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11 Years Of Nerdy Birthdays As Told By DIY Gift Wrapping

Every year I wrap my husband's gifts as something fun. This comes from when I first started dating my husband. I bought him a pool cue for his Birthday and I went to his best friend's house to wrap it. His pal also had a bunch of presents for him.We came to the conclusion that my husband would guess almost immediately what I had bought him from the shape of the gift. So we had the brilliant idea to combine all the presents into one MEGAGIFT. This megagift ended up having the shape of a gnome so we rolled with it. Now ever year the presents are wrapped as something else.

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The Gnome

2002: The one that started it all.
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2002: The one that started it all.

Funky Cat

2003: We continued using assorted wrapping paper to create a giant sculpture of a strange looking cat.
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2003: We continued using assorted wrapping paper to create a giant sculpture of a strange looking cat.

2004: I made a Mario Brother's Block full of presents, but sadly we never got a picture of it. This is the template I used.
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2004: I made a Mario Brother's Block full of presents, but sadly we never got a picture of it. This is the template I used.

Castle Figaro from FF6

2005: Breaking away from wrapping paper. Each piece contained an assortment of gifts including a briefcase to help him look professional at his job.
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2005: Breaking away from wrapping paper. Each piece contained an assortment of gifts including a briefcase to help him look professional at his job.

King Cactuar

2006: Tissue paper. Not the world's best wrapping paper for giant gift sculptures, but it worked. Note the tiny cactuar stuffie for reference.
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2006: Tissue paper. Not the world's best wrapping paper for giant gift sculptures, but it worked. Note the tiny cactuar stuffie for reference.

Karate Gi

2007: My boyfriend had taken up karate this year so I made him a gi.
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2007: My boyfriend had taken up karate this year so I made him a gi.

Link's Sword and Shield

2008: We both love Legend of Zelda. The shield actually the gifts. I ended up painting it under a bed to hide it from him before his birthday. It was our first year living together in our new apartment and this would be the year he proposed to me.
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2008: We both love Legend of Zelda. The shield actually the gifts. I ended up painting it under a bed to hide it from him before his birthday. It was our first year living together in our new apartment and this would be the year he proposed to me.

Dead Space Bench

2010: The bench in DeadSpace just seems so comforting and friendly. I couldn't help but make a gift into one.
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2010: The bench in DeadSpace just seems so comforting and friendly. I couldn't help but make a gift into one.

Super Meat Boy

2011: This one was very simple and fun to make.
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2011: This one was very simple and fun to make.

Gameboy

2012: This was a triumph of gift wrapping. I built the box over a period of two days. Inside it contained a Nintendo emulator and Gameboy games. It was like a Gameboy turducken of fun.
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2012: This was a triumph of gift wrapping. I built the box over a period of two days. Inside it contained a Nintendo emulator and Gameboy games. It was like a Gameboy turducken of fun.

Companion Cube

2013: I try to challenge myself each year. Making a companion cube from scratch wasn't too bad except for the beveled corners. The real problem was the rush paint job I had to do. There is a great guide here: http://companion-cube.blogspot.com/ for making your own paper companion cube.
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2013: I try to challenge myself each year. Making a companion cube from scratch wasn't too bad except for the beveled corners. The real problem was the rush paint job I had to do. There is a great guide here: http://companion-cube.blogspot.com/

for making your own paper companion cube.

So many years, so many gift boxes. I wonder what this year's present will be.

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