I was digging around online and came across this amazing site called the CSI Project. It is seriously amazing and I immediately fell in love. I also saw they were doing a creative gift wrap challenge, which is awesome because I very creatively wrapped my presents this year. I got pumped. SUPER pumped. Until later in the day when they posted their first tutorial of the week. Cute, huh? Yeah. That's pretty much what I had already done.
|I suck. At least my tag was original.|
So in an effort to actually be creative, I started thinking of how I could wrap the rest of my presents not just creatively, but in a more original fashion. Super awesome Hannah Montana gift wrap from a few years ago? Nah (though that stuff is awesome, maybe even too awesome). Keep my awesome tags and go with a rustic look? Been done. For a minute I thought about saying scew it and just submitting my Santa wrap. The idea didn't come to me until I actually started on another project, which was more coasters only using some old comic books. I dug around the basement, found the comic books, and got all set up. I started flipping through a Batman comic when I realized it took place somewhere around Christmas. Gears started turning until I came up with my theme: comic book/superhero gift wrap. And I'm not talking about buying the gift wrap that has a million little Batmans or Spidermans printed all over it. I mean going all out nerd and turning the presents into superheroes!
I started by cutting out my favorite scenes from the Batman comic and a Flash comic, and Mod Podging them to some cardstock (decided not to do this with the Flash comic, just left it as is). Then I printed out some different wording to make it a little more Christmas-themed and funnier, and adhered the wording to the scenes (and I could have done a better job sizing, but I really just didn't feel like it).
Using Inkscape (you can use Photoshop or whatever you have available), I created some name tags in the style of the old school comic book action words and Mod Podged them to the backs of the comic scenes. Once dried, I punched a hole in the corners so I could hang them from the presents.
As for the actual gift wrap, I went to the store and found solid blue wrapping paper to use in addition to the paper I already had. After wrapping the Batman present, I used my black ribbon as a "belt" and tied it around the package. I printed out the Batman logo and stuck it in the center, then used a bit of twine to tie on the gift tag. For the Flash, I printed the logo, Mod Podged it on, and used the ribbon to do a bow at the top.
My favorite one, I saved for last. I couldn't just settle for two superheroes, and since you can't talk superheroes without Superman, I had to use him. But I didn't want to just stick his logo on the package and call it a day, so I thought to myself, "Self, how cool would it be to have a present that's being ripped open to reveal the logo? Like when he rips his shirt off to reveal his outfit?" Well, this happened...
|You're welcome, world.|
The best part is you can do this with just about any superhero. How about some thinner black ribbon and a spider cut-out on red wrapping paper for a Spiderman fan? Oh yeah, this could get really awesome. Hope you guys enjoyed!
Thanks again to the CSI Project for such an awesome challenge! Hope to do some more!