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« on: October 09, 2007 11:46:56 AM »

Do any of you guys have ideas for creative wrapping paper/embellishment ideas? Besides stamping with potatoes - hahaha! I really want to make my packages look pretty this year, but the only thing I can come up with is using newspaper (possibly the personal ads or something) and then using a bright ribbon for the contrast. I'm also handmaking all my tags.
Hmm... this just seems so basic, though. If you guys would help me out, that'd be fantastic! I know it's kinda early to be thinking about wrapping, but I figure if it's not too early to think of the actual gifts, why NOT think about packaging, as well?  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007 11:51:20 AM »

well stamping with potatoes isnt awful

but you could stamp with Rubber Stamps too...more images, less starchy....

from what i gather you are trying to save money on the wrapping?

that will be difficult, because paper is expensive plain as well as decorated

if you just want it to be creative, thats a different story...
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2007 06:15:14 PM »

Nah, I just want to be creative. =)
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007 08:25:51 PM »

okay, well what kinds of things are you making?

and are there any things that are special to your family and friends you can include, like sports teams, musical instruments or bands, hobbies or collections....

its easy to be creative when you personalize...

another option is to take lenghts of plain white paper (like for shipping) and acrylic paint, and splatter it in holiday colors....add some glitter and a bow...festive!

or for smaller things, use scrapbook paper, and use ribbon to cover the seams (for really expensive or very special presents, that need a VERY special wrapping.....) this one costs alot, so can only be done in small doses, but it IS fun....
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007 03:24:32 AM »

For a really smartly presented gift I get

1. a layer of tissue paper (usually I do black)
2. a layer of clear cellophane
3. cut up squares of nice material combined with anything flat such as glitter or fake flowers

So you lay out the cellophane
Scatter your shit ontop
Lay the tissue over
Wrap up the gift!

Looks very swish  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2007 04:19:43 AM »

From a green perspective, I am giving up on paper wrappings. 

I have yards of Christmas material (bought on clearance last year) and I am sewing simple drawstring bags for gifts.  That way, there are two gifts - they can be used for shoe bags when packing a suitcase, pencil cases, laundry bags, etc. depending on the size.  Or if the person isn't really into bags, I have reusable wrapping for next year rather than piles of paper to throw away.
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2007 05:10:24 PM »

longtimegeek........I love your idea of making bags from fabric!
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2007 04:26:02 AM »

Well, this year, since I work nights stocking a Target, I've gathered a lot of
newsprint-type paper (it's a light brown-tan color) that comes with delicate items (like picture frames). I've already started stamping with a large rubber stamp (with swirls and stars on it). I'll use that as wrapping paper and some magenta-colored raffia as a bow with handmade tags, of course. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2007 09:06:06 AM »

I saw a cute idea in one of my millions of crafting books... sewing brown paper bags as packaging. They first too the separate pieces and used decorative stitchings in multiple colors all over it.. then put two pieces on the top and bottom of the gift, sewed around, and cut off the edging with pinking shears. Very simple, yet quite a nice result I think.
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2007 09:33:55 AM »

Perhaps I'll answer with a collection of Craftster links Wink

There's these fabric wrapping that are currently (or were just?) a featured project: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=198502.0

And this one with printed tea towels: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=143139.0

A show-off your wrapping skills thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=67876.0

And here's 2 threads that are a lot like this one: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19871.0 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=778.0
(This looks like an opportunity for a big thread merge!)
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