Watching pennies this holiday season? Everyone wants to give a gift that is pleasingly wrapped, but you don't need to spend money to have your present stand apart and show the effort was not just on what's inside. There are many creative ways to use what is already in your home to create beautiful packages without huge time or effort.
Baking cookies for the neighbors? Instead of giving the plastic containers bought at the store that will probably be thrown out or stuffed in that already overstuffed cabinet, wash the Styrofoam trays that meat or veggies come on and cover with a pretty napkin. Another option is to use a scrap piece of cloth cut with decorative scissors; wrap it from underneath and tie with a piece of ribbon at the top, making it a lovely and inexpensive present. A piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil also works well and holds together nicely with the cloth. Using a dishcloth or hand towel gives your gift double-duty.
Speaking of using scrap cloth, think like they did in the old days and wrap that gift in a beautiful piece of cloth tying it with a pretty ribbon. Again, old dish cloths, pieces of clothing that no longer fit or have holes in them, or parts of old sheets, pillowcases and blankets work very nicely. You can also get creative adding sprigs of pine bough or cinnamon sticks tied with twine for a scented accent.
Keep children busy this holiday season giving them large pieces of paper such as freezer wrap, butcher's paper, the inside of a brown paper bag cut open, packaging from boxes, any paper that has a blank side. For smaller packages, they can use the backsides of junk mail. Have them color, paint, use stickers, or any method that opens their creativity and decorates what can then become wrapping paper. The colored sections of the comics also make great wrapping paper for kids. Don't be surprised of they take longer to open their gifts as they read the comics!
So, get creative this holiday season while saving the earth and money-it's a win-win!