I'm Not Buying Anymore Wrapping Supplies This Christmas
With what seems like a mountain of Christmas supplies already, it was my mission to not buy anymore wrapping supplies this Christmas season. Sometimes we just get in the habit of updating even though we may already have more than enough.
I wanted to share a few tips on how I plan to do this:
use any existing half-used rolls of wrapping paper
use any existing holiday ribbon
re-use saved gift bags and bows from last year
use existing Christmas tins, boxes, bins, baskets, stockings that I am no longer using for decor or storage
use all the too-small-to-cover-a-gift scraps to make ugly wrapping paper (see photo below)
If I run out of my existing Christmas wrapping supplies I plan to use items which I would already have around the house. Here are some other options I have in mind so far:
use any non-Christmas wrapping supplies, such as plain gift wrapping, tissue paper, bows, ribbon (steering toward Christmassy colours, like, green, red, blue, white or pretty much any metallics)
colourful Christmas-related magazine/catalogue pages
turn paper bags inside out (or not if already has an attractive pattern)
craft or construction paper
plain white paper or poster board
re-use plain brown shipping paper from inside of online holiday shopping packaging
turn a shipping box inside out for a plain, unmarked brown box
re-use tissue given when stores wrap up your breakable purchases
if gift includes fabric, wrap other gift inside of that
draw a Christmassy pattern on the alternative "wrapping"
good condition but no-longer-loved ornaments
cut out Christmas shapes
(for smaller items)
colourful hair ties
colourful elastic bands
We hope these ideas might also help you save a little money, purge your existing supplies and have a little extra fun coming up with creative ways to wrap gifts this holiday. Wishing you all a Happiest Holiday Season!
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