Tuesday, December 20, 2011

That's a Wrap

How are you doing? Feeling overwhelmed? Like you're never going to get it all done? Scared to look at your credit card bill? 

I know the week before Christmas can sometimes be filled with stress, sleepless nights & paper cuts. If that's the case...1) here are some, hopefully, helpful wrapping tips that can save you money & 2) keep reading & there will be something I've included in this post that will help you smile in the midst of the chaos. 

Here is a GREAT tip I found this Christmas. I love to wrap with kraft paper but couldn't find any at Michaels or even general department stores. While Mike & I were enjoying our weekly stroll through Home Depot, I came across a HUGE roll of kraft paper in the paint section. It's for covering things but works great for wrapping presents & it's only $10! I know...that's not dollar store prices but it's HUGE! Like it will last us for 10 years huge! 

Using my Home Depot wrapping paper, I wrapped presents & accessorized with household items. 

Publix produce bags double as a fluffy bow. I just tied several bags around the one wrapped around the gift...trimmed them & fluffed. 

These are all the rage & soo easy!
 I took yarn, wrapped it around four fingers multiple times, tied a small string around the middle then trimmed the ends really short. 

Maybe a little random but I found a "kerr" jar lid in the kitchen & a pack of kleenex...so I made a wreath.  I just wrapped the kleenex around the rim of the lid & secured it by tying some bakers twine around it. 

What did I do with the other part of the Kerr lid?? Painted it with chalkboard paint. I used a hole punch & now I have a reuseable tag!

My husband loves to buy the coke bottles from Costco. They don't have any high fructose corn syrup & they look really cool. I've been stock-piling the tops b/c I knew I could use them eventually. They are the perfect centers to my cupcake flowers. 

Regular Clothespin plus paint, plus tag...done. 

Hope this gave you a few ideas. There's so much you can do with everyday items around the house when wrapping presents. Hope this inspires you to dig through your junk drawer! :-) 

I just wanted to share a few "extras." 

This is a snapshot of our Christmas tablesetting. I didn't spend much money on it & even less time. 

That's scrapbook paper under the gold chargers, Christmas tree trimmings in the vase with a few berry sprigs, dessert plates with glass domes (already had) & gold pears I found for $1. 


I'm in love. My little snow owl. :-) 
I found him at Cost Plus World Market. It was the last one on the shelf & I just had to have it. It was $9.99, which was a little more than I'd normally want to spend...but I had to have this beauty! 

Next up...our dog...Guinness Stoudt. We had fun with a little photo shoot over the weekend...hope it makes you smile...

And the last one...and my favorite...

Hope you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & I can't wait until seeing you next week, when we talk about New Years Eve! 


  1. All the packages are so so pretty! Would love for you to share this at our party going on now http://space46.blogspot.com/2011/12/co-hosting-pinteresting-link-party-week.html. Happy holiday! My

  2. LOOOOOVE IT!!!! I may have to do some of these myself! You are such a talent, my friend! :)

  3. Space 46...I'm on it! Thanks for letting me know! Jenny...Thank you friend! :-)

  4. Love it all Heidi! The wrapping is so creative & the tablesetting is perfect :) Hope you & Mike have a VERY Merry Christmas!


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