My first married Christmas I got creative and used newspaper and cloth ribbon for wrapping paper, but got busy and less creative the next two years. This year I decided not only would I get creative but also resourceful. Most of the grocery stores around here give you paper bags at the checkout. I had been saving them to reuse but then a light bulb went off. Ding! Use them for wrapping paper. Genius I know! So for the past few months I've been saving my paper bags and with all my Christmas shopping done (yeah, you heard me, done), I started wrapping today.
Let's go through this process together.
Step 1: Dismantle the bag. First remove the handles. You'll use these later for bows.
Then carefully take the bag apart at the seams. I chose to do this to save every scrap I could but you can also just cut it apart. No big.
Step 2: Lay it out and wrap up your gift. I highly suggest either turning your edges under so no rough edges or you could just trim up the edges.
Step 3: Make the bow. Take one of the handles and bend it the opposite direction that it was on the bag. This creates a loop. You'll need to smooth it out slightly.
Next place a piece of tape on the back side of the bow so that it doesn't show.
I chose to use four "bows." To secure them together, I took a small red ribbon and tied it around all of the bows.
Now all there is left to do is fancy up the bow a bit and attach to the wrapped package.
Step 4: Enjoy brown paper packages tied up with string!
All in all I'm fairly pleased with the outcome. If I had it, I would use wider ribbon to cover up the tape on the sides or better yet use the clear tape designed not to show.
I know it's early, but I'm glad I have my packages wrapped and under the tree. With the bear's birthday next week, I have to be on the ball with things so it will be smooth sailing until Christmas.
Check out my husband's lovely gift wrapping!
|It's moose...or a reindeer...I'm not sure.|