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This year I used up the last of the leftover wrapping paper and am not buying anymore to wrap the rest of the presents. I’ve found some creative ways to wrap presents on a budget.

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1. Sunday comics – My father has never purchased gift wrap and always wraps presents in newspaper. The Sunday comics are bright and colorful and make excellent gift wrap. Plus, your recipient can get a good laugh from the comics.

2. Recycled gift bags or boxes – I save all the gifts bags I receive as gifts and reuse them. I even save and reuse the tissue paper.

3. Brown paper bag – Sounds pretty boring, but a plain paper bag is easy to decorate. You can have your kids color on it (grandmas love that), tie a pretty bow around it and add a few pine cones for decoration.

4. Magazine pages – There are many bright colorful pages from magazines that would make excellent wrapping paper for smaller gifts. Or, tape the magazine pages together to wrap larger gifts. This is a great way to up-cycle something that normally just goes in the recycle bin!

5. Reusable Bag – Give your gift in a reusable bag, so your recipient gets two gifts instead of one! You can usually buy cute holiday ones at grocery stores for about a dollar each.  This is a great way to go ‘green’ and give an extra gift!

What other creative DIY ideas do you have for alternatives to wrapping paper?

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  • Ruth December 7, 2015, 1:06 pm

    I do furoshiki; while it’s more expensive initially, it’s greener and lots more fun. Using fabric from the clearance aisles, either trim edges with pinking shears or — if you have time and want to be fancy — hem unfinished edges. There’s lots of directions on how to use it by googling “furoshiki.” And, I’ve had a few friends who, after exclaiming delightedly at the gift, request that I re-tie it; the gift box is decorative and they want it on their shelves.

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    • Nicole December 7, 2015, 1:08 pm

      I have never heard of furoshiki so I looked it up and WOW! That is a really neat way to wrap gifts. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Kristie Schubert December 13, 2018, 8:26 pm

    Using fabric remnants sounds like a great idea-less trash in the dumpsters on Christmas morning!

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