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Pop-Up Wrap DIY

My friend Joy‘s new craft book is finally on sale! (You can get it here.) It’s her first craft-focused book and it features 60 fun projects you can make to bring joy into your life and the lives of people around you. We’ve been following Joy since she started blogging 10 years ago and her work always keeps us so inspired. Today, we’re so excited to feature this genius Pop-Up Wrap idea from the book. Make sure you click through below to get the full instructions!


Pop-Up Wrap by Oh Joy! 

Customize a gift with the recipient’s name, favorite phrase, or any other fun message you want to express!

Materials: At least 2 styles of wrapping paper, ABC templates, X-acto knife and cutting board

Step 1: Print out the pop-up ABC templates (on page 218 of Joy’s book).
Step 2: Choose a word or phase of your choice that will fit onto the top of the box you’re wrapping.
Step 3: Choose which wrapping paper you want for the outside of the box and which you want to show through the cutouts. (You need a much smaller piece for behind the cutouts and can use leftover scraps, too.)
Step 4: Measure out where the top of the box will be when wrapped in the paper so you know that the area you’re cutting will be on the top.
Step 5: Print the letter templates onto regular paper and cut out the letters of your choice— simply cut outside each letter so there is white space around it.
Step 6: Place the first letter into position on your wrapping paper and use an X-Acto knife to cut through both the template and the wrapping paper. Cut along the black line and fold on the orange line to indicate where to fold the wrapping paper.
Step 7: Repeat with the rest of the letters.
Step 8: Cut the inside paper to be large enough to show behind all the cut-out letters. Tape it underneath the top paper layer so the pattern shows through the letters.
Step 9: Wrap the present with the outside layer.


Thanks Joy!

  1. i celebrate crafting by flipping through beautiful books, and innovative magazines! i’m not much on the actual ‘crafting’ portion, lol. this Does look doable though ~ i may take a swing at it. what could go wrong? thanks for the read!

  2. Veronica

    April 9, 2015

    I’m so excited about the book coming out. That’s such a cool idea!

  3. Annie

    April 10, 2015

    Love the idea, but I’m really itching to get my hands on the patterned paper you used! Where can I find some?

  4. Jo

    April 10, 2015

    Oh what a treat! Thank you for sharing a tutorial from the book. Joy really does comes up with some real fabulous DIY ideas. I love her, too!

    (I’m actually noticing this only now… I ADORE the new(?) font for your comments field! It’s so whimsical! 😉

  5. Joy

    April 14, 2015


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