Dapper Client Gifts for a Menswear Retailer

Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping | Wanted to share some recent work that I did for a client. I wrapped this batch of gifts for Harry Rosen, which was sending them out to some of its clients.

The packaging is straightforward — paper and ribbon — but I'm really happy with the tailored simplicity of the combination. The paper is Harry Rosen's signature houndstooth pattern (I wish I could have some for myself!), and I paired it with chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon. A doubled half-bow adds interest. I think he gifts turned out really well!

The client thinks so too:

“Corinna’s work is incredible. Our order was very last minute and she was able to fill our request both professionally and in a timely manner. The process was seamless and easy, and her work was wonderful and creative!” — Natalie Skocaj, Social Media & Public Relations Coordinator, Harry Rosen

Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping |

Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping |


Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping |

Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping |


Happy Father's Day


Father's Day gift: Red kraft paper with blue bakers twine, grid fabric tape and wood tag | Corinna Wraps My Dad cut some tree branches into thin slices for me to use as gift tags, so it seemed only appropriate that I use one on my Father's Day gift to him. The rest of the gift I kept simple — and I stayed away from a "natural" or "woodsy" theme. Instead, I used red kraft paper (a steal from Ikea last year, maybe the year before), blue baker's twine and some grid-patterned fabric tape. To show off the tape, I wrapped the gift with the seam on the front instead of the back.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!


Father's Day gift: Red kraft paper with blue bakers twine, grid fabric tape and wood tag | Corinna Wraps

+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen

8 Ways to Wrap a Gift for Dad

When you're wrapping a gift for Dad this Father's Day, look to these eight ideas from the Corinna Wraps archives for inspiration.

1. Personalize a bottle of home brew or store-bought spirits with jute twine. DIY tutorial.

2. Smock's line of printed kraft paper is the perfect selection of subtle pattern for Dad.

3. Gift wrapping that makes a sartorial statement. How to wrap using two papers.

4. Weathered tissue and leather wrapping for the rugged father.

5. DIY military-stencilled paper is sure to be a hit. Just change the message to Happy Father's Day.

6. A white-on-white monogram is sleek and sophisticated.

7. Decorate Dad's gift with wood veneer for an unforgettable package. DIY tutorial.

8. Create a minimal look with an image panel from a second sheet of wrapping paper.

+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen

How I Gift Wrapped a 76mm Sherman Tank Shell and an M2A1 Ammunition Box


76mm Shell and ammo box My husband is a very difficult man to buy gifts for (unless I’m willing to spend a kabillion dollars), so I was very proud of myself when I came up with the idea of getting him some vintage wartime paraphernalia for his most recent birthday. I found a 76mm Sherman tank shell at Smash and a M2A1 ammunition box from Style Garage (success!) — and then I had to figure out how to wrap the two oddly shaped items.

Happy Birthday Stencil

If you saw the blog on Thursday, you’ll have already seen the end result: a birthday message stencilled across butcher paper. Inspired by the army look, I wanted to create a utilitarian-style parcel that reflected its contents.

To start, the shell fit nicely inside the ammo box, which I packed with wood fill to keep the shell from moving about.

76mm Shell in ammo box

Next I layered several pieces of tissue over my sheet of stencilled butcher paper, then bundled it around the ammo box, securing the paper with masking tape. The layers of tissue helped soften the paper’s folds so it would follow the corners of the ammo box, which is awkwardly shaped because of it’s handle and closing latch.

After an unsuccessful attempt with jute twine (there wasn’t enough contrast between it and the paper), I finished off the gift by tying it with black yarn.

And that’s how I gift wrapped a 76mm Sherman tank shell and an M2A1 ammunition box.

+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen

Military-Inspired Stencilled Birthday Paper


Happy Birthday Stencil My husband knows me well. One day he came home with a package of letter stencils for me. I think he picked them up from Staples or somewhere. The stencils are nothing fancy — your standard cardboard cut-out letters for making utilitarian signage. But they’re exactly the type of item I love to store away for making things.

And when it came time to wrap a present for my husband, naturally I pulled out the stencils.

What I made was a quick and easy military-inspired paper — a perfect complement to what was going inside the package. (You’ll have to check back on Monday to find out what it was. Yeah, I’m a tease.)

Stencil on Butcher Paper (in progress)

To make, first I cut the paper to size and roughly wrapped it around the gift to figure out placement of my stencilled message. Next, I lined up the letters to spell out  Happy Birthday. The stencil set comes with only one of each letter, so first I did “HAP” then “PY.” The slightly off-kilter alignment suited the look I was going for, but if you want your letters to line up straighter, use a ruler and pencil to mark out your placement. I then taped the letters in place with washi tape (which doesn’t tear up the paper if you remove it gently enough) and used a small ink pad to “paint” inside the stencil (place the ink pad face-down directly onto the paper).

