Frugal Gift Wrap Ideas
Ever since I started college, I haven’t had access to my mother’s seemingly endless supply of gift wrap and gift bags nor do I feel I have the funds for such things. So, here is what I do:
- I usually use brown paper bags…. I couldn’t find my photo or I’d show you. I take brown paper bags (ask for them at the grocery store), cut them on one edge and cut out the bottom so it’s all one long piece. Then I cut up the paper to the size I need and wrap the gift. Afterwards, I decorated it with my own designs using colored pencils (or crayons/markers.) I really prefer/like this method… I think it creates a very homemade, thoughtful, earthy looking gift which can be lots of fun to create! 🙂
- Another idea I have heard of, which I want to try sometime, is wrapping gifts in cartoons (from the Sunday paper) or even just newsprint.
- Pictured in the first picture, I found some plain white dollar store (I think) gift wrap that someone didn’t want when I went through the items that all the students left behind last year. Anyway, I saved it to use. Although it wasn’t the greatest quality (and I found that I had to wrap it in regular paper first to make it so you couldn’t see through the gift-wrap), it still served the purpose well and I then decorated each one with some stickers I had on hand.
- Another idea is what I used in the second picture. This is from my first year of college. I gave my roommate a homemade wedding gift- a cookbook I made (also frugal) wrapped in pink paper I got from the school (those huge rolls of paper you might remember from elementary school). I don’t know if they sell paper this way at craft stores or such, but if so, it is also I good option. I wrapped it in that and then added a cute ribbon I had lying around.
- I have also taken those simple paper lunch sacs you can buy at the store and decorated them and placed gifts inside them too.
- I have also reused gift wrap/tissue paper others have given me gifts in (what I can salvage of it).
- I have also reused gift bags and tissue paper I have received gifts in to give gifts to others.
- And for boxes to wrap gifts in that are awkwardly shaped, I use things I already have. The gifts (infant clothing) in the picture where wrapped in empty medicine boxes, empty fabric softener sheet boxes, empty postal boxes, etc. 🙂 Keep those on hand and you may find a use for them! 🙂
And there you have it! 8 (EIGHT) ways to make gift wrap more frugal! I hope you are able to use these options in your future gift wrapping efforts! Let me know if you have more ideas! 🙂