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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..
« 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.
« 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!

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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:


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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