One man's trash is another man's wrapping paper
image by Diana Doherty
Wrapping paper doesn't have to be bought at a store. There are increasingly costly wrapping papers on the market, and most people don't realize how much they can save by reusing items as wrapping paper. How crafty you get with reusing items will be up to you, but anyone can use some simple methods for reusing items as wrapping paper. It's good for the environment and for your wallet.
Keep newspaper smooth by storing it on an empty paper towel roll or folding it up and storing under something heavy. Because newspaper tears easily when wrapping, the fewer the wrinkles, the easier it will be to wrap with.
Double layers of newspaper can be used to wrap gifts that are shaped strangely or have sharp corners.
Draw on newspaper with bright markers or post paint to personalize it. Stamps with bright ink also dress up newspaper wrapping paper. Try using holiday stamps.
Cut out big newspaper letters to spell the gift recipient's name out on top of newspaper wrapping paper. Use mod podge or thin white glue to attach the letters. Don't use too much or it will saturate the paper.
Use paper bags that have been cut into flat sheets to wrap small packages or tape them together (the side that will be facing the gift) to wrap larger packages. Paper bags are thick and can be decorated more heavily than newspaper.
Use printer paper for wrapping small gifts. Leave the printed side facing out for an interesting look, or face the printed side inward to decorate the outside. Large stamps work great on printer paper, because one or two stamps can cover the whole surface.
Flip used printer paper over, then put it back in your printer. Use a photo editing program, like Photoshop, or a text program like Word to create your own wrapping paper design, and then print.