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Take a roll of ribbon or wrapping paper and turn into tape. Attach double sided tape onto your ribbon and wrap around an old tape roll. You can do this with anything you want to use.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
With tons of packages to wrap, and not all shirt box size, I find it easy to have a length of string or a sewing tape measure with my wrapping supplies. I use it to measure the packages and then to measure the length of wrapping paper I need. Saves time and paper because you no longer need to cut a new piece of paper due to the first piece being too short.
Except for 1 brother my siblings and I are all now grandparents. Each Christmas I make the little ones special bags specified to each one of them. Last year I struggled on how to make my 3 nephews, who are teenagers something just for them. I bought crepe paper (streamer type) and started wrapping. I layered candy, gift cards, cards, fishing lures, etc... They're gifts looked funny but they had a great time unwrapping their gifts. Fun for everyone!
To save time and wrapping paper, I am sharing a tip for figuring out how much paper you need to wrap a gift. I learned this tip when I worked in a local shop in Rockwall. All you will need is some string or yarn, whichever you have on hand. I keep yarn in my gift wrapping materials, so it is always handy.
Wrap a piece of string or yarn around the package and then add 2 inches. Cut the paper to match the length of your yarn. This takes out guess work and makes wrapping so much easier.
By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX
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Do you have an idea of how to wrap a present that is filled with food? We have a box social this weekend and I want to wrap it in some creative way.
Some of the craft stores sell table top size "shopping carts". They look exactly like the real thing only much smaller. You could put the groceries (depending on what you have) into the "shopping cart", shrink wrap and add a bow.
I prefer not to give "clutter" - so I cover a box (eg the bottom half of a shoebox) with inexpensive wrapping paper, put the food in and lay it on a large piece of cellophane. Bring the sides of the cellophane up, scrunch together with a large bow (salvaged off previous gifts, of course!)Most of my gifts are consumable these days unless I know that the recipient wants or needs a particular item.