Brown paper packaging wrapped up in string. This really is one of my favorite things. One of my favorite frugal ideas to help lesson the financial burden at Christmas.

I hate spending hard earned money on Christmas wrapping paper. Period. It’s bad enough that it’s expensive but it’s cheap. So cheap the corners of the boxes poke through and the slightest bump during delivery tears a huge hole in it. Yuck, I hate the stuff. But seriously, what are my options?

I can buy gift bags but they are even more expensive. I can sew reusable fabric drawstring bags and have but time is of the essence during the holidays. I have even been tempted to stuff the presents under the tree skirt and be done with it. That would be pretty Grinch-like huh? HA! I’m tempted, I tell ya, I’m tempted.

Then! As I dug through our shipping supplies I came upon the roll of Kraft paper hubby uses to wrap his orders for shipping.¬† Dang! I know, you go to Target or Michaels and that brown wrapping paper is even more expensive than cheapo holiday wrap. Well, my friends, frugal me discovered many moons ago that you can buy the stuff at Home Depot or Lowes in the painting section! CHEAP! Oops, I mean frugal! We buy a forty foot long roll of 35″ inch wide “builders paper” in the paint section. That’s a whole lot of wrapping paper for under $10.00!!!

Brown paper packaging wrapped up in string. This really is one of my favorite things. One of my favorite frugal ideas to help lesson the financial burden at Christmas.

Photo by Natural Home

So what do I do with it to make it festive? So many wonderful, frugal, and easy ideas to liven up those packages.

Brown paper packaging wrapped up in string. This really is one of my favorite things. One of my favorite frugal ideas to help lesson the financial burden at Christmas.

Photo by Eighteen25

  • Scrap yarn, bakers twine, or simply string. Wrap it wound a few times and make it simple and pretty. Tie a candy cane on instead of a bow.
  • For the kids, use twine or yarn to tie on a small box of crayons! A basic DIY wrap! Watch how slowly and carefully they unwrap their package knowing they can use the paper to color.
  • Tie or glue on some greenery and a pinecone. I love the simplicity. So beautiful.
  • Use a rubber stamp and go to town. No stamps in your house? Michaels always has a dollar bin of stamps, get some for every occasion while you’re at it.
  • Use double sided tape and sprinkle with cute shaped paper punches or confetti
  • Go big on the festive ribbon.
  • Spatter paint and tie some twine, who wouldn’t love to do that!
Brown paper packaging wrapped up in string. This really is one of my favorite things. One of my favorite frugal ideas to help lesson the financial burden at Christmas.

Photo courtesy of creatingreallyawesomefunthings.com

These are just some simple ideas for you. Be creative and wrapping those gifts won’t be expensive!

 

Cynthia
Running life at my own pace, laughing the whole time