Ribbon-Less This Holiday

 

This year I am trying to make many of my gifts and I’m also getting a little creative with my gift wrap.

Turns out there are lots of ways to package gifts that look great and save money.

 

ribbon-less this holiday

 

Many stores provide free gift boxes in a variety of colors.

No wrapping is necessary if you cover up the store logo. This can be achieved by cutting strips of construction paper to create colored belly bands that simply slip over the box and hide the store name as well as create a base for a gift tag made from recycled holiday cards or a snowman made of old buttons. Polka dots and stripes are simple patterns to replicate with the help of a white out pen and a hole punch. Another option is to wrap the box in inexpensive brown mailing paper that is rubber stamped with white paint in a Ho Ho Holiday theme.

 

I frequently make my own boxes out of construction paper or card stock using food boxes as patterns.

Years ago I dismantled an apple pie container from a fast food chain in order to create a pillow box that I still use today for smaller gifts like jewelry, scarves or candy treats. I found another great box pattern  from a fried chicken fast food chain that is perfect for larger gifts. I love that the box is held closed with flaps on the ends that tuck into slits cut in the sides of the box.

 

Take away boxes from restaurants are another great source for free gift packaging

They are perfect for holding gift certificates to favorite restaurants. When dining out, just ask your waiter for a To Go Box, but take it home empty, then convert it into a gift box that is embellished with a holiday theme like mittens.

 

Are you are giving money or a gift card this holiday?

It’s easy to present it in a customized card with notches cut to hold the bills, check or credit card. If you want to see how to make the one shown in the photo, simply click here.

 

Does your gift list includes bottles of wine, bubble bath or kitchen cuisine like extra virgin olive oil?

It’s easy to create bottle embellishments with a circle punch and scraps of colored paper.

 

A paint can is another unique container that converts nicely to holiday gift wrap.

Inexpensive metal cans are available at home improvement stores and clear, acrylic versions are available in craft stores. Pick up a few of the paint chip strips from the paint section to act as gift tags to complete the wrap.

 

My all time, favorite gift tags are made with photos of my friends and family.

I simply make a color copy of the photo, mat it on colored paper, stick it to the top of the gift and write TO under the gift recipient’s photo and FROM under my photo.
Opportunities for good looking gift wrap that is both unique and inexpensive are all around if you just think outside the box.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Sandi Claus

 

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