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« on: December 02, 2003 05:45:56 PM »

with christmas coming, i'm dreading covering glamourous gifts with lame wrapping paper.  anyone got any creative ideas for wrapping?  please help!
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2003 02:45:50 PM »

You could make custom paper by taking 2 pieces of wax paper and sprinkling glitter, rose petals or whatever inside and ironing them together.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2003 02:49:53 PM »

Try this post too
http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=19;action=display;threadid=676
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2004 01:28:03 PM »

I wrapped these up for my 7th year anniversary with my boyfriend.  I used old magazine ads and taped them together into a big sheet.


I don't think I will buy wrapping paper ever again, not when there is so much paper out there to be recycled!

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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2004 06:09:51 PM »

well, there are simple cloth bags, just sew up three sides of two squares together, then tie at top with ribbon.

or just wrap using cloth as you would paper.

or take a sheet of saran wrap, sprinkle glitter on top, then cover with another sheet of saran and smooth them together.  the gift shows through a little, but it looks cool, takes no time, and is pretty cheap.  you can also just smooth two sheets next to each other on the top and bottom if you need it larger.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2004 08:54:54 PM »

I'm lazy and I can't beleive the rip off prices of wrapping paper (and refuse to buy any). So what I do is buy rolls of brown paper for $2 and get my son to go crazy with paint and glitter. He's paints with brushes, stamps, makes leaf prints, his hands and feet ect. He loves it, I get 5 min to myself and some awsome wrapping paper. He also is likes to collage with magazines, bits of fabric ect as well.

And because xmas is in the summer time in Oz, it's a great outdoor activity for my son, and makes cleaning up a breeze (I just hose him down!!!).
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2004 09:09:48 PM »

My old roommate had a policy:  the wrapping had to be useful.  She would give me presents wrapped in tea-towels, t-shirts, scarves, etc.  It's like getting two presents in one!
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2004 08:03:15 AM »

Large sheets of Kraft paper and potatoes...and/or whatever else is lying around!

As someone who doesn't trust her drawing abilities to do very much, I love making prints of things. Simple instructions on potato printing can be found here, but don't limit yourself to potatoes. Try other vegetables or any object lying around that you can wash the paint off of or don't mind chucking (e.g., nuts, bolts). If you want to go beyond the basic one-color stamp, you could always create shaded potato prints or go whole hog like this woman.

Anyway, simple and fun for you!
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2004 09:15:09 PM »

i remember reading this idea in some teen magazine. they went to some office supply store, made copy of their old show tickets & made wrapping paper out of that. you could either use that, old letters (if you're a nerd like me & save them) ect..
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2004 01:18:23 AM »

Maybe you could use the sunday comics as wrapping paper. Its not exactly glamourous, but its fun.
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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2004 07:07:37 AM »

The guy at the chinese take out restaurant saves me his old papers, they are cooler than your regular paper and they come in handy for lots of things, including wrapping gifts.(and I have an excuse to go get chinese... LOL )
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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2004 01:59:36 PM »

On my birthday I got oodles of great presents from my friends, all beautifully wrapped. But at the end, an apologetic friend handed me a parcel and said 'Sorry it's wrapped like that, I had no paper left.@ She'd wrapped it in a newspaper. And I loved it! It was the best of all the gifts cos of the brilliant wrapping.
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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2004 02:38:41 PM »

- Go to your local Chinese market (or Chinese take-out place) and get take-out boxes.  Insert gift.  Add ribbon, stickers, chopsticks, whatever. (I got 50 1/2 gallon size boxes at the local market for <$10.  If you ask the take-out guy nicely, you could get a few for a buck...)

- Decoupage both pieces of a shoebox or (for larger gifts) a paper box.  It doesn't get ruined when opened and can be reused, either as wrapping or decorative storage.

- I once wrapped a present for my brother in law in a free t-shirt i'd gotten.  The bonus (for me) was that it was a "make 7... up yours" T.  he's not my favorite b-i-l.   

- Pages from oversized magazines or catalogs.  I get a gorgeous catalog from a high-end chocolate place, and can't resist using the pages for wrapping.

- Use shredded paper (junk mail, etc.) as filler instead of tissue paper.  Tissue paper is my nemesis!!!  You can also use plain popcorn, though that's a bit messier.   The shredded paper works really well for gift bags.  And it's still recyclable and reusable!

- Put 'em in a record bowl!
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2004 08:13:14 AM »

Large sheets of Kraft paper and potatoes...and/or whatever else is lying around!

As someone who doesn't trust her drawing abilities to do very much, I love making prints of things.

I can't draw for crap, but I love doing potato prints!  I usually use brown paper grocery bags, cut open and laid flat, for wrapping.  I'll stamp names, initials, seasonal-type shapes (snowflakes, trees, whatever).  Half the time I can't find paint in the house, but we always seem to have red wine around, so I'll boil wine (usually the oxidized dregs in a mostly empty bottle) until it's reduced by at least half or more.  It makes a beautiful, subtle "ink", and complements the brown paper really nicely.  Then a little raffia or ribbon to tie the package and wah-la!

Btw, artgeek, those links were great.  I can't believe some of those drawings were potato prints -- so elaborate!
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2004 01:47:23 PM »

You can also fold your own gift boxes.  I've used cereal boxes that I've flattened, then fold so the blank side faces out, and decorate.  Can also cover in fabric, which looks very luxe when complete.

Milk carton:
http://www.thriftdeluxe.biz/projects/carton.asp

Many different kinds:
http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/templates.htm
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