These creative Christmas gift-wrapping shortcuts will help you save both time and money so you can focus on fully enjoying the holiday season.
Make your gift-wrapping tasks easier by creating a station for all of your supplies. Attach a pegboard to a wall or the back of a door with wood screws, and then add ribbon, clips, wrapping paper, hangers, and trays.
You can give a new life to empty potato-chip bags and dress up your gifts in them with this quick idea. Cut open a potato-chip bag along its seam to reveal the shiny white or silver inside of the bag. Flatten the bag, wash it with soap and water, and air dry. Then wrap your present and adorn it with ribbons and homemade cards.
Forget ribbon: This decorative tape gets the job done just fine. Made in Japan using traditional washi paper, the 50-foot rolls come in two widths and 125 cheerful colors and graphic patterns that transform any solid wrapping paper into something special.
You can buy rolls of Happy Tape individually or in a themed set, and combine them to create vibrant and charming color combinations.
Create your own wrapping paper by making impressions on a large sheet of paper with a square rubber stamp. For a uniform pattern, stamp the sheet of paper repeatedly with the same stamp, leaving a small space between each impression. Or, stamp just the center of a piece of wrapping paper. A stamp rolling pin also makes an attractive pattern. Here, we applied several different colors to a sheet of white paper to create a muted design.
Here's an eco-friendly idea that's both inexpensive and full of Christmas spirit. Transform a cardboard box into unique holiday gift wrap by gluing on a greeting card cutout.
Place the lid on top of a card. Using a ruler, draw an outline that's about 1/4 inch outside the lid. Cut just inside the line with a pair of pinking shears. Use a glue stick to attach the cutout to the lid; the card will extend over the box's edges (be sure it's centered over the lid before pressing down). Repeat to cover the bottom of the box.
Want to add a personalized touch to your gift presentation? Print or copy a special photo onto heavyweight paper. Then wrap package with a wide band of ribbon. Using double-sided tape, secure photo to ribbon. You can use the photos to identify the giver or the receiver, or attach one favorite photo to all your presents.
Wrap goods in vintage napkins, handkerchiefs, or other linens graced with lively patterns, and the packaging itself will serve as an added gift. Look for linens at flea markets or online. Fabrics are particularly helpful when wrapping articles whose shapes don't lend themselves to paper. The rest is a cinch: Gather fabric around items, and tie with ribbon.
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