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That's A Wrap! Pretty DIY Giftwrap Roundup

If you're lucky enough to have gotten your shopping done already, now's the time to wrap! Here are some of our favorite DIYs from around the web to get you well on your way to the prettiest presents under the tree.

First off, we love this adorable and kid-friendly cardboard cutout DIY from Mer Mag! Once you've finished making your very own gingerbread man or Santa Claus, you could use it to decorate the top of a package for two presents in one! Via Mer Mag

Take tiny twigs and glue them on to the top of simply wrapped kraft paper presents in a tree pattern. Yarn bomb them for bonus festive points and finish with a little star on top. Via Fellow Fellow.

The ever-clever and delightful Joy Cho shows you how to wrap 3 different odd shaped presents, and we're especially in to this build-it-yourself box for treats of all kinds! Once you've gotten the box assembled (she has a great downloadable template here), you have have your kids help decorate the outside. The bright googly-eyes on the outside are particularly fun for littles! Via Oh Joy!

The easiest one yet, and oh-so-pretty. Perfect for the vintage-minded momma who always has extra scraps of fabric and a collection of hankies lying around. It's as simple as it looks, just lay cut pieces on top of simply wrapped packages or if they are small enough, tie them all around. Via My Cakies.

Even as adults, we're always looking for new ways to play with pipe cleaners and this sparkly bow DIY from A Beautiful Mess is just the thing for a perfect present topper. Using thrifted maps (or if you have an old car, we'll make a bet you might still even have one in your glove box) to make it even more unique and fun. Via A Beautiful Mess.

Links We Love: September 5th

Post Labor Day blues be gone! Here's what made us cheery this week web-wise.

  • Daily gratitude now available in app form! (via design sponge)
  • Sometimes the best rainy day photos don't even require actual rain. (via 100 Layer Cake)
  • A super easy tape bunting DIY for kids. (via Under the Sycamore)
  • Yarn bomb teepee made specifically for dancing (via Natalie Miller Design)
  • A glimpse inside 11 Oregon homes (via design sponge again!)
  • Tomato season is quickly closing, now's your chance to make an awesome and easy herb tomato tart! (via saveur)
  • Love this Super Hats for Super Kids book + giveaway (via Prudent Baby)
  • It's never too soon to start thinking Halloween! Our not-so-creepy crawlers go quick, so consider this a PSA (via us)

Links We Love: August 22nd

Where the heck did August go?! We need to give it the "fastest disappearing month" award. While we look for that, here's what we found on the web this week when we should have been outside!

  • In honor of the epic Simpson's marathon happening this week, here is a free doughnut themed desktop background for you. (via Design is Mine)
  • Feeling some serious hometown foodie pride after Portland's Narumol Poonsukwattana, owner of the beloved food cart Nong's Khao Man Gai, slayed the competition on our favorite food network show Chopped. (via Portland Monthly).
  • Congrats to the Patton Camp on 5 years of wedded bliss! And major props to that incredible sweeping veil that Grace wore on her big day. (via Camp Patton)
  • This LUSH-inspired DIY bath bomb is both super easy to make and totally cheap! Baths, you can never have too many. (via Skip to my Lou)
  • These tongue-in-cheek "useless objects" by artist Katerina Kamprani make us smile. (via Bored Panda)
  • $40 is a little too steep, but this certificate of awesome is fully, well, awesome for letting someone know that you think that they are in fact, awesome. (via Swiss miss)
  • Oh the elusive perfect daily planner... here are some solid options for the organizationally-needy. (via hello bee)
  • This Wes Anderson character mobile by SmileFelt is one of the best hipster nursery items we've ever seen. (via Mother Mag)