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« on: December 14, 2004 10:33:41 PM »

Any new/different wrapping ideas? Doesn't even have to be with wrapping paper..
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2004 03:33:08 AM »

* two-tone wrapping paper
* material
* find a small toy related to the pressie/their favourite hobby and glue it on the outside
* scan photos and print your own paper so the photo is on the top
* use newspaper - job ads are fun, highlight anything you think is appropriate for the person
* lots of boxes and layers with small toys in there - like a personal pass the parcel. if you're really enthused, stick a cd on the top and tell them to play it as they unwrap. have predetermined breaks in the music to unwrap
* a huge envelope covered in postage stamps
* chinese takeout boxes!
hope that helps somewhat!
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2004 05:23:53 AM »

whenever i give cds to people i make a dc sleeve out of my inherited grandma red heart stash in colors that coordinate with the album cover.  then i leave a tail of yarn at the top so they can unravel a few rows and try to guess what it is.  only 999 skeins of acrylic and about 1000 cds to go.
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2004 05:58:30 AM »

Furoshiki--this is a Japanese style of gift wrapping, using fabric. Just get some gaudy discount fabric, cut into squares of varying sizes, hem or serge 'round the edges, and poof. Lovely, reusable gift wrap. There are some traditional (and easy) furoshiki tying techniques, which you could probably find somewhere online.

Also, I think it's in the latest Cottage Style magazine (or Cottage LIving, Cottage Cheese...whatever), they had an idea to use a sturdy cardboard box and just glue a decorative cabinet knob to the top. Voila!

I will caution you against using newspapers in other languages, however. I did this one year and it was a gross and smeary mess. One would think that I'd have foreseen this likelihood, but, oh well...
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2004 08:27:03 AM »

Hey all, this isn't super "Crafty" but it is very enviro-friendly. This place sells reusable gift bags in lots of sizes and colors and then you can track where your reusable packing gets sent - on it's trip across town or around the world!  I know it's nice to hear the sound of rippng paper, but we, in the US, spend $5.1 billion a year on wrapping paper, and that's a LOT of trees!
 http://www.wrapsacks.com/index.php
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2004 02:09:35 PM »

Sunset has a style of make-your-own paper, using acrylic paint and cookie cutters, that's pretty cool:

http://www.sunset.com/sunset/Premium/Home/2002/12-Dec/CookieCutters1202/CookieCutters12022.html

You could do this with grocery sack paper and bright sparkly colors.  And you don't have to use cookie cutters, either--anything that has an interesting shape and can be dipped in paint would work.  (I have sushi cutters in various flower shapes; they make beautiful wrapping paper.)
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2004 07:16:03 PM »

A-ha, this happens to be something I know a little bit about. Every year I wrap all my gifts in a theme. The last few years were:

1. really gaudy fashion spread pages, and shredded plastic bags tied into ribbons. I embellished the 'ribbons' by tying kinder surprise toys onto them and other assorted silliness.

2. boxes I collected all year and covered in plain brown lunch paper. I stuffed lots of red tissue paper and red dyed feathers into each one and then tied thick satin ribbons around the boxes. Then I took and gold stamp pad and did gentle swirls around the paper so it glimmered a little.

3. Chinese newspaper (HINT: rub your thumb against it first!!! Some are really smudgy, others, not too bad), with accents in red tissue paper and ribbons which were just plain twine. Bonus of this year is that my sister didn't do as much present squeezing because her fingers would get dirty, he he.


I never put tags on my gifts, because my family are chronic gift squeezers. Some years I put tags on them but do the wrong tags on the wrong presents. He he. I am mad about Christmas.

But, as an Aussie, I have to say, not a 'winter' holiday!!! It's RILLLY RILLLY hot!!

