Inexpensive gifts are not always easy to throw together, especially when wrapping paper should be part of the gift giving scheme. After all, opening gifts is fun! Those that are not wrapped are not much of a surprise. Wrapping paper substitutes can save the day.
I have used creative substitutes for wrapping paper after coming up with affordable gifts for family and friends, and I have saved a lot of money in the process. I would rather spend money on gifts than wrap that will be tossed into the trash. Depending upon the wrap, it can be as useful as the gift inside.
Use Your Printer to Create Wrapping Paper
Many people head to their local discount store when in need of wrapping paper. I head to my home computer and printer. Search for printable wrapping paper and you will find countless options. Ordinary printer paper works beautifully. If one sheet is too small, tape multiple sheets together using double sided tape. Simply overlap the sheets to create one big sheet that is just the right size. Printed wrapping paper can be even more eye catching and appealing than anything available in stores, and you will have a much greater selection when searching for free printable pages online.
Comic Substitutes are Ideal for Children’s Gifts
If you need wrapping paper for children’s gifts, use comical substitutes. Head to the recycling bin instead of the store. Find the Sunday paper, and dig out the comics, but do not use them yet. To prevent the newsprint from transferring to hands, clothing and other surfaces, spray it with a light coating of hairspray. Use it instead of wrapping paper, and embellish the gifts with curling ribbon instead of expensive bows. Kids might actually notice the wrapping paper substitutes instead of immediately ripping their gifts open.
Tape Together Crossword Book Pages
Do you know someone that enjoys working on crossword puzzles? Use crossword book pages as substitutes for wrapping paper. If one sheet is not large enough for the present, use double sided tape to make a larger sheet. Wrap your gifts as usual, and tie the tops with curling ribbon. Sharpen a new pencil and tie it to the center of the curled bow. Anyone that enjoys crossword puzzles will love your creative substitutes for wrapping paper. They might even work on the puzzles instead of throwing the wrap away.
When in need of wrapping paper, look around your home to find suitable substitutes. Even magazine pages, extra wallpaper and fabric can be used. Make what you have around the house work for embellishing gifts, and save money while creating something truly unique.
Source: Personal and Professional Crafting Experience