before & after: cate’s gift wrap alphabet cards

Today’s first Before & After project from Cate definitely yielded one of those “Why-didn’t-I think-of that?” moments for me. Cate found this amazing printed alphabet gift wrap by Sukie on sale while shopping at the Papier Gourmet in Portland and she had the ingenious notion to turn it into laminated letter cards for her son, Tucker. I love how quick, easy and inexpensive this is, plus it makes for a perfect gift when cutely tied up, as Cate has done. Tucker seems to think it’s a pretty awesome idea, as well. Thanks for sharing, Cate! — Kate

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That gift wrap also can be found in the Tate Modern’s gift shop. for 1,5 £.

I buy one there.

Claire Garland

great idea – I buy tea towels and turn them into cheap and cheerful cushions – i also love making things for and with my children – if you’ve time check out our, particularly their, halloween makes this week!

Meredith Wnek

Wonderful idea! I love that the letters have some style promoting some creativity in the recipient of this adorable gift from a Mom to her son!

Nancy Scheeler

What a clever idea to adapt well-designed wrapping paper into a low-cost learning tool! Way to go, Cate and Tucker!


What a great idea! I love the original paper and would have been in a similar position, trying to find something to make of it… Thanks for sharing this delightful and useful idea!


Cate – Wonderful, creative idea! Tucker looks very smart and cute in his picture! Both Finn and Arielle would love these too – when they get a little older – but it’s never too soon to introduce letters and words – and the lamination makes them “drool proof”!!!

Sara Porter

Brilliant idea – and seems like something I could actually do:) Thanks for featuring. Cate’s son Tucker is beautiful!


What a fun way to learn one’s letters… a lovely break from the plastic primary colored ones that always wind up under my couch. Great Idea Cate!

Tori Barnes

Such a fun idea! love it! I can’t wait to give it a try with my nephews!


Loving all the comments! From near and afar: from here in Maine, the northwest, Italy, Netherlands, and the UK! Very cool!

Elaine Philbrick

I love their size – fun for kids to handle. Very quick-witted to immediate identify its other creative use!


This is not only a great and ingenious idea, it shows her son to think outside of the box…the gift box, in this case!!


I love the idea Cate! It would be great to use these in my classroom to introduce different fonts!