Have you ever wanted to create a package that was fun and different? If so you are in for a real treat! I have been stuck without gift wrap in a pinch and found some fun items around the house that works magic! It looks complicated, but I promise it is easy and almost free! Yes, I said free!
Here's some supplies I gathered while wrapping these gifts, but just choose which items that are easily accessible to you and your preferred style.
*Old books that you do not care about, maps, or atlas, music sheets(You can print these items off your computer too!) Catalogs, newspapers, magazines
*Old sweater, fabric or shirt, old recycled jar
*tape, scissors, stick glue, stapler
*fabric scraps. ribbon, yarn, twine, scrapbook paper, stickers, stamps, ink pad, twigs, greenery(faux or real) Boxwood and cedar work great
If you have a sweater that has shrunk or has a hole it might make for a fun gift wrap choice. Cut next to the seams and you should be ok. You can however stitch or use fray check on the edges. I did not and my sweater held up just fine after cutting it apart. It is easiest to wrap a gift in my opinion if you place it in a box first. I just placed my gift in a box then taped it shut, cut the outer edge along the seams and placed the gift box in the center. I did use packaging tape, but regular tape may work fine unless I is too thick. Here is the example.
The next one is an from an old book. Take out several sheets.( I needed 9 here) Tape them together at the edges. Put your box in the middle and wrap like regular paper!
This next one is wrapped with a map out of an old atlas! I love the simplicity of this one. A simple jute bow finishes it off.
This is a shopping bag that I glued a page from a book on, added a sweet cedar pick and a metal ornament! Looks like a whole new bag!
Re-used shop bag! You can get elaborate or keep it simple. Stamping the bag with a holiday image or adding glitter would be fun too.
One of my favorite thing is to use the rolls of brown paper or the insides of a brown paper sack. You or your kiddos can stamps fun designs on it and add a bow!
This one is so fun for the kids as it uses old catalogs. Just cut the pages and tape them back together on the inside. Then wrap like normal. The bow is made from strips of the catalog and then stapled together. :)
Here is a few examples of some fun gift wrap options.
Sweet & Simple