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I ran out of wrapping paper and only had a roll of brown 'kraft' paper left (similar to brown paper bags) so I had to get creative. I folded it (as shown) and cut out petals, taped them on and used magic marker. I think it looks nice and homey too! What do you think?
This wrapping paper idea came from one of my friends years ago. Use outdated atlases and maps for colorful, cool-looking, and good quality wrapping paper. I use mostly for birthday gifts, but cut out a silhouette of Santa in his sleigh and/or reindeers and attach for Christmas gifts.
I like to make inexpensive gift bags for year around use. Pillow cases from the thrift stores make great light weight bags, just fold down the top and run a drawstring through.
Take some plain brown parcel paper and make it into a sheet of cool fashionable decorative gift wrap. You don't have to be an artist. Take a look at the example paper I have decorated below and be inspired to design and make your own
There were a few years where money was very scarce, and I ran out of Christmas wrapping paper. I found white freezer paper, and made use of old Christmas cards and family pictures. I would also draw or paint on the packages.
Much of gift giving is in the PRESENTation so here's a way to wow your recipients. Instead of wrapping your gifts in generic wrapping paper, make your own out of meaningful photos.
To make personalized gift wrap for moms, dads, and grandparents use a common brown grocery bag. Cut along one side in the corner crease to the bottom of the bag, then turn and finish cutting out the bottom of the bag leaving a nice rectangular sheet of paper.
When you just can't find that perfect wrapping paper, use tissue paper and add some stickers. You children will love this!
We receive so many wonderful Christmas cards, that I thought it would be fun for those who are a tiny bit computer savvy to make their own custom Christmas wrapping paper from them for your special gifts.
Here's a way to personalize all your gifts in a way no one else can. Select your favorite photos or make photos that are meaningful to you (the giver) or the recipient.
Add that extra "touch" and make a gift more personal with this handprint gift wrap craft.
Christmas Ads for Wrapping Paper. I find myself saving nice Christmas art from advertisements and special newspaper sections and brochures, etc. - which I can cut out and use for wrapping paper!
This is a page about decorating plain brown paper for gift wrapping. Less expensive rolls of plain brown paper provide you with a canvas for creating your own unique gift wrapping paper.
This is a page about making colorful children's birthday gift wrap. Using a cute rubber stamp and then coloring in the shapes you can make really nice gift wrapping paper.
This is a page about stenciled gift wrap. Making your own stenciled gift wrap is a great way to customize your gifts.
This is a page about making Santa gift wrapping newsprint. With blank newspaper and stamps you can create your own special wrapping paper.
This personalized initial confetti gift wrap paper was made using recycled packing paper, cardstock hole punchings, and a template for the initial of the recipient. The directions provided are simple to follow and include photos for each step.