Frugal and Creative Christmas Gift Wrapping
by Cyndi Roberts
Opening all those packages under the tree is one of the most
enjoyable parts of a holiday celebration--a part that everyone
enjoys, from youngsters to oldsters!
And, even the most frugal gift can be transformed into
something special by using your imagination and a little
If you dislike all the waste of paper wrapping--why not spend
a little time making fabric gift bags? There are tons of
Christmas fabrics available and a simple gift bag can be sewn
up very quickly. Basically, cut a rectangle of fabric twice
as long as you need it to be and a little bit wider than the
object you are wrapping, fold in half, and sew up the
sides. Turn right side out, insert gift and gather the top
together and tie with matching ribbon or raffia. You might
want to cut the top edges using pinking shears to make it
Instead of just ribbon and bows this year, make some package
toppers out of items found around the house, and outside the
Cut a Christmas tree, bell or star shape out of posterboard,
glue on dried pasta of any shape, covering all the posterboard.
Then spray paint it shiny gold. Or cut out a wreath shape,
cover with small buttons and spray gold. Add a ribbon bow.
Now you have very elegant package decorations!
Almost anything will look pretty when spray painted gold or
silver--pine cones, acorns, branches, old plastic flowers and
leaves. Place atop a package wrapped in brown paper (recycled
grocery bag) for a very pretty effect.
And, remember, your hot glue gun is your best friend when
Another use for last year's Christmas cards: Cut the front off
a card, glue to the top of a wrapped package and "frame" it
with flat ribbon! Try to match the card theme to the recipient,
such as an outdoor scene with deer and birds for a young man;
a card with a jolly Santa on it for a child, etc.
Children of all ages love a package with candy on top! Glue on
round candies in a tree or wreath shape. Or spell out the
child's name in candy pieces. Candy canes look very festive on
Custom-looking gift tags can easily be made by cutting out a
rectangle of wrapping paper and folding it in half. Write the
"to and from" inside and glue to package.
Wrapping packages can be a fun part of your holidays, if you
just let your imagination lead the way!
Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another"
bi-weekly newsletter and founder of the website of the same name.
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