Sunday, 11 September 2011

Architectural salvage

If having a Palladian villa or an architectural masterpiece by Inigo Jones is not an option.... but you want to treat yourself or your friends to the illusion of the real thing, just have a look on
Then go to : Vitruvius Britannicus Architectural Prints 1715

and create your own fabulous gift wrapping.

It has architectural drawings galore and lots of other stuff .
I have some architectural prints that I made myself, which hang in the this one..
with a detail here..
But to be honest, you really can't have enough of a good thing !
To get yourself some fabulous gift wrapping, print off some architectural prints in colour ( it will give you a nice old fashioned yellow/ green print  like an old faded drawing )  and you are ready to roll and to get going with your wrapping.
I was on a business-course/ workshop for three days this week and my lovely neighbour had kindly looked after my doggies, so I wanted to give her a nice thank-you present and decided on some self made plums in wodka....
Next you need a small cardboard box, and some bubble boxes are usually pretty good..
then pack the jar in the box like so....
.then make sure the box is all sello-taped up, and place it on the first architectural drawing sheet you want to use .Make sure that the architectural drawing fits the box and the drawing itself creates a " front" on the box..
Here you will see what I mean- you want to aim to get the front like this..

Next, fold it up neatly at the corners..
And on the rectangle that you get to the side, cut an floor-plan from one of your copies of drawings and glue it on ...

.. and do the same with the other side as well.
Then, use a nice this one from East of India ( you can buy them here ) for instance..

Then wrap it round the box and do up in a bow..this is the top of the present..
I added a small bunch of dried lavender ( own garden) ..
and wrap this in some cellophane ..

.. and add it to the box in your giftbag
I had another thing to wrap, as my neighbour is an real Agatha Christie affectionado ..
and this was also wrapped in an architectural drawing....which made it look like this...
Overall,pretty simple and great fun- so give it a go !!!

Happy crafting and have  great weekend!!


Grammy Goodwill said...

That wrapping is so unique. I don't think I would want to open your gifts.

Makeminemidcentury said...

That's very clever. Your presents look too pretty to open.

'm going to have a look at that site.

Thanks for the tip!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Wow that is real pretty Bea! I wrap my crap in leftover ugly paper =( I like the idea of framing the paper as well. Off to check out the link.

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Its says site not found =(

Modern Country Lady said...

Hi Bri, the site for the architectural drawingss is
Then go to : Vitruvius Britannicus Architectural Prints 1715
I have now changed this on the blog post..
!! Thanks for letting me know the link did not work!!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love this! If I received a gift wrapped in this I would cherish the paper and frame it. Thanks for the linky.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, that is totally genius. I would have a hard time unwrapping something so beautiful. Great idea. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

hopeandjoyhome said...

That is so spectacular! Wonderful job.Thanks for the link. Julia

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is gorgeous! Fantastic job. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

This is super cute!! Thanks for linking up at FNF :)

At The Picket Fence said...

How absolutely lovely! What a thoughtful way to make those gifts even more special. I'm an Agatha Christie fan too but have never seen that particular Poirot novel...hmmm...I'm thinking I will be hitting up Amazon later. LOL! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Bromeliad said...

Thanks for the image source. And I love how you reuse old boxes. Very green of you.