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I hate shopping for wedding wrapping paper. Finding great wedding wrapping means handing over a lot of money for fancy glitter or foil accents and I can never settle for not-so-great wedding wrapping. When I was getting ready for my friends Mike and Laura’s wedding, I knew that I wanted to do something special and personal. I love the idea of monogrammed wrapping paper so that you don’t have to use gift tags, and I wanted to add a little something extra for Mike and Laura’s big day. This idea would be great for Christmas too. A little monogrammed letter in the corner in lieu of gift tags will add a special personal touch to all of your gifts!
Here’s What You Need:
- Craft Paper or Thick Wrapping Paper
- Embroidery Floss
- Tapestry Needle
- Printed Template or a Pencil and Good Handwriting
- Painter’s Tape
- Optional: A Piece of Styrofoam or Corrugated Cardboard the size of your template (It makes a much better, sturdier base when poking holes through the template, but carpet works okay as well and is what I used)
First, find a font that you like, or an outline of a design and print it out. You can also draw it on your own, straight onto the wrapping paper with a pencil. The embroidery should cover it up. I would suggest making the size a little bit on the large side so that you don’t risk ripping your paper. My letters were about an inch and a half tall and I didn’t have any problems, but my first try had 1 inch tall letters spelling out their names and that was trouble. I had to start from scratch.
I pre-folded my wrapping and made a pencil mark where the corner would be before adding the stencil. This way I had a better idea of where the design needed to be. Next, very lightly tape the stencil to your paper with your painter’s tape. Painter’s tape works best because the adhesive is made to tear away cleanly so you’ll be a lot less likely to rip your paper. I didn’t have any residue or torn paper at all.
Flip your paper over and tape over the area that your stencil covers. I found this to be essential because it really reinforced the paper so that it didn’t tear as I punched my holes and strung the thread through.
Start poking holes along the outlines of your stencil about 1/4 inch apart.
Once you’ve poked all of the holes, carefully remove your stencil to reveal your holes. String your tapestry needle halfway through two long pieces of embroidery thread. I used two different colors. Tie a knot at the end. Now you should have four strands. String the needle through the back of the wrapping and the first hole on one letter. Pull it through the right side to the back of the next hole.
Pull the thread back to front through the third hole you poked and then back through the second hole. Do the same with the fourth and third holes. This will give you consistent stitches without any breaks. Continue on with the most stitches you can make. You won’t be able to make one continuous line of stitches with letters like the “M”. Just tie a knot to finish your stitches and start a new one the same way. Once all of your holes have been stitched, tie your last knot and flip the wrapping over.
Put a couple of pieces of tape across the back side of your stitching to keep everything sturdy and in place. It’s not the prettiest from the back, but no one will look twice at it! (Except maybe to figure out how you did it.)
Wrap up your gift and enjoy your personal and beautiful wrapping job!