It pays to be crafty. Not only is making do and mending great for dear old Mother Nature, it’s also fun and thrifty too! With Christmas just a little way off around the corner, we thought we’d put together some crafty budget gift wrap ideas to help you present your presents stylishly and on a shoestring too.
As popular providers of payday loans, Wonga.ca love passing on a clever trick or two to help their customers save a little and get their finances back to the black. If you’re working to a tight budget this Christmas season, these pretty present wrapping ideas will help you to save on wrapping paper and give a truly unique gift with a gorgeous twist. Sticky tape and scissors at the ready if you please!
Totally Green, utterly chic and completely reusable. Hunt your local thrift stores for unwanted patterned silk scarves (there are always dozens!) to create a unique gift wrap which looks glorious! Not the most festive of wrapping options, perhaps, but perfect for pretty presents all year round.
Cheap, second hand silk scarves are particularly good for wrapping up bottles, if your recipient loves a girly tipple or two. Simply lay the bottle one its side at one corner of a square scarf and roll the fabric around it. At the halfway point, fold the bottom ‘triangle’ of the scarf in to the centre and continue rolling. Use the spare triangle of material at the bottle’s neck to tie the parcel together. You can fasten and decorate with a pretty vintage brooch if you’re particularly good at rummaging through second hand stores.
Recycle & Reuse
If you’re feeling a little bit sneaky, you can use the paper from the gifts you received last year to wrap presents for this year. If you’re particularly good at peeling sticking tape from paper, this is a very good idea indeed!
Not only is wrapping paper largely non-recyclable, it’s also pretty pricey – so reusing is smart, thrifty and environmentally friendly too. We like the idea of mixing and matching old paper. Instead of using just one piece of reused paper, why not cut a few varieties into strips and carefully tape them back together on the inside to create a fun ‘Christmas collage’ paper? Juxtaposing more ‘grown up’ styles with a fun cartoon reindeer or two can look really effective, and it makes your wrapping look totally unique.
Keep it Simple
Brown craft paper is really cheap and, with a few modifications, it can look really chic for Christmas. Why not invest in some PVA and glitter then spell out the recipient’s name in sparkle on top of your gift? Alternatively invest in some simple string and attach little extras to beautify the outside of your present. And the more love you put into cost-effectively customising your gift, the more it will be appreciated.
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