Hey, I think I’ve started a new series: In a post last week I shared with you all how I took some dead stuff from the ditches and made dried arrangements for a quick Christmas decorating project. Today we’re going to wrap presents with trash. Are you excited? Where else but on a website called “vomiting chicken” could you find such unique ideas? 😉
Let’s get started.
But first, a brief disclaimer . . . I’ve always been a bit of a tightwad where wrapping presents are concerned . . . ask my kids (blushing). Everything (in this case) that they tell you about my present-wrapping tightwaddery is true. We had plenty of lean years, when the kids were young, when I used newspapers to wrap our gifts because they were free (the newspapers), and new wrapping paper was not. I still prefer free or nearly-free wrappings, since using my creativity, in this case, is so much cheaper. Ha! I’m a Cheap Creative! (And heeeeere’s Amy, the Cheap Creative!) And it’s more fun, for that matter. After all, do you know what happens at our house with all that beautiful paper when it is removed (undecorously, by the way) from the gifts? It is wadded into balls and tossed across the room (quite vigorously, by the way) at other gift unwrappers. Then, at the end of the day, all those little wads are gathered up and pitched into the garbage. Colored papers you can’t even pitch into the wood stove. It’s all trash.
Amalia and I have indulged in a couple of fun gift-wrapping sessions over the past couple of weeks. This is what we do: we gather together tape and scissors (two of each, we learned our lesson!) and rolls of paper (my brother-in-law Dave, an excellent scrounger, used to work for FedX and he scrounged massive rolls of plain papers from next to a dumpster somewhere . . . honestly, the bigger ones I can barely lift) and we’ve got a couple shades of white: pure white, and newsprint off-white.
We’ve gathered together other things, too, which cost us very little, if anything:
- old maps
- brown grocery bags
- strips of leftover fabric (I really liked the looks of muslin this year)
- dried ditch goodies: rose hips, milkweed pods, other seed pods, dried leaves, dried coxcomb, etc.
- dried flower bed goodies: coxcomb, zinnias, sedum heads and whatnot
- damaged, duplicate books, many with charming illustrations inside
- last year’s beautiful seed catalogs
Is your imagination percolating yet? Have any of this old stuff cluttering up the hovel? Here’s what we did with them:
So if you don’t like to take out a loan to buy the fancy rolls of wrapping paper, do what we did and get creative with the free stuff (mostly trash!) that’s all around you. There are plenty of pretty things that go into the trash (or the recycling) that could be used to make your gifts lovely.
Now I’d better get to wrapping . . . I’m not finished yet! Tra-la, Gentle Readers! Happy wrapping to you!
(And if you’re done already with all the wrapping, please don’t tell me.) 😉
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