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Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap

Don't spend money on cheaply made wrapping paper this year...use materials you have in the house already to create your very own Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap. From newspaper to paper bags, you can use just about anything to wrap your gifts this year. Best of all, you can decorate this paper however you'd like, so it's also great for wrapping birthday and wedding gifts as well. No matter what you're wrapping, this paper is sure to give your gift a sweet personalized touch that's sure to be appreciated.

Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
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Primary Technique: Paper Crafts

Occasion/Theme: Winter



  • Cutting Mat (18" x 24")
  • Scalloped Circle Lever Punch (X-Large)
  • Round ’n Round Squeeze Punch (Extra-Large)
  • Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch (Large)
  • Softgrip® Scissors (8")



  1. For a simple, yet pretty gift, use recycled old newspaper to cover your entire box. Then punch a couple of shapes from patterned papers and layer them over a paper doily. As a finishing touch, tie a piece of yarn or twine around the box.

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  2. If you are looking for fancy, yet simple look, first wrap your gift with some brown paper grocery bags.

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  3. Cut the handles and bottom off the bag, and use it to cover your gift box. Then to jazz it up a bit, add some glitter. I used regular white liquid glue here, and added tiny dots to form a grid.

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  4. Cover the adhesive with glitter, and it instantly adds a pop to the paper.

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  5. Top it off with a sentiment and some embroidery floss in a bright color for a shiny look!

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap
  6. If you need to decorate lots of boxes quickly, try this idea. Punch lots of scallops or circles from some old newspaper. You can easily punch four to five sheets of newspaper at once. Then machine stitch these shapes to form a long garland. Wrap this garland around the box two or three times for a pretty shabby chic look!

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap

    Thrifty Christmas Gift Wrap

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