I am writing this under extreme duress. The fact that some of you “over achievers” out there have already purchased your Christmas gifts, and are now focusing on baking and those other little special holiday “extra’s” that solidify your place on the Martha Stewart Spaceship…..well….you have forced my hand. Which means that in NOVEMBER!!!! I have to write about getting creative with gift-wrapping.
Thank you so very much (comment is dripping with sarcasm).
I would also like to make a public declaration directed towards those folks whose outdoor Twilight-Breaking Dawn, Halloween display magically overnight becomes a Christmas display when one or two items are rearranged: That is very creepy
Before we start, I am going to gather a few items that are very helpful: A bottle of Kim Crawford Marlborough Savignon Blanc wine (my favourite wine) and a fresh bag of Twizzlers. The wine will help make the Boney M Christmas CD bearable, and the Twizzlers will give me enough energy to get all of the wrapping done. (By the way…..I shouldn’t even need to say this, but if you are under 19 years of age, you can’t have the wine).
Magazines: Yes, you can use old newspapers to wrap your presents, but you can also use old magazines to create embellishments for your gift packages. I found a site that has easy instructions on how to create a gift bow from pages out of a magazine: www.howaboutorange.blogspot.ca and type in “gift bow” in the search box. It will bring up two really cool instructional posts on creating bows. I am going to try both!
Print your own message: I love this idea! I tend to save all of my misprinted paper so that I can still use the paper for something else. I mean seriously…it still has one good side to use. Open a word document, and then create a page filled with the gift recipients’ name in all different fonts and sizes. Print out the page using the good side of one of your misprinted pieces of paper. Wrap the gift using the page and put a pretty ribbon around it. You don’t even need a tag!
White boxes: Many stores will provide a white gift box for you during the holiday season. You don’t need to fully wrap the box in order to make it look festive. Simply use a piece of construction paper to fashion a “band” of colour that you can wrap around the center of the box. Use a piece of twine or a ribbon to secure it and voila! You have a beautifully wrapped gift. The best part is, the recipient can use the box again. (I picked up this tip from the Real Simple website)
T-shirt pom-poms: We all have old t-shirts that are soon to be destined for the rag-bag. Why not give them a new life as a pom that you can attach to presents? Here is a great site that explains pom-pom making 101 but it is very similar to how many of us made yarn poms as children. The site is: www.craftaholicsanonymous.net and you need to type in “T-Shirt Pom-Poms Tutorial” in the search field.
Got wax?: Wax…crayons? Create gift embellishments using the iron, wax paper and crayon shaving technique.
My last idea is a take on the cookie exchange party. Invite 6 friends to your home for a wine and cheese, but instead of making them bring 6 dozen cookies to exchange, ask them to bring six homemade gift embellishments to share (bows, tags, ribbons, etc) At the end of the night, separate them amongst the group and you will each go home with 6 unusual and fun homemade embellishments.
Next week……I am going to channel my inner Oprah and share “Judy’s Favourite Things”.
Judy Kucharuk is owner of Footprint Management Systems Inc. and specializes in Green Meetings and Event Innovation. Currently President of GMIC Canada Chapter in Formation. For more info log onto her blog www.managefootprint.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter @judylaine