Christmastime is my favorite time of the year, because there are lots of opportunities to be creative. If you are like me who wants gifts wrapped in a different way and won’t hurt the budget, here are some ideas for you.
1.Alternative gift wrappers
You can use newspapers and magazines. I prefer using the comic page to add more cheer. Some foreign newspapers have vintage layout and they are very well appropriate for this project. Maps and old posters can also be used. If your child has outgrown the maths and alphabet posters hanging in his room, don’t put them to waste. These are colourful and can easily be re-used as wrapper.
Tissues and Japanese papers are popular gift wrap choices. These are delicate materials and often a useful solution for wrapping oddly shaped gifts.
If you are after an organic look, pattern paper, newsprint and Manila paper can do the job. Its neutral or brown shade is ideal for painting, stamping and handwriting designs.Art and construction papers are also good choices. Art papers have the right gloss similar to the store-bought gift wrapper.
You may put to use that excess fabric you have been setting aside all year. An old scarf and even hand towel can be useful.
Don’t get me wrong but I don’t keep all of my kids’ artwork. I just keep the “best” ones. The others I use them as wrapping paper for any occasion.
1. Wrap gift as desired. Tie twine around gift three times.
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2. Gather all scrap colored and pattern papers. Cut into 2cm x 3 cm triangles.
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3. Attach one triangle at a time, like hanging mini-flags. Work your way to complete three rows of twine.
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4. Tie through the twine confetti and tag.
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1. Wrap gift as desired.
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2. Tie yarn at upper corner of gift. Then, vertically across the initial knot.
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3. Go around several times as desired. Then, go the opposite direction. Then, secure with a knot. Leave at least 2 inches of yarn to tie the pompom.
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4. To create the pompom, wrap yarn several times (at least 50) around your fingers. The more fingers you use, the bigger the pompom you will make. Remove from your hand carefully and tie a knot tightly at the center of the yarn loops.
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5. Cut and loosen the yarn to form a ball. Trim.
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6. Attach to the gift and do a final trim.
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1. Cut tissue paper twice bigger as the gift box. Fold in half 3 times.
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2. Prepare two colors of paint. Dip each corner of folded tissue in your desired paint color. Repeat until all corners are covered with paint.
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3. Open folded sheet and hang to dry. Once dried, wrap gift with tissue paper.
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4. To make your own twisted ribbon, use two plastic cords (green and red). Tie together one end, twist until you reach the other end. Then make a tight knot at the other end.