Off the Wall: Using Gift Wrap as Temporary Art

When I picked up this fun, cheeky gift wrap last weekend, I knew immediately that it was going to have a purpose other than wrapping a present. These sheets of wrap, with their coordinating colors, went up on the wall for instant, temporary art. Get details, as well as some other fun gift wrap options, after the jump…

• I picked up the colorful (and kinda sexy) Mark McGinnis Holiday Wrapping Paper (shown in images 1 - 3 above) at Post 27 here in Chicago but it's also available on McGinnis' website. I used binder clips and thumbtacks to hang the sheets of paper and keep them flat against the wall. I'll keep the paper on display through the season and then pack them away with the rest of the Christmas decorations for use next year. Maybe by then I'll be ready to part with them and actually use the sheets to wrap gifts!

• I love this Menorah gift wrap from Paper Source! A great way to bring a little bit of Hanukkah into your home!

• These cute birdhouses, also from Paper Source, would make a colorful seasonal statement on their own or paired with one of these other wraps.

• This Midwest Hot Dish Kraft Paper Gift Wrap from etsy seller sublevelbus would look great in a kitchen. I could even envision this paper framed for more permanent kitchen art. It's also offered in other colorways so you could create a multi-panel look.

• Everybody loves Marimekko and this Unikko Silver and Gold Gift Wrap from Crate & Barrel is an indication of why that's true! It's that classic Marimekko look but with a seasonal silver and gold palette.

• I love the whimsy of the Chilly Dogs Recycled Gift Wrap from Container Store. The pup-in-reindeer-antlers reminds me of the Grinch's poor little pup.

• Also from Container Store, the Hootie the Owl Gift Wrap would make a wonderful companion to the Chilly Dogs paper.

Images: 1 & 2. Jason Loper; All others as linked above.

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