Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Alternative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Would you like to be more creative
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1557/creative.html> with your gift
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1355/gift.html> wrapping
this Christmas? Want something that will stand out from the other, more
typical holiday
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1348/holiday.html> wrapping
paper? There are a great number of alternatives to store-bought wrapping
paper. Here are just a few suggestions to look into:


If you don't want to use any kind of wrapping paper, why not clothe your
gift <http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1355/gift.html> in an
attractive gift <http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1355/gift.html>
bag? You can buy <http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1442/buy.html>
pre-made bags at the store, or make your own for a personal touch.
Crafting a fabric
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1473/fabric.html> bag is simple
and fast and, best of all, they're re-usable. To make a fabric
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1473/fabric.html> gift
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1355/gift.html> bag, gather
together the materials you plan to use. Cut out two pieces for the
lining, and two pieces for the bag itself. Line up the pieces for your
bag on top of the pieces for your lining, fold it over like you would
for a hem, and sew the top edges together. Place the 'outside' pieces so
they face each other with the sewn edges on top, and then sew the other
three sides. Turn the completed bag inside out. If you want to add a
ribbon, lay it down a few centimetres from the top and sew the middle of
the ribbon to the bag.


Decorative and environmentally friendly, this paper can be found with
all natural <http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1486/natural.html>
dyes and inks. Most hemp paper combines recycled material with
fibre-strengthening flax and is chlorine-free, which your earth-friendly
loved ones will appreciate. You can combine hemp wrap with cards
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1588/cards.html> or ribbon made
from the same material to create a more uniform look to your present.


Is there a calendar you enjoyed this year with pictures
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1606/pictures.html> you just
adore? They might be perfect
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1604/perfect.html> for gift
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1355/gift.html> wrap,
especially if they're larger pictures. You can cut them out and use them
individually for the gifts, or paste a few smaller pictures
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1606/pictures.html> together
and use them that way. The attractive, glossy finish of the pictures
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1606/pictures.html> will help
make your gift <http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1355/gift.html>
stand out.


You might want to consider asking your crafts
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1375/all_about_crafts.html> or
home improvement
> store if they have any wallpaper
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/683/wallpaper.html> they're no
longer using. Many stores have samples of discontinued material, and
they're more than happy to get it off their hands (and out of their
stock room.) Larger sheets will be perfect
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1604/perfect.html> for many
gifts, as the varying colours
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1543/colors.html> and textures
are appealing to the eyes.


Save the coloured portions of the newspaper, especially the comic
section, for a few weeks. They're perfect
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1604/perfect.html> for a more
light-hearted gift. If you want the present
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1614/present.html> to have a
more polished appeal, consider putting a sheet of cellophane over the

Hand-drawn children's pictures

Is there a pint-sized budding artist in your house? See if they might
enjoy having you use some of their creations for gifts
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1360/gifts.html> you're giving
to relatives. Some children
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1347/children.html> will be
thrilled that you're letting them 'help' in the process of wrapping
gifts, and even volunteer to make some special pictures
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1606/pictures.html> for the
occasion. This is a great way to bond with your child
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1500/child.html> as you
celebrate the season.

Blank newspaper

Sometimes your local newspaper office
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1638/office.html> will have
'roll-ends' that you can purchase cheaply and use as a blank canvas for
your own creative
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1557/creative.html> work.
Decorate the paper with whatever strikes you - pens, crayons, paint,
felt, potato print, etc. Be as subtle or as wild as you want, because
the end result still looks fantastic. A ribbon or bow will finish off
this type of package nicely.


A short walk through a park can do wonders to spark creative
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1557/creative.html> gift
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1355/gift.html> wrapping ideas.
If there are no nearby parks, your own backyard might make a good
substitute. The natural
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1486/natural.html> resources
found in nature can bring a welcome touch to any package including
leaves, pinecones, or even small twigs or branches. It's generally a
good idea to avoid berries, which can both stain the packaging and the
gift, and be poisonous to pets
> or children. You can glue some glitter, ribbons or other
festive decorations
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1445/decorations.html> to a
pinecone for a more celebratory mood. If you choose to use branches with
fresh greenery, such as fir or evergreen, it's best to collect the
materials a few days before you actually give the gift
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1355/gift.html> so the wrapping
stays fresh . it isn't a good idea to give someone a gift
<http://www.associatedcontent.com/theme/1355/gift.html> when it's
wrapped in a dead branch. :-)

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