Christmas Gifts Mailed Late
Better Late Than Never
Hello my fellow crafters! I’m sure I’m not the only one who finished christmas gifts a bit late. At least, I hope I’m not the only one. *nervous laugh*
But I’m glad to say that the first round of christmas gifts are finally done and mailed out! I wanted to share with you all what I made and how I sent it out. Hopefully, I can give anyone looking for it an idea on how to present gifts in a simple yet fun way. These gifts were for two of my friends and their families. I wanted to make them something they could use, so since it is still winter around here and cool enough to dress warm most days, I made a bunch of cowls and scarves. I used the patterns I’ve made and shared free on my blog to make these, customizing to the size I needed according to the gauge I calculated for the patterns. The links to the patterns are included below:
- The Leo’s Cowl of Coolness (AKA the Crochet Reverse V-Stitch Cowl)
- The Crochet Cluster Rows Scarf
- The Crochet Field Scarf
An important note: these simply wrapped gifts were placed inside of a priority mailing box together, so each scarf/cowl was only wrapped in the paper; this also means that drawing on the package has to be light-handed because pressing hard would have pushed the pencil/pen tip right through the paper.
Materials for Packaging
If you do plan on attempting the same form of packaging, I’m including a list here of the materials you’ll need.
- newsprint paper (or brown packaging paper)
- pencil and eraser
- pen or marker
- yarn, string, ribbon, or twine
I wanted to personalize the wrapping a little bit for each person since it was going to be wrapped in simple newsprint paper. This can be done with anything you’d like. My mother has used stickers or stamps in the past. But for me, I wanted to stretch my “drawing muscles” a little bit, so I did a few drawings on the packages. I tried keeping the designs as simple as I could, but you can make it as complex as you’d like for your own package.
- Fold your gift and center it on a sheet of newspaper.
- Fold the paper so that you have one flat surface without any folds or paper edges.
- From here, you could do one of two things, whichever is easiest for you to draw. You could lightly draw a circle where you will place the finished drawing, unwrap the package, make your drawing, and then re-wrap the package so that your artwork is on the flat surface again. Or do what I did. With the package still closed, I taped the package shut, then I used the pencil to lightly sketched the drawing I wanted on the flat surface. I went over it again with the pen (or maker).
- Tie the package with yarn (or string, twine, or ribbon) and center your bow/knot over the flat surface.
For Miriam and Her Family
Total, I made nine items to mail out to my friends. Five of these were for my friend Miriam and her family. Miriam and I have been friends for the majority of our lives and I must say that I am very lucky to have her in my life. She is one of the smartest women I know. I gave her this burnt amber colored cowl. Her drawing just had to include coffee as she is, like me, a big coffee drinker.
For her husband, I made this Cluster Row scarf in black and grey.
For my little nephew, his scarf was made in the Cluster Rows scarf pattern, but in one of his favorite colors: green. I know he is a Star Wars fan, so I drew him as a Jedi with their dog Katie as a companion.
For my niece, I made a Field Scarf in pink. As the princess of their household, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to draw her as a cute fairy princess.
For my friend’s mother, an awesome lady I was lucky to grow up around and who is a fantastic grandma to my niece and nephew, I sent this multicolored Field Scarf.
For Stephanie and Her Family
My friend Stephanie and I have been friends for a long time too. Talented and dedicated, she is another person I know makes me fortunate to include in my life. For her I made this red Reverse V-stitch Cowl.
For her fiance, I made a Cluster Rows scarf.
For her son, my nephew, I made a Field Scarf in light grey. The drawing I made is him as Captain America, something Stephanie tells me he liked very much.
And for my friend’s step-son, a new nephew, I made a Field Scarf in blue. His drawing turned him into Iron Man, complete with Stark Tower.
Done and Mailed!
When the packages were all closed and the drawings were all done, I placed them carefully into the box with a few other simple toys for the kids. Luckily, my friends live relatively near here, so in a couple of days they received the gifts and have been put to good use. If you decided to do your own drawings please share pictures! I would love to see them! Be sure to leave me a comment or any questions below. And you can also find me on the Family Craft Studio facebook, instagram, or tumblr pages. Happy crafting!