Crafter Confessions: My Lazy Gift Paper Hack
OK, confession type….Although I give it my all with so many crafts, I do have an exception here and then. One of them is pretty weird and that’s…dun, dun, dun…Gift wrap!
This is one scenario where I get a little lazy…..I despise the thought of buying gift wrap paper. I do have enough Christmas paper (you always need that in spades) 🎁 but when it comes to any other occasion, I may have a gift bag here and there (that I saved from long time ago; some of these are too nice to discard) but that’s about it!
As a result I make do with tissue paper or something similar… I mean it gets torn and it’s like gone in a few minutes.
Why would I squander a dime on gift paper, when…I have access to tissue paper, drawing and sketch paper, brown paper bags….ALL of which are pliable, easy to cut and fold, and then, get this….Grab some markers, some washi tape, glitter paint, and then….you’ve pretty much got the equivalent of a sheet of fancy printed stuff.
Brown bags are great; just trim off that bottom folded part and you’re good to go. If you’ve got some raffia ties, that would look really good in a rustic sort of way.
I’ve done something reeeealllly embarrassing…wanna hear it? I’ve actually taken a sheet of Christmas paper and turned it inside out and then drew squiggles or something on the white inner side.
Holy cr@p, how lazy is that, or clever….pick one 😁
I’m probably not the only one who’s come up with that one. What about the funny pages; I’ve known a few people to use the newspaper comics as a wrapping paper piece in a pinch.
But what if you’re attending one of those “white elephant” gift exchanges….and you’re worried about others thinking you’re a cheapskate (I’ll spare you the mention of the fact that it’s what’s inside that counts, as we all know that)
Follow my example in the picture above….Get a sheet of sketch paper (the weight is light but it’s not super thin and porous like tissue paper) but it still creases well. This is a big 18 by 24 size too. Wrap your gift and then get some tools ready…markers, glitter pens, washi, etc. Use all of the above to bling that thing to the moon and back.
get a real ribbon….to do the over and under thing…but you can also use some washi to do the same thing, but for added dimension, nothing beats ribbon. Tie a nice bow, and you’re done!
Your recipient will appreciate the trouble you went to, or maybe even assume it’s the conventional kind? Only you know it was a 15-minute hack.