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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2004 07:18:14 PM »

Ahhh!  Kinder surprise toys!  How I miss those...Sad  Although I will never forgive the company for depriving me of the toy I wanted  Angry

Oh, and my easy/creative wrapping idea is, if it is a box, to wrap as you would a normal present at first, leaving longer "tails" on either end.  Theeeen, you tie/gather the tails with pieces of ribbon and the whole things *sort of* looks like a giant piece of wrapped hard candy. 
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2004 07:45:11 PM »

this year I wrapped everything in kraft paper and tied with twine, off centering the cross, then knotting and tying in a bow along with a tag.  for the tags I printed out cute clipart christmasy characters onto transparency paper and cut them out and wrote each person's name, punching a hole in the corner to slip it on the twine.  I then pinned a felt flower pin on top of the bow.  everyone's been saying it's cute, so I guess I did a good job!  Smiley  and darn cheap, too.
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2004 08:53:29 PM »

Its cheap and fun to decorate the package with pipe cleaners. Some of the most beautiful wrapping I've seen is made out of big green leaves like banana (from real plants), hemp or natural twine and pretty flowers.
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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2004 09:48:12 PM »

i bought a pack of 12 cute little ornaments from the dollar store im gunna tie on presents.
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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2004 09:01:05 AM »

Here's what I did this year for christmas wrap;

I had a big roll of brown kraft paper I got for three dollars at office max just sitting around. I wrapped up my gifts and painted right on the paper with acrylics. Everything I wrapped was waterproof, and I didn't add any water to the paints, so I'm sure no damage has been done.

Happy wrapping!!!
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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2004 10:24:50 AM »

For square boxes, you can weave ribbon around the entire package.  It looks really pretty.  Especially if you use varying widths, so it looks plaid!

For friends who like to sew, you can get used sewing patterns from the thrift store.  Those look really cool.  Or for friends who don't mind quirky, you can find an image of, for example, a butcher's diagram, and then have a little cut-out of a steak for a card...stuff like that.  Here's one for kangaroo cuts (!?):

http://www.kangaroo-industry.asn.au/products/cuts.htm

And one for beef:

http://hollinfarms.com/pages/beefcuts.html

I don't know why, but I'm kind of obsessed with kitschy meat images lately. 

But, like, a color by number pattern would be cool, too.  One of a little deer (aw). 

Here's one of goats:

http://lib1.store.vip.sc5.yahoo.com/lib/tlcapparel/Goatscbn.gif

Good luck!
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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2004 03:41:04 PM »

- If anyone has little kids, they could have them color Christmas pictures on large sheets of paper for gift wrap.
- This time of year in many craft stores or even grocery stores, there are inexpensive colorful boxes that you can put gifts inside and the recipient can also use the box.
- Along those lines, if your gift happens to be a camera, film, camera bag, album, picture frame, anything like that, you could package it in a cute photo storage box.
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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2004 07:43:05 AM »

I used newspaper this year. Newspaper bows, newspaper tags... I even took a person's cd, shoved it in the bottom of a BIG box and filled it up with newspaper strips. She'll have to dig through all of that to get to the bottom.. hahaha.

Next year, I want to use that outrageous furry fabric and make slipcovers for my presents. I'll just have to keep my eye open for that type of stuff on sale.
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« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2004 08:35:14 AM »

I even took a person's cd, shoved it in the bottom of a BIG box and filled it up with newspaper strips. She'll have to dig through all of that to get to the bottom.. hahaha.


Unless, of course, she happens to open the box upside down. It happens.  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2004 09:17:57 AM »

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I used newspaper this year. Newspaper bows, newspaper tags... I even took a person's cd, shoved it in the bottom of a BIG box and filled it up with newspaper strips. She'll have to dig through all of that to get to the bottom.. hahaha.

oh, one of my friends in high school worked at mcdonalds, and so he got a ton of different sized boxes and wrapped them up one inside the other with a cd on the inner box.  the recipient had to open about 15 different boxes, some of which were wrapped in paper, plastic bags, duct tape, twine, and anything else that would be hard to open!
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« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2004 04:49:12 AM »

