Has anyone else ever received those Lillian Vernon catalogs in the mail? They used to come to our house when I was little, and I remember paging through the kids’ section every time they arrived, in desperate search of a personalized backpack, lunchbox, toy or pillowcase bearing my initials or name. At 5 or 6 years old, I was under the impression that everything pictured was sold as is. Imagine my dismay when there was nary a “Katrina” or “K.D.T.” in sight.
Although my little kid self clearly understood the allure of personalization, I didn’t realize just how easy it was to achieve (or that the fine folks at Lillian Vernon could have added my name to any of those items in a second. Shazam!). Something tells me that 5-year-old Katrina would have been pretty excited about a Christmas gift lovingly emblazoned with the letter “K”. This one’s for you, younger self.
What you’ll need:
• alphabet stencils (You can buy these at any craft store or make your own by printing large letters in your favorite font from your computer.)
• craft paint
• wrapping paper (I went with plain white, but anything that will serve as a great backdrop for your letter is fine.)
• ribbon or twine
How to do it:
Wrap gift in a simple wrapping paper of your choosing. On a top corner of the package, place stencil, and use paint to fill in the letter. Once paint dries, finish the look with twine or thin ribbon. For extra pizzazz, you could swap the paint for glue and then coat the letter in glitter. Ooo la la, sparkles!