Holiday DIY: Typographic gift wrap

by guest blogger Andrea Strand

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What you’ll need:

  • Your favorite typeface. We used Seashore Pro by Ale Paul.
  • Personal digital photos
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • String or twine
  • Feathers, dried twigs, pinecones, leather ribbon, etc.

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We created three different images for our wrapping paper designs. The first one we made using Seashore Pro font with the lyrics to the kid’s version of “Jingle Bells.” The other two images were created using personal photos from a trip to Banff last fall. We chose them because they look lovely black and white.

In order to get the paper big enough to wrap a present, we had it printed for us at Staples on a 36″ x 48″ sheet, which is normally used for making blueprints. All you need to do is size your images to fit the 36″ x 48″ black-and-white format and bring it in to your local printing center to be printed.

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Once you’ve picked up your printed paper, trim the edges. Now you’ll need your scissors, tape, and the materials you’re using to decorate the top of your gifts. We used paint-dipped feathers, twine, leather straps, and dried twigs, but you can also use pinecones, seashells, vintage ornaments, lace, ribbon, or buttons.

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Get your egg nog, put on some classic holiday music, and start wrapping your gifts.

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Fairgoods is an online shop that sells type and fun gifts that use that type.

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