Usually, I am not the most creative person when it comes to gift wrapping. But for this present, I decided to go all out. Amongst some other things I wanted to give a copy of the Walking Dead compendium, so I used TWD as inspiration for the whole gift box. I’m really proud how it turned out, so if you are interested to surprise some fellow zombie-lovers, please go ahead and read more 🙂
First of all, this door from the hospital in the first episode was my inspiration for the gift box. This is how i adapted it:
I used a regular moving box, which I covered in silver wrapping paper inside and out. I used a few shades of brown and a sponge to make it look aged and weathered. I also applied some blood splatter, using red paint and an old toothbrush, as well as a bloody hand print.
For the hands reaching through the door, I used disposable grooming gloves in a pale skin color. I would have preferred to stuff them with cotton, but I had none available, so I used toilet paper instead. I painted brown finger nails onto the hands and added a little dirt and blood here and there.
The easiest way to fixate the hands in place, is to just not fill the glove all the way, but to leave a little extra rubber, that you can lay around the corner, and tape to the inside of the lid.
As a little bonus, I wrote a short story in the style of World War Z. For every present, there was a part of the story to read before opening, which had little hints about the present in it. Of course it was about a zombie apocalypse and the parts of the story were interviews with people allover the world who witnessed it.
Naturally, I made matching envelopes with dirt and blood all over them. Afterwards, I put the envelopes on the individually wrapped presents, and put them in the box. I used black crepe paper and paper streamers with skulls as additional stuffing.
All done and tied shut: