gift wrap http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8306/all en-US 15 Cheap, Clever, and Attractive Ways to Save on Gift Wrapping Paper http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-148424445.jpg" alt="gift wrap" title="gift wrap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most wrapping paper hits the trash or recycle bin as soon as the gifts are opened. But, you can avoid throwing your hard earned dollars along with the wrapping paper in the trash this holiday season by using a few clever alternatives. Here are several ways to save on holiday gift wrap, while still making your gifts look great. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reusable-gift-wrapping-the-wrap-that-keeps-on-giving?ref=seealso">Reusable Gift Wrapping Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>1. Dish Towel Wine Bag</h2> <p>Why not make the wrapping part of the gift by using a decorative dish towel? Try out <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/gifts/wrapping/creative-gift-wrapping-ideas-00000000014208/page21.html">Real Simple&#39;s idea for a dish towel wine bag</a>, or wrap a towel around a nice bottle of olive oil, candles, or other round items to spruce up your gift. You can easily find cheap and pretty tea towels and dish towels at discount stores, home stores, and dollar stores, or use your own if you have a big collection on hand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-wines-under-10-dollars?ref=seealso">10 Great Wines Under $10</a>)</p> <h2>2. Brown Mailing Paper</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/gwrap-187006289-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Rolls of brown postage paper can be used to make some <a href="http://dailysavings.allyou.com/2012/12/14/gift-wrapping-ideas/kraft-paper-stamps-gift-wrap/">decorative holiday gift wrap</a> for a lot less than a regular roll of wrapping paper. Get creative and use stampers, unique ribbon, stencils, twine, paint, or glitter to add some holiday flair. Or, in similar fashion, <a href="http://dailysavings.allyou.com/2012/12/14/gift-wrapping-ideas/make-your-own-design-gift-wrap/">transform economical, recycled brown craft paper</a> using stickers to turn boring old brown into instant holiday wrap.</p> <h2>3. Seek Out Stores With Savings</h2> <p>These days, dollar stores have a host of gift bags and decent quality wraps, and it&#39;s hard to tell that some of these items only cost a buck. <a href="http://www.target.com">Target&#39;s</a> dollar bin also has smaller rolls of wrapping paper around the holidays. For fancier wrapping papers at bargain prices, try places like <a href="http://www.homegoods.com">HomeGoods</a> and <a href="http://www.tjmaxx.com">TJ Maxx</a>, which always have some beautifully embellished, heavier-weight rolls near the checkout area at holiday time.</p> <h2>4. Jars, Tins, and Plates</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/gwrap-160771161-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>You can upcycle medium and large-sized glass jars, or buy some <a href="http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-shortcuts/mason-jars-gift-wrapping#slide-2">cheap mason jars to gift</a> all sorts of items. Dollar store holiday plates and tins also make great gift packaging. These items all work well for edible gifts, such as cookies and candies, as well as for small soaps and candles. Embellish your jars with glitter pens or paint to add a nice holiday touch, or simply add a festive ribbon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-find-free-or-cheap-mason-jars?ref=seealso">Where to Find Free or Cheap Mason Jars</a>)</p> <h2>5. Potato-Chip Bags</h2> <p>Only <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/274678/gift-wrapping-ideas/@center/307035/santas-workshop#276436">Martha Stewart could come up with potato-chip bag gift wrap</a>, which is not only clever and festive, but eco-friendly. Re-use a large, empty potato-chip bag by opening it up to reveal the shiny silver inside. After a good cleaning and drying, you now have some great foil wrapping paper, which is perfect around the holidays.</p> <h2>6. Shopping Bags</h2> <p>I never throw away good retail shopping bags, especially those that have decent handles, cool designs, or blank canvases. You can easily use these bags for gifts by dressing them up with bows and ribbons. Or, hide the store name on the bag with some clever holiday labels or stickers to make a one-of-a-kind gift bag.</p> <h2>7. Fabric</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/gwrap-452050481-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Use your leftover fabric scraps to make any gift look fancy. <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/274678/gift-wrapping-ideas/@center/307035/santas-workshop#235324">Fabric as gift wrap</a> works great on just about anything, but I especially like to use it for candles, jewelry, and small home goods, where I just tie a bow around the top to make a little sack. Craft stores also have loads of cheap holiday fabrics for sale, which are great for the task.</p> <h2>8. Magazines</h2> <p>Try using some beautiful holiday-themed food, landscape, or flower pages from home magazines or retail catalogs for some nice wrapping paper. Or, <a href="http://papercrave.com/weekly-wrap-41-recycled-magazine-gift-wrap/">use magazine pages based on color and pattern</a> to make unique gift paper in whatever way you choose.</p> <h2>9. Tissue Paper</h2> <p>Tissue paper comes in almost every color and pattern and is a lot cheaper than regular wrapping paper. Use it to wrap odd-shaped gifts or stocking stuffers. I especially like the tissue papers that have a shimmery surface or glitter. Even dollar stores have a big selection of holiday themes and colors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-holiday-shopping-at-the-dollar-store?ref=seealso">Holiday Shopping at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <h2>10. Lunch Bags</h2> <p>Decorate the typical brown paper lunch bag with festive designs and stickers to make a unique gift wrap option. You can also punch holes in top and string the bag with holiday ribbon or use greenery sprigs and twigs from outdoors to <a href="http://rustic-crafts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/lunch-bag-gift-wrap.jpg">make an ordinary, economical lunch bag look festive</a>.</p> <h2>11. Maps</h2> <p>For a truly worldly feel this holiday, <a href="http://www.homegoods.com/blog/2012/02/21/repurposing-your-old-maps-five-fun-ideas/wrapped-in-old-maps-creative-christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas/">reuse old maps as gift wrap</a> to make for some unique and stylish-looking presents. You may have some old map booklets hanging around or even scout some out at a flea market or thrift store for a few dollars. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-holiday-gifts-from-the-thrift-store?ref=seealso">Great Gifts From the Thrift Store</a>)</p> <h2>12. Collect and Reuse</h2> <p>If you haven&#39;t already been collecting and reusing the gift wrap you receive, you can at least start this year. At my house, we always have big collection bags under the tree while we open presents, so we can easily sort nice bows, boxes, gift bags, and wrapping paper to use again. You&#39;d be surprised how much you can reuse and how far it goes towards next year&#39;s holiday season.</p> <h2>13. Boxes Only</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/gwrap-184888087-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>When it comes to gift giving, a solid colored box in good condition and some ribbon may be all you need. Plain white shirt boxes look just great with any type of ribbon. Or, dress up a shoebox by covering it with decorative paper or paint to house your gift. This works great for breakables that you don&#39;t want your recipient turning the gift upside down in order to unwrap it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-giving-hacks-that-will-save-your-money-and-your-sanity?ref=seealso">Money-Saving Gift Giving Hacks</a>)</p> <h2>14. Kid Paper</h2> <p>Don&#39;t underestimate the little artist in the house for making some personalized, cheap wrapping paper. Use holiday art from school or hand your kids some blank white copy paper or a sketch pad and let them go to town with paint, markers, or crayons to make grandma&#39;s gift extra special this year.</p> <h2>15. Newspaper</h2> <p><a href="http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/creative-gift-wrap-ideas-1209#slide-3">Newspaper gift wrap</a> can add an unexpected twist to someone&#39;s gift this holiday season. Think of the comics section for kids or whimsical gifts, the home and decorating section for small goods and the sports section for sports-themed items.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite economical gift wrap ideas?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-holiday-gifts-for-home-cooks">20 Great Gifts for Home Cooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Buying Guides gift wrap gifts holiday gift guide Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:30:43 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1098854 at http://www.wisebread.com 19 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes http://www.wisebread.com/19-uses-for-empty-cereal-boxes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-uses-for-empty-cereal-boxes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4153157634_0874116d90_z_0.jpg" alt="cereal box hats" title="cereal box hats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was a kid, I loved going to the supermarket with my mom. My favorite aisle? Cereal!</p> <p>All those colors and flavors and prizes inside &mdash; it was hard to pick just one box. Of course, while I was eating the cereal, I didn&rsquo;t care about the box at all (except to play the games on the back).</p> <p>My, how times have changed. I still eat cereal from time to time (my favorite is Fruity Pebbles), but instead of disregarding and discarding the box, I repurpose it.</p> <p>Think you can&rsquo;t do anything with an empty cereal box? Think again. Here are 19 ways you can satisfy your craving for the sweet stuff while also saving money and the environment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-ways-to-reuse-paper">22 Ways to Reuse Paper</a>)</p> <h2>1. Notepads</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ll need a few more supplies to make a notepad out of a cereal box &mdash; like Modge Podge, binder clips, and an X-ACTO knife &mdash; but when you&rsquo;re finished you&rsquo;ll have one-of-a-kind pads that your school- or office-mates will envy. Check out instructions to make cereal box notepads at <a href="http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2011/04/cereal-box-crafts-notepads.html">Infarrantly Creative</a>. Very cool, indeed. If you want <a href="http://makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com/2010/09/spiral-notebook-make-over.html">cereal-box notebooks to match</a>, you can learn how to make those in a few easy steps too.</p> <h2>2. Gift Boxes</h2> <p>No, you&rsquo;re not just stuffing a gift into a cereal box and handing it over as is &mdash; don&rsquo;t be lazy. Rather, turn the cereal box inside out and decorate the unprinted side however you want &mdash; with paper, ribbons, bows, buttons, or whatever you can think of, really. The recipient will appreciate the thought that went into your handmade masterpiece. Plus, they can re-gift using it.</p> <h2>3. Gift Tags</h2> <p>Cut out whatever shape you want from a cereal box (you can trace a cookie cutter for fun shapes), punch a hole at the top, and address the tag to the recipient. Tie it to the gift with ribbon or string. Easy as that.</p> <h2>4. Bookmarks</h2> <p>Use an X-ACTO knife to cut two rectangular shapes from the same cereal box. Glue them together on the unprinted side. Done in under two minutes.</p> <h2>5. Magazine Holder</h2> <p>Cereal boxes are the perfect size to store your magazines &mdash; and you don&rsquo;t have to do much to the box beside cut it diagonally. Follow these easy instructions on <a href="http://www.allfreecrafts.com/recycling-crafts/magazine-holder.shtml">how to make a cereal box magazine holder.</a> You can leave the holder as is for a quirky bit of nostalgia, or you can spray paint it and redecorate to match your current décor.</p> <h2>6. Placemats</h2> <p>Use the entire front or back of a large cereal box and spray paint it white. Once it&rsquo;s dry, let your kids decorate it themselves using markers. When they&rsquo;re finished, have their personalized placemats laminated at your local Staples or FedEx store. They&rsquo;ll love eating their meals off of something they made.</p> <h2>7. Masks</h2> <p>Cereal boxes are great for <a href="https://www.tinkatolli.me/blog/2010/04/attention-kids-this-is-the-way-to-create-an-awesome-mask/">making masks for kids</a> to decorate, because the cardboard is rather thin and pliable. Parents should cut out the shape since it could be difficult for small hands, but when they&rsquo;re ready, kids can decorate them with crayons, markers, tissue paper, ribbons, and lots of other small items you keep in the craft box.</p> <h2>8. Shipping Boxes</h2> <p>Cereal boxes as shipping containers are especially useful if you sell stuff on eBay or Amazon. Turn the box inside out and glue the seams back together. Put your item inside (along with stuffing if there&rsquo;s room for the item move around), and address and stamp it.</p> <h2>9. Shipping Envelopes</h2> <p>These require a little more work than cereal-box shipping containers, but they're easily accomplished by laying the entire cereal box flat and cutting a large enough piece to cover the enter document along with flaps. Check out this <a href="http://www.newgreenmama.com/2009/10/tutorial-cereal-box-shipping-envelope.html">tutorial for cereal-box shipping envelopes</a> at New Green Mama.</p> <h2>10. Business Cards</h2> <p>OK, so these aren&rsquo;t for everybody, but if you have a creative profession, like art, cereal box business cards are a cool way to let people know how you operate. You could also use these cards to write down important numbers and information and have them laminated to keep in your wallet.</p> <h2>11. Luggage Tags</h2> <p>This is the same concept as the gift tags, expect you&rsquo;ll put your personal information on the unprinted side (paint it white beforehand to make it more visible if you want). To make sure they last, have them laminated. I promise, everyone will ask where you bought them.</p> <h2>12. Postcards</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-importance-of-friendly-letters">Say hello to a friend</a> by cutting out a 4&quot; x 6&quot; piece of cereal box then writing, addressing, and stamping the unprinted side. Pop it in the mail to send a nice surprise.</p> <h2>13. Painter's Palette</h2> <p>If you or your kids like to paint, use a cereal box to put out the colors.</p> <h2>14. Craft Tray</h2> <p>Cut a cereal box down the middle from top to bottom, and reinforce the flaps with glue. You&rsquo;ve got an instant tray to hold craft projects that you&rsquo;re working on.</p> <h2>15. Flash Cards</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t buy expensive flash cards from the store. Cut out cards from cereal boxes.</p> <h2>16. Binder Separators</h2> <p>Want to separate sections in a binder? Just cut out a portion of a cereal box that&rsquo;s half an inch wider than your loose-leaf paper and punch holes on the left side using a three-hole punch. Stick them in your binder to easily identify which section is which.</p> <h2>17. In/Out Paper Organizers</h2> <p>Employ the same method as the craft tray above, but this time use both sides of the cut box. Put finished papers in one half and to-do items in the other.</p> <h2>18. Scratch Paper</h2> <p>Stop wasting perfectly good (and expensive) printer paper. Open up your empty cereal boxes to use as scratch paper for notes and doodles.</p> <h2>19. Disposable Cutting Board</h2> <p>Ah, never thought of this one, did you? The cardboard is food safe &mdash; there was cereal in the box, after all &mdash; so you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse">use it as a cutting board</a> if your others are in use or you just don&rsquo;t feel like washing them when you&rsquo;re done cooking.</p> <p><em>Have even more uses for empty cereal boxes? Also, what&rsquo;s your favorite kind of cereal? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-uses-for-empty-cereal-boxes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-brilliant-ways-to-reuse-an-empty-milk-jug">37 Brilliant Ways to Reuse an Empty Milk Jug</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-ways-to-reuse-old-towels">19 Ways to Reuse Old Towels</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-berlin-style">DIY Berlin Style</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-your-next-potluck-with-one-of-these-23-cheap-easy-potluck-dishes">Win Your Next Potluck With One of These 23 Cheap, Easy Potluck Dishes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink arts and crafts cereal gift wrap reuse Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:24:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 925454 at http://www.wisebread.com How to wrap gifts with leftovers. http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wrap-gifts-with-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-wrap-gifts-with-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/creditcardwrap-2.jpg" alt="Credit Card Wrap" title="Credit Card Wrap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="163" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I’ve mentioned before that I’m no fan of the greeting card and gift wrapping industries. Not only are their products way over-priced, they’re also less than original in most cases. So, when I stumbled across a site that showed me how to wrap gifts beautifully using bits and pieces around the house, well, I was more than pleased…especially at this time of year. It’s called Wrap Art.</p> <p>I must first say a big thanks to John Boak (a fellow Colorado dweller) for giving me kind permission to reprint images and text from his <a href="http://www.boakart.com/wrap/WrapArt.html">cool site Wrap Art.</a> I certainly didn’t have the time to photograph my efforts in this arena, and he’s a pro at this kind of thing (as you’ll see from the pictures below).</p> <p>Wrap Art combines two of my favorite pastimes – budget living and creativity. And you’ll be surprised at just what you can use to wrap a gift and how cool it can look. Anything from pieces of old foam rubber to plastic shopping bags and fake credit cards (seriously) can be used. You can also utilize those scraps of wrapping paper you often have left over that are too small for a gift. Combining papers is way cooler, and the results are, well, you’ll see for yourself. </p> <p>Note: Before you dive into just a few of the many projects at Wrap Art (check out all of the galleries, there are a ton of ideas in them) I would also suggest <a href="http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/102479">a copy of John’s book </a> for even more ideas or as a great gift. Of course, be sure to memorize a fabulous wrapping method before you wrap it. To simply throw some traditional wrapping paper around it would be a travesty. Enjoy.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/foamWrap.jpg" alt="foam " title="foam" width="303" height="179" /><br /><strong>Foam Wrap [Innovative Wrapping Material]</strong><br />First I wrapped the gift in red tissue. Then I wrapped it in green packing foam, holding it together with red tinsel-trimmed ribbon. I made a quick-glued bow of the same material and finished it was a small wooden hemisphere. The wrap has charm and a sense of humor.<br /><em>Easy:</em> A quick wrap.<br /><em>Contrast:</em> diverse materials. Red/green.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/creditcardwrap-2.jpg" alt="CC" title="CC" width="288" height="187" /><br /><strong>Credit Card Wrap [Extra Credit]</strong><br />This wrap is a creative excursion. I wanted to see what I could do with all those fake cards that come in the mail. They are glued flat at first. Then I cut them and made an angular sculptural &quot;bow&quot; of cards. The outer edge of the gift is a tissue frame, with a red ribbon. The red bow is made by layering ribbon back and forth, adding a spot of glue on each pass.<br /><em>Contrast: </em>commercial trash/gift &amp; ribbon. Red/green. Flat/dimensional.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/yellowChecker-132.jpg" alt="taxi" title="taxi" width="256" height="358" /><br /><strong>Two Fragments [Different paper]</strong><br />While wrap art can be made with scraps of regular wrapping paper, I also save special papers. The yellow paper is an art paper. The checkered paper was a shopping back. Their contrast is a delight. The white bow brings it all back into the realm of gift wrapping.<br /><em>Contrast: </em>color/black &amp; white. pattern/solid. The bow&#39;s shiny complexity/the yellow&#39;s flat simplicity.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/tricolorMarkerStrokes-115.jpg" alt="tricolor" title="tricolor" width="299" height="245" /><br /><strong>Draw Wrap [Tricolor]</strong><br />Marker Pattern. A demonstration of a simple way to achieve a cheery look.<br /><em>Easy:</em> limit the number of stroke clusters.<br /><em>Contrast:</em> angled stroke/ rectangular box. bright color/ no color</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/cubist-117.jpg" alt="cubism" title="cubism" width="317" height="262" /><br /><strong>Collage [With Angles]</strong><br />Inspired by cubism, this design is an example of confident wrap art. Two fragments, black and green, are first laid on at an angle. The floral fragment follows, placed ninety degrees to the black-green join. The poppy-paper fragment introduces a new angle. And it is also trimmed with a small black piece with a wavy edge. I finish with the punctuation of three white office-supply dots<br /><em>Contrast: </em>pattern/solid. Red/green. Angles opposing the rectangle. Straight edges/ wavy edge. Line (cut edges)/ point (white dots).</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/lkxmas04a-2.jpg" alt="tag" title="tag" width="279" height="228" /><br /><strong>Stand-up Tag [on Collage]</strong><br />The collage features three papers: a photo of archtectural sculpture from a direct-mail car ad; a red gift bag; and ripped, brown construction paper. The bow is made by capturing a square of blue paper between the ends of an orange shopping bag string. Hot glue attaches the ends of the string to the card and the center of the string to the package. The resulting tag can be placed in a variety of positions. And it works as a handle.<br /><em>Contrast:</em> image/solid. Ripped paper/flat paper.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/rug-06-312.jpg" alt="tissue" title="tissue" width="302" height="333" /><strong><br />Tissue Rectangles [With Cutaway Label Reveal]</strong><br />The effect of this wrap was great. The gift box was wrapped first in white. A computer-generated label was placed in the center. I then gave it a tissue wrap. Two bands, red and gold, of tissue &quot;ribbon&quot; were added horizontally. Tissue ribbon is made by folding a wider piece of tissue in thirds, so that the edges are folds, not cuts. Next I added two strips of pale green ribbon. With scissors I made two slices (a &quot;x&quot; shape) in the tissue wrap, revealing the label below. Lastly, I applied a ribbon around the edge of the box, and constructed a &quot;ribbon candy&quot; layered bow with the remaining length of ribbon.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/c-06-379.jpg" alt="burrito" title="burrito" width="450" height="208" /><br /><strong>Tissue Burrito [Gold Trim]</strong><br />Roll it up in tissue. Cut the ends with scissors to create a fringe. Gold frilly ribbon brightens up and complete the wrap.<br /><em>Easy:</em> Tissue is quick.<br /><em>Contrast:</em> light/dark. dull wrinkles/bright gold.</p> <p><em>All wrapping descriptions reprinted with kind permission of John Boak. Thanks John. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wrap-gifts-with-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You can wrap gifts with everyday items you already have around the home. Not only will you save money, but people will also appreciate your thoughtfulness and creativity.</p> <h2>Get Crafty</h2> <ul> <li>Use the Sunday comics section. Extra points for having a <em>Calvin and Hobbes</em> strip prominently displayed.</li> <li>Leftover wallpaper or fabric from your home improvement projects can add a touch of class to any gift.</li> <li>Hat and shoe boxes for sentimental gifts, especially mementos or keepsakes.</li> <li>Spray paint boxes with bright Christmas colors. This works great for large gifts that already come in their own boxes.</li> <li>For the rustic look, use craft or construction paper and dress up the package with twine, strings, sprigs, or pine cones.</li> <li>You can also dress up plain construction paper with stickers, stencils, and stamps.</li> </ul> <h2>Use Things Related to the Gift</h2> <ul> <li>Use pages from magazines related to your gift. For example, <em>Vogue</em> for clothing, <em>Rolling Stones</em> for CDs, <em>National Geographic</em> for business traveler's gifts, <em>Wired</em> for gadgets, etc.</li> <li>If you wrap anything with <em>The Onion</em>, the wrapping becomes a gift in itself.</li> <li>Old school computer paper (the kind with hole-punched edges) for computer products.</li> <li>Maps for gifts related to traveling (i.e. those annoying travel size grooming kits).</li> </ul> <h2>Use Child Labor</h2> <ul> <li>Children's drawings they create for school are great for gifts to grandparents. Hey, it's about time your kids earn their keep!</li> <li>Children's hand prints on white construction paper. Acrylic paint is usually the best choice for these kinds of projects.</li> <li>If you have a baby, little foot prints would also work (Warning: this might be nauseatingly cute).</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stylish-but-cheap-gift-warp-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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