there are gloomy days and there are gloomy days. well, today was a super gloomy day. and by the time I decided to take my items outside to take pictures there and catch as much natural light as possible... it started to rain. so, I ended up getting a little grumpy with the weather, and took the pictures inside after all.
what I am showing here is how I transferred basic and random tins from the thrift store into gift boxes with a little tremclad spray paint for metal surfaces. first a few layers of primer, then the top coat. the white needed a lot more layers then the red, but they both turned out pretty good I think. spray painting was one of those things I wanted to try for years, but never really got to it until recently. once I got the hang on it, I sprayed all that was within my reach, haha, so much fun! if you have no time or no will to paint them yourself, there are also pretty tins available in stores like the ones from Ikea as shown in the pictures.
in the second set of the pictures you see my take on newspaper gift wrapping, well coordinated with House Doctor gift wrap from a few years ago. I picked the puzzle page on purpose, with a wink to long waiting before opening presents, and being able to kill some time with sudoku and such. to add all the decorations to the gifts, I use double sided tape instead of glue. it is easier, faster, and less messy.
with snowflake, circle and cookie paper punches and some vintage die-cuts you can easily craft up gift tags, or use them as ornaments in your tree.
are you done wrapping yet?!