Pretty {and FREE} Gift Wrap

Each year I watch at least two large garbage sacks of gift wraps, ribbons, tissue and bows head for the garage to mostly be thrown out.  I save every bag, flatten and reuse the tissue, but there is still so much leftover.  Not to mention what good quality gift wrap can cost for a pile of presents.  So in an attempt to see if I could create pretty gift wrap from found objects in my home, or free items while I am out running errands, here are a couple ideas I came up with.
I used brown kraft paper (can be found at the Dollar Store or WalMart) to wrap one gift, and it would have looked really pretty with twine or raffia around it.  But I realized something.  By taking a very basic item and adding an over the top flourish to it, it looks pretty high-end and unique don’t you think?  I pulled some trims and fancies from my sewing bins and found some inexpensive lace that I have had for-ev-ah.  Not only would this look gorgeous under a Christmas tree, but what about birthday’s, Mother’s Day…we can be creative and thrifty when we wrap all year.

Next I wrapped a book in some newspaper I picked up while leaving the library last week.  Again, really basic wrap with a pretty ribbon and little silk flower hot-glued on.  The ribbons, lace and flower could all be used again for crafting, and the kraft paper could be used to color on.  My kids LOVE it when I tape a large piece of kraft paper or butcher paper to the kitchen table.  They color on it for days!
Some other items that you can wrap gifts in that are free or can be used again are:
  • fabric
  • a fun cereal box with yarn and crayons tied around it for a child’s gift
  • burlap and pretty ric-rac
  • book pages taped together to form a small sheet of gift wrap
  • spray paint a coffee can and place a plant or cellophane wrapped goodie inside with ribbons on the top
  • scrap book paper for small boxes
  • a square cut from an unwanted sweater , hot glued in place and baker’s twine wrapped around it
I hope this has inspired you to make the outside of your gift just as creative and thoughtful as the contents on the inside.  And, if you can make something gorgeous on the cheap {or free} you are awesome.  As always, thank you for reading, I appreciate you so much.  Hugs from me to you 🙂
xoxo, Tanya

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  1. Truly creative and full of thoughts!

  2. LOVE this gift wrap idea Tanya!!!! It's GORGEOUS!!! I'm pinning!! xoxo

  3. So gorgeous, Tanya! You are so creative. Megan

  4. the lace really makes it look special. nice!

  5. Great ideas! I have often used newspaper to wrap gifts and I love how it turns out!

  6. That is very pretty! And now if I can just find an interesting newspaper. Great ideas.

  7. Tanya
    You are such a creative genuis! I love it and how pretty it is!

    You got my wheels spinning


  8. Lovely ideas!

  9. Prett and cheap, two words that go great together. Great ideas, love the lace wrapping.

  10. love the lace wrapped around kraft paper!

  11. These are beautiful. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
    I'm following you and would love to have you follow me.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  12. What great, unique ways to wrap gifts. I love the bit of lace around the brown package. That gift would tempt me to open it and then I would save that lovely lace. What a great reminder that we don't have to rush out and buy store bought wrapping paper.

  13. The plain, brown paper and lace is my favourite!

  14. I love lace and how you used it here. Really really pretty!

  15. What simple but beautiful wrap for those presents! The lace is my favorite!

  16. These packages look so pretty! I LOVE the brown paper and lace bow! This is totally my style! I saw you over at Delightful Thursdays and I am your latest follower. Hope you stop by and check out my blog too!

  17. pretty. i really like the lace.

  18. Those are some pretty packages! You have succeeded in inspiring me to find new ways to wrap gifts. Thanks!

  19. These are so darling! I am going to have to raid my sewing/craft room for some cute embellishments like these.

  20. I love these gift wrap ideas! Brilliant! They are perfect. I have to start saving more things for packaging now. 🙂

  21. They are so pretty. I love the idea of using lace.


    Creative Raisins

  22. Beautiful wrap

  23. Love the easy gift wrap idea..
    Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party.

  24. So pretty!! Though it makes me a teeny bit sad to wrap something like that, then watch someone throw all the wrappings away, while the frugal crafter inside of me is screaming "This could be used again!!"

  25. Tanya,
    I really like wrapping gifts using things that I already have on hand….love the craft paper/lace look.


  26. I love this!! The lace is just beautiful- and I'm all about thrifty wrapping! Pinning this!

    Thanks for linking up to "20 Below Thursday"! 🙂

  27. Seriously SO so so beautiful Tanya! I adore your gift wrap! 🙂 Thank you sharing!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy
    ps I am pinning to our Happy Hour Link Party Feature Board!

  28. Beautiful Creative Wrapping Ideas… last Christmas I cut up the brown paper Grocery Bags and used them as Gift Wrap tied with colorful Yarn and the G-Kids Loved it. Saves so much $$$ and allows Creativity to surge as you start to look with Fresh Eyes at those everyday items around you that can be Transformed into Christmas Magic!

    Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The

  29. These packages are just gorgeous! I love that its also a recycle.

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  30. You are so talented!! We hope you will come back this week! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party starts at 12:01AM on Wednesday and runs through Sunday night. Have a great week.
    Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee's), Linda (Two Succulent Sisters)

  31. Thanks for sharing these creative ideas on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  32. I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  33. Aww…thank you for the comment and it is my pleasure to feature these beauties. I certainly appreciate you partying with me each week, Tanya. I love your style!

    <3 Christina

  34. Hey I featured your gift wrap this week, it's so pretty! Thanks for linking it up!

  35. SO pretty Tanya! I love the lace. 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up last week at The Humble Brag!!
    The Silhouette Cameo giveaway is still going strong and you can get MORE ENTRIES by signing up for link party email reminders, sharing the giveaway on FB with your readers, and linking up again. Hope to see you there tomorrow.

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