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Why is it that guys are so hard to shop for? Maybe it’s not all guys, but my guys (my husband and dad) are particularly tough to get gifts for. They either say they don’t want anything or what they want costs about as much as our entire gift giving budget for the family. Luckily, this year I saved and got an awesome deal on my husband’s gift so now I just have to shop for one more toughie…my dad.
I know my dad will probably ask for some movies and maybe something for his camera but no matter what we get him I want it to be extra special so I decided to make my own wrapping paper just for him. He served in the Marines when he was younger and is still very proud to be a Marine so I decided to make custom wrapping paper with the Marine Corp logo on it. I also got some tips from the pros (a.k.a. my husband) in wrapping so everything will be smooth straight lines with his present too.
I started by heading to Walmart to pick up supplies. I picked up the Scotch® Gift Wrap Tape 3 Pack Caddie and a pair of Scotch™ Multi-Purpose Scissors 8″ and some plain red wrapping paper. You can make this wrapping paper for any branch of the military just pick the coordinating color (blue for the Navy and Air Force and black or green for the Army). Having a good pair of scissors and good quality tape is key to wrapping since you want nice smooth edges as well as strong tape to hold everything together. I prefer Scotch® Brand because of the quality and because they are donating $200,000 to the Fisher House, a charity that provides comfortable places to stay for military and veteran families at no cost while their loved one is receiving medical treatment.
To make your custom wrapping paper you’ll need:
Plain Red Wrapping Paper
Gold Sketch Pens
Upload the branch of the military’s logo into your studio as either a svg or png file.
Cut a piece of wrapping paper about the size of your cutting mat (you don’t have to be exact since the machine will be cutting a nice rectangle for you) and attach it to the cutting mat.
Load cutting mat and let machine draw the logos and cut the rectangle.
Remove paper from cutting mat.
Now to wrap your present.
Lay the paper face down on a flat surface and place gift in center. Estimate where the edges will meet in the middle and cut.
Fold top triangle down and then fold bottom triangle over it and secure with tape.
Don’t forget to get all your gift wrapping supplies at Walmart and buy early. You can get a 50% bonus and take advantage of rollback on Scotch® Tape. And to learn more about and donate to the Fisher House check out this link.