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Creative gift wrap

December 18, 2007

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Buying gift wrap and accessories to dress up your holiday gifts can put a dent in your Christmas budget. Here are some ideas from Scripps Howard News Service on some fun and inexpensive ways to wrap those presents:

¢ Personalize each present for its recipient by creating your own gift tags. Gift tags are quick to make and can be simple (stamped only), elaborate (stamped, embossed, colored and glittered) or anything in between.

¢ Gather the kids and make wrapping paper by hand. Buy a long roll of any solid colored paper and put out plenty of crayons, markers, paints, stickers and stamps to make your paper beautiful.

¢ If you're short on time, place your present in a decorative tin.

¢ Save Christmas cards and turn them into wrapping paper. Tear or cut off the front of the cards and glue them to gift bags, or tape them together to wrap your presents.

¢ If the gift paper is running out and there's not a whole piece large enough to wrap a present, make a "quilt" from leftover scraps of paper. Cut the different patterns into squares or fun shapes and piece them together by taping them on the back.

¢ Using fusible web and ribbons, create an inexpensive gift wrap by weaving ribbon in a basket pattern. After fusing both with an iron, glue the piece onto a gift box and set your gift inside.

Comments

matahari 7 years ago

the last 3 ideas require tape. Tape is expensive. Way more expensive than paper. use the newspaper to wrap.

Dayna Lee 7 years ago

Another trendy idea is to make gift bags using fabric and then you can use them year after year. Take that old holiday sweater that you hate and sew the arms and bottom shut. Then fill from the neck. Wa La!

MattressMan 7 years ago

Just steam open the envelope the card comes in, extract said card, read it, cross out the names and write yours, place it back in envelope, reseal it, write return to sender on it and drop it back in the mail. VOILA! instead of regifting you have recarding.

Sharon Roullins 7 years ago

Dayna38 is on the right track. My sister recycled an old sweatshirt and made me a pillow. I loved that gift. And MattressMan, I must say, that was too funny. Talk about being thrifty.

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