What's a creative gift wrap idea? Please share a link to a blog post if you have one!
I love to wrap paper in plain brown parcel paper, and then decorate the paper myself. Sometimes I leave the paper blank, with a really nice bow and tag, for a simple elegance and crispness that can't be beat. Or I might get out my stamps and decorate it that way. Or, for a kid-favorite, I let my kids loose on the parcel paper with their crayons, markers and stickers. No two presents are ever alike. Grandparents especially love these gifts, and seem to treasure their custom-wrappings as much as the gift itself.
We love to gift wrap using maps, old or new.
I love using the Sunday comics as gift wrap. It is so colorful. It's a sustainable wrap, and for those little readers in your life they can read the comics after they unwrap the present. It's giving twice.
I recently saw this on pinterest and have added the original Post http://oursuburbanfarm.com/2011/12/christmas-craftiness.html
This is an easy and economical way to wrap presents! Moms have the best ideas.
There are so many cute ways to wrap a gift without all the waste - decorated paper bags, old wall paper, fabric, old maps, cereal boxes.....
We love to pack gifts in a useful container - a pot plant holder, or a watering can, or even a window box (for a gardener's gift).
We have re-cycled clear plastic cold drink bottles and cut them to form baskets or containers for gifts.
We have even made our own sturdy gift bags from recycled milk or juice boxes - rinsed and dried, covered with gift wrap or modge-podged and we pierce holes and insert 2 rope handles
Our favourite gift wrap is plain paper or newswrap decorated with child artworks, splatter paints, stencil work, doodles and we use matching ribbon or contrast paper to make stylish and unique gift wrap.
Modpodge is perfect to dress up a plain gift bag with cut outs or pics!
And my art-major roomie in college always wrapped gifts with the Sunday comics! So cute and fun!
I have had my son draw pictures with markers on a paper bag and used that for the gift wrap. Was very well received!
I love using baker's twine to decorate repurposed packaging. We tend to reuse children's artwork, newspaper and cute shopping bag paper.
My little girl made this wrapping paper using mini printing blocks we bought at a car boot ( yard) sale. She used black paint and the reverse side of some old technical drawings. They look so graphic, yet perfect for kids wrapping paper - top it off with a red ribbon - perfect !
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I used a simple brown paper gift wrap and then decorated it with neon pink polka dots! Its so simple and stylish. You can switch out the color to suit the person you are giving the gift too.
1. Wrapping a gift with fabric, is a creative and eco-friendly idea. You can either use scraps of fabric you have leftover from a craft project, or you can buy something special which becomes part of the present itself.
For example, if the gift is something for the kitchen, wrap in a dish towel. If the gift is a set of pampering soaps, you can wrap it in an equally pampering silk scarf.
2. Once you've wrapped your present, you still need a gift tag. A creative, frugal idea is to cut out your favourite pictures from cards you've received in the past, and upcycle them into new gift tags. Alternatively, there's an ingenious chalk fabric gift card, which is reusable.
These creative tips on gift wrapping, are only two of the 26 ways to Save Money by Going Green that I've detailed in my blog post.