Looking for some new ways to wrap your Christmas gifts this year? Something out of the box, if you will??
Personal confession: I did some math incorrectly when buying fabric for a birthday party project, and now we have a massive amount of black watch plaid fabric. Thankfully, the navy and dark green work well at Christmas, especially with a red ribbon. All our gifts are wrapped in this fabric, and probably will be for the next 25 years (my math was really off!). I've found that wrapping gifts that have an awkward size or shape is much easier with fabric than with wrapping paper. And it's cheaper, too, if you're using fabric that's already on hand.
My brother Matt is famous (within our family) for wrapping gifts in newspaper. He adds his own speech bubbles to the photos, with funny text related to the recipient. It's cheap, creative, and earth-friendly!
Another crafty idea is to make your own wrapping paper. Definitely include the kids in this project! Start with white or brown craft paper (available at craft stores or office supply stores, with mailing supplies), then add color with crayons, markers, paint, or whatever you want. This also eliminates the need for gift tags, as you can write the "to" and "from" right on the package.
Or what if you're not giving an actual gift, but money? Amy from Then She Made has created 2 different styles of a Christmas Money Tree. It would take a little while to put one of these together, but you've already saved time by not shopping for a gift, right?
Likewise, Debbie from Happy Clippings has some great ideas for creatively wrapping gift cards. My personal favorite (check out her post for details!) is making a homemade snow globe to hold the card.
Debbie suggests a couple of ways to wrap up coffee shop gift cards. Along that theme, I'll suggest that coffee filters make a cute and inexpensive substitute for tissue paper, especially if you're giving a coffee-themed gift basket. That tip is from a Starbucks barista, who wrapped up a mug for me that way when they ran out of tissue paper.
What are your favorite ways to wrap Christmas gifts?