Last Minute Gift Wrap from Fabric

December 17, 2009

Martha Stewart, you sly dog you. Sometimes I hesitate to post MS ideas because I like to give credit to smaller blogs but there are times when she has something really creative and useful and I just can't help myself.

Today I bought my first roll of wrapping paper, at the dollar store of course. However, you have to be very picky. A lot of dollar store wrapping paper have tacky cartoon characters or ugly color schemes. But I can usually find a simple print here and there.

Today I choose a green polka dotted paper and was very satisfied with my $1 purchase. However, inevitably every Christmas Eve when we're wrapping all our gifts we come up one or two presents short of paper and are forced to shove the rest into thoughtless bags.

Martha suggests photocopying vibrant fabrics as an easy way to create eye-catching gift wrap. You likely have some bold prints around the house, perhaps on old clothing or vintage linens. Make color copies on white paper, enlarging and reducing the scale to achieve different looks from the same swatch.

Now all I have to do is buy more printer ink. Man, is that an annoying expense.

6 {comments}:

krista said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, i love martha! and please don't remind me about the printer ink...i've been out for months. :)

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said... Best Blogger Tips

I would skip scanning it in and just use the scrap pieces of fabric to wrap the gifts in :). I love Martha, but I feel ya on this one. She certainly doesn't need MORE exposure does she?

Mary Ella said... Best Blogger Tips

you may be able to refill your cartridge at walgreens/riteaid/etc. cuts down on waste and costs much less :)

Katherine said... Best Blogger Tips

I do like this idea (and most of Martha Stewart's ideas) but I always wonder, who has giant sheets of paper lying around the house? For that matter, who has a printer big enough to fit giant sheets of paper?

Jen C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't think I could talk myself into photocopying the fabric.... I'd inevitably have a wrinkle on the copy!! ... how about newspaper, wax paper, freezer wrap - something that must be around the house - all tied up with those fabric scraps that I don't know what to do with? You have inspired me Kathleen - thanks!

Adrianna said... Best Blogger Tips

My blogging partner recently posted about this, if you want to check out the same idea on a MUCH smaller blog :) (her idea is slightly different though, involves sewing)

http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2009/11/make-your-own-stripe-y-wrapping-paper.html

 
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