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Shabby Chic Gift Wrapping - How To Gift Wrap On A Dime.

Updated on December 15, 2010
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I have always held the opinion that the presentation of a gift is just as important as the gift itself.

Realistically, since gift-givers have already spent a significant amount of money on the gift itself (especially around certain times of the year), the idea that they have to spend an arm and a leg on gift-wrapping isn't that appealing.

Surprisingly though, a through search around your home will provide you with some gift-wrapping alternatives that will allow you to wrap those well-thought out presents with little cost to you.

Here are a few tips on how to gift wrap on a dime with items found in your home:

* Old Wall Posters.

How many of us have simply tossed out wall posters that either we've tired of, or that our children have outgrown?

Before tossing those old posters, use them as a unique gift-wrapping medium to personalize your gift-giving.

A great idea would be to use posters that are tailored made to the recipients taste.

For instance, my niece loves to read. So I wrapped a set of books in the "I Geek" the library series posters, secured it with a small amount of tape and a matching ribbon (much like you'd tie a string around a set of books), and Voila!

Since the posters were reusable, it was as if she received two gifts in one.

* Aluminum Foil.

Aluminum foil is such a great gift-wrapping medium since it's cheap and very malleable. Great for wrapping those "hard-to-wrap" gifts (without the need for tape), simply wrap the gift and add a bow or ribbon of your choice.

* Newspaper.

Wrapping gifts in old newspaper is definitely a no-brainier. However, to make it more appealing, add a bold black ribbon or bow to give it that "shabby-chic" look.

If it's more color your going for, use the colored comic section instead, completing the look with a bright bow or ribbon.

* Clear Wrap.

Gift wrapping with clear wrap can get really tricky, so this gift-wrapping medium is best used if your gifting baked items, candies, candles, homemade soaps, and even bottled perfumes. Simply secure the top of the package with a trash bag twisty-tie, and conceal it with a pretty ribbon.

* Parchment/Wax Paper.

This is absolutely my favorite alternative gift-wrapping medium. Using parchment/wax paper to wrap a gift gives it such a classic look without breaking your budget.

Adding a beautiful ribbon or bow really completes the "champagne taste on a beer budget" look.

* Old Paper-Towel Tubes.

Who'd a thunk that paper-towel tubes would be great for wrapping presents?

If you're gifting a set of neck-ties, socks, or scarves, 1.) stuff the paper-towel tubes with the items, 2.) wrap the tube in newspaper, or an old poster, and secure both ends with rubber bands (camouflaged by bright ribbons).

* Paper Bags.

Brown paper bags are also a great gift-wrapping medium for those looking for ways to wrap on a budget (it's also a very 'green' way to wrap).

Simply cut off the bottom end of the bag, slid the gift through the openings, fold down the ends, secure it with clear package tape, and place a bright bow on top.

In the event the paper bag is adorned with print, cut the side of the bag and flip it to the side that is print-free, and continue with the steps listed above (large, medium, and small bags can be used depending on the size of the gift).

* Scrap Cloths.

Instead of throwing them away, put those scrap cloths to good use by incorporating them in your gift-wrapping as well. Check the out the video below to see just how gift-wrapping with cloth can be accomplished.

How To Make Paper Bows From The Pages Of A Magazine.

* Shelving Liners and Old Wallpaper.

What another great way to go for the "shabby chic" look, than by using old shelving liners, contact paper, and old wallpaper in your gift-wrapping.

Using the liners, contact paper, and wallpaper that has the sticky backing; simply remove the backing and carefully cover the entire gift box with the paper.

Ensure that the paper is free of air bubbles and gaps, and that it is lined up correctly - if it's a print (if your going for a more eclectic look, you can mix and match the prints).

Complete the look with a color coordinated bow or ribbon.

* Writing Paper/Drawing Paper.

Regular writing paper is really great for wrapping those teeny-tiny gift boxes. Add a small red, blue or white bow (for drawing paper add any colored bow of your desire) and your look is complete.

* The Glossy Pages Of A Magazine.

Believe it or not, even the glossy pages of an old magazine make for great wrapping paper. Best for wrapping small gifts; simply secure the wrapping with tape and add a small color coordinated bow.

* Ribbons And Bows On The Cheap.

If you're looking for ribbons and bows on the cheap, large retail chains provide bulk ribbons and bows for little-to-nothing.

However, in the event you find yourself short on these "finishing touches" supplies, using scrap-cloth, hair ribbons (that are no longer in use and that are clean), paper bows, faux flowers, old pendants, decorative brooches, old earrings, old jewelry, and unused buttons will do the trick as well (such as hot-gluing the old beads or pearls from an unraveled necklace directly onto the wrapping medium, or pinning an old brooch on a gift wrapped in cloth).

(Check out the video in the upper-right hand corner for a step-by-step guide on how to make a gift-bow using the pages of a magazine).

It's clear to see that gift-wrapping doesn't have to cost you an arm and leg. With a quick look around your home, a little creativity and imagination, you too can find great ways to gift-wrap on a dime.

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      It sure saves a heap of money! Thanks for stopping by habee.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas! I'm good at recycling things around the house for wrapping!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for stopping by prasetio30. I'm so glad that you like the hub and the ideas presented therein. I hope this will be of great help to you.

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is a great idea. I am very interesting with this hub. There are many idea we should to know about something around us. Especially for wrapping. Because I always use a special paper to wrap gift and I have to buy it first. I'll bookmark this one. Great hub, Veronica!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much Pia Scriptor for stopping by. I agree, presentation is just as important as the gift. Thanks for another great idea, I'll have to try this out.

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      Pia Scriptor 

      9 years ago

      I also think the presentation of a gift is important. I have reused Starbucks coffee bags as gift wrap (washed them first) because they are so visually interesting. Peel them apart, into a flat piece and peel off the plastic disk under the logo near the bottom of the bag.(I don't know what that disk is for, but it comes off easily.) A large size coffee bag is big enough to wrap a small book.

      Thanks for the multitude of ideas.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you guys for stopping by and commenting. I'm a big fan of using what I already have an repurposing it for something else. I hope these ideas will be used for all types of gift-giving, since it's literally a year round event. Thanks again for stopping by.

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Nothing like being creative - and I appreciate it when others make the effort. I've used colored comic strips with much success as well as nice silky scarves.

      Is it Christmas again? Already? Good grief!

      Thanks VA!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks Veronica, for many wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing. blessings to you. creativeone59

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Lots of great suggestion and well put together. Thank you.


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