As an interior designer, I can tell you that bling is in! Mirrors and shiny things so the aluminum foil is a great idea. THe other idea with the paper bags is good and you can get some inexpensive red and green plaid ribbons and tie them with pine needles! Would look so earthy and rustic, just the plain bag and ribbons! Don't forget Goodwill and other thrift stores for unique boxes etc that you can pick up for pennies. Carol
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In my more poverty stricken eras I have used the funny pages from the newspaper with raffia. I usually glue cut out old Christmas cards to decorate packages. It works really well if you are traveling with gifts or have to mail them. The packages can stack and stay flat. Now crushed bows.
I have also gone to the $ type stores and purchased packages of garland or "snowflakes" to decorate packages. They look great. I usually get my wrapping paper, tags and bows there. Going early and being selective about the patterns on the paper makes for beautiful packages.
Those Christmas ornaments that haven't been used in years also make great gift decorations. I'm not speaking of the heirloom type, just the plastic ones that haven't been on the tree in years.
I like the aluminum foil idea and I am going to try it. I have made wrapping paper in the past by ironing two sheets of greaseproof paper together, with flower petals between the layers. I wonder if this would work for pine needles? Rickrack makes a pretty and inexpensive ribbon. Star anise, either by itself, which smells best, or sprayed, makes a great Xmas gift decoration.
We used aluminim foil some when I was a child. It was really cool to see the lights reflecting off of the presents under the tree. I like that Walmart wrapped the present in the bag - that's great, and even better that ya'll are still using it
On a scrapbooking show they took brown paper bags and cut them open. They removed the bottom where the glued parts were. Then they flattened them out and drew various designs on the inside. They were very imperfect. Then they painted them with inexpensive paints. It made beautiful one of a kind wrapping paper.
I would think that the plain bag with a yarn tie, a few rubber stamp designs, kiddie art work or cut out pictures glued on would make very inexpensive wrapping paper.
I saw a little report on our local news about using scraps of fabric to wrap gifts. They said to cut out a square or rectangle from your scrap fabric, highlighting whatever the image is that is printed on it (a tree, a tropical parrot, or a holiday image from the fabric). Then use a glue stick to attach that square onto the top of a plain white gift box. Try to center it on the box so it just decorates the middle, leaving the space around the fabric still plain. Then use some glitter glue or puffy paint to trace around the edges of the fabric to kind of "frame" it. Then you can use colored markers or stickers to decorate the plain area around that square of fabric if you wish. it looked really cute when the lady did it on the demonstration video. :)
When I ordered a gift from Walmart a few years back and asked that it be gift wrapped to hide it from hubby's eyes, they wrapped it in a blue fabric bag, tied closed with a thick white ribbon. There was plenty of room for my gift to fit inside, or even a larger gift, so we've reused that bag over and over through the years. It's never ripped or popped a seam yet. :)
We are just setting up the tree tonight - the tree, with no decorations or anything else, to get the kittens used to it somewhat.
I thought this thread would be about how to wrap presents, what to use. What I did several years ago was make cloth bags for wrapping. I hoped to get them back but I haven't I need to make some more, and at least use them here in the family. I need to get a place to sew, first, though! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Good morning my organizing friends, First thanks everyone for all your awesome posts. Today I am setting up my card table in my spare bedroom and I will be wrapping 3 or more gifts a day set to a little Holiday music. I dislike waiting till the last minute to wrap gifts. So this is my plan.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, Hannah
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