Once dry, the paper was ready for wrapping!

Stencil on Butcher Paper

Curious to know what’s inside the package? Check back on Monday to find out!

New Products from Smock


New Kraft Wrapping from Smock Ever since I first discovered Smock, I've been in love. The Syracuse, New York–based print shop produces truly contemporary wrapping paper with beautiful patterns that are rare gems in the world of gift wrap. It's paper that you want to keep for yourself.

Smock has recently introduced its latest line of products, among which are three new wraps printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled kraft paper. In addition to a classic silver stripe are two patterns that are a little bit African, a little Japanese, a little Art Deco and all kinds of subdued, masculine sophistication. From left, Tweed, Eastham and Band wraps (24x36"), $7 US per roll of 2 sheets.   

Not How Old letterpress card and gold gift labels from Smock

Other new products include a selection of letterpress cards, such as this rhinoceros-emblazoned birthday card, as well as all-purpose gold foil stamped labels, also available in silver and useful for any-ocassion gift giving. Left, Not How Old letterpress card, $4 US. Right, Gold gift labels, $7.50 US per 3 sheets of 12 labels.

+ Images courtesy of Smock

Packaged Goods: A Patterned Duo for Dad


Packaged Goods: Father's Day PUTTING IT TOGETHER You never want anything too frilly for Dad, which is why I thought wrapping a present in two papers would be a nice way to do something special for a Father's Day gift without getting too flashy. Diagonal navy stripes on half the gift, with a white-and-brown baubles pattern on the other half makes the package interesting even without ribbon or a topper. (Click here for instructions on how to wrap with two papers.) Instead of a card, I like this label, which was inspired by the security patterns inside of envelopes.

THE GOODS (1) Stripes gift wrap, $4 US per sheet, Fig. 2 Design Studio. (2) Baubles wrap in Peat, $8 US per 2 sheets, Pikku. (3) Security-pattern label, £4.50 per pack of 8 (4 designs), Present & Correct.


+ Collage by Corinna vanGerwen. Images property of their respective companies

A Bundle of Bourbon

Bourbon in Tissue with Leather Tie Bourbon. It makes me think of everything worn and weathered: wooden casks, tobacco, leather, waxed cotton, dust... When my husband asked me to wrap a bottle of bourbon for a friend of his, this was the imagery going through my head. What materials would evoke the same rugged feeling?

Inspired by waxed cotton, I chose a tissue in a kraft-paper colour and made it fabric-like by crumpling it up to create lots of wrinkles. I balled up, rolled and twisted three layers of it, scrunching the tissue up then carefully smoothing it out, over and over. You have to be very gentle with the paper when doing this, so you don't tear it.

Bourbon in Tissue with Leather Tie, Detail

The result was quite cloth-like, and when I rolled the bottle in the tissue, I was able to create some very interesting, soft folds around the top, which I wouldn't have been able to get with fresh sheets. And what better way to secure the tissue and complete the look than with a leather strap, knotted around the middle?

I can almost picture a small distillery nonchalantly wrapping its bourbon this way for a Clint Eastwood–type character, who would then toss it into his worn out rucksack before hopping a freight train. Maybe I've been watching too many movies.

1 Paper, 2 Ways: Yellow Stripes


Paired with a yellow-and-white ribbon that picks up on the striped pattern of the paper, this gift is all sunshine and lemon drops...

...while a grey plaid and monogram make the stripes more masculine, like a tailored suit. (See below for how-to instructions.)

About the paper: The yellow striped paper is actually burger basket liners that I picked up for sale last fall from Crate & Barrel. Unfortunately they're only 12" square, so it limits the size of gift one can wrap in it. The grey plaid paper is a piece of Graham & Brown wallpaper; the pattern is Audrey in Charcoal.

How To: Two-Paper Gift Wrap
  1. Wrap the box in the first paper.
  2. Cut the second paper to fit around 1/3–1/2 of the box, with enough to fold over the end. Make sure you have a straight line along the edge that will be on the front of the box. If you can't cut a straight line, fold the edge.
  3. Stick a piece of double-sided tape along the centre of your straight edge. Place your wrapped box facedown so 1/3–1/2 sits on the second paper. The tape will hold the paper in place on the front.
  4. Wrap the second paper as usual, around the one end of the box.
  5. For the monogram, type a letter in your choice of font into a word document on your computer, then print it onto card-stock. Cut out the letter (I used a 1 1/4" hole punch), and attach to the front of the gift using a glue stick.