Easy Gift Wrapping – Perfect for Books

Wrapping a book

I hope you guys have seen my DIY Wrapping Paper post over on We had a lot of fun, saved some money on expensive wrapping, and the kids got invested in every present we gave! How much fun is that?

DIY Wrapping Paper

Here are a few pictures that show how we actually use the paper to wrap things. I see a lot of you over-achieving, totally awesome, you-deserve-a-metal, mamas wrapping up 24 books for Advent (whoa!). I see even more of you cruising through instagram getting great ideas for great book gifts. Either way, this easy DIY is a perfect solution for those book wrapping blues. I hope the pictures are self-explanatory.


They are darling (especially with your custom wrapping)

This method saves on superfluous materials and expense. Do you know how much GARBAGE is produced during Christmas and Hanukkah? Lets vow to cut back in an effort to be good stewards and great givers—at the same time!!!




Easy and Gorgeous Book Gift Wrapping Method


Custom Denim Vests

girl power jacket DIY

Make a killer denim vest for your kid with the internet’s best patches. Plus, tips and tricks for hand embroidery.

Sometimes, the best clothes are store-bought but with a twist. That is totally the case for the classic denim jacket. (We bought ours at Old Navy, here). I was inspired by the girl-power groups of yore to make my daughter and her bestie some awesome vests. We took to the library to learn about history’s greatest women – our own “girl gang.” Then, we found some inspired patches, a few nifty youtube videos for hand embroidery, and voila! Now we have two empowered, knowledgeable, and super cute kiddos.

girl gang denim

Some of my absolutely favorite patches came from Etsy. Click for links:


And then beyond those companies, the California-based Mokuyobi Threads, have some really beautiful and fun-loving patches.

Once you have the patches and the vests, all that is left is the embroidery. I tried using paint pens, and didn’t love it. So what I ended up doing, is sketching their names and embroidering over it.

custom embroidery

I don’t know the first thing about embroidery. But good news is, you don’t have to. YouTube can teach anyone anything. I am sure that with the right tools, I could change a car engine tomorrow with nothing but a sexy grease monkey outfit and a youtube video. Here is the cute station I tuned into to learn some basic embroidery stitches. You can get embroidery thread and needles at any craft store. And I didn’t need a hoop or anything.

All that is left now is your girl gang (or boy gang for that matter). Stay tuned for a list of my favorite, inspired non-fiction picture books about women that changed the world.