Even though I made a gift for my last project, I was excited to make another gift! i love giving gifts - I'm pretty sure it's my love language. I chose to DIY a gift for my SO to show him how much he means to me. We just recently moved in together, and it's been kind of a melding of stuff and acclimating to each other's routines and living habits, and I still have a lot to learn about him.
One thing I know is that he would rather receive a consumable gift than an "object" or "thing". He prefers gifts that are useful and necessary - something that he can eat, drink, or use in his everyday life. And since yours truly has champagne taste and only beer money, I decided to spend my alotted $10 budget and spend it on BEER!
With this project, I focused more on the packaging than the actual gift - what's a present without a little presentation?
I found this box at work - it's a box our toner comes in - now has found a use!
The next step was to remove the lid - the plan is to make a sort of separated "crate" for my beer gift. I had leftover metallic spray paint from a previous project and used it to cover the text on the outside - this is shaping up nicely!
While the spray paint dried, I drew a little bubble bath for the beer to get those labels off because I used my graphic design skillz to make new custom labels! Scroll down to see!
I designed and printed these labels (FOR FREE!) at work and carefully cut them out and applied them to the clean bottle.
My next task was cutting out circles in the bottle holder - which - I kind of messed up. I only cut five holes, but that's okay - that just meant he received five beers...and I got to keep a beer for myself! #WHOOPS #GENIUS
In an amazing stroke of craft luck, I was able to use one of the trimmed discs to cover up a blemish on the packaging:
I also tore the handles out of a paper shopping bag and used double-sided 3M mounting tape to adhere them to the "crate" for easy transportation.
I used some extra tissue paper to fill the inside of the crate to prevent the bottles from shifting around and just because you can't wrap a present without tissue paper, duh!
In conclusion, I'm so glad my SO is here with me and supports me in my creative endeavors, and is successful with his own - we're a great partnership and I'm excited to see what we can create together in the future. Cheers!
And as required, here's a goofy lil' vid of Ricky getting excited over his gift!