Love the stuff! But it seems to make me a bit queasy.
How is this possible?
Quite frankly, it's the expense.
I know, I know. I hear you telling me-- its only 2-ish plus dollars.
It's the "ish plus" part that's getting to me (for something that's going to get ripped to shreds in under 20 seconds, I don't think so)
Not to mention, the rolls I buy at the dollar stores, while cost effective and perhaps frugal, just don't have much on them.
Nothing worse than a partially wrapped gift. You know the one where the end with the name of the toy sticking out because I ran out of paper!
Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, not to mention the biggie --Christmas! They all keep coming and so does the need to wrap gifts to give.
Darn it! Those crazy gifts just keep needing wrapped.
So what's a girl to do?
Started dappling in using things she already has around the house!
Yep, I have a bit of a problem when it comes to saving things.
Yep, I look at every item that passes through my hands and wonder.
Wonder, hmmm, how might I possibly use this?
Nope, I don't believe I'll be appearing on the show Hoarders anytime soon; it's not that bad....yet! Pray for me, OK?
Wondering what I'm using if not wrapping paper?
Let's see, so far I have used:
Plastic containers fruit comes in. They are terrific when decorated. Those cute little duct tape rolls, that are all the rage now, makes them look spectacular (not to mention more durable). I have used them to give mostly food gifts (cookies, mini loaves of bread, etc). I have also used them to put a kitchen utensil gift together (small utensils, peelers, cheese slicers, wine bottle stoppers, etc fit beautifully).
Brown Paper Grocery Bags. I usually cut them down a bit, if I need to, and attach some sort of handle to the top (think ribbon or material). I just stable the handles on being sure to hit it with a couple (or more) of really good placement stapling. Decorate the bag using markers, stamps, my Cricket, or whatever. Being sure to decorate over the staples so they are less obvious. Or, Cut those bad boys (the bags I mean) and use them just like wrapping paper. Decorated or plain they are still beautiful! Check out this Instructable
Cans. Big ones, little ones, tuna sized ones, coffee can sized ones, any can sized ones! Paint them, wrap them in material! Roll clothes gifts to fit inside. Fill them with a bunch of themed items. Fill them with food. For those cans that don't have lids because of the can opener, cover the top in pretty scraps of fabric and tie it with a ribbon. I love cans! I used one as the gift once, I made a bird feeder.
Glass Jars. Any glass jar. Lidded or non-lidded. Kind of the same concept as the cans. Tint them, paint them, wrap them in material, emboss them, gloss them, the possibilities are endless. Food gifts, bath gifts, kitchen gifts, baby gifts, all sorts of things fit into jars. Place the gift inside and gift it away! Ha, that was sort of funny!
Toilet/Paper Towel Rolls. Used these as part of the stocking stuffer process. Filled them with small gifts or treats, wrapped them in aluminum foil, tied the ends with strings and they looked like large tootsie rolls! Other things work too. Place a toilet tube inside one of your jars, fill the space between the tube and the glass with a person's favorite candy and put money or the gift inside the tube! Voila! Gifting without wrapping paper!
Popcorn Bags. Yep you heard me right. Popcorn bags. I totally ran with this one! I don't know about you but we always have some of these for movie night. I bought them at the dollar store awhile back. Anyway, they make great gift warp. I cut the trim off of the bag and glued it onto the envelope for the card. I folded the gift to fit inside the bag, tapes it shut! That's it. These could probably be cut and used as wrapping paper for small gifts!
Ta-Da! There it is, my prescription for wrapping paper intolerance.
*Have more ideas or things you have used instead of wrapping paper, please share!*