and magazine pages comply to folding better than any wrapping paper I've met. (Don't even get me started on kraft paper's reluctance to stay put).
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If you're wrapping something besides tiny jewelry boxes, you can tape two magazine pages together to get a bigger sheet. Using pretty-colored washi tape means the seams become part of your avant garde design!

And! If you're a careful hunter, you might even find Christmassy-themed pages to incorporate into your design. No matter that the snowy little illo in the top image was meant to evoke life behind the iron curtain. I think even Louis Menand would be proud of this reuse.  (Okay. Maybe something a little lighter in subject would make a better pairing). Tied with a bow and bedecked with red berries, these guys are ready for their spot under the "tree."

PS. If you have a hankering to see more of our tiny apartment decorations, they're up over on Natalie's blog. (And if that doesn't lure you, the world's most adorable toddler-on-Santa's-lap photos just might).

18 note(s) by friends.:

  1. It looks cool, but something about reading "Stalinization" and "hanging" just doesn't feel Christmas-y to me...!

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    1. Very true. Maybe Christmas stories would better, just in case recipients read the fine print!

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  2. Oh man, this is a great idea. I have stacks upon STACKS of magazines laying around my house that are just collecting dust. Should've used them for wrapping too this year!

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  3. I love the idea of this! Looks so pretty and personal.

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  4. That's actually really beautiful! I love the pop of red.

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  5. It really looks pretty Erin.
    I had to laugh about the newspaper wrapping for moving. I did the same thing. :)

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  6. lol, it's funny you mention that about kraft paper, I made sure I got the right scotch tape this year to keep the stuff put! magazine pages would be neat too!

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  7. Wow! Those look beautiful. I'd be thrilled to receive a gift as pretty as that :)

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  8. I´ve done this kind of wrapping many times, I find it to be very stylish! :-)

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  9. I also have a bunch of unwanted magazines lying around. Definitely will be putting this to use.

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  10. You wrap everything up so neatly! I think it'd be cool to have one of those tiny wrapped boxes as a decoration for my desk; they're one of those things that are too pretty to unwrap. And I like the idea of wrapping something up in words, so to speak.

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  11. These look so vintage and lovely, I wish I hadn't invested in wrapping paper now (you should see how many magazines I have.. it's crazy) ;) x

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  12. Looks beautiful!
    I like to use newspaper sometimes too..

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  13. what a great idea! and you're so right about magazines over newspapers - i hate those smudgy marks! :)

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  14. Such a good idea. Your presents look amazing.

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  15. I would never have thought of magazines, but these look great!

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