I love wrapping presents. I feel like the wrapping IS half the present! But I really really hate spending a huge amount of money on the cutest roll of paper only to find that it will barely wrap two gifts! So I like to use frugal methods instead: craft paper, plain paper, brown paper shopping bags, value tissue paper packs and cellophane which can be gotten free, at the dollar store or come on practically endless rolls. And even better: there are a few ideas here for the person who wraps gifts like they are still three years old! (Yes even YOU can wrap a pretty present!)
1: The Personalized Paper
Use plain wrapping paper- white, craft and shopping bags all work well for this. Lay the paper on a flat surface and using different color pens write descriptive words in lines over the paper to identify the recipient. This is particularly nice if you can get the kids in on it! M. loves this wrapping and gets gifts covered in silly family jokes like his Super Hero name: Pant Man!! Oh darn! Now you know his secret identity… time to move again…
2: The Big Sweetie Wrap (this is for you wrapping haters!)
So easy! Roll your item (any oblong shape soft or hard) in several layers of tissue- the more the better leaving all open ends. Wrap a large piece of cellophane around the tissued gift tape the edge down and then tie off the ends like a giant sweetie packet! I like to write a message with Sharpie on the cellophane but it looks uber cute however you do it. Don’t worry about making the tissue tidy its nice a little rumpled.
3: The Gift is the Wrap -or- Container Shaped Wrapping (another wrapping haters treat!)
There are two ways to play this one: either you use the container (I used a little Target Bucket) as part of the gift or you just use it to shape your cellophane: either is easy easy easy to do. Cut a big square of cellophane and shove it in your container (which should be big enough to fit the gift with a little extra room) approximately centered and flatten it down in the base. Put in as many layers of tissue as you can fit in (and still fit your gift) with the center approximately in the middle of the container and press it down into the base . More is better. Put your gift in gather all the extra tissue and cellophane into a bundle at the top and tie off… sweet. The cellophane parcel will come out and look lovely and stand on it own so long as you used a flat bottom container.
4: Washi Paper (for little gifts)
This one is good for little guys to do too and it makes a nice patterned paper when you haven’t got any around. But if you haven’t got a huge load of washi around- or make it cheaply yourself- this is probably best on little gifts. Tape your paper down and tape up as many stripes as you like.
5: The Little Cereal Gift Box (for the frugal but ambitious wrapper!)
This is my personal favorite it looks really awesome, costs next to nothing and so easy with just a ruler, scissors and some glue!
Open up your box flat and cut away the flap edges so you are left with the front, side and back panel of your box in one piece:
Measure and mark the width of your little house centered on the side panel of your box- this will be the base of your house. My box is cut with a 3 1/2 in wide base as I plan on filling it with a set of cards (more on that Monday). Draw a cut line strait line from the base up to the edge on both large box panels taking care not to cut into the middle panel:
The four edge flaps can be trimmed to about 1/2 to 1 in. The long side panel is the base and sides of your house and the two front/back box panels are the front/back of your house. Measure the side portion of your house as marked on the photo below and score the front and back panels at that height and again about 1/2 in from the top:
Draw on your house details. If you wanna get really fancy try cutting out the windows:
Glue the 1/2 in flaps to the inside of your front/back panels you can use tape to stabilize it till it dries. I also help my sides all together temporarily with rubber bands:
At this point I painted the inside of my box but you can leave it plain (cereal box) or paint it before gluing it all together which would make more sense than what I did! Punch two holes above the top score line and tie your little house closed.