I made teacup candles this year for christmas.  I used little round craft boxes from hobby lobby.  I spray painted the bottoms gold and the lids white.  Then I stamped, in gold, a victorian lady's head (with one of those huge hats!) on  each lid.  I put a slanted gold ribbon across the top with a gold bow.  It's not a guady ugly gold.  I think they look really elegant and they were easy, quick, and fun to do!
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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2004 10:45:37 AM »

I made teacup candles this year for christmas.  I used little round craft boxes from hobby lobby.  I spray painted the bottoms gold and the lids white.  Then I stamped, in gold, a victorian lady's head (with one of those huge hats!) on  each lid.  I put a slanted gold ribbon across the top with a gold bow.  It's not a guady ugly gold.  I think they look really elegant and they were easy, quick, and fun to do!

If you have a digital camera, could you post a pic? This sounds cool.
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« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2004 10:53:17 AM »

In one of my magazines (I think it may have been Budget Living) they suggested color photocopying items, like a colorful sweater, or some pretty fabric, or a bunch of candy wrappers, or anything else you can think of, onto 11x17 paper.  Then, use that to wrap your gifts in.  The pictures they showed in the magazine of wrapped presents were very cool.
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« Reply #20 on: December 19, 2004 04:41:09 PM »

Here's a pic of one of my boxes.. The bottom color is a little lighter than what the photo shows.  I think the bow's gold is pretty much the same color as in real life....hope ya like it!

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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2004 07:38:57 PM »

For one of the wrapping paper projects that someone here posted, it required wrapping paper with just one color, and not a print or pattern on it. I haven't seen any like this around, any suggestions?

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« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2004 09:51:43 PM »

Not sure how creative this is, but it has been something of a running joke in our house for years now...

There's always at least one gift wrapped in brown paper(think grocery bag) and tied up with twine, yarn, whatever. The catch to this gift is lots of knots and lots of tape. It's all about the getting into the package, the recipient is not allowed to to cut the knots or tape; they must untie enough to slip it off package. Keep in mind this has become a family joke. Gift is usually a nice one, just one of the last to be wrapped for that person.

The other part of this joke is a gift wrapped in about half a dozen or so WalMart bags. Don't know why, but always seems to be Wally bags and not someone elses. We put the gift in a bag. Tie the bag closed with the two handles. Put the knotted end down into the next bag, tie it's handles etc. This is usually the gift found in the hiding place or someplace it shouldn't have been Christmas morning that did not get wrapped.  Roll Eyes OK, so tell me that never happens at your house.

sometimes the overly tied up gift and the plastic bag gift are the same one...but you get the idea.

Not the most beautiful gifts under the tree, but the most fun anyway.

We've also done the box in a box in a box routine. This works well with things easy to identify by shape. (CDs, books, etc)

One of my more creative wrappings was to use computer green bar paper. Great for the computer nerd in the family. I ripped off the toggles(holey part) and made a bow out of them by making loops and taping one end down into a bow. Came out pretty neat. The gift was for my advisor and I did not want it widely known I was the one giving it to him, it was something of a joke, and I was his only student who was a computer major; so he knew exactly who it was from. I bet I can guess what you're thinking, Don't go there, it was a tie tack.  Kiss

I won't be offended if you opt to use some of the other, more attractive; but certainly less fun and wayyyy more boring alternatives the others are suggesting. Grin

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« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2004 10:06:27 AM »

More wrapping/gift tag ideas from HGTV:

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_occasions_gift_wrap/0,1788,HGTV_3273,00.html
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« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2004 11:08:13 AM »

I'm handpainting regular ball ornaments with the person's name for gift tags.
In gift baskets I use tiny picture frames and write the gift tag stuff in them.
I've been experimenting with cut-outs of my solid color wrap (star shapes in red with gold underneath) and stripes, and my husband made a japanese flag for my aunt